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.

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Roger Crutchley
16 Jan 2022

Sunken 'ghost ship' could haunt Gulf fish

The week began promisingly with the discovery of a mystery "ghost ship" drifting in the Gulf of Thailand with no crew, cargo or documents aboard -- not even any defiant rodents. First spotted by Chevron oil-rig workers, the dilapidated Fin Shui Yuan 2, appeared to be a freighter of Chinese origin. Unfortunately, the vessel sunk in rough seas off the Nakhon Sri Thammarat coast while being towed towards land by the Thai Navy.

16 Jan 2022 6
9 Jan 2022

Where roosters crow before daybreak

For the past three weeks I have been waking up to the sound of roosters, many of which sneakily start warming up their vocal chords well before dawn. With this evidence you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that I have been in the Northeast of Thailand, or Isan. It has become a regular destination at the New Year and with the exception of the early morning calls from the chickens, it is always a pleasurable experience.

9 Jan 2022 11
2 Jan 2022

As long as it's a bit better than last year

It's that time of the year for columnists to suggest what could be in store for the next 12 months. However, things are so unpredictable at the moment even Nostradamus would struggle to come up with a half-decent forecast. Of course Thailand is not immune to the uncertainty although you wouldn't rule out occasional "misappropriation of funds" or to use the correct technical term, "cooking the books."

2 Jan 2022 2
26 Dec 2021

There have probably been better years

Well we've just about scraped through the Year of the Ox. It was a strange time, rather like living in a vacuum, not entirely sure what would happen next. Nothing could have been worse than 2020, but 2021 wasn't far off. At the start of the year there was hope that the cloud of Covid could be shaken off and we would all become happy folks in the Land of Smiles again, but it didn't quite work out that way -- it's the hope that kills you.

26 Dec 2021 6
19 Dec 2021

Foreign noses always good for a laugh

Today's column is coming from the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum to where I periodically escape for a break from Bangkok. There was a quick reminder that I was no longer in the Big Mango while sitting in a village restaurant with my wife and friends. A Thai lad about 5 years old came up to our table and stared at me for a bit and giggled. I might add this is not an unusual reaction to Crutch in the provinces.

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12 Dec 2021

Gardening best left to green fingers

I am fortunate in having a small garden and even more blessed to have Khun Noi look after it. Noi was the husband of my late maid who long-time readers knew as Ms Yasothon who regularly appeared in PostScript.

12 Dec 2021 5
5 Dec 2021

Final curtain call for grand old station

There is some debate concerning the fate of Bangkok's 105-year-old Hua Lamphong railway station which is scheduled to close at the end of the month. Hopefully a happy compromise can be reached with the station being preserved as a museum and its immediate area a public park. The State Railway of Thailand should also be given leeway to make itself some money, even if it means yet another mall.

5 Dec 2021 9
28 Nov 2021

It's enough to give anyone grey hairs

A recent letter to the Bangkok Post from the ever observant Ye Olde Pedant suggested that Bangkok's BTS and MRT executives should display more imagination in the naming of new rail lines and avoid colour coding. He cited the proposed Grey Line which for him immediately conjured up images of passengers with silvery hair, otherwise known as "the elderly".

28 Nov 2021 5
21 Nov 2021

The physician with music in his soul

Many foreigners have chosen to make Thailand their home over the years and some go on to embrace the kingdom in such a manner that their contributions to the country will never be forgotten. One such person was British doctor Patrick (Paddy) Dickson who sadly died last week following a heart attack at the age of 92.

21 Nov 2021 3
14 Nov 2021

Thailand becoming even more amazing

With the kingdom opening up again the Tourist Authority of Thailand have announced that they are primarily interested in "quality tourists". What exactly constitutes a quality tourist is not entirely clear, but one suspects it's a polite way of saying anyone with lots of money. No riff-raff or hoi polloi please.

14 Nov 2021 37