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  • LEARNING

    Playing the odds in VEGAS

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 27/06/2010

    » There's barely a week to go before returning to Thailand, and I'm pulling out all stops to cram in as much as I can into my time left here in the United States. One of those activities includes a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas.

  • LEARNING

    The clothes horse is in clover

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 06/06/2010

    » Just arrived back from a clothes shopping trip in Los Angeles. Hardly justification for a column, I know, but bear with me. Things get a little more deep and meaningful as we progress.

  • LEARNING

    Losing weight & Being lost for words

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 13/06/2010

    » Los Angeles International Airport. That's where your weekly correspondent is seated at present, at Gate 46A, waiting amid the myriad Americans for my flight to Washington DC. And I am thinking about weight loss.

  • LEARNING

    Dog days on a Greyhound

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 20/06/2010

    » I am not a bus person. I do trains, planes, and people movers with ease and enthusiasm, but buses arouse the dark silhouette of despair that sleeps fitfully in my stomach, waking to attention the moment my backside hits the bus seat. I don't go around advertising this fact; the last time I casually mentioned it was in Sydney trying to find a way to get from Bondi to the casino.

  • LEARNING

    Who knows what the future brings?

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 16/05/2010

    » I was interested to read the news of well known fortune teller Mor Krit's sentencing to six months in prison for making a very, very wrong prediction. It's a story far bigger in the Thai press than in the English one.

  • LEARNING

    Breaking News!

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 23/05/2010

    » Back in 1989 I was a journalist working for a daily newspaper in Australia, and one of the very last assignments I had before embarking on my trip to Thailand was one of the toughest. Through a few contacts, and my reputation for being a fair journalist (this was a long time ago, remember), I interviewed a group of paedophiles who met once a week in an anonymous suburban house.

  • LEARNING

    Edible kitty litter, Viagra & Odourless cat's urine

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 30/05/2010

    » One of the first things I become expert at whenever I visit the United States is its television. I have no choice in the matter. Over here in the States I'm awake when I'm asleep in Bangkok, and jetlag thus hits me like a Northeastern truck driver on methamphetamines.

  • LEARNING

    A Gem of a story

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 04/04/2010

    » The recent decision to close down Sanam Luang for renovations has sent me on a trip down memory lane, reminding me of a day when I went there deliberately to get ripped off. Sanam Luang is the last remaining large tract of land in central Bangkok that hasn't been cemented over to make way for shophouses selling car parts or cheap cloth which, upon coming into contact with an errant cigarette, quickly introduces you to the perils of self-immolation.

  • LEARNING

    It's all going on at TK Park

    Brunch, Patsinee Kranlert, Published on 04/04/2010

    » You won't find any ancient bespectacled librarians around here - this is a spacious reading room that has managed to transform studying from tedious to hip.

  • LEARNING

    A gem of a story: Part II

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 11/04/2010

    » This is part two of an exciting story which started last week on this very page. Normally I have no time for readers who miss a week of this column, but if for some unfathomable reason you did, here is a brief synopsis:

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