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Thai PM condemns the people behind Bangkok’s bomb explosions – UPDATE

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PHOTO: Thai Rath

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has condemned those behind the bombings and Tweeted he had already ordered those responsible to protect the people and take care of injured people in a Tweet at 11.12am.

Bombs have gone off around different parts of Bangkok this morning, following a fake bomb being placed in front of the Royal Thai Police HQ in Bangkok late last night.

Loud explosions were heard near the BTS skytrain station at Chong Nong Si, just out the front of the Mahanakorn Building, plus at least three other areas in Bangkok this morning. Four people have been injured – two on Rama 9 Road and two near the Chong Nong Si BTS station. Glass around the entrances to the Skytrain station platform were shattered. This incident has been variously reported in different media as happening around 9am.

Police reported loud sounds “similar to bomb explosions” twice at the Chong Nonsi BTS station about 8.50am and closed Exits 3 and 4 to the BTS station, above the road. Police also cordoned off the areas. Reports also say that there were loud bangs near the security entrance area to the Mahanakhon Building.

There has also been a fire in shops in Soi 19 Phetchaburi Road in the Pratunam area, near the busy markets. The fire started around 5am this morning. Police don’t know if it is connected to the other explosions during the morning.

The first explosions reported this morning were in front of a Government Building in Chaeng Wattana Road, Building B, in the Lak Si District, in the northern suburbs of the capital. The Thaiger reported earlier that it went off around 7am although other media report that the time may have been later, nearer 9am.

The second explosion went off in a garden area, opposite the first explosion in Chaeng Wattana Road, a ‘short time’ after the first explosion. In both cases, no one was injured.

The third explosion was on Rama 9 in Soi 57/1, approximately 12 kilometres from the 1st and 2nd explosions, near the Airport Link in Bang Kapi. Two “road” cleaners were injured in this incident.

Later this morning two unexploded devices were found on the footpaths outside the front of the Royal Thai Army’s headquarters, also in Chaeng Wattana Road, next door to the Government Building where the first tow devices went off today.

Police suspect all four incident are part of a wider campaign that started last night when a few bomb was left outside the Royal Thai Police HQ in Bangkok. Read that story HERE.

Thai PM condemns the people behind Bangkok's bomb explosions - UPDATE | News by The Thaiger

Fire at shops near the Pratunam Markets in a Soi off Phetchaburi Road

Thai PM condemns the people behind Bangkok's bomb explosions - UPDATE | News by The Thaiger

Thought to be the first explosion this morning at a government building in Chaeng Wattana Road

 

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Rehearsals continue for the grand Royal Barge Procession in Bangkok

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The next rehearsals for the Royal Barge Procession, the final event of the Coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) in 2019, will be held on August 22 and 29, September 3, 10, 17, 23, and 27 and October 3, 7, and 10. The full-dress rehearsals are being held be on October 17 and 21.

The Royal Barge Procession will take place on Thursday, 24 October along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

The next rehearsals for the Royal Barge Procession, the final event of the Coronation of His Majesty King Maha…

Posted by PR Thai Government on Tuesday, 13 August 2019

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Nine Chinese criminals rounded up for extradition back to China

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FILE PHOTO: Thai Immigration Chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang

Nine Chinese nationals have been taken into custody after seeking refuge in Thailand, wanted by Chinese authorities for alleged crimes in China.

Thai Immigration officials report that the nine have caused damages valued around 5 billion baht to the Chinese government.

Immigration police chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang said the Thai visas for five of them have been cancelled. Some of them had sought refuge in Thailand and overstayed their visas, after committing crimes in China. Some of the others entered Thailand illegally, according to Immigration officials.

All nine suspects had been either on a watch list, or a list of arrest warrants submitted by Chinese authorities to Thai Immigration. All nine will be extradited to China.

Sompong says the arrests of the nine suspects were made at the request of Chinese authorities under a new cooperation and extradition deal between the two countries.

SOURCE: The Nation

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‘One Night In Bangkok’. The song, 35 years later

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PHOTO: Doi Kuro, Bangkok 1980

When ‘One Night In Bangkok’ was released in 1984 it was an unlikely hit- the opening song from a (at the time) little-known stage pop-opera called ‘Chess’. The song made Number 1 in South Africa, West Germany, Switzerland and Australia, and Number 3 in Canada and the United States. It has remained a staple of Classic Hit radio ever since. Have a listen below…

The musical was the first outing for the two ‘Bs’ in ABBA – Benny Andersson and Bjoern Ulvaeus. Their pop grooves had made ABBA one of the most famous music groups in the world between 1973 and 1982 with a string of hits including 20 singles in the Billboard Top 100 from eight albums, etc, etc. The lyrics of the song were penned by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast).

In the opening song of ‘Chess’, the American chess champion Freddie Trumper gets ready for a chess game with his Russian counterpart. He ridicules Bangkok’s ‘pleasures’ and tourist attractions – the Chao Phraya River (“muddy old river”), Wat Pho (“reclining Buddha”), and the red-light distractions. The choruses are more complimentary.

At the time the sarcasm of the song didn’t go down well with the Thai Mass Communications Organisation (now the NBTC) issuing a ban on the song in 1985, saying its lyrics “cause misunderstanding about Thai society and show disrespect towards Buddhism”, a line still trotted out about inappropriate Instagrammers and their selfies in front of Thai temples.

Thirty-five years later the song still paints a picture of a contrasting ‘oriental’ city alive with lights (including red lights), colour, pungent smells, culture and history.

We’re not sure if the ban was ever lifted but I hear the song played on Thai stations from time to time. At the time, when Bangkok was less on the tourist map than now, the song was a lone reference point for westerners.

How does it stand up thirty-five years after becoming a world-wide hit? Comment on our Facebook Page.

One Night In Bangkok

Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don’t know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner (referring to the actor’s starring role as the King of Siam in ‘The King and I’)

Time flies, doesn’t seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change don’t you know that when you
Play at this level there’s no ordinary venue
It’s Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings or,
Or this place!

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One town’s very like another
When your head’s down over your pieces, brother
It’s a drag, it’s a bore, it’s really such a pity
To be looking at the board, not looking at the city
Whaddya mean?
Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town
Tea, girls, warm, sweet
Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite
Get thai’d, you’re talking to a tourist
Whose every move’s among the purest
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Siam’s gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha
And thank God I’m only watching the game… controlling it

I don’t see you guys rating
The kind of mate I’m contemplating
I’d let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you
So you better go back to your bars, your temples
Your massage parlours

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Songwriters: Tim Rice / Benny Goran Bror Andersson / Bjoern K. Ulvaeus

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