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Author Jim Algie chronicles his on-and-off love affair with Thailand that still continues to this day even though he moved to Mexico in 2022. Nothing is more common among expats than sitting around bitching about their adopted country and its inhabitants. When...read more
A pioneer of hardcore punk drumming and vital member of the Edmonton music scene, Evan lived fast, died middle-aged and left a small yet sound legacy. Evan C Jones cracked me up and bewildered me right from the first time I met him until our last message exchanges on...read more
One good thing about the pandemic was catching up on classics like “Farewell, My Lovely” by Raymond Chandler. For a book published 80 years ago, it’s surprisingly fresh and prescient. FISTFUL OF RAYMOND CHANDLER In Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe PI...read more
As a photographer Martyn Goodacre is mostly remembered for his famous black and white shot of Kurt Cobain, but he framed many more stars of rock, cinema and literature before living in Thailand for many years. The music business is a Roman circus of debauchery and...read more
The recent death of my cat in a freak accident left me feeling both inconsolable yet unable to express the enormity of that loss to myself or anyone else. Words by Jim Algie After his passing, I decided not to make an announcement on social media. I’ve taken that...read more
To get a glimpse of Thailand’s dark side and its Third World injustice system, no daytrip is more illuminating than a Bangkok prison visit, writes Jim Algie. Opening the back door of a pink taxi, I told the driver in Thai that I wanted to go to Klong Prem Prison. I...read more