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A relic in Kanchanaburi

I once took a trip to the bridge over the River Kwai. A group of Japanese tourists were waiting at the station for a train running across the river. When the train arrived, some of them excitedly pointed at it and they rushed to the platform, uttering 'ooh' and 'aah', and snapping pictures with great enthusiasm.

I was standing there dumbfounded, asking myself what was so exciting about a train. But after a while it dawned on me that those Japanese must have been entranced by the antiquity of the train - rusty with squeaky wheels and all - and probably believed that such a thing belongs in a museum or on the sea bed as an artificial reef.

Separately, I have words for the Constitutional Court Justices: "Something that is leaning will eventually tip over."

Somsak Pola

Samut Prakarn


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