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    Fierce and pitiful

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/03/2019

    » Krasue is a Thai ghost beside whom vampires -- and other blood-lusting Western monsters -- pale in comparison. Basically a detached head of a woman floating around in the dark, lit up by a phosphorescent glow from her still-beating heart, and with her bloody entrails dangling below the head like an infested creeper, krasue feeds on, naturally, filth, blood, corpses and carcasses. Sometimes it's compared, for the sake of convenience, with Gothic-era will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. But seriously, please, that is a gross under-characterisation that discounts the supreme grotesqueness of krasue, born by the pulpy fantasy of our equatorial folklorists.

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    The million dollar blogger

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 03/06/2016

    » In case you didn't know, there are 197 countries in the world. And Johnny Ward has now visited 193 of them. Guru was lucky enough to meet the Irishman, a hugely successful and famous travel blogger (www.onestep4ward.com), whose mission for the last 10 years has been to visit every country, while making millions and never working a 9-5.

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    Footloose and fancy-free

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 17/03/2019

    » Over the past decade, Beirut's Zach Condon has been a go-to guy for what I like to refer to as "speciality indie rock". This is just a fancy way of saying that the music is unlike your typical indie sound. Beirut are masters when it comes to injecting world music elements into their repertoire, which has accumulated into a sizeable discography since their 2006 debut Gulag Orkestar. And although the boys may have faltered somewhat with previous effort No No No, they're back stronger than ever with their latest, Gallipoli.

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    Far out

    Life, Published on 31/01/2019

    » Following two successful concerts last year, Thailand's renowned love balladeer/songwriter/producer Boyd Kosiyabong returned with the third and final instalment of his themed concert series "Boyd50th #3 Million Ways To Love", which will take place on Sunday at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani.

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    All there at the square

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 05/03/2019

    » Busy Victory Monument, with its buses, taxis and motorcycles, is one of Bangkok's few traffic circles (or roundabouts, as we call them where I come from). It's a busy intersection of roads that lead to all points on the compass.

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    Life in the Spider-Man web

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 11/01/2019

    » Despite having been released for only a month in the US, Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has already proved a massive success, grossing over US$275 million (8.8 billion baht) worldwide, with glowing critical response. The film, released in Thai cinemas this week, also won for best animated feature at the recent Golden Globes.

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    Forget romance

    Brunch, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 17/02/2019

    » Thai soaps are full of mia noi, or mistresses. A typical mia noi is a wicked woman who usually wears red lipstick and sexy outfits in order to lure married men into her trap with her evil plans. Whenever people come her way, the mistress doesn't hesitate to fight them, physically and psychologically.

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    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

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    Language of love

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 17/02/2019

    » How was your Valentine's Day? Mine was really, really special.

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    Expanding the friend zone

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/02/2019

    » Friend zone is a place nobody wants to be in. Stuck in a limbo between friendship and wanting more, friend zone is sometimes a prison people want out of but just can't walk away from. In GDH's latest flick, Friend Zone (now showing in cinemas), this complex and bittersweet relationship is hilariously explored by filmmaker Chayanop Boonprakob.

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