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    Steady now, just 'keep calm and carry on'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 03/07/2016

    » For something that sounds a bit like a second-rate breakfast cereal, Brexit has created the most monumental commotion in Britain since David Beckham damaged his precious metatarsal.

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    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.

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    Forget 'wai khru', pay homage to equality instead

    News, Published on 27/09/2019

    » The notification was in my inbox a few weeks ago that our faculty would not hold a Teachers' Day ceremony or wai khru, a ceremony to pay homage to teachers, this year. The students had the option to join the university's main ceremony or they could just get on with their lives on that particular Thursday.

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    More a sorry scrawl than a signature

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 15/09/2019

    » Visiting the bank the other day I had to sign a bunch of documents that no doubt would be carefully filed away to collect dust in a basement, never to be seen again. By the time I had finished I was uncomfortably aware that no two signatures of mine are exactly the same, even when written in close succession.

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    Where there's a rhyme there's a reason

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 01/09/2019

    » Today we welcome in a new month, September. I have a certain attachment for the ninth month of the year for a rather simplistic reason. Whenever I can't remember how many days there are in a particular month, I still resort to the old rhyme "30 days hath September, April, June and November…" and so on. So much for my education.

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    Thailand needs more 'wonder women'

    News, Published on 07/08/2019

    » Mae Phloi, born circa 1882, is a period Thai fictional character in Si Phaen Din (The Four Reigns), a minor courtier married into an aristocratic life. And Wonder Woman is … you know, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot, or Lynda Carter, if you grew up in the 70s. They both have incredibly long legs.

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    What do we expect from next city governor?

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 18/07/2019

    » Next year, Bangkokians will have a newly elected governor. They deserve someone who has well-recognised professional experience in administration and management -- someone who can offer them a better quality of life and better urban development; the kind of living standards enjoyed by people in developed countries.

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    A most entertaining war of words

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/07/2019

    » An early frontrunner for word of the year could be "disinvited" which has featured in a series of not very diplomatic exchanges flying across The Pond this week.

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    Projecting power through Asean unity

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 02/07/2019

    » It only took a few seconds to change the substance of the discussion between Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and his Brunei counterpart, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Erywan Yusof, during their bilateral meeting on June 21. The two ministers were talking about ways to reduce the high cost of mobile phone roaming services in Asean to promote people-to-people contact. They were discussing "doing something together, sort-of-thing, to promote a people-centred community", according to a source who was at the meeting, when the host quipped, "Why not have Asean host the World Cup?". The word "yes" was the immediate response from Brunei. The rest is history.

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    Enjoying a cuppa with Harold the milkman

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 26/05/2019

    » When I was a teenager in the late 1950s/early 60s, we had a milkman called Harold whose son Gordon Neate was a professional footballer with our hometown team Reading who played in the Third Division. Every Saturday morning, on his rounds, Harold was invited into our kitchen for a cup of tea and he would relate all the behind-the-scenes gossip about the club.

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