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    'F' word makes a major breakthrough

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 12/05/2019

    » Important news from the world of wordplay. The latest edition of the Collins international Scrabble dictionary lists 2,862 new words, most of which I have never heard of. But most importantly for us in Thailand, a significant newcomer is one we are familiar with … farang.


    Poster faces prepare for the Big Day

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/03/2019

    » In recent weeks PostScript has studiously avoided reference to the upcoming Great Event on March 24, concentrating instead on more pressing issues like the delights of eating insects, men wearing earrings, and tattoos in unusual places.


    Famous last words, some less famous

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/02/2019

    » I nearly ended up in "The Great Newspaper in the Sky" recently when a thundering truck ignored the red lights at a Klong Toey junction and missed our taxi by a whisker. The taxi driver seemed to think the incident was amusing, while all I managed was to blurt out "bloody hell!"


    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.


    A job guaranteed to create a stink

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/06/2017

    » You may recall a recent PostScript column concerning unusual occupations which featured "odour sniffers'' who have the delightful job of sniffing human armpits to check whether a deodorant is doing its job. I did not realise that professional sniffers are in such demand. Last week it was announced that Thailand's Pollution Control Department had recruited 167 "smell assessors'' to sniff out factories responsible for some of the more malodourous emissions that upset citizens.


    A soggy serving of mush to start the day

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/04/2017

    » Most important news of the week is that the Chinese have given the thumbs down to a revered English breakfast staple ... Weetabix. The Chinese owner of Weetabix has sold the cereal company to an American firm after four years of failing to convince the domestic market of its virtues. It seems Chinese consumers still prefer the traditional dim sum (steamed buns) and rice porridge for their morning repast rather than the cereal The Guardian newspaper splendidly called "a gloriously bland, comforting, soggy serving of mush".


    A tale of wasted days and wasted nights

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 26/02/2017

    » One of my New Year's resolutions was not to write about Bangkok's traffic woes, a thankless topic. I held out for 57 days, which is not a bad effort considering the hours already wasted this year sitting in the Big Mango's gridlock.


    Don't think twice, Bob -- it's all right

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/10/2016

    » Everyone has an opinion on Bob Dylan being the first songwriter to win the Nobel prize for literature. The organisers explained Dylan was bestowed the honour "as a great poet". At the time of writing, he has yet to respond, a poet unusually lost for words.


    Sometimes you just have to queue up

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/06/2014

    » The mad scramble at some of the free showings of King Naresuan 5 at certain cinemas in the past week shows to what lengths people will go in their current pursuit of “happiness”. Some ladies were even spotted running the wrong way up escalators in their efforts to get a precious freebie. The last time such mayhem was witnessed was when they announced the buffet was open at a recent hotel wedding reception, prompting a stampede worthy of The Charge of the Light Brigade.


    Blowing the whistle on the whistle-blowers

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 24/11/2013

    » One would think a highly lucrative business to be involved in at the moment in Thailand must be making whistles. You can't go anywhere in Bangkok without someone blowing a wretched whistle at you, whether it be protesters on the streets or those irritating guards directing traffic outside hotels and parking lots.

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