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  • OPINION

    Police blitz on alcohol pics goes too far

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 24/07/2017

    » At first, I thought a reporter at a mass-circulation newspaper who covered a police warning on members of the public not to post pictures of themselves with booze on social media got it wrong.

  • OPINION

    Phangnga gang rape case rattles nation

    News, Anucha Charoenpo, Published on 10/09/2017

    » The general public was shocked to learn of a horrific crime this week -- the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl in Phangnga's Takua Thung district last year. Their initial shock was perhaps only amplified when they found out that at least 40 men from the village of Ban Koh Raet in tambon Lo-yung were facing accusations of their involvement in several episodes of rape.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    Time to watch out for those pesky ethics

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/10/2016

    » Late last week, Chiang Mai governor Pawin Chamniprasart visited the home of two Hmong girls accused by a British tourist of stealing her wristwatch. Mr Pawin's visit was a gesture to reaffirm the girls' innocence. When Mr Pawin visited, the girls' mother performed a traditional ritual in their house to boost the morale of her daughters after their pictures appeared, late last month, on several international outlets including the New York Post and The Sun with headlines suggesting the girls stole the tourist's watch.

  • OPINION

    Searching for sanity

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/05/2017

    » It now is pretty much confirmed by all available sources that the world is nuts. Last week was just more proof piling up.

  • OPINION

    Thailand-Only Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2017

    » If you've pored over newspapers (in a desperate hope to find a story to base your editor's note) as much as I have, you can't help but notice the types of stories that make the front page or your Facebook newsfeed again and again. Here are nine Thailand-only headlines I've noticed from various news outlets on numerous occasions, along with my observations on them. Strictly for your entertainment.

  • OPINION

    Strangling the life out of Bangkok streets

    News, Mark Hughes, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Great cities have a way of defining themselves in often quirky ways. Beijing, for example, has rows of tiny shops selling identical items right next to each other, if you can spot them through the smog. The Left Bank in Paris is home to cultural, art and fashion street riches. Hong Kong has its roadside fishball sellers. London has its pub closing-time street fights, Brussels has its open-air chocolate markets and Zurich, well Zurich has its ultra-cleanliness.

  • OPINION

    It need not be the end of the road

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/06/2016

    » Route 3077, a small lane that cuts through the heart of Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, is one of my favourite drives. Several times my family brought me to this national park when I was very young.

  • OPINION

    Are you sure you're in the right job?

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/05/2017

    » Following last week's column on the perils of picking mushrooms, I received an email from a professional mushroomologist. I thought he might embark on heroic tales from the forests and how to avoid poisonous varieties of fungi. However, his advice was quite blunt. He admitted the mushrooms he consumes "have to come wrapped in cling film in an environmentally unfriendly polystyrene carton and from an air-conditioned establishment with a name like Sainsbury's, Tesco's, Waitrose etc".

  • OPINION

    From train whistles to monkey chatter

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 08/01/2017

    » In the final hours of New Year's Eve, I was sitting with my wife on the porch of our abode in the middle of Nakhon Nowhere.

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