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    A real-life fairy tale

    Life, Published on 27/03/2018

    » It all began in 1871 when 17-year-old member of Austria's aristocracy Erwin Mueller decided to take up a job as a store clerk in Hamburg, Germany, instead of fulfilling his father's dream of walking an academic path and serving the country. There he met German pharmacy student Bernhard Grimm who interned at the shop's chemical section.

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    7-Eleven takes literature to the next level

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 06/07/2015

    » Feel like SEA Write is a little too out of your league? Thanks to the countless other badges of honour that acknowledge good writing available in our country, the prestigious SEA Write Award is not the only ticket to literary stardom. 7 Book Awards, an initiative that started between CP All Public Company Limited and the Ministry of Education, has been honouring outstanding literature since 2004. This year's awards ceremony will be taking place later this month.

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    Bringing the birth stories to life

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 12/10/2015

    » The jataka tales or birth stories are the most vivid and accessible part of Buddhist teaching. The Buddha, once he gained the ability to recall his past lives, related all 550 of them to the monks in his following. In some lives, he was a king, some a hermit, some a pauper, and in a few an animal. The 10 longest of these tales became associated with his 10 last lives and with his attainment of the "perfections" that enabled him to be born as the historical Buddha. In this book, this Great Ten have been translated anew for the first time in over a century.

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    Dissecting a nation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/06/2017

    » Pasuk Phongpaichit's and Chris Baker's house is a verdant abode at the end of a maze in an Ekamai sub-soi. The garden at the back has tall trees and a small, tea-coloured pond. The whole area used to be a swamp, said Baker. The couple, both highly respected scholars in Thai studies, have been living there since 1987, or in their lexicon, "just before the boom" -- the high-flying economic expansion whose seismic shifts forever transformed Thailand in the early 1990s. Had they wanted to purchase the plot slightly later than they actually did -- after the boom had set in -- they wouldn't have been able to. "We came just before the high-rises."

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    New books worth reading

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 29/12/2016

    » From Dust To Dust: A Journalist's Memoir

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    Books of secrets

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/11/2016

    » Pintima Lertsomboon, a librarian at Thammasat University, remembered trying to work on Oct 14 in order to soothe the bereavement brought by news of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Her task as librarian usually offers her peace of mind. She has been tasked to separate the cremation books out of 10,000 rare books in the library, putting them in their own category.

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    Music fest

    Muse, Published on 24/03/2018

    » CentralWorld, Ratchadamri RoadToday and tomorrow at noon

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    Pinch of literary spice

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 01/06/2015

    » For the first time in India, local language authors such as Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi have become marquee names in terms of sales, eclipsing even mainstream Western writers on the market. Books using local, vernacular language are edgy and have a huge following among young readers.

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    Creatively canine

    Life, Published on 23/02/2018

    » To have a passion that makes you want to eat, sleep and breathe it, is rare. To have a passion that turns into a career is even rarer. But artist Tavorn Silakunaporn is one of the lucky ones, oozing an infectious fervour -- in a way that only someone who has found their sole purpose in life can -- when discussing his latest installations, currently on show at Gaysorn Village.

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    Tremendous trombone

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 30/01/2018

    » 'Never look directly at a trombone player," said the great composer Richard Strauss. "It only encourages them." Then again, the German composer was hardly being honest about an instrument which Felix Mendelssohn called "the most sacred and noble instrument in the orchestra".

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