Jocelyn Gecker

Lesbians in Thailand push boundaries

Thanks to internet influence and fashion trends, traditional-minded Thailand has become more accepting of lesbians.

Fugitive former Thai leader meets Nelson Mandela

Fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has appeared in Africa, where he says he is dealing in diamonds and visiting Nelson Mandela.

Millionaires fly to Thailand for R180 000 dinner

It was an evening of utter decadence -- a 10-course gourmet dinner concocted by world-renowned chefs at  000 (about R180 000) a head. Many of those who attended Saturday night's culinary extravaganza in Bangkok hailed it as the meal of a lifetime.

French riots: Cabinet to put curfews in place

French Cabinet ministers were to meet on Tuesday to authorise curfews aimed at stopping rioters after the country's worst civil unrest in decades raged for a 12th night. Rioters in the southern city of Toulouse ordered passengers off a bus and then set it on fire and pelted police with gasoline bombs and rocks. Youths also torched another bus in the north-eastern Paris suburb of Stains.

Safin leaves his mark at the French Open

Frustrated with his play, Marat Safin said he did what any normal person would do: He whacked his changeover chair with his racket, leaving a gaping hole in the wooden base. ''I destroyed the chair, I destroyed the racket because I couldn't take it anymore,'' said Safin, who lost his fourth-round match on Monday at the French Open -- but not without putting on a show.

‘It’s like you’re skating on air’

Holiday on ice takes on new meaning when you're high above the rooftops of Paris doing figure eights inside the Eiffel Tower. During the 115 years of the Eiffel Tower's existence, it has added refreshment stands, trinket shops and fancy restaurants -- but nothing quite matches the skating rink in the sky that opened to the public on Friday.

Navratilova’s back — but is she welcome?

Martina Navratilova's return to Grand Slam singles after a 10-year absence is generating plenty of talk -- not all of it positive. Also, after a practice session on Monday, defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero planned to play in the French Open despite a rib injury, a Spanish tennis federation spokesperson said.

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