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    When the president said 'sock it to me'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 04/08/2019

    » My apologies for unwittingly being the purveyor of fake news in last week's column, mistakenly crediting Goldie Hawn with the "sock it to me" catchphrase from the Laugh-In show. It was actually the English actress Judy Carne who was the regular "sock it to me" girl, although Hawn did also come out with the expression on occasions.

  • OPINION

    The day I realised Thailand was different

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/04/2016

    » I trust everyone has survived the Songkran Festival, suffering little more than a few damp clothes, and maybe stuck with a hint of a fixed grin. The festival brings special memories for me because when I first arrived in April 1969, it coincided with the start of Songkran, although I was unaware of it.

  • OPINION

    There's a beauty for every occasion

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 16/12/2018

    » Unless you have been in hibernation you will be aware that Thailand is currently hosting the 2018 Miss Universe contest which climaxes tomorrow at the less-than-entertaining hour of 7am, presumably to cater to primetime audiences in the United States.

  • OPINION

    All you need is love, and a sense of the absurd

    Oped, Roger Crutchley, Published on 11/02/2018

    » The approach of Valentine’s Day means we are heading into the annual silly season, although some might argue that in Thailand it is the silly season all year round. Valentine’s is admittedly one of the most spurious celebrations of the calendar, which probably explains why it becomes more popular here every year. However, it serves as a desperately needed break from the daily diet of depressing news.

  • OPINION

    On handling the gentlemen of the press

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/01/2018

    » It is hardly a secret that the Thai prime minister is not exactly enamoured with the media. The press can admittedly at times be a pain in the posterior for those in power. It cannot be much fun having microphones shoved in your face after breakfast every morning by a scrum of journalists asking awkward questions about watches, submarines and elections.

  • OPINION

    Tales of mobile cabinets and Mad Hatters

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 03/12/2017

    » As the current authorities are discovering, mobile cabinet meetings might sound splendid in theory -- getting out to meet people in the provinces and all that -- but in practice they do not always work out quite as planned. Those pesky provincial people have a nasty habit of saying things you don't want to hear.

  • OPINION

    All you need is love … and a little bit of luck

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/02/2016

    » Five decades ago, Jackie DeShannon had a big hit with the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song, What the World Needs Now is Love. If you remember that, you’re probably as wrinkly and crinkly as Crutch.

  • OPINION

    Not in front of the children, if you please

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/12/2015

    » December is the time of the year when awards are handed out for novels and other literary efforts. However, there is one prize that most authors would rather not win — the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

  • OPINION

    When flying was almost smooth as silk

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 29/11/2015

    » Life has not exactly been as “smooth as silk” for Thai International in recent years. It is a sad state of affairs for an airline that at one time was regarded as one of the finest in the region, especially before 1977 when it was a joint venture with Scandinavian Airlines.

  • OPINION

    Thoughts on handling gentlemen of the press

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/04/2015

    » The first Saturday in April is officially Hug A Newsman Day, well at least in the US where they have a silly theme for just about every day (pet lovers will be pleased to learn that April 2 was National Ferret Day). It is safe to say that journalists do not receive a hug too often and to be honest, most newshounds don’t look particularly huggable. I am an occasional recipient of a hug from the wife, although admittedly that might mean she has spotted something rather expensive at the mall.

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