Jams everywhere but Thailand’s road network is anything but a picnic (ASEAN TODAY)

People spend more time in traffic jams in Thailand than anywhere else in the world. Bangkok is one of the most congested cities on the planet. Only war-torn Libya has a higher traffic death rate. Despite efforts to ease the problem, Thailand’s congested roads are still among the worst in the world. Is there any…

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Battleground innovations at the Somme

Photo: “Somme 100 Thiepval Ceremony” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by amandabhslater Last year (November 2016) marked the centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme, where more than one million combatants were killed or wounded during one of the bloodiest battles of all time, yet the battle – or series of conflicts – gave rise to significant…

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A new challenge or two…

“Please don’t get me started looking backwards to move on…” Not my words* but apt ones I think to introduce a rare post of a somewhat personal nature. Last month, I resigned from my full-time job and took the decision to go freelance, starting my own business: JSPennington Ltd – highly original, I know! At…

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England – outplayed, outthought, and out of the Rugby World Cup

Australia were by far the better side yesterday. We knew they’d be better at the breakdown, but they outplayed England everywhere else as well including the scrum. To put a RWC2015 spin on an old joke, how can you lay back and think of England when you’ve no idea what they’ll do when they are…

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Why I think England will beat Wales, and other #RWC15 musings

It’s been OK so far, hasn’t it? Scrap that, it’s been way more than OK, what with unexpected victories for Japan and Georgia, winning starts for the Home Nations and a general feeling that the gaps between the Tier 1, 2 and 3 nations are closing. That has to be a good thing for the game and…

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