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    All change, no change, cold call, katoey from hell?

    News, Published on 31/08/2014

    » Outspoken actress Pattarida "Tangmo" Patcharaweerapong is thanking God for Channel 7's decision to release her from her contract after she accepted work for a rival channel.

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    Smiling in plain view

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 08/10/2014

    » It's very rare for him not to smile. He smiles when he speaks. In fact, he even smiled when he was hauled into a police truck on the night the military announced Thailand's 19th coup. He also smiled — as some photographs showed — when he was subsequently brought back twice to a military camp.

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    Watching history unfold

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/04/2015

    » When Vitthya Vejjajiva said he was going to write a biography of Phan Wannamethee — diplomat, Red Cross chief, former Free Thai Movement member and ex-permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) — he received encouragement from everyone except his subject.

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    Tied to a Sino past

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 04/05/2015

    » The unavoidable and never-failing icebreaker -- do you have any Chinese blood? -- will always have its place in Thai society. Yet it's also something of an empty question, believes Singaporean author Jeffery Sng: "By the time Phibunsongkhram changed the country's name to Thailand, the Thais were already so mixed that it was hard to find anyone 100% Thai."  

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    Biographical musicals take centre stage

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 05/06/2015

    » While many contemporary Thai musicals have taken their inspiration from romantic novels, pop music and hit movies, this year biographical musicals seem to be a trend. May witnessed three biographical musicals paying tribute to real-life characters in Thai and Chinese history.

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    The shape-shifting form of protests

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 06/10/2015

    » The streets remained empty and all was quiet when thousands of people gathered last Wednesday night to protest against the government's Single Gateway proposal. Protesters weren't, however, down at major landmarks like Asoke or Ratchaprasong intersections, but simply in front of their computer screens. By merely punching the refresh button, these protesters let their resentment known to the authorities by crashing at least six government sites, including the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

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    Political musings

    Life, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Politicians are sometimes regarded with disdain, but Asst Prof Trirong Suwankhiri from the Democrat Party is often exempt from such an unfriendly regard. The public, especially those who have grown up observing the politics of the 1980s and 90s, remember him as "Doctor Sam Sri", which refers to the meaning of his name -- "the Thai flag with three colours". A true orator, Trirong's parliamentary debates were full of humour and gags and delivered in his signature thick southern accent. What sets him apart is not just his comical nature, but his relatively corruption-free image.

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    A Thai hero's remarkable contributions get an airing

    Life, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Next Wednesday will be the centennial of the late Puey Ungphakorn, known as the founding father of modern Thai economy and recently named by UNESCO as one of the world's most important people for his "impeccable ethics".

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    Sex education

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 11/07/2016

    » Male TV-talk-show host Wuthithorn "Woody" Milintachinda announced recently that he's married a man. The news in a way served as a long-awaited clarification given that Wuthithorn's sexual identity has always been in question. Indeed, it's received a mixed bag of reactions.

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    Thai independent films going strong

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/08/2016

    » History, identity, cavemen, dwarves -- independent Thai films taking on those subjects (and curiosities) are making the rounds at the film festival circuit this season. While the big multiplex release of the year is likely to be Fanday, the first output from GDH 559 (previously GTH) slated for Sept 1, some Thai indie titles are busily injecting necessary edge and provocation to the scene.

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