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    In search of big ideas

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/01/2018

    » BangkokEdge Festival, billed as an "idea festival", returns to its old quarters of Bangkok this weekend. Spearheaded by MR Narisa Chakrabongse, the two-day event is a vibrant smorgasbord of literature, music, art, history and politics, anchored in the charming venues of Museum Siam, Chakrabongse Villas and Rajini School. There will be talks -- plenty of panels and discussions, on subjects ranging from "What Makes The Chao Phraya A World Monument?" to "The Power Of Slam Poetry", from "Populism, Religion and Neo-Nationalism In The 21st Century" to "Years Of Living Dangerously: A Woman's Take On War". The list of participants is starry, including writers, journalists, poets, historians and artists, Thai and international. Come evening, the lawn of Museum Siam will play host to film screenings (Pop Aye on Saturday and Citizen Dog on Sunday), as well as concerts by Hugo, Yena, Rasmee Isan Soul and more.


    Violence on the water

    Life, Published on 09/02/2017

    » It's 8pm and the buildings along the banks of the Chao Phraya are brightly lit. The engine grumbles, the smell of petrol coats the air and The Ferry Gallery departs from Jam Factory Pier.


    Surviving the tempest of time

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 02/10/2016

    » Even though historical knowledge concerns facts and events that are often long behind us, they continue to hold interest and can be enlightening. The history of food is just one example. When eating kaeng khio waan nuea (the popular, coconut cream-based spicy beef curry), we may wonder where it came from and what it tasted like its original form. How has it changed over the years? Answers to these questions found in old recipes can help in appreciation of its combination of flavours and aromas.


    'Baby, you can drive my car'

    News, Wichayant Boonchote, Published on 11/06/2016

    » The former king of Belgium, Baudouin, drove one. So did Jack Nicholson. And as for The Beatles, well Paul McCartney owned one, while the notoriously poor driver John Lennon would surely have crashed one had he been an owner. We're talking about the famous Beetle, a hundred of which were a head-turner in southern Thailand recently.


    Gridlock grumblings

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 19/06/2015

    » Lo and behold, there’s not a single long weekend in sight for something like five weeks. Sadly, June and July is the longest stretch of the year we go without a public holiday. What this means for Bangkokians is that the horrific state of traffic will top our list of complaints, followed closely by the unbearable heat — which not even the subzero blast of BTS air-con can staunch. We feel your pain, Dear Readers, and to help you pass the time while you’re stuck at a red light for what feels like an eternity — or hanging around the office until rush hour passes — we present 10 situations in which every motorist has found themselves while driving in central Bangkok.


    Across the silk road by panda

    Brunch, Published on 13/10/2013

    » For bold adventurers Chase Berenson and Charla Hughes, some of the most dramatic moments on the Mongol Rally 2013 anticlimactically manifested themselves towards the very end of their 16-country, 42-day Eurasian escapade, just as they were closing in on finish line in Ulaanbaatar.


    Ties that bind

    Life, Alfred Tha Hla, Published on 24/09/2012

    » As a boy in a small farming community of 500 people in the US during the 1960s, David Reeck envisioned the People's Republic of China (PRC) as large and powerful. Often referred to as Red or Communist China during the Cold War, he grew up deeming it a threat to the US.

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