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23 July, 2016

Royal ink

Paul Handley, Guest Contributor

Taking a closer look at Vajiralongkorn's tattoos and what they mean.

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    John Smith: With the exception of sailors, tattoos were once the preserve of convicts, bikers, bohemians and other outcasts from society....

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    Christine Gray: As Bernd points out, the prince probably knows exactly what he's doing unless his judgement is totally compromised for...

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    Christine Gray: Paul makes an excellent point and raises fascinating questions. Speaking as a cultural anthropologist, I have no idea what...

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    who: It was real, confirm from staff who work with this flight at BKK.

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