Andrew Biggs Blog

  • Healthy Conundrum
    HEALTHY CONUNDRUM By Andrew Biggs “Khun Andrew, please give me some words of support. I applied for a job and wasn’t accepted. I’m soooooo upset.” This plaintive tweet arrived last Tuesday. Had it been a few short years ago it would have been an email. A few short years before ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Cheek Sniffers
    CHEEK SNIFFERS By Andrew Biggs Here we are in Thailand wedged between Christmas and New Year in the season of goodwill, generous in our hugs and kisses and sniffing cheeks, regardless of race and religion. Stop right there … did I just write sniffing cheeks? Yes I did. Thailand may ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-15
  • The Words Just Get Ickier
    THE WORDS JUST GET ICKIER By Andrew Biggs Spent a lovely morning down at Ickier the other day. Actually I’d been wanting to check it out since the week it opened, when the flood was at its peak, but I was smart enough to know 40 billion cubic metres of ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-15
  • For The Love Of Mike
    FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE By Andrew Biggs There has been a 33-year gap between the last two conversations I’ve had with Mike. “Hey Biggsy remember me? Your old mate from school! How the hell are you? Guess what … I in LERVVVVV as the septics say!” That was the ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Fried Bananas And Traffic Jams
    FRIED BANANAS AND TRAFFIC JAMS By Andrew Biggs Never have fried bananas posed such a threat as they did this week in the Land of Smiles. The Pom Prab cops had their hands full, stamping out a scourge they claim causes Bangkok’s infamous traffic jams. This story begins on an ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-12
  • The Charlatan’s Son
    THE CHARLATAN’S SON By Andrew Biggs Once upon a time there was a little boy who lived in the eastern province of Chantaburi. His nickname was Plabu, or “Goby Fish” in English, and at the age of five years 8 months he approached his father. “Father, I am going to ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-12
  • A Province Bathed In Yellow
    A PROVINCE BATHED IN YELLOW By Andrew Biggs Greetings from the haze hub of the world. I write this column from my bedroom in Samut Prakan, which is where I am supposed to stay for the whole day if I am to believe official government warnings. For the last five ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-12
  • The Perfect Despot
    THE PERFECT DESPOT By Andrew Biggs The phone call came in the evening more than a month ago. “It’s Somtow,” said Somtow Sucharitkul, maestro extraordinaire, doyen of Opera Siam, popular author of sc-fi, talented elder statesman of the Thai art world. “I’m thinking of putting on a production of Jesus ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-03-12
  • Signs Of The Times
    SIGNS OF THE TIMES By Andrew Biggs Every day as I leave my gated community at Samut Prakan, I am greeted by the smiling face of Dr Natthaphong Robkob at the end of my soi. Not just at the end of my soi. Every three metres or so along Srinakharin ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-02-26
  • James, What Have You Done?
    JAMES, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? By Andrew Biggs It’s a bad week to be male and Caucasian in the Land Of Smiles. A firestorm erupted in the Thai media, with one story gripping the nation for almost an entire day which is an eternity in these modern viral here-today gone-tomorrow ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2019-02-26