Thailand coach Peter Reid: staying put?

More on the confusion surrounding Thailand soccer coach Peter Reid’s potential move to EPL outfit Stoke City. Today’s Bangkok Post has this item: Peter Reid will continue as the national team coach, according to Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Worawi Makudi. Worawi’s statement came after he met the Englishman at a Thai restaurant in […]

Around the web: August 25th to August 30th

Some links that have caught my eye of late: Facebook Exodus [NYTimes.com] — "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. Facebook, the online social grid, could not command loyalty forever…" Bumpy Pitch — retro US soccer shirts. — Very cool. Love the Beth Steel FC tee, especially. The Chart of Fantasy Art [The Publisher Files] […]

Kevin Costner’s Turkish Airlines TV ad: “Feel Like a Star”

The first few times I saw this Turkish Airlines ad — embedded below — on CNN International, I didn’t recognize Oscar Award winning actor Kevin Costner. Instead, I noted the ad’s other elements: The twist at the end, the catchy tune, and the various appeals to male vanity. But then a pal, K, mentioned Costner’s […]

Confusion over Thailand coach Peter Reid

Many foreign news organizations are reporting that Peter Reid, who has coached Thailand’s national soccer team for the past year, is leaving to take the assistant’s job at English Premier League outfit Stoke City. ((If you’re wondering where Stoke is located, consult this handy map of English Premier League teams that I mentioned earlier.)) Here […]

U.S. Senator Jim Webb: “We Can’t Afford to Ignore Myanmar”

Just wanted to point out that U.S. Senator Jim Webb has a New York Times op-ed about his recent visit to Myanmar. Worth a read. Webb discusses Myanmar’s isolation, China’s influence, and the importance of U.S. engagement. My previous post about Webb’s visit to Bangkok is here. And here’s my post about Aung San Suu […]

Thai government invokes security law ahead of Sunday red shirt protest

Reuters: “Thailand passes tough security law to control protest” Thailand’s government passed a security law Tuesday that clears the way for the military to be brought in to control a planned rally by supporters of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), better known as the “red shirts,” plan […]

Around the web: August 21-25

Some links that have caught my eye of late: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s [Pitchfork.com] — Via kottke.org Wikipedia Will Limit Changes on Articles About Living People [NYTimes.com] — "Officials…say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people." Slate Is Switching From […]

Webb and Yettaw arrive in Bangkok

US Senator Jim Webb gave a press conference here in Bangkok yesterday after the completion of Webb’s visit to Myanmar. During the trip, the Virgina Democrat met with the recently-convicted Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as the country’s top general, Than Shwe. Webb also secured the release of American John Yettaw, who was sentenced […]