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  • LEARNING

    A gem of a story: Part II

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 11/04/2010

    » This is part two of an exciting story which started last week on this very page. Normally I have no time for readers who miss a week of this column, but if for some unfathomable reason you did, here is a brief synopsis:

  • LEARNING

    Dog days on a Greyhound

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 20/06/2010

    » I am not a bus person. I do trains, planes, and people movers with ease and enthusiasm, but buses arouse the dark silhouette of despair that sleeps fitfully in my stomach, waking to attention the moment my backside hits the bus seat. I don't go around advertising this fact; the last time I casually mentioned it was in Sydney trying to find a way to get from Bondi to the casino.

  • LEARNING

    Welfare or politics?

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 16/09/2010

    » People are earning good money in the motorcycle taxi business, but the problem is how to help drivers get their fair share.

  • LEARNING

    From poverty to the lower middle class in Thailand

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 16/09/2010

    » Construction and factory work are typical paths from poverty to the lower middle class in Thailand. Economist Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput uses research findings to explain how it works.

  • LEARNING

    More of those Melting Moments

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 19/09/2010

    » This week I must pause in my chronicle of Thai experiences to thank all my readers who sent in their personal Melting Moments this past week. Honestly, I am in awe of the response. When I send off my weekly column to my esteemed editor I sometimes forget that it's printed, read, and even responded to. I feel like Sally Fields receiving an Oscar for Places In The Heart.

  • LEARNING

    Hey you, Farang! Accuse me

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 26/09/2010

    » 'Hey you. You." The voice comes from behind, and I turn around to see a young man leaning lackadaisically against his taxi. "Where you go? I take you!" he adds, and he now breaks into a grin, revealing an even shade of yellow on his nicotine-stained teeth.

  • TECH

    BY THE METER

    Database, Published on 10/10/2010

    » Taxi meters were installed in Bangkok cabs for the first time in 1958. But this innovation didn't catch on as both the drivers and their customers preferred to negotiate a price. At that time there was no law to enforce their use and, as a result, the meters were removed. However, since the number of vehicles in Bangkok was increasing day by day, bargaining over taxi fares made the traffic congestion even worse, especially during rush hours.

  • TECH

    GETTING A LICENCE

    Database, Published on 10/10/2010

    » Any person over 22 years and not having a physical or mental handicap can apply for a taxi licence provided he or she has held a private driving licence for at least one year. Applicants must produce ID, house registration and a medical certificate stating that he or she is in good health.

  • LEARNING

    Dog taxis: A winning business idea

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 18/10/2010

    » Pet-friendly services are untapped business opportunities that want-to-be entrepreneurs are beginning to explore.

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    burden

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 20/12/2010

    » a serious or difficult responsibility that you have to deal with  ภาระ

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