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    A right to know?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/09/2017

    » In Bangkok, a form recently surfaced at a hotel in Nana, and it has gone viral. It tells guests to be aware that "the person" -- an allusion to a prostitute -- they are bringing to the room could be a "ladyboy".

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    The memory maestro

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 21/08/2017

    » Writer, speaker and brain enthusiast Eran Katz has a knack for keeping his conversation simple and to the point.

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    Lao cinema hits the jackpot

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/05/2017

    » In this Lao film, a nearly-blind woman is visited by ghosts that come to tell her winning lottery numbers. Her young caretaker, a girl from the countryside, takes advantage of her mistress' impairment and cashes in on the phantoms' fortunetelling, scoring win after win. On paper, it all sounds preposterous. Ghosts that give out lotto jackpots? How superstitious! How Southeast Asia! But don't be mistaken: you should go and watch Nong Hak (Dearest Sister), a well-made Lao production that spins the supernatural premise into class critique and psychological horror, ripe with atmospheric suspense. In fact, this is simply a better film in terms of script and technical standards than many Thai flicks released each year.

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    A colourless Kaleidoscope

    B Magazine, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 23/07/2017

    » Despite big-name collaborators, the latest EP by the UK stadium-rock quartet suffers from overly cloying production and anodyne songwriting.

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    Paying it forward

    Life, Published on 09/12/2016

    » A guide to charitable gift ideas that can make a real difference to the needy.

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    Reeling in the viewers

    Muse, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 08/07/2017

    » To the eyes of your average Joe, Googling the words "Bangkok Hooker" may get you some strange, if not disgusted looks. But to anyone who knows a thing or two about fishing, it's a whole different story.

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    Nothing to laugh about

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 07/07/2017

    » Certain terms put me off: "only" as in I only want; "just" as in I just mean; "fun" as in let's have some; "hilarious" as in this book is. They are simply untrue.

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    Life, death and rebirth

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 21/09/2017

    » As any honest Thai person can tell you, Bangkok is a city of dualities. Walk down one street and you'll find the most serene parks, bombastic high-rises and venerable temples. Turn down the wrong soi, however, and you're suddenly in a seedy alleyway filled with drugs, alcohol and questionable "massage parlours".

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    Dissecting a nation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/06/2017

    » Pasuk Phongpaichit's and Chris Baker's house is a verdant abode at the end of a maze in an Ekamai sub-soi. The garden at the back has tall trees and a small, tea-coloured pond. The whole area used to be a swamp, said Baker. The couple, both highly respected scholars in Thai studies, have been living there since 1987, or in their lexicon, "just before the boom" -- the high-flying economic expansion whose seismic shifts forever transformed Thailand in the early 1990s. Had they wanted to purchase the plot slightly later than they actually did -- after the boom had set in -- they wouldn't have been able to. "We came just before the high-rises."

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    School, but not as you know it

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/03/2017

    » 'School is a diamond," uttered Mechai Viravaidya. "But all we have ever done is use it as a glass."

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