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    Throwing the cat among the pigeons

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/09/2018

    » The rapidly increasing numbers of pigeons (nok pilab) has ruffled a few official feathers in Bangkok. There was bit of a flap after authorities warned that citizens caught feeding the birds would face a stiff fine, explaining the pigeons were spreading disease. These birds divide opinion, some calling them "rats with wings", others more generously "doves without the PR".

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    Rodents are simply a master of taste

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/08/2018

    » There was a news report last week about the arrest on the Cambodian border of a gentleman smuggling 800kgs of dead rats. Imagine that. There are plenty of ways to make money through smuggling, but bootlegging deceased rodents is not one that immediately springs to mind.

  • OPINION

    A look back at another 'amazing' year

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 31/12/2017

    » It is customary at this time of the year to take a not too serious look back on the past 12 months, although there are some events you may well prefer to forget. If nothing else it will serve as a reminder that Thailand will always be Truly Amazing.

  • OPINION

    Pet piggies destined for the dinner plate

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 02/07/2017

    » A recent article in the Bangkok Post concerned Thai citizens getting more than they bargained for after buying pet pigs. Some might say that anyone who buys a pig as a pet deserves everything that follows.

  • OPINION

    There have probably been better years

    Oped, Roger Crutchley, Published on 27/12/2015

    » Well, we've just about scraped through 2015, although there have been a few dicey moments. Most of us will be happy to see the back of the Year of the Sheep, or was it the Goat? I never did quite work that out. It is customary at this time to look back on the past 12 months, although there are some events you might prefer to forget. If nothing else it serves as a reminder that Thailand will always be Truly Amazing.

  • OPINION

    Enjoying a cuppa with Harold the milkman

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 26/05/2019

    » When I was a teenager in the late 1950s/early 60s, we had a milkman called Harold whose son Gordon Neate was a professional footballer with our hometown team Reading who played in the Third Division. Every Saturday morning, on his rounds, Harold was invited into our kitchen for a cup of tea and he would relate all the behind-the-scenes gossip about the club.

  • OPINION

    A gentle look at uniform behaviour

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 13/01/2019

    » Reports that Bangkok Christian College is allowing students to wear casual clothes once a week might seem a trivial tale, but it could cause a few ructions in Thailand. This is a country where even university students wear uniforms and any thoughts about breaking out from this conformity are frowned upon. After all, it might spark "self-expression" which will send shudders down the spine of the education establishment. The next thing they know, students even might start asking meaningful questions.

  • OPINION

    Bodyguards keep in step in Singapore

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/06/2018

    » Unless you have been in hibernation, it was impossible not to avoid some exposure to the Big Event in Singapore last week. There has been enough analysis to fill the Grand Canyon, so we'll skip that stuff. Suffice to say it was certainly historic and quite gripping in a theatrical sort of way.

  • OPINION

    On handling the gentlemen of the press

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/01/2018

    » It is hardly a secret that the Thai prime minister is not exactly enamoured with the media. The press can admittedly at times be a pain in the posterior for those in power. It cannot be much fun having microphones shoved in your face after breakfast every morning by a scrum of journalists asking awkward questions about watches, submarines and elections.

  • OPINION

    Fire engines in the firing line again

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/07/2016

    » It looks like we might be at the start of another fire engine saga, something the unfortunate Thai public has become all too familiar with over the years.

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