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  • LIFE

    The art of exile

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 28/06/2017

    » The snowy mountaintops of Sweden, France or the United States, painted on Paphonsak La-or's canvases, aren't dispatches from the artist's overseas travels.

  • LIFE

    Sex, truth & politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/09/2017

    » In Uthis Haemamool's new novel, the protagonist's erotic adventure runs parallel to Thailand's political education. A man's carnal quests and sexual outbursts become, in a way, an allegory of a larger social context as the country goes through three coups d'etat and several convulsive protests in the past 25 years. The awakening of the loin as a metaphor for political orgasm, physical penetration as an analogy for abuses of power -- <i>Rang Haeng Pratana</i> (Silhouette Of Desire) is a novel that, Uthis admits, presents him with many risks as a writer.

  • OPINION

    Bad flood dreams

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/05/2017

    » Not surprisingly the better part of Bangkok flooded during the heavy rain in the early morning of May 16 and it looks like the BMA once again was caught off guard. We live in the Bang Na area just opposite Central City and since the last rainy season ended all the equipment used to pump out water has just been left without any sign of regular maintenance. Suddenly required, the BMA will have to get hold of technicians, required spares, operators, etc.

  • OPINION

    OAG fails public on subs

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/05/2017

    » The decision of the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) earlier this week to endorse the Royal Thai Navy's controversial submarine procurement project came as a major disappointment.

  • THAILAND

    The Rural Doctor

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 23/10/2016

    » A photograph in an elegant frame, a welcoming card with a shining golden rim, an exquisite outfit -- the presents for newborn babies can be very exciting. But if a baby is born in Ubolratana Hospital in Khon Kaen, the gifts will be something different. Parents may be given trees or plants from hospital director Apisit Thamrongwaranggoon.

  • LIFE

    Once lost, now found

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/02/2017

    » The 69th Cannes Film Festival begins today in southern France with its usual fanfare. Regarded as the world's most prestigious event of cinema professionals, the festival celebrates film as art, commerce, glitz and as cultural treasure. Fittingly, this year Cannes has invited only one Thai film to screen in the Cannes Classics programme -- the recently discovered 1954 Santi-Vina, which was once thought to be lost and has now been restored to its celluloid glory.

  • THAILAND

    Tipping the scales

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 09/10/2016

    » 'They are disgusting, they scare me, they hurt with their deadly saliva, and they destroy the trees." These are among the seemingly endless complaints made against water monitor lizards by the many people who use Lumpini Park for workouts and recreation. After extensive complaints, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration decided to remove the "uneasy on the eyes" animal from the park last month.

  • LIFE

    Weaving ties and traditions

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 04/04/2017

    » Wongduean Udomdechawet smiles when she talks about the craft of creating the tie-dyed silk woven cloth, known as mudmee.

  • TRAVEL

    An enduring tradition

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 23/03/2017

    » Khamson Srathong, 78, sits comfortably in front of a weaving loom under her raised-floor house in Ban Phon village in Kalasin's Kham Muang district.

  • LIFE

    The Dark Ages

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/09/2017

    » I was taught that the Roman Empire fell to the barbarians in 476 AD. My next grade teacher was vague. There were the Dark Ages, Medieval times and Middle Ages. I heard the word Byzantine only once, when the Turks captured Constantinople in 1455 AD. The Crusades took place halfway between.

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