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    A business epic

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/11/2014

    » British author Lord Jeffrey Archer is often regarded as the foremost novelist of our age. Like Enrico Caruso, the greatest of opera tenors, their fame rests on their delivery, not the words themselves. This reviewer enjoys his short stories most of all, yet I can't recall any.

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    Love, hardship and cutthroat business

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 16/02/2017

    » Tales of Chinese immigrants forced to leave their hometowns in China and going on to make fortunes in Thailand have created many nostalgic stories among Chinese descendants. Scenario's new musical retells such a tale in Lod Lai Mungkorn The Musical that spans three long generations, starting with friendship and hardship, love and romance, family conflict and cutthroat business.

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    Big city, small town

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/05/2018

    » People are natural actors. Observe how they tell stories to their friends, passing on telephone conversations or what they saw or heard. They mimic and flap their arms for emphasis. Hoping for smiles or groans. Novelists aim to do the same with more words. Alas, only the better ones succeed. All too many try and fail.

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    Red-hot and indispensable

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 11/04/2016

    » What's missing in your pot of tom yum soup? Ah, maybe it doesn't pack a hot and spicy punch without a tablespoon or two of nam phrik pao, the red-brown chilli paste. What about fluffy pork floss? It is less scrumptious without being paired, again, with nam phrik pao, as a topping or stuffing in buns. On a day when your budget is tight or when time is limited, nam phrik pao serves as a quick-fix savoury spread on bread. As a seasoning ingredient, as a dipping sauce, or as a base note in Thai culinary chemistry, the roasted chilli paste has great versatility, in your grandma's kitchen as well as right now.

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    2017: A year to crow about?

    Life, Published on 02/01/2017

    » Month-by-month Thai horoscopes for the Year of the Rooster.

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    Sweet return

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 10/04/2019

    » After a long hiatus from the small screen, Thai diva Mai Charoenpura gives it her all in her comeback, in Channel 3's sensational period drama Krong Karma.

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    Documenting the eye of the storm

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 21/01/2015

    » When 46-year-old Nikolaus Freiherr von Nostitz, better known as Nick, sent emails to his contacts on Dec 20 seeking financial help, some thought it was a scam. Soliciting donations is uncharacteristic of the outspoken but humble Nostitz. For years, people could see that the German was a modest guy who roamed around Bangkok on his decade-old Kawasaki GTO motorcycle to cover the turbulent transformation of Thai politics, from both sides (or more) of the conflict.

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    Expert Advice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/04/2018

    » In several Peanuts comic strips, little Lucy sets up a booth. For a nickel she'll solve a problem bothering you. Her advice is quite good, indicating insight unlikely in the young. The thing about advice is that virtually everyone offers it, asked for or not, free and costly.

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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands yet again

    Life, Published on 24/04/2018

    » "IIt's fun. You feel more silly doing your superhero thing on your own," said Benedict Cumberbatch to a group of Asian journalists. "Then when you're doing it with other people watching you, especially if they're Robert Downey Jr., you feel even more silly."

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    Talking Bright

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 05/01/2018

    » Released globally a few weeks ago, Bright is the ambitious Netflix original genre-bending film that stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as cops in a present-day Los Angeles inhabited by mythical creatures like orcs and elves. The film is Netflix's biggest film to date with a budget of $90 million as well as a global press tour prior to the film's release. Guru was able to be part of the Japan premiere and press junket and had an opportunity to talk to producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless, director David Ayer (who also directed Will Smith in Suicide Squad), and actress Noomi Rapace about Bright.

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