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  • REVIEWSMighty Egypt

    02 Mar 2015 : Octogenarian Wilbur Smith, African born and bred, has been penning African-set novels for more than half his life. He has no rivals — his own critics label him the top historical adventure author in the business.

  • SMALL PEOPLECaring for society's forgotten

    02 Mar 2015 : Continuing our series on ordinary people often overlooked by the wider public, Life observes the day's work of a psychiatric nurse and ponders the current state of mental health services in Thailand.

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  • Painting the season red

    06 Feb 2015 : It’s bound to be a festive February with Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year five days apart from each other, on Feb 14 and Feb 19.

  • Hat-trick for Thai cinema

    06 Feb 2015 : In the snowy German capital, the year's first major cinema festival has kicked off. The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (or Berlinale, as it's better known) opened last night with Nobody Wants The Night, a drama by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, starring Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi. Some of the hot world premieres include Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, Werner Herzog's Queen Of The Desert, and other art-house darlings. The Berlinale runs until Feb 15, with the Golden Bear being announced next weekend.

  • A brief history of life

    06 Feb 2015 : Stephen Hawking has lived a great life. It's almost inevitable that when such a life is canned in biopic form — even one that's delicately conceived and sensitively acted like The Theory Of Everything — it feels like reductionism. Art, ideally, should expand, not diminish. But the strength of cinema is also its shortcoming: truncation, simplification, and the ability to create a convincing 120-minute reality out of years and years of adventure. Hawking gave us A Brief History Of Time; this film gives us a sort of brief history of life, as much as that's possible.

  • PROFILE

    The Music (festival) Man

    06 Feb 2015 : Currently hosting four shows, Kris Srepoomseth is a mainstay on the telly. But he isn’t your average TV emcee. The media proprietor runs six companies, one being Feel Corporation Co, Ltd, of which he is CEO. Kris has recently begun a new ambitious project, Maya Music Festival — A Miracle of Art, Magical of Sound (www.mayamusicfestival.com). The EDM blowout — planned to be an annual event — will make its debut at the outdoor area of the 11th Infantry Regiment King’s Bodyguard on Mar 7 (tickets B2,500, B4,000, www.thaiticketmajor.com). Bridging local tradition and Western modernity, the event will feature a 20m-long naga, sculpted by a team of Thai artists from Silpakorn University and Poh Chang Academy of Arts, which will slither along to the sounds of headbanging electro music spun by heavyweights Steve Angello and Markus Schulz, along with a line-up of Thai talent.

  • EATING OUT

    Something to write home about

    06 Feb 2015 : It's true that there's nothing boastful about Bharani's food, let alone a "wow" factor.

  • WINE ME DINE ME

    Go back in time

    06 Feb 2015 : Taking inspiration from the Roaring Twenties, 1920 Bar & Restaurant represents an era of American history marked by the popularity of jazz music, gangsters and speakeasies. While this might be conveyed through the decor and grown-up atmosphere, it's not at all through the food. In the culinary arsenal of this spacious restaurant are fusion and Thai dishes, many of which are popular drinking foods among Thais. Long, tufted leather couches are perfect landing spots after a long day's work, where you can enjoy your meal like a mob boss as you listen to live tunes by an in-house jazz band. There are also plenty of seats outside for al fresco dining. But unless you want an extra serving of carbon on your food, we suggest steering clear of tables close to the main road, especially during evening rush hour. The restaurant had only been open for two weeks at the time of our visit, but regulars appear to consist of the office crowd looking to unwind.

  • It's all in the jeans

    06 Feb 2015 : It began as a stern fabric for utility workwear, but has, over the years, come a long way from its humble roots as the preferred clobber for cowboys, miners and labourers. 

  • A touch of feminine fun

    06 Feb 2015 : For the month of love, France's Christian Louboutin suggests you wear your heart on your shoes with the lovely Cora, a capsule collection designed for spring/summer 2015.

  • Action movies halted in Paris

    05 Feb 2015 : PARIS — Fearing that actors could be mistaken for police - and chase scenes confused for the real thing - Paris is sharply restricting filing of action movies in the city that been the stage for some of film's most memorable high-octane sequences.

  • Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp weds Amber Heard: reports

    05 Feb 2015 : LOS ANGELES - Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp has married actress Amber Heard in secret at their home in Los Angeles, US media said, ahead of a larger bash at the weekend.

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