What?! We have a curfew?!

Here is a taste of the Guru magazine writing style. It is not heavy reading. It may sound serious at first, but that doesn't last for long.

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Today is Friday, so Bangkok Post subscribers receive Guru magazine with their newspaper. It is not exactly heavy reading. Here is an excerpt from today's "Editor's note” by Sumati Sivasiamphai and I am sure you will see what I mean.

It begins like a serious news story, but that doesn't last long.

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What?! We have a curfew?!

BANGKOK – A recent proposal to extend the closing times of nightlife establishments has shocked a nation who had no idea there was even a curfew to begin with.

The proposition, as reported in the Bangkok Post, comes from the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), who has suggested that bars and nightclubs should close at 4am instead of 2am. The MPB believes this move will help prepare Thailand for the launch of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, and will submit the plan for the two-hour extension to the Interior Ministry for review.

When questioned on his thoughts about the possible extended curfew, a reveler falling off his chair at an undisclosed booze-wagon on Sukhumvit Soi 11 at 5am said, " Man, I love this drink! Drink, you are my best friend in the world! Wait, what was the question?"

Similar sentiments expressing unawareness of any sort of curfew was reported throughout the Sukhumvit area and beyond.

"If venues are supposed to close at 2am, why am I just going home now at 8am?", a baffled partygoer rhetorically slurred while stumbling out of a dark Sathon dive bar.

"But you probably shouldn't trust anything I say because I can't even recall where I was before this," continued the partygoer who asked not to be named, but mostly because he couldn't remember his name.

You can read the full story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/interview/348177/what-we-have-a-curfew

excerpt – a part of a longer story, speech, song, text, etc. บทคัดย่อ
last – to continue for a particular length of time กินเวลา
curfew – a law that does not allow people to do something during a particular time of the day เคอร์ฟิว
proposal – a plan or suggestion for a group to consider ข้อเสนอ
extend – to add more time ยืดออกไป
establishment – an organisation, an institution or a hotel สถานประกอบการ
proposition – an offer or suggestion, especially involving business or politics  ข้อเสนอ, สิ่งที่นำมาเสนอ, แผนงานที่เสนอ
metropolitan police – the police in responsible for a city ตำรวจนครบาล
launch – starting something การเริ่มต้น
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
Interior Ministry – the Thai ministry with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works กระทรวงมหาดไทย
review – the process of studying or examining a situation, policy, or idea again in order to decide whether it is suitable or satisfactory การทบทวน
reveler – someone who enjoys themselves at a celebration or noisy party by singing, dancing or by drinking alcohol  ผู้ืที่ออกมาโห่ร้อง เต้นรำเพื่อการเฉลิมฉลอง
undisclosed – not reported publicly ไม่เปิดเผย
booze – (informal) alcoholic drink เครื่องดื่มที่มีแอลกอฮอล์ (คำไม่เป็นทางการ)
similar – like somebody/something but not exactly the same คล้ายกัน
sentiment – a thought, opinion or idea based on a feeling about a situation, or a way of thinking about something กระแส, แนวความคิด, ความคิดเห็น
unaware – not understanding or realising something ซึ่งไม่รู้ตัวมาก่อน
venue – the place where an activity or event happens  สถานที่
baffled – completely confused งง, ฉงน
rhetorically – (of a question) asked only to make a statement or to produce an effect rather than to get an answer คำถามเชิงสำนวนโวหาร
slur – to pronounce words in a way that is not clear so that they run into each other, usually because you are drunk or tired พูดไม่ค่อยชัด, ออกเสียงไม่ชัด, พูดอ้อแอ้
stumble – to walk or move in an unsteady way; to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running and almost fall  สะดุด, เดินสะดุด
dive – a bar, music club, etc. that is cheap, and perhaps dark or dirty บาร์หรือไนต์คลับ (คำไม่เป็นทางการ)
trust – a feeling of confidence in someone that shows you believe they are honest, fair, and reliable  ความเชื่อใจ, ความไว้วางใจ
recall – to remember จำได้ นึกทบทวน

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