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    Overcoming the racial divide

    Life, Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Published on 26/04/2018

    » Shakespeare writes in The Winter's Tale that "there were no age between 10 and three-and-20, or that youth would sleep out the rest". Adolescence, or the marked "teenage years", encompass elements of biological growth and major social transformation, both of which are decidedly products of nature and culture. The time between youth and maturity can be sorrowful, hard, fun, sad and amazing. It never fails to inspire writers of fiction, to attempt to unravel the complexities of this concept of life. Charting into the unknown is always a favourite subject of those who write.

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    Exploring the last frontier

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 20/10/2014

    » Uncle Nelson Howe sent 3 million viewers into hysterical laughing fits when a viral video of him swearing in Thai was posted on YouTube in March. Scripted, directed and shot in just a day by Salmon Books' cash cow writer, Thanachart "Benz" Siripatrachai, the video propelled Thanachart's book it was unashamedly peddling — New York 1st Time — to bestseller status.

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    First century AD

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 04/11/2016

    » The first century AD automatically brings to mind Jesus of Nazareth. The New Testament, thought to have been penned up to a century and a half later, told of his extraordinary birth, miracles and ascension to heaven. Two millennia later, circa a billion people believe it.

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    Excellent research

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 07/10/2016

    » Though over for three-score-and-10 years, with many of its combatants gone to the Happy Hunting Ground, the World War II is still being written about and regurgitated in film. Little wonder, as tens of millions of soldiers and civilians were killed in it, courtesy of the Fuhrer and General Tojo.

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    Quite a character

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 22/07/2016

    » Phakdi "Try" Santaweesuk avoids the press like the plague. We didn't have to throw an ear-splitting fit on the floor the way his comic characters tend to, but it did take much pestering and badgering before the cartoonist for Ai Tua Lek -- which stars the nation's most popular mischief-maker, Pangpond -- agreed to come out of hiding.

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    Right vs Justice

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/02/2015

    » It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks of the North Yorkshire Police is as well known in the UK in this day and age as London private detective Sherlock Holmes was a century ago. Less so in the US with its plethora of shamuses. But crime thriller fans the world over rate him as one of the best.

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    An historical epic

    Life, Published on 24/11/2014

    » There is something to be said for every century, but for events and inventions nothing beats the 20th. Novelists and cinemoguls began writing and making film about what they consider its highlights even before the century ended. Its two World Wars and Cold War are the main focus.

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    In the land of the Lisu

    Life, Published on 02/03/2018

    » The Lisu: Far From The Ruler, by award-winning journalist and historian Michele Zack, documents 30 years of globalisation for this hill-dwelling ethnic group whose name in China means "those who have come down from the roof of the world", a possible reference to the eastern Tibetan plateau.

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    The picture book-perfect library

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/01/2017

    » Neilson Hays Library on Surawong Road turns 95 this year. One of the most handsome buildings remaining in the bustling district, the library will close for six months of renovations, starting in March. But members and visitors can rest assured, the lending service will not be affected, and the library continues to ensure its relevance to young readers with a recently launched short story competition (see box).

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    Historical hot spot

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/05/2016

    » This planet is comprised of hundreds of countries, few of which university graduates can name or their professors find on the map. Asked why, they'll say because they aren't important. Maybe they popped up in history, but then sank back into obscurity. Every continent has them. Poor buggers.

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