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22 Dec 2013 : Anti-government groups know that huge crowds today are necessary to keep up pressure to postpone the election until after reforms are instituted. Organisers have been working feverishly to ensure that happens.
22 Dec 2013 : Born and growing up in and around Vancouver in Canada, Lee Wood is today the executive chef at the Anantara Vacation Club in Phuket. He has worked and lived on the resort island for 10 years. Now aged 36, Wood has had a passion for cooking since he was in high school.
22 Nov 2013 : The first instalment introduced the audience to The Hunger Games, with its absurd and brutal rules a la Battle Royale, and this sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, reintroduces us to the same game, with repetitions of how the government relies on the hopes and fears of its cowering citizens to remain in power, on its strategic planning of moves and countermoves within the Games and in real Panem life. But as in any sequel, the stakes have been raised. This instalment is deeper and darker, with the first act reminiscent of a cross between Orwell's 1984 and Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. The towns are grey, the people hungry and afraid. The government sees everything. And in the Capital, people swallow a drink to make themselves throw up so they can keep indulging in more macaroons.
22 Nov 2013 : This mammoth love story of the year is very much a piece of musical mayhem as it is a colourful riot. The spellbinding cinematography and extravagant numbers are clearly what will draw many to the cinema to begin with, and although pushing it a tad too far at over two-and-a-half hours, it mostly manages to keep you reeled in until the last minute.
22 Nov 2013 : Rougie, the world's top foie gras producer, in cooperation with fine food supplier Gourmet One, last week held a wine dinner to celebrate the sumptuousness of French culinary luxury.
22 Nov 2013 : With a name that sounds playfully candid, the Whale's Belly was opened at peak of the casual pub-dining era. The proprietors are new in the business and the chef is young.
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22 Nov 2013 : Welcome to Guru's Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.
22 Nov 2013 : THE SET-UP
22 Nov 2013 : The smartphone app called Easy Taxi was originally developed in Brazil in 2011 to help people find cabs. Since then, it has rapidly expanded and is now available in 18 countries. Felipe Kasinsky, 31, is the young CEO of Easy Taxi in Thailand. He talks to us about how the app benefits both passengers and drivers (but most importantly, saves us all from face-to-face taxi rejection). Go to facebook.com/EasyTaxiThai, Twitter @EasyTaxiThai or www.easytaxi.com for more info.
22 Nov 2013 : Dear Capricorn, go over documents twice before you sign off on them. A betrayal may take place. Someone tries to claim credit for the work that you do. Singles attract admirers of both genders.
21 Nov 2013 : The five surviving members of Britain's cult comedy troupe Monty Python reunited on Thursday to announce a one-off show next year, three decades after they last performed together.
21 Nov 2013 : The set of a Hollywood film, "The Coup", being filmed in the northern province of Lampang was destroyed in a massive blaze on Wednesday night, reports said.
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