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    Hear her roar!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/04/2018

    » Katy Perry, pixie-haired and ever ebullient, roared through her second appearance in Bangkok on Tuesday night with professionalism, humour and ease. This pop-spectacle is as much a visual experience as it is an aural one -- in fact, the visual overwhelmed our attention for the most parts of the 120-minute gig. The stage -- and wardrobe -- dripped with red at one point, shimmered with silver at another, and Perry's team deployed a full arsenal of wacky props, girlish delight and zany sight gags. We even had a fart joke at one point, perhaps the first I ever heard live on the stage from Impact Arena. Perry's appeal cuts a broad swathe across the demographic, and we had a rainbow of humanity thronging the hall: office types, teenagers, party animals, hipsters, Cosplay queens, the LGBT camp, celebrities, people who think they're celebrities, girls in candy-coloured wigs, parents and children -- I mean, first-graders and stuff, lots of them in fact, arriving in cheerful anticipation and looking tired when the proceedings advanced past 11pm. In all, it looked like a cross section between the crowd at a Madonna gig and Disney On Ice. Such is the strange pull of Perry.


    Toon and Pai, the tale of our two Jesuses

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/12/2017

    » Let's say, modestly, that Toon Bodyslam is Jesus Christ.


    That precious gold statuette

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/02/2017

    » The Oscars takes place Monday morning Thailand time. We pontificate and prognosticate the results


    For a ghost of a chance, use your talisman

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/10/2016

    » On Wednesday Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha talked for 135 minutes at the Bangkok Post Forum, more than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday combined. And this isn't even an election campaign. A good soldier, he's unfazed by the presence of enemies and microphone. From the podium, arms outstretched, the PM touched on a lot of topics: Thai education, the economy, Section 44, Thailand as a "developed" country, the 20-year prophecy, etc. But what struck me like a hammer was when the general mentioned ghosts.


    Spotlight shines bright

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/01/2016

    » Journalistic courage is a timely topic, and the example given by the team in Spotlight shows how legwork, doggedness and conviction can rattle the pillars of the establishment when society needs it.


    Evocative hymn to Thai rice

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/01/2015

    » This is the film you simply have to see this weekend. Uruphong Raksasad's Pleng Khong Kao (The Songs Of Rice) is a lyrical poetry of image and sound, as beautiful as 19th-century pastoral paintings and as evocative as murmured hymns. In a compact 75 minutes, we see muddied beasts stomping the paddies and whirring tractors aglow with nocturnal eyes; we hear the chanting for the Rice Goddess and rhythmic windpipe numbers for the harvest dance. We even marvel, unlikely as it seems, at a zonk-out sci-fi rendition of a northeastern rocket festival, ablaze with fire and sparks and songs and joy.


    A not-so-mundane history

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/06/2018

    » A lampshade, elegant and shiny, bears a distinct image of the Siamese constitution over the map of Thailand. A nielloware cigarette box, in solemn brass and black, also features an engraving of the constitution -- the emblematic figure of a folded scripture on a tray. Next to it are matchbox labels, pins, a glass bottle, a bowl, a water jar, an ashtray, a vinyl record. All of them carry the symbolism of the seismic transformation that took place 86 years ago.


    Saint Toon carrying the cross for all

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/11/2017

    » Saint Toon carries the cross for the entire nation as he runs from the deep South to the high North.


    Conscripted to fight an invisible war

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/04/2017

    » Until April 12, the biggest annual lottery will keep Thai men on edge: the military draft.


    The sad saga of southern discomfort

    Oped, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/03/2017

    » We thought never again, but we’re always wrong. The godless attack and murder of four people, including an eight-year-old boy, in Narathiwat on Thursday was the latest reminder of the longstanding deep South anguish. The death toll is nearly 6,800 and counting. A beautiful region has been cursed for 13 years and counting. A land of many faiths is being threatened by faithless goons, and the urge among authorities to tighten their grip will fan the flames of violence.

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