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    Great snakes! Or maybe, not so great

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 24/07/2016

    » Anyone who has lived in Thailand for a while will have experienced some kind of unscheduled meeting with a snake. I've had a few close encounters over the years and have not exactly covered myself in glory. Just like crocodiles, I think snakes are best left to their own devices -- preferably as far away from me as possible.So what was I doing last week sitting face to face with a King Cobra?

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    Stairway to a kind of heaven in Bangkok

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/07/2016

    » The recent case in which Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were cleared of stealing the opening riff of their massive hit Stairway to Heaven reminded me of the first time I heard a Thai band play the song in Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    Why 1967 wasn't just about the Beatles

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 11/06/2017

    » While writing about the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper a fortnight ago, it soon became apparent that 1967 was quite a remarkable year for a whole host of reasons aside from the Lonely Hearts Club Band. A quick glance at what was going on in 1967 might evoke a few memories among fellow wrinklies.

  • OPINION

    Sandcastles, seafood, but sorry, no sex

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/03/2017

    » In a week that began with a senior Pattaya policeman denying the existence of any prostitution in the resort, it was hard to take any news too seriously. Surprisingly, he didn't mention the highly acclaimed police swoop last year which netted 32 elderly expats in Pattaya for the heinous crime of playing bridge.

  • OPINION

    On learning to play your cards right

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 07/02/2016

    » It was one of those stories that, shortly after you have commenced reading, you glance at the date at the top of the page just to make sure it isn’t April 1.

  • OPINION

    In Thailand, there’s no need to go abroad

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/01/2016

    » Earlier this week I experienced a reminder that if you are living in Thailand you don’t necessarily have to travel abroad to experience world-famous sites. Just let those attractions come to you.

  • OPINION

    When the price isn’t quite right

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 26/04/2015

    » If anything is going to upset visitors to Thailand, it is the double-standard pricing at tourist spots. It is a system that is not easy to defend and prompts many lively letters to our PostBag section from irate foreigners. However, one suspects things are unlikely to change.

  • OPINION

    The verdict is yours on the new tourist court

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 15/09/2013

    » Best news of the week is the launching of a tourist court in Pattaya to speed up proceedings in minor cases. It means the jet ski scammers, rip-off artists and general riff-raff will all be immediately brought to justice _ well that's the theory.

  • OPINION

    Please just stay away from the tea leaves

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 29/09/2013

    » Leading Thai astrologers are reportedly forecasting that the government could be in for bit of a rough time in coming weeks. Apparently the stars aren't in a very auspicious place, although it might simply be that October is fast approaching, a traditionally tricky month for Thai governments.

  • OPINION

    A new year and a new experience

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 08/01/2012

    » At my age, any new sensation tends to be an ache or a pain, but this year on New Year's Day, I was up and about at six in the morning, which was definitely a new experience. I hasten to add this wasn't because I hadn't made it to bed after a night's revelry. Admittedly in the past there have been occasions when I've seen dawn rise on Jan 1 before hitting the sack. But this was a genuine early rise and shine occasion. Some explanation is needed for this unnatural behaviour.

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