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‘Nite Owl’ Columnist Bernard Trink Dies At 89

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Bernard Trink Dies At 89

Bernard Trink, the man who brought Bangkok’s naughty nightlife to the masses in his weekly “Nite Owl” column passed away earlier this week, aged 89.

A native New Yorker, Trink came to Bangkok in 1962 and taught English at various universities before taking over the “Nite Owl” column in 1966 at the now-defunct Bangkok World, an evening English-language newspaper.

His popular “Nite Owl” column continued in the Bangkok Post each week, covering Bangkok’s after-dark entertainment and was the man who coined Soi Cowboy and TIT, This Is Thailand.

Trink also wrote restaurant reviews as Friar Tuck and did regular film and book reviews in the years after the Bangkok Post without notice pulled his nightlife column in December 2003.

He is survived by his wife and two children, a son and daughter.

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Typhoon Molave Reaches Thailand After Destruction Across Region

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Typhoon Molave Reaches Thailand After Destruction Across Region

Strong winds and heavy rain hit Thailand on Thursday as Typhoon Molave moved inwards across the country.

The deadly storm has killed at least 13 people in Vietnam and 16 in the Philippines with many more still missing. Millions of people have been evacuated or left without power amid a trail of destruction.

Forecasters said the typhoon, also known as Quinta, has weakened to a tropical depression and will reach Laos and northern Thailand today with heavy rain and flash floods predicted.

Footage from Nakhon Ratchasima province shows the gloomy weather and rain showers this morning as residents prepare for the onslaught.



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Out Of Control Pickup Crashes Into Shop

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Out Of Control Pickup Cashes Into Shop

CCTV footage captured the moment a pickup truck lost control before slamming into a shop in Chiang Mai province last Friday.

Officers from the Changpuak police station arrived at the scene with paramedics who checked on the motorists.

Fortunately, the driver and his passenger were unscathed from the incident but the truck’s bumper was damaged from hitting the concrete wall.

The driver, Thanachet Moonfoo, 30, said he was travelling to town when an oncoming sedan swerved into his lane.

He said: “I was driving on my lane when the sedan came and nearly hit me. I avoided them but lost control of my vehicle.”

The sedan driver, identified as Noppadon Chantharao, 47, was also questioned by the police officers.

Other witnesses were also interviewed and the CCTV was submitted as evidence while the investigation is ongoing.



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After 35 Years Japanese Department Store Tokyu Closing MBK Branch In January

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After 35 Years Japanese Department Store Tokyu Closing MBK Branch In January

Japan’s Tokyu Department Store plans to close its Bangkok location at MBK after 35 years and becomes the latest in a lengthy list of Covid-19 casualties in Thailand.

The owners of the famous department store say a string of difficulties with the final straw being a lack of tourist traffic is behind their decision to close, according to Nikkei Asia.

The store at the MBK Center will shut its doors in late January.

Tokyu Department Store, part of the Tokyu Group, is the latest Japanese retailer to pull out of Thailand after Isetan closed down back in August.

The departure will leave Takashimaya, which opened at Iconsiam in 2018, as the only Japanese department store operator in Thailand.

News that Tokyu has decided to quit MBK and Thailand comes as a surprise following the news earlier this month that the department store had signed a newly extended lease agreement for another nine years which was announced by the operators of the shopping center when it unveiled plans for a 1 billion baht facelift

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