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  • OPINION

    Thai TV not yet destined for global love

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/03/2018

    » The soap series Bupphaesannivas (Love Destiny) is all the rage these days in Thailand. I enjoy some parts of it, especially one memorable episode a few weeks back when the female lead, a beautiful vixen in 17th century Ayutthaya, displays her vituperative talent by shouting at her servant, "Shut up or I'll smack your mouth with my piss pot." Neither did we see the piss nor the pot, but we get the picture. There's even a YouTube clip of that.

  • OPINION

    'My country's got' these socio-political ills

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 02/11/2018

    » The explosive Rap Against Dictatorship music video that has taken Thailand by storm has raised myriad socio-political questions and issues. Known in Thai as <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i>, the sensational music video has been viewed on YouTube more than 25 million times in just 10 days in a country of 69 million people, a feat in its own right and a record for its artistic kind in Thailand. How this five-minute rap song in the Thai language has done so much says a lot about where Thailand has been and where it is going.

  • OPINION

    Two hats not good

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 07/10/2018

    » When Bangkok got too noisy because of all the criticism about cabinet ministers taking advantage by openly playing politics unfairly, the general prime minister escaped to the North on another scrupulously non-political trip to give away money and be photographed with every local personality and housewife within 20 kilometres.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    'Destiny' puts TV content at centre stage

    News, Srisamorn Phoosuphanusorn, Published on 22/03/2018

    » The massive viewership of period soap opera <i>Buppe San Nivas</i> (Love Destiny) offered a beacon to troubled TV operators, by showing consumers will not abandon their old TV screens as long as the content is good enough to keep them glued to the sofa.

  • OPINION

    About politics

    News, Published on 18/11/2017

    » Prayut's 'fresh faces' question steeped in contradictions v Regime keeps watchful eye on Pheu Thai Party as it mulls lifting the political ban v Rajabhakti Park: Pride of the army or simply a den of graft?

  • OPINION

    Trump tweets show disturbing side of social media

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 06/02/2017

    » Last March, three months before Britons voted to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, then Prime Minister David Cameron asked Daily Mail proprietor Lord Rothermere to fire the newspaper's editor, Paul Dacre. The press baron, descendant of the family which did more than any other to create the British tabloid press, refused, and did not even tell Dacre of the request until after the result of the referendum. The incident, reported by the BBC, has not been denied by any of the parties involved.

  • OPINION

    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

    New talents embraced in reviving geisha tradition

    News, Kyodo News, Published on 11/08/2016

    » Morioka, the capital city of Iwate prefecture in northeastern Japan, is striving to preserve and revitalise the time-honoured tradition of geisha female entertainers for which the town was once famous.

  • OPINION

    Thailand-Only Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2017

    » If you've pored over newspapers (in a desperate hope to find a story to base your editor's note) as much as I have, you can't help but notice the types of stories that make the front page or your Facebook newsfeed again and again. Here are nine Thailand-only headlines I've noticed from various news outlets on numerous occasions, along with my observations on them. Strictly for your entertainment.

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