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    There's a whole lot of digging going on

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/06/2019

    » This week the Bangkok Governor bravely announced that the tangled mess of overhead telecom and broadcast cables which have decorated Bangkok's streets for so long, will definitely be gone within two years. One suspects this might make him a leading candidate for the new post of Minister of Wishful Thinking.

  • OPINION

    'F' word makes a major breakthrough

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 12/05/2019

    » Important news from the world of wordplay. The latest edition of the Collins international Scrabble dictionary lists 2,862 new words, most of which I have never heard of. But most importantly for us in Thailand, a significant newcomer is one we are familiar with … farang.

  • OPINION

    Fifty fascinating years in Wonderland

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/04/2019

    » Having first arrived in Thailand a few days before Songkran, each year the festival approaches it sparks memories of those early days in the Kingdom. This year is slightly more significant because earlier this week marked my 50th year in Thailand, or to put it another way, roughly 18,250 days. That sounds decidedly scary. The frightening thing is that I can remember those early days better than the events of last week. The immature youth is now an immature wrinkly.

  • OPINION

    Thailand through the looking glass

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/01/2019

    » I trust everyone is recovering from the silly hats and hangovers season. Soon it will be back to the grim reality -- hangovers without the silly hats.

  • OPINION

    2018: The rescue that gripped the world

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/12/2018

    » It ended up as a truly inspiring feel-good story, but could so easily have been a heart-breaking tragedy. That was why the tale of the Wild Boars football team -- 12 young Thai boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave system in Chiang Rai -- held the attention of the world for more than a fortnight.

  • OPINION

    Tuning up for another festive season

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/12/2018

    » As we hurtle into the Jinger Ben mayhem (Jingle Bells to the uninitiated), it certainly helps if you have a bit of stamina. It is the time you prepare yourself for wearing silly hats, singing even sillier songs and acting in jovial fashion when the last thing you feel like is being jovial. You might even be subjected to inebriated gentlemen singing Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.

  • OPINION

    There's a beauty for every occasion

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 16/12/2018

    » Unless you have been in hibernation you will be aware that Thailand is currently hosting the 2018 Miss Universe contest which climaxes tomorrow at the less-than-entertaining hour of 7am, presumably to cater to primetime audiences in the United States.

  • OPINION

    Breaking news: Pattaya to be 'livable'

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

    » Most encouraging news of the week came on Wednesday when authorities announced a crackdown on crime in Pattaya which will finally make the city "livable". The somewhat quaintly named "Operation rooting out crime for a livable city" is admittedly a bit of a mouthful and we can only wish the boys in brown the best of luck. I mean, where do they start?

  • OPINION

    All aboard 'The Pattaya Thunderbolt'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/03/2018

    » Five years ago there was a report in the Bangkok Post with the authorities announcing a high-speed rail link from Bangkok to Pattaya would be running by 2018, with flashy trains whizzing along at 250kph. We were informed the train would whisk you to the beach resort in under one hour. Frankly, the thought of hurtling towards Pattaya at such great speed was a bit too scary for most people. Pattaya is the sort of place you need to ease into gently, preparing yourself for the mental challenge that awaits.

  • OPINION

    And the award goes to … not these films

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 04/03/2018

    » It's Oscar time again and as usual Hollywood is ignoring exciting Thai productions. Here are a few that caught the eye:

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