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    Send in the clowns

    News, Postbag, Published on 27/11/2016

    » The State Enterprise Policy Office urges State Railway of Thailand (SRT) land development as a quick solution out of debt (BP, Nov 25). Who does it think it is kidding? The SRT is a bottomless pit as its debt piles up deeper and deeper due to inept management, lousy service, filthy, antiquated rolling stock, the inability to maintain any normal scheduling, and free rides.

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    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

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    Inconvenient evils

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/07/2017

    » Re: "Manas case all too rare", (Editorial, July 21).

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    There's a moose loose aboot this hoose

    News, Published on 14/09/2014

    » With the Scottish referendum imminent, it seems appropriate to have a Caledonian flavour to this week's column. I first visited Scotland as a teenager in the early 1960s and until then my only associations with the place had been a couple of silly songs. In 1958 there was something called Hoots Mon by the splendidly-named Lord Rockingham's XI, and it was quite a hit in Britain.

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    Another year to remember, or maybe forget

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 28/12/2014

    » Well, we've just about scraped through another 12 months, although at times things did look a bit on the shaky side. At least all the whistle-blowing has abated. Here are a few reminders of events and characters that graced the year 2014, although some you may prefer to forget.

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    Oh! Mr Porter, what should this lady do?

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 09/11/2014

    » Following on from last week's tales of unfortunate tourists arriving at the wrong destination, a reader suggested an old music hall ditty, Oh! Mr Porter, by the great Marie Lloyd, also fitted the bill. The song tells the tale of a young woman who gets on the wrong train at London. The chorus goes as follows:

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