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    Lazing on a stormy Sunday afternoon

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 09/06/2019

    » Every now and again, I escape to the Northeast (Isan), more specifically the northernmost part of Chaiyaphum province, to relax, unwind, mellow out, chill out and hopefully not freak out. It is always a rewarding experience to shake off the madness of the Big Mango for a few days and settle into a pace of life that drifts between slow, very slow and practically dormant. That's something I can handle quite comfortably. In some ways it must resemble being transferred to an inactive post.

  • OPINION

    Just grin and look stupid and you'll be OK

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 16/04/2017

    » When I was first in Thailand I used to think Songkran was great fun. Throwing water and getting soaking wet seemed a very sensible diversion from the overwhelming April heat. I was even a little disappointed if I didn't get a good drenching from grinning urchins. Everyone seemed so happy. It was definitely sanook.

  • OPINION

    A year most of us would rather forget

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/12/2016

    » It is customary at this stage of the year to review events of the past 12 months, but this has been no ordinary year for Thailand. It has been a very sad time with the loss of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which plunged the entire kingdom into a state of mourning.

  • OPINION

    Reaching the finish line in Rio's Games

    Oped, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/08/2016

    » Because of the 10-hour time difference, it's been quite gruelling following that sporting event down in the land where "coffee beans grow by the billions" -- I still can't get that song out of my head. I can safely claim to have dozed off while watching swimming, boxing, badminton, golf (sorry Ariya) and missing far too many gold medal performances.

  • OPINION

    Fire engines in the firing line again

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/07/2016

    » It looks like we might be at the start of another fire engine saga, something the unfortunate Thai public has become all too familiar with over the years.

  • OPINION

    Climb every mountain … ford every stream

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/03/2016

    » About 18 months ago, I stood at the foot of Phu Kradung (Bell Mountain) in Loei province, contemplating whether I was capable of making it to the top.

  • OPINION

    Another year to remember, or maybe forget

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 28/12/2014

    » Well, we've just about scraped through another 12 months, although at times things did look a bit on the shaky side. At least all the whistle-blowing has abated. Here are a few reminders of events and characters that graced the year 2014, although some you may prefer to forget.

  • OPINION

    The house is gone, but memories linger

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/05/2013

    » Last week curiosity got the better of me while in the vicinity of Samitivej Hospital, and I dropped by the little soi off Sukhumvit 49 where I lived for more than two decades until 2006.

  • OPINION

    Still searching for the sound of silence

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 28/04/2013

    » Last Wednesday was International Noise Awareness Day, although if you live in Bangkok you could be forgiven for being blissfully unaware of this momentous occasion. It's hardly a revelation, but it's desperately difficult to escape noise in Thailand. You can't go to a department store or supermarket these days without being assaulted by an incessant babble of sales pitches from ladies with microphones, promoting anything from skin whitening creams to absurd looking lingerie.

  • OPINION

    Those barking rascals are wagging their tails again

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/04/2013

    » It is good to see North Korea is maintaining its flair for stirring rhetoric. Last week it likened the US to a "boiled pumpkin", which has a certain whimsical appeal. Long-time observers will appreciate that whoever came out with the pumpkin imagery is simply following a grand tradition of spokesmen from north of the DMZ.

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