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  • 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.

  • NEWS

    19 killed, 123 hurt as bomb blast rocks Bangkok tourist attraction

    Online Reporters, Published on 17/08/2015

    » A bomb explosion inside one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attractions killed at least 19 people and injured 123 others – mostly foreign tourists – on Monday.

  • NEWS

    Young mum nabbed as gold store thief

    News, Published on 16/06/2018

    » Young mum held for gold shop theft

  • NEWS

    Our top 10 stories in a year that will be hard to forget

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Over the past year 'Spectrum' has reported a wide range of issues to give readers valuable insights. Our reporter ambushed the monk who helped Leicester City to their shock English Premier League title to get an exclusive. Another reporter blended in with Chinese yuppies in the new business district of Bangkok to find out why they decided to migrate to Thailand. Two reporters did a series of stories on the Tiger Temple by hanging out with the veterinarian, monks and national park officers to listen to all sides. We were determined to find the truth. Last month we also went up to Chiang Mai to talk to Hmong girls wrongly accused of stealing a British tourist's watch. Here are the top 10 stories in another exciting year of reporting.

  • OPINION

    City clean-up is becoming a waste of space

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/05/2017

    » In just three years, a number of pavements and public areas in Bangkok have been reclaimed and tidied up, thanks to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) "clean-up campaign", which was backed by the military regime. But whether these spots really serve the needs of Bangkok residents remains in doubt.

  • NEWS

    NCPO reclaims the streets

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Some might perceive omnipresent street food and pavement vendors as part of Bangkok's charm. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), however, thought that some of these vendors might have gone too far in occupying public spaces.

  • OPINION

    The day I realised Thailand was different

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/04/2016

    » I trust everyone has survived the Songkran Festival, suffering little more than a few damp clothes, and maybe stuck with a hint of a fixed grin. The festival brings special memories for me because when I first arrived in April 1969, it coincided with the start of Songkran, although I was unaware of it.

  • OPINION

    Fond memories of Brazil's coffee culture

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 07/08/2016

    » With the Rio Olympics finally under way, I can't get out of my head the old Frank Sinatra song that starts: "Way down among Brazilians/Coffee beans grow by the billions …" It was entitled The Coffee Song and a big hit when I was a kid back in the Stone Age. In fact, that song just about summed up my knowledge of Brazil in those days.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The cinema bridge

    Life, Published on 24/09/2014

    » Looking for her lead actor, director Nichaya Boonsiripan spent three months hanging out at the Immigration Service Centre for Legalised Labourers of Three Nationalities (Myanmar, Cambodian and Laos). She finally picked up Aung Naing Soe for the film Myanmar In Love In Bangkok (Ruk Pasa A-Rai), a romantic comedy about love between a Thai woman and a male migrant worker from Myanmar, which is currently showing in selected cinemas.

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