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Can Miss Universe save the universe?
January 9, 2016 1:00 am

Can Miss Universe save the universe?

When I was young I always looked forward to watching the Miss Universe pageant on TV. It felt deliciously indulgent seeing all the glamorous outfits and the exotic national costumes, even if they were nothing compared to some of today’s elaborate...

Mark makes his mark and dads can do their duty
December 5, 2015 1:00 am

Mark makes his mark and dads can do their duty

I tend to click "like" with wild abandon, but I wish I could give Mark Zuckerberg a thousand likes for his recent action.

'Trudeaumania' girdles the globe: Is this guy for real?
November 7, 2015 1:00 am

'Trudeaumania' girdles the globe: Is this guy for real?

He's young and handsome. He's a feminist. He has a tattoo. He's clever with words. He sounds like a dream date, right?

A lesson in values from the garbage man and his son
October 10, 2015 1:00 am

A lesson in values from the garbage man and his son

I was among the many people who were delighted by a photo circulating on the social media of a freshly graduated Chulalongkorn University student lying prostrate at the feet of his dad, the driver of a garbage truck. But as soon as I'd shared...

The sober truth: 'We could all become refugees one day'
September 19, 2015 1:00 am

The sober truth: 'We could all become refugees one day'

Something that touches your heart always stays in your mind. "We could all become refugees one day," Jorg Christophler remarked to a group of journalists visiting Germany from Southeast Asia and Australia last week. He promotes tourism in...

Refugees or migrants? In humanitarian terms, confusion reigns
August 8, 2015 6:57 am

Refugees or migrants? In humanitarian terms, confusion reigns

I saw a photo in a Thai-language newspaper with the caption "England builds a higher and heavier fence to fend off refugees." Another news report explained that, in the wake of the Calais migrant crisis, Britain has sent money and materials...

Ten reasons why Thailand actually should buy the subs
July 11, 2015 1:00 am

Ten reasons why Thailand actually should buy the subs

Unless, like thousands of Thais, you've been too preoccupied by the break-up of singer Phakin "Tono" Kumvilaisak and actress Pattaratida "Tangmo" Patcharaveerapong, you will know that the government is poised to buy three...

Knocking at the door, THE RIGHT to not be poor
June 13, 2015 1:00 am

Knocking at the door, THE RIGHT to not be poor

There are few terms more complicated than "human rights". To some the phrase is simply boring. To others it's overhyped or underrated, too often monopolised or alienating to anyone who isn't a rights activist.

Today's spoilt brats, tomorrow's social problems
May 9, 2015 1:00 am

Today's spoilt brats, tomorrow's social problems

I was with my (almost-grown) daughter exploring a new mall and found that the elevator buttons for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh floors had all been pressed. As the door opened on the fourth floor I looked at the family of four sharing the...

Why frown, the social-media generation are a product of their times
April 4, 2015 1:00 am

Why frown, the social-media generation are a product of their times

If you feel there is a serious problem with present-day kids, count me among those who share your thoughts. Many children are becoming obsessed with taking photos and videos of themselves.They look for Wi-Fi everywhere, as if it is oxygen required to...