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    Knockin' on parody's door

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 07/11/2016

    » Enough about Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize in Literature. He took his time but finally accepted the honour and will make it to the ceremony in Stockholm in December if he can.

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    Importance of moving on amid our grief

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/10/2016

    » It has been two weeks now since the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. For many of us, everything is still surreal wherein time is no factor. Since that fateful afternoon, the whole nation has turned black. "You'll no longer see what you have seen, but what you haven't seen before," someone wrote on his Facebook post. This is precisely the case.

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    Drink up 'cos the generals won't go away

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/07/2016

    » So this is it then; come next Sunday we're off to the polling stations for the referendum vote. That familiar locale, a school, a temple or a mosque temporarily converted into a theatre of democracy; where we performed our duty as active citizens in the Feb 2, 2014 election which was later made null and void.

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    A simulated freedom is our best hope

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/06/2016

    » So, David Cameron in the UK is quitting and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha won't. Then came along Lionel Messi and England manager Roy Hodgson's sudden decisions to retire from their international duties. But one should not bring all this up again; all is settled at home, the man stood his ground.

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    Who’ll show the elephant out of the room?

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/04/2016

    » There's this huge elephant in this room, of which no one -- neither the military government nor the general public -- talks about out loud, and it's one of the most likely explanations why the regime has held on to power as long as it has.

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    In search of a healthy society

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/04/2016

    » The success of Ratchanok "May" Intanon, Thai badminton star who recently won the Singapore Open and became world No.1, is an exception, obviously. The 21-year-old is slightly built, but according to a recent comment by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, success in sports has nothing to do with size but is due to the lack of conflict in the athlete's country.

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    An unlikely muse to art of endurance

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 31/03/2016

    » So what's the latest? Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the draft charter by the Meechai Ruchupan-led Constitution Drafting Committee -- yes, the one with a wholly-appointed Senate and fixed senator posts for armed forces and police chiefs -- is up for the referendum and, I quote, "No one will dare to touch it."

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    Premier must fulfil promises of his ballads

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/01/2016

    » A video clip which has gone viral recently features Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as he pays a visit to Ratharat-anusorn School in Nakhon Sawan province last week. It shows students lining up to welcome him by singing Because You Are Thailand, a song penned by the prime minister himself as a New Year gift last year.

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    A calendar for the 99.3%

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/01/2016

    » New year is for new beginnings. This is as much a cliché as it is true. While it is just a new day, we carry the illusion that comes with Jan 1. The past is suddenly forgiven and forgotten, a clean slate: new hobbies, new goals, new habits, new lives, and, of course, new calendars. Now, the first week of January is already over, and if you are still in search for the right calendar to guide you through the year, there's never a more fun place to search for one than our beloved country, Thailand.

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    Seeing the world through another's eyes

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/11/2015

    » As much as Facebook is a virtual space of borderless interaction, it has, for many, undeniably become our most immediate and primary news source. It's a personalised pool of information, which though we have chosen consciously, can transform who we are and the way we think without our even realising it. And I have often wondered what it would be like to live, maybe for a day, in the social media world of other people's Facebook accounts.

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