THE WEEK AHEAD

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MON­DAY

An­other De­cem­ber day, an­other hol­i­day. Old peo­ple re­mem­ber why it’s called Con­sti­tu­tion Day. Also it’s the 70th an­niver­sary of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights.

Miss Uni­verse 2018 con­tes­tants will show off their na­tional cos­tumes this evening at the Nong­nooch Pat­taya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion, er, some­thing. Most at­ten­tion so far is on Miss Viet­nam’s ham sand­wich dress and Miss Sin­ga­pore’s Trump-Kim Jong-un tableau and ca­sual wear. Tick­ets, if you’re in­ter­ested, through ThaiTick­etMa­jor.com. Ev­ery gov­ern­ment school in the na­tion must com­plete a full list of en­roll­ments to the Of­fice of the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion by to­day, so Obec can get busy try­ing to end all the em­bez­zle­ment of money paid for ghost stu­dents. Ja­panese pros­e­cu­tors must an­nounce to­day whether to charge or free fired Nis­san chief Car­los Ghosn for un­der-re­port­ing his in­come.

TUES­DAY

The fi­nal Uefa Cham­pi­ons League group­stage play is late tonight and Wed­nes­day night (ac­tu­ally early Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day morn­ings. Key match: Liver­pool must beat Napoli tonight to have a chance of ad­vanc­ing to the last 16, while Spurs can go through with a draw at Barcelona. Most matches be­gin at 3am. The No­bel Prize pre­sen­ta­tions are un­der way in Oslo. The Peace Prize Fo­rum to­day will be deeply hon­oured by a key­note speech from the No­bel lau­re­ate Al Gore. Early re­ports and ru­mours state he might talk about global warm­ing.

The Bri­tish parliament is to vote this evening on Ms May’s Brexit deal.

WED­NES­DAY

A com­pletely ren­o­vated Hell­fire Pass In­ter­pre­tive Cen­tre opens to­day, close to the famed bridge on the Death Rail­way line. Plenty of new ex­hibits in the mu­seum and au­dio guides to the trail stroll are fea­tured.

The Har­vey Law Corp’s ex­perts will ad­vise you on how to buy a cit­i­zen­ship, or sev­eral, at an evening sem­i­nar at the W Ho­tel, Bangkok.

Michael Co­hen, Orange­man’s for­mer lawyer, is to be sen­tenced to prison tonight for ly­ing to Congress, al­though not about Rus­sian col­lu­sion, yet again.

THURS­DAY

A statue of the heroic ex-Seal Lt Cdr Sa­man Gu­nun will be placed in the mu­seum of the res­cue of the Wild Boars foot­ball team to­day. The dis­play is near the Tham Luang cave in Chi­ang Rai prov­ince.

Thai­land in 2028 is the theme of the four­part, four-direc­tor (or pos­si­bly five) film Ten Years Thai­land, open­ing to­day af­ter its run at film fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing Cannes. It shows four (or pos­si­bly five) pre­dic­tive takes on a dystopian na­tion in 10 years. The weird but won­der­ful Won­der­fruit Fes­ti­val opens to­day through Sun­day at The Fields, Bang La­mung, near Pat­taya. It’s very fam­ily-friendly with live mu­sic, strange art and well­ness ses­sions for all.

FRI­DAY

The very large, three-day expo known as the Thai­land Halal As­sem­bly 2018 opens to­day at Bitec Bangna. There is al­ways quite a lot to see at this an­nual fair, so don’t be put off by the weird theme: Pre­ci­sion Halal­i­sa­tion in the Bioe­con­omy Era.

The three-day Koh Kong Sea Fes­ti­val opens to­day on the Cam­bo­dian is­land. It can be reached eas­ily from eastern Thai­land, par­tic­u­larly Trat prov­ince. Thai cit­i­zens re­quire only ID cards, not pass­ports.

The Malaysian court as Shah Alam will rule on wit­ness state­ments to­day in the case of the as­sas­si­na­tion of Kim Jong­nam, in the mur­der trial of a Viet­namese and an In­done­sian.

SATUR­DAY

Get out your money and start buy­ing books, tyres and stuff from Otop, be­cause your gen­er­ous gov­ern­ment will give you an in­come tax de­duc­tion of up to 15,000 baht for those items. There’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing sin­is­ter about it, and please purge the nasty thought that maybe they want your vote in the elec­tion. No way. Get re­ceipts. The of­fer is good until Jan 16.

The Ac­tion Coali­tion for Thai­land Party (ACT) will se­lect ex­ec­u­tives at its gen­eral as­sem­bly to­day. Founder and ide­o­logue Suthep “Kam­nan” Thaug­suban has been in­sist­ing he won’t take a po­si­tion. Spare a thought for Som­bath Som­phone, and if you get a chance men­tion it to any diplo­mat you meet from Laos, whose gov­ern­ment dis­ap­peared the in­ter­na­tion­ally ad­mired so­cial worker six years ago to­day.

Man City and Ever­ton kick off the Pre­mier League week­end at 7.30pm. Prob­a­ble game of the week is the week­end’s fi­nale to­mor­row night at 11: Liver­pool vs Man United.

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