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09 Dec 2013 : Film and television fans use apps to view their favourite movies and shows, and now readers can have similar access to an unlimited digital library.
REVIEWS A plausible 'what if?'
09 Dec 2013 : A game played by children as well as adult boffins is "what if?" The possibilities are as wide as the imagination. It's fun thinking about things being different than they are. What if I found a million dollars? What if I found the cure to cancer? What if I could read your mind? What if, tragically, Hitler had won World War II.
23 Nov 2013 : Everyone seems to be excited about the Asean Economic Community (AEC), and so are several publishers. In response to people's increasing interest, Asia Books has launched a series focusing on Southeast Asian countries and destinations as well as Hong Kong.
18 Nov 2013 : If I didn't love books _ I read more than 100 a year _ I wouldn't be a professional reviewer. Over 40 years, 4,000 plus perused. Compared to the 4 million books in the public library perhaps not a drop in the bucket, but a small puddle.
18 Nov 2013 : For Chinese-born British author Jung Chang, having her books scanned and downloaded illegally is something that's very "encouraging". At least in China, that is, where two of her books, Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story, are banned. Her latest book, Empress Dowager Cixi, a biography of a woman who unofficially controlled the China's Manchu Qing Dynasty for 47 years from 1861 until her death in 1908, is pending publication in the country, a situation for which she doesn't "hold up very high hopes".
16 Nov 2013 : Thai food is unique. Each dish has its own distinctive flavours, aromas and colours. The wonder of Thai cuisine lies in its well-blended tastes that complement each other nicely. To achieve this, one needs to choose the right ingredients and to use the correct techniques and cooking method, otherwise they might end up with a simply awful meal.
14 Nov 2013 : A US judge Thursday threw out a long-running challenge to Google's massive book-scanning project in a decision that could transform copyright law in the digital age.
13 Nov 2013 : American horror author Stephen King has revealed the inspiration for writing a sequel to his 1977 chiller "The Shining" -- for more than 35 years he has not been able to forget the original's psychic child character Danny, and was curious to discover what became of him.
11 Nov 2013 : What monarchs and dictators have in common is that having power, inherited or usurped, they are determined to keep it _ and indeed enhance it to the fullest extent possible. They are aware that there are those eager to displace them. Sometimes rivals make no secret of it; appearing to be supporters, while waiting to make their move.
11 Nov 2013 : Malcolm Gladwell champions the underdog in this, his most recent book, a collection of stories about people saddled with various handicaps who somehow put apparent drawbacks to good use and go on to defeat a much stronger foe. He explains how an Englishman named T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) was able to incite a disparate band of Arabs to revolt against the far superior forces of the Ottoman Empire and, against all the odds, win; and why a man from Mumbai was able to coach a gaggle of unskilled 12-year-olds to a level where they beat every basketball team they met in court. In Gladwell's opinion, the dyslexia that Gary Cohn, former senior executive at Goldman Sachs, had battled since childhood could account for a personality that resorted to a little trickery to pull off coups on Wall Street. Gladwell notes that Londoners who survived near-misses during the Blitz in the early 1940s emerged from the rubble of bombed buildings feeling much stronger than before.
09 Nov 2013 : Anna Maria Russell, duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century, is often credited with inventing a cure for that "sinking feeling" people of her station used to get, late in the afternoons, during that long hiatus between meals. Afternoon tea went on to become a daily ritual in the lives of the leisured classes. Some 160 years later, food photographer Jean Cazals has combined a look at some of the more alluring tea salons around the British capital together with recipes for some dainty edibles.
04 Nov 2013 : In 1981, women's rights activists marked Nov 25 as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women around the world, and the issue has attracted widespread attention and increased participation over the years.
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