THE WEEK AHEAD

Bangkok Post - - 7 DAYS -

MON­DAY

Please wear yel­low as a sign of re­spect for the late

King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej dur­ing to­day’s hol­i­day.

Vi­et­jet will be­gin daily flights to­day be­tween

Bangkok and Da Nang.

Fares on the swell lowfloor, gas-pow­ered buses go up by 2 baht to­day, and max out be­tween 13 and

25 baht per ride.

It’s the last day to reg­is­ter for the Demo­crat Party in or­der to vote in the Nov 1-5 lead­er­ship se­lec­tion.

Spain play Eng­land in tonight’s Uefa Na­tions League foot­ball — ac­tu­ally to­mor­row morn­ing, 1.45am. On Tues­day night slash Wed­nes­day morn­ing, France host Ger­many.

TUES­DAY

The next trial be­gins to­day for Wi­raphon Sukphon, pre­vi­ously the monk known as Luang Pu Nenkham, who is al­ready in prison for 114 years for fraud and money laun­der­ing. He is most in­fa­mously charged with rape of an un­der­age girl. If DTAC fails to sub­mit doc­u­ments to­day to bid for band­width at Satur­day’s auc­tion by the al­ways-in­ter­est­ing Na­tional Broad­cast­ing and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NBTC), the NBTC will file an ap­peal at the Supreme Ad­min­is­tra­tive Court against DTAC’s G2 oper­a­tions. Not that the NBTC would black­mail, this is some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

The Naga (say “nahk”) fire­ball fes­ti­val is tonight, when the mon­sters emerge from the Mekong River and spit red­dish-pink fire­balls to of­fi­cially end Bud­dhist Lent, es­pe­cially in the Nong Khai-Vi­en­tiane re­gion.

WED­NES­DAY

The var­i­ous veg­e­tar­ian fes­ti­vals across the South — Hat Yai, Phang Nga, Trang, Krabi, Phuket and more — all end to­day, so last chance for a while to dig into some huge veg­gie buf­fets.

Book Expo Thai­land for Young Peo­ple opens to­day and runs through Oct

28 at Queen Sirikit Na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

The 3 mil­lion baht Singha Pat­taya Open tour­na­ment for world tour points winds up the All Thai­land Golf Tour sea­son, to­day through Sun­day at Bu­rapha Golf and Re­sort at Sri Racha.

The Man Booker lit­er­a­ture prize win­ner will be an­nounced this morn­ing (Thai­land time).

If you’ve got ‘em, smoke ‘em in Canada, so long as they’re mar­i­juana and not to­bacco or vape.

The UN will richly cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Day for the Erad­i­ca­tion of Poverty.

THURS­DAY

It’s the first an­niver­sary of the Pay­ment Sys­tem Act, and so far (at dead­line for this col­umn, any­how) there have only been three to­tal fail­ures of the sys­tem. All Asean min­is­ters of de­fence in­clud­ing Watch­man will meet and then party in Sin­ga­pore to­day, to­mor­row and Satur­day. Must be nice.

The last com­fort­able train to Brexit leaves to­day from Brussels and it re­mains to be seen whether Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May will ride.

South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in will have an au­di­ence with Pope Fran­cis to­day at the Vat­i­can, and try to con­vince Il Papa to visit athe­is­tic North Korea.

FRI­DAY

The first Bangkok Art Bi­en­nale, a con­tem­po­rary art fes­ti­val, be­gins to­day and runs through early Fe­bru­ary at four di­verse venues. There’s a cal­en­dar and lots of de­tails at (www.bkkart­bi­en­nale.com). The Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion’s bi­en­nial

U-19 Cham­pi­onship has be­gun in In­done­sia. Thai­land, in Group B with de­fend­ers Ja­pan,

Iraq and North Korea, face Iraq this af­ter­noon and Ja­pan next Mon­day evening. Thai­land have won the tour­na­ment twice — but not since 1969.

The Premier League is can­celled this week­end for Na­tions League and friendlies. Croa­tia play English in the Uefa Na­tions League tonight/to­mor­row morn­ing at 1.45.

SATUR­DAY

The NBTC has 900MHz band­width avail­able at auc­tion to­day. Afghanistan is to vote for a new par­lia­ment to­day, be­cause Afghanistan is much more peace­ful and or­gan­ised and po­lit­i­cally aware than any coun­try be­gin­ning with “T”.

A mass rally in Taipei will de­mand in­de­pen­dence for Tai­wan, which will not raise smiles in Bei­jing.

The Premier League week­end be­gins at 6.30pm with a barn-burner: Chelsea vs Man United. At 9pm, Man City host Burn­ley, while the 11.30pm wrap-up game is Hud­der­s­field vs Liver­pool. The Sun­day match is Ever­ton vs Palace at 10pm.

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