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    Top 10 Singles of 2011

    B Magazine, Published on 01/01/2012

    » This year has seen the tragic loss of geniuses such as Gil Scott-Heron and Amy Winehouse, and an unprecedented number of indie gigs (the Drums, Vivian Girls, the Whitest Boy Alive). The year also saw the return of some of our favourites, including Radiohead, Florence and the Machine and M83, as well as a crop of exciting new artists such as James Blake and Lana Del Rey. Without more ado, and in no particular order, here are our Top 10 tracks that defined 2011.

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    Oil from the swine still divine

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 01/01/2012

    » These days people are more afraid of pork fat than they are of ghosts. It has a bad name because of nutritionists' warnings that it can clog arteries and lead to associated complications. But even though they fear it, people know that many tasty dishes either incorporate pork fat or use it in some stage of preparation. These include stewed pork leg, mu sam chan tom sai kluea (salty stewed pork belly meat), mu khem wan (sweet and salty pork) eaten with rice soup, kaeng khua phak boong kap mu sam chan (a mild curry made from pork belly meat and the shoots of a morning glory-like vine) and the sweet Chinese sausage called kunchieng.

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    Sino-Siamese sensibilities

    Life, Published on 04/01/2012

    » Thais with Chinese blood constitute over 30% of the country's population. Since the Sukhothai era 700 years ago, Siam and China have maintained a strong relationship on many levels. Evidently, the Chinese quality has in many ways become part of the representation of Thainess, old and contemporary; it is the main foreign culture whose influence on the Thai lifestyle, value and creativity remains strong.

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    Consumers Unite!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/01/2012

    » What do you do when sen lek arrives at your table instead of the sen yai that you ordered? What will you do in protest when dtac's service inevitably goes down again? How about taxi drivers who won't take you to your destination unless you accompany them on a joyride to a gem store first?

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    Golden Oldie

    Guru, Published on 06/01/2012

    » Goldie, Q Bar Bangkok, Jan 6

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    Book Recovery Gains Steam

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 10/01/2012

    » As they stepped inside the residence of famed writer Suchart Sawatsri, a group of visitors were taken aback by the damp, murky smell that shrouded the place. The prominent muddy stain on the walls suggested the place had been inundated for weeks.

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    Emotion detox ification

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 13/01/2012

    » After his retirement Dr Boonyong Vongvanij assigned his second son to develop a plot of land in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai. It was like a puzzle to Luenchay Vongvanij, who wasn't quite sure what his father wanted him to do on or with the hilly terrain rising some 400 metres above sea level.

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    Rock the Boat

    Guru, Published on 13/01/2012

    » Bangkok Boat Party, Saphan Taksin Pier, Jan 14

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    Toying with terror

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/01/2012

    » Loners in Roberto Bolano's stories drift from anxiety and obsession into something darker. Like poetry, bibliophilia, murder, madness. The downward spiral is gradual and unstoppable, its path littered with symbols, graveyards and black humour. Very black. And very humorous. You emerge from one of his books _ and so many of them have been released in English in the seven years since his death, aged 50, in 2003 _ soaked in a cold sweat, like one of those amateur detectives in his novels who stray too close to the abyss and limbo.

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    Musicians for president?

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 17/01/2012

    » One of Africa's most well-known musicians, Youssou N'Dour, announced recently that he would run in Senegal's presidential elections next month. N'Dour was one of the first African musicians to ride the "world music" boom that started in the mid-1980s and his first international release, Immigres (Earthworks, UK), remains one of the standout albums of that period.

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