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  • OPINION

    Keep calm, it's just a royal being

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 19/07/2013

    » Writing this from London, I look around and reflect: In this land of the civilised and cultured, members of the royal family are referred to by mere first names by the public. Kate this, Kate that. William this, William that. I think her dress is terribly meh; how could he possibly consider polo matches the weekend his wife is supposed to give birth - these comments, made out in the open, could go on forever.

  • LIFE

    The business of graduation

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 11/06/2013

    » It was once a solemn, sacred day, more scholarly than social, more ceremonial than festive. But around five or six years ago, with the boom of digital cameras and social media that allow self-celebratory broadcasts, the commencement and graduation ceremonies in Thailand have shifted to a whole new level. They've become our culture's most glorified rite-of-passage milestone _ not to say the second most expensive, perhaps only after a wedding.

  • LIFE

    Behind-the-lens perspective

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 11/06/2013

    » Donning a distinctive top to make himself stand out from the crowd is just one of the survival tactics that Piya "Zong" Chayphiphitthaphan employs to get through yet another graduation/commencement day, that busily stage-managed milestone in the lives of many Thai students.

  • LIFE

    A life at the Opera

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 08/02/2013

    » Judge Bao, the flinty and decisive Chinese opera character with a crescent Moon on his forehead, starts to sing and glide across the stage. As usual, he's handing out his verdict to criminals and upholding morality, yet something sets this particular Bao apart from his other incarnations: He sings in Thai.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Ethereal but eminently wearable

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 28/09/2012

    » Later today Adler Joailliers will be unveiling some of its most stunning creations at the very first exhibition it has ever held in Thailand. The firm of jewellers is here at the invitation of Patcharavipa 'Pat' Bodiratanangkura, granddaughter of Thanpuying Lursakdi Sampatisiri of Swissotel Nai Lert Park fame.

  • LIFE

    Continuing compassion

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 23/10/2012

    » The legendary forest conservationist Seub Nakhasathien was known for his unstinting efforts to save and protect wildlife in Huay Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1991 and is spread over Kanchanaburi, Tak and Uthai Thani provinces. His suicide from stress over failing to save wild animals 22 years ago shocked Thailand, but his good name and crusade remain in the hearts of many today.

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