7 Books

Some books and long-form works I’ve downloaded, bought in physical form, am reading, or have recently finished: The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer, by David Goldblatt Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945, by Max Hastings The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande The Great Stagnation: How America Ate […]

Notes from Abhisit’s FCCT Talk Last Night

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva spoke at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand last night. (Details on the event are on the FCCT site here.) Embedded below and collected here are my Tweets from the evening, in reverse chronological order. As I’ve noted following Abhisit’s remarks at previous FCCT events, he is a highly […]

Once again, File under…

…If I didn’t mention this I would be failing to keep you updated on Thailand news: The BBC reported last Wed.: Proceedings in Thailand’s parliament have been interrupted after the graphic image of a semi-naked woman flashed up on giant screens during a debate. The close-up picture of a young woman striking a provocative pose […]

Bangkok: 99 Degrees F at 4 p.m. Today

Just noting for the record: It is extremely hot here in the Thai capital. It was 99 degrees Fahrenheit — that’s 37 degrees Celsius — at 4 p.m. today. That is all.

Off topic: Carl’s Jr. is Coming to Thailand

Burger and fast food gluttons fans only… Given my past writings about hamburgers in Bangkok, I feel compelled to point out this news: the well-known U.S. burger chain Carl’s Jr. says it is opening an establishment here in Bangkok on May 15. As you can see in the Tweet below, a restaurant representative says the […]

Economist on Thaksin and Hun Sen

Following my recent post on Thaksin’s Songkran rally next door in Cambodia, I wanted to point out a related Economist piece. The story examines the exiled former Thai prime minister’s relationship with Cambodia’s PM, Hun Sen: As much as the rally was a testament to Mr Thaksin’s popularity, it was perhaps even more a reflection […]

10 Links

Some Thailand-related, some not: 2012 Pulitzer winners in journalism and arts — The AP Barcelona’s Secret to Soccer Success — Miostadium.com How one man escaped from a North Korean prison camp — The Guardian Economic Theory Plots a Course for Good Food — The New York Times (Via A.) Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? — […]

Thaksin: I’ll Return ‘in the Next 3 to 4 Months’

Will former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra end his self-imposed exile and return to Thailand? The AP reports that Thaksin, on a visit to Cambodia, said his homecoming isn’t far off: Exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra celebrated Thailand’s most important holiday in neighbouring Cambodia this weekend, telling thousands of fervent supporters who crossed the border […]

Happy Songkran

The Thai new year, Songkran, kicks off here in Bangkok and around the country today. It’s the nation’s biggest holiday, with many businesses shutting down through early next week. The period is known for its water fights, outdoor parties, and general craziness. I probably won’t be posting much here for the next few days, but […]

NY Times on Yestersday’s Quake

The New York Times sums things up: Two powerful earthquakes struck about two hours apart off the coast of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, spreading panic among residents of the Indonesian island and reviving memories of the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the same area. There were no reports of casualties or significant damage, and […]