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    From a cultured cabbie to the Albert Hall

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/09/2018

    » The recent column on the musical tastes of Bangkok's taxi drivers prompted quite a few comments from readers relating assorted cab rides featuring the joyful strains of Cliff Richard, Boney M and even Pavarotti. However, Elvis remains the favourite amongst the veteran cabbies.

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    Facing the music on a desert island

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/02/2017

    » The daily news is so depressing it is time for a bit of unabashed escapism. Last weekend marked the 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs, one of BBC Radio's most iconic programmes. The format involves celebrities being interviewed about their life and selecting eight records if castaway on a desert island. Each guest is allowed a book of their choice and an inanimate luxury.

  • OPINION

    A long flight for the paper plane pilot

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/10/2018

    » It was pleasing to see that Mong Thongdee's dream of becoming a Thai citizen appears to have finally come true. Nine years ago Mr Mong made the headlines as a 12-year-old when he won the Thailand paper plane championships. However, he was devastated after being told he could not represent the kingdom at the international tournament in Japan because he was stateless, his parents being immigrants from Myanmar.

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    All Blacks star remembers the pain of 1995 defeat

    Sports, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/06/2018

    » One is an All Blacks legend and the other arguably one of the most exciting rugby players England has produced in recent years. But despite playing in different eras, both Andrew Mehrtens and Anthony Watson recognise rugby's future is very much in the hands of the kids.

  • OPINION

    Bowie a Starman in the Bangkok moonlight

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/01/2016

    » Thirty-two years ago, on a cool night in early December, I was with a group of friends standing on the field at Bangkok’s Army Stadium. Only a few weeks earlier I had played football at the stadium, but I didn’t have my boots on this time — we had gathered at this rather unlikely location on the Vibhavadi Rangsit highway to witness David Bowie in concert.

  • OPINION

    There’s nothing wrong with eccentricity

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/11/2015

    » Thailand has a considerable tradition when it comes to achieving offbeat records. In recent years the kingdom has received acclaim for such inspiring efforts as producing the world’s biggest omelette, the largest plate of fried rice and even the fattest Chinese dumpling.

  • OPINION

    Bangkok, where the world’s your oyster

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 16/11/2014

    » Last week’s item concerning the banning a decade ago of the Thai song with the splendid title Big Flabby Buttocks, prompted inquiries from readers concerning other ditties that had been banned in Thailand over the years.

  • OPINION

    The curious case of the unwanted fire trucks

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 04/05/2014

    » The sorry tale of the unused fire trucks is approaching the doubtful status of a full-blooded Thai saga, with the usual ingredients of high farce, excuses and red herrings, ultimately sinking into a legal morass. And we are still no nearer getting the trucks fighting fires.

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