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Roger Crutchley

Bangkok Post columnist

A long time popular Bangkok Post columnist. In 1994 he won the Ayumongkol Literary Award. For many years he was Sports Editor at the Bangkok Post.

Email : oldcrutch@gmail.com

Roger Crutchley
25 Jul 2021

The girl who was all 'eyelashes and legs'

I was rightly admonished by a reader for not mentioning model Twiggy in last week's column concerning the "Swinging Sixties" in London. After all Twiggy was dubbed "The Face of 66" in a huge spread in the Daily Express.

25 Jul 2021 10
The girl who was all 'eyelashes and legs'
18 Jul 2021

Home alone … a case of bad timing

The emotional events at Wembley Stadium last Sunday inevitably stirred personal memories of a similar happening with a different outcome 55 years previously in the summer of 1966.

18 Jul 2021 14
Home alone … a case of bad timing
11 Jul 2021

The Soliloquy of Harold Callahan

My thanks to former colleague Alan Dawson for alerting me to a scene from the Clint Eastwood film Sudden Impact which may throw some light on the hot dog and ketchup debate which featured in last week's column.

11 Jul 2021 16
The Soliloquy of Harold Callahan
4 Jul 2021

A day for mustard and relish, but no ketchup

Despite not being American I attended several July 4 celebrations in Bangkok back in the days when they were held at the old ISB campus on Sukhumvit Soi 15. A colleague's recommendation of "cheap beer and heavenly hot dogs" was enough to convince me it was possibly not the worst way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Bangkok.

4 Jul 2021 10
A day for mustard and relish, but no ketchup
27 Jun 2021

Between you, me and the lamp post

Over the years we've had allegations of malfeasance concerning the whole spectrum of life in Thailand. Among the more unlikely cases have been claims of dubious goings on concerning purchases of such items as school pianos, parliament clocks, cows and even kindergarten toys.

27 Jun 2021 8
Between you, me and the lamp post
20 Jun 2021

Cornish pasty has its moment in the sun

The most important outcome of last week's G7 summit in Cornwall was undoubtedly the appearance of tempting new versions of the traditional Cornish pasty. One bakery came up with a large pasty called "Biden's big-un", while also on offer were "Merkel's minted lamb'', "Macron's mixed veg", and the cheese-filled "Boris' Stilton".

20 Jun 2021 15
Cornish pasty has its moment in the sun
13 Jun 2021

'King of fruits' is nothing to sniff at

Most people who have a functioning hooter will be well aware we are in the middle of the durian season. I got a timely reminder when my wife returned triumphantly from a day trip to the orchards of Nakhon Nayok last weekend laden with what is called the "king of fruits''. It is also the smelliest of fruits, prompting a brisk trade in T-shirts bearing the message "tastes like heaven and smells like hell".

13 Jun 2021 9
'King of fruits' is nothing to sniff at
6 Jun 2021

There's no excuse to be lost for words

It is always nice to come across new words and last week I discovered a tiny treasure trove of fancy locution thanks to the Grandiloquent website which specialises in flowery, but genuine language. Grandiloquent means a "pompous or extravagant style of language" and there is plenty of that about.

6 Jun 2021 15
There's no excuse to be lost for words
30 May 2021

The cuckoo-clock tune that went to No.1

It was amusing to see that the UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend attracted a grand total of zero votes. However, singer James Newman shouldn't fret too much as not getting any votes is almost a badge of honour in this annual festival of kitsch where music takes second place to gaudy, garish, glitter.

30 May 2021 4
23 May 2021

Unearthing the true meaning of tea money

Thanks to readers for their entertaining comments and emails on last week's PostScript concerning the delights of drinking tea. There were assorted inspiring tales of eccentric tea ladies, quirky tea-time habits and important song lyrics I had overlooked.

23 May 2021 5