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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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    Valentina Lisitsa's outspoken words, outgoing music

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 12/12/2017

    » Wonderful news for music lovers who hate Tchaikovsky symphonies. On Friday, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) will be performing a Tchaikovsky symphony.

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    The music of James Bond

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 02/11/2017

    » If you want to win a sure-fire bet, just ask any moviegoer, any fan of the James Bond films: "Who composed the theme that goes through every single James Bond movie? The one that goes dum di-di dum dum dum?

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    Pad Thai for the eyes

    Life, Published on 04/07/2017

    » The People Eye Care Foundation has announced the launch of its new charity project, calling on Thai restaurants in Thailand and elsewhere to join its social-welfare campaign "Pad Thai Eyes", wherein part of the proceeds (5 or 10 baht, £1, or €1) from each order of pad Thai -- Thailand's popular dish -- from participating restaurants goes to help people with vision problems.

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    As tough as old boots

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 26/04/2016

    » After Anong Kerdhung was diagnosed with leprosy, the first thought that crossed his mind was that he wished to no longer exist.

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    The business of shared Indonesian and Thai history

    Life, Published on 05/10/2015

    » The story of the life and times of Liem Sioe Liong (1917-2012), one of the most powerful overseas Chinese tycoons of Southeast Asia in the 1980s and 1990s, is a fascinating tale of an impoverished Fujian immigrant who arrived in Indonesia in his twenties. Over the next half century, he rose to achieve extraordinary wealth in Suharto's Indonesia and went on to play pivotal role in supporting Suharto's economic development programme.

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    The X factor

    Life, Pattramon Sukprasert, Published on 19/05/2015

    » Unlike street performers in many other countries who perform in public places in exchange for money, in Thailand, buskers are usually considered to be beggars.

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    The good life

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 20/04/2015

    » In 1995, eminent banker and Thailand's ex-finance minister Boonchu Rojanastien decided to tear down his holiday home in Hua Hin and turn it into Chiva-Som, one of the world's first wellness and destination spa retreats.

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    Monster hit of a Musical

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/01/2015

    » The wait is over for those wishing to watch the Broadway musical version of Beauty And The Beast. To celebrate its 20th anniversary on the stage, Disney's Beauty And The Beast, The Original Broadway Musical Spectacular, will premiere at Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre on Feb 24 and run until March 15.

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