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    Something's brewing

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 15/01/2017

    » A fortune teller suggested Puripong Suthisopapan and his business partner focus on selling beer when they opened their Be Right Back restaurant in Khon Kaen over a year ago. Starting only with one refrigerator, most of the beer they sold was illegally home-brewed as Thai law prohibits small-scale brewing.

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    Where hope has vanished

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 21/08/2016

    » It was the spot where the villagers had found the chequered loincloth of missing land rights activist Den Khamlae a week earlier. Banjong Sanitnit, Den's brother-in-law, stopped at a nearby tree. He lit six incense sticks and poured rice whisky into a clear plastic cup so that it was a quarter full. And then he prayed.

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    Lip service: there's a pucker born every day

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 28/08/2016

    » Plastic surgeon Chamnong Chirawichada has seen quite a few lip reduction cases during the past 15 years at his practice. But nothing has baffled him as much as the trend for thin lips shaped like buffalo horns which has emerged in Thailand -- and only Thailand -- in the past few years.

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    A forest becomes a battlefield

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 17/07/2016

    » After completing his daily alms one morning in 2014, Phra Yo Kanhawlang went back to the monastery to find a letter offering 200,000 baht in exchange for leaving the forest. The monk was instructed to leave a reply in writing if he was to accept the anonymous offer.

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    Photojournalist in the eye of the storm no more

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 09/10/2016

    » The horrible traffic jams, the disgusting air and the "sh*tty" place at Khao San Road were the reasons that German photojournalist Nick Nostitz hated Bangkok when he first arrived in 1989. Arriving as a backpacker carrying a surfboard, the 21-year-old wrote in his diary that "I will never come back to this awful place".

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    The lawyer preparing to defend herself

    News, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 30/10/2016

    » The black Honda CR-V parked in front of Bangkok's military court was sealed off by eight yellow barriers. Police officers taped A4 papers to each of the four door handles and trunk, and put a lock to the front wheel.

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    Failing the lecturers

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 20/11/2016

    » At Thepsatri Rajabhat University, a lecturer was locked out of his office after exposing alleged corruption involving the budget allocated for a field trip. His three staff were moved to other roles, and this semester his classes were reduced until he had no students to teach. Nowadays he goes to the university in the morning and signs his name, fearful he will fail his performance assessment.

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    When pigs fly

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 13/11/2016

    » Sakaseam Sripolreun takes pride in the wild boars he bought three years ago from a poacher in Khon Kaen's Phu Wiang district. Said to be the most beautiful strain in Thailand with a large chest, elegant posture and slim face, they are highly resistant to diseases and can live on scrap fruit and vegetables, making them easy to raise.

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    An open road ahead

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 16/10/2016

    » The Department of Land Transport is getting used to visits from people looking to invest in a driving school. A decade ago, there was only one private driving school registered under the department. But that quickly changed last year when at least one person visited every week to ask about the qualifications needed to open a school. The department now answers similar queries on a daily basis.

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    We can prescribe it for you wholesale

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 09/10/2016

    » At first glance, it would be easy to mistake the dozens of large pharmacies sitting across the road from Siriraj Hospital in Thon Buri for registered wholesale distributors. Crowds of customers bringing along samples of their prescribed medication are a familiar sight in any one of the stores, which employ dozens of staff.

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