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    A gentle look at uniform behaviour

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 13/01/2019

    » Reports that Bangkok Christian College is allowing students to wear casual clothes once a week might seem a trivial tale, but it could cause a few ructions in Thailand. This is a country where even university students wear uniforms and any thoughts about breaking out from this conformity are frowned upon. After all, it might spark "self-expression" which will send shudders down the spine of the education establishment. The next thing they know, students even might start asking meaningful questions.

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    Thailand through the looking glass

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/01/2019

    » I trust everyone is recovering from the silly hats and hangovers season. Soon it will be back to the grim reality -- hangovers without the silly hats.

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    2018: The rescue that gripped the world

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/12/2018

    » It ended up as a truly inspiring feel-good story, but could so easily have been a heart-breaking tragedy. That was why the tale of the Wild Boars football team -- 12 young Thai boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave system in Chiang Rai -- held the attention of the world for more than a fortnight.

  • OPINION

    Tuning up for another festive season

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/12/2018

    » As we hurtle into the Jinger Ben mayhem (Jingle Bells to the uninitiated), it certainly helps if you have a bit of stamina. It is the time you prepare yourself for wearing silly hats, singing even sillier songs and acting in jovial fashion when the last thing you feel like is being jovial. You might even be subjected to inebriated gentlemen singing Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.

  • OPINION

    There's a beauty for every occasion

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 16/12/2018

    » Unless you have been in hibernation you will be aware that Thailand is currently hosting the 2018 Miss Universe contest which climaxes tomorrow at the less-than-entertaining hour of 7am, presumably to cater to primetime audiences in the United States.

  • OPINION

    Something of a mixed bag at the supermarket

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 09/12/2018

    » I nipped into the local supermarket last Tuesday to see if it was abiding by the promise not to use plastic bags in celebration of Thai Green Day. I was pleasantly surprised that the usual sea of plastic bags were not decorating the checkout counters. There was also a notice encouraging customers to use their own bags.

  • OPINION

    A wee dram from a Hebridean whirlpool

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 02/12/2018

    » Readers may recall a recent PostScript which featured the formidable waters of Scotland's Corryvreckan whirlpool, which almost claimed the life of author George Orwell in 1947. The whirlpool is potentially so treacherous that the Royal Navy reportedly classify it as "unnavigable".

  • OPINION

    Don't judge these books by their titles

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 25/11/2018

    » It is generally agreed that a snappy title helps the sales of a book, although some can be a real turnoff. With this in mind, for 40 years the English literary magazine Bookseller, has been holding an annual award for the oddest book title. Also known as the Diagram Prize, last year's winner was the enthralling The Commuter Pig Keeper which just edged out the thought-provoking Nipples on My Knee.

  • OPINION

    Once it was almost a botanical garden

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 18/11/2018

    » About 20 years ago I was standing on the steps of the British ambassador's residence in Bangkok after interviewing England and Manchester United football legend Sir Bobby Charlton. Shameless name-dropping again, l know, but there is a point. While we were waiting for transport, Sir Bobby surveyed the embassy grounds and remarked what an idyllic scene it was, with all the trees, ponds and well-manicured lawns. He was definitely impressed. With traffic gridlock only a stone's throw away, it was a truly tranquil oasis presided over with aplomb by the statue of Queen Victoria.

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    One way to get into the swim of things

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 11/11/2018

    » As a kid I would marvel at reports of someone swimming across the English Channel. Being a total wimp in water, I couldn't believe that anyone would want to swim the chilly 33 kilometres between England and France when you could hop aboard a ferry.

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