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    Life in the grand palace

    Life, Published on 03/01/2012

    » A dazzle of gold and a blaze of colours _ that's your first impression of the Grand Palace as you come down the avenue of ugly dull buildings. It is a splendid mass of pagodas, towers, halls and chapels with triple roofs ending in flourishes of serpents' tails. The temple bells glint from the eaves below roofs covered with blue and orange, green and yellow tiles. The buildings look like blown up toys. The black spires seem remote and unreal as fairy tales and dreams. High white walls surround the city for it is indeed a little city of its own.

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    Rubber points the way

    News, Saiarun Pinaduang, Published on 07/01/2012

    » As the global demand for rubber has created boomtowns out of once sleepy villages, the hunt is on for quality saplings that deliver high yields yet are easy on the environment.

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    Looking on the plus side

    Muse, Napamon Roongwitoo, Published on 21/01/2012

    » For women with curves, it can be annoying - heartbreaking, even - to walk around the market looking at clothes that look like they were made for 12-year-olds. Even worse is to hear "We don't have your size" remarks from the vendors.

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    Canine heroes

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 26/01/2012

    » With the plight of dogs in Thailand being the focus of attention at the moment, it's good to know that one couple have already gained international recognition for their work with street dogs.

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    Culinary trail leads to cultural awareness

    B Magazine, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 29/01/2012

    » You don't know Thai food if you think it's just green curry and tom yum gung spicy shrimp soup, and you won't ever know it if you eat only in Bangkok restaurants, no matter how fancy and how varied their menus. For food is culture and Thai cuisine is a living art. It is also a sacred offering because each dish manifests gratitude to Mother Nature for what she has endowed local environments.

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    Our Thai big brother

    Guru, Published on 03/02/2012

    » Us Thais have it sorted. The system is working perfectly, there are no social issues of any real note and som tam is more delicious than ever! So how do we do it? How does a super city like Bangkok function so smoothly? Is it due to our impeccable manners? Our low sugar diet? And how come we are the only country in Asia to not have been colonized or affected in any way by the West?

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    How exercise slows the ageing process

    Life, Somboon Roongphornchai, Published on 14/02/2012

    » If you've ever tried to lose weight, you're probably well aware how important exercise is for successful weight loss. But the benefits of exercise go well beyond having a slimmer, trimmer body; exercise plays a central role in slowing the ageing process, too.

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    Where there's smoke...

    Guru, Published on 17/02/2012

    » Red shirt co-leader Jatuporn Prompan unsettled a few Bangkokians with his recent tirade in which he claimed that the Red Army must take to the streets once again because his inside sources at US Intelligence HQ told him there's going to be a coup to overthrow the beloved sister of Mr Thaksin "The Outlaw" Shinawatra in April.

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    Ask Yourself: Do i feel plucky?

    B Magazine, Published on 19/02/2012

    » Peng Ratchaworapong admits his ukulele obsession has gotten the better of him. ''I probably own about 16 now,'' he says. ''But they are so small and so cute right? They don't take up much space. Think about it like a woman and her shoes.''

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    Degrees in destruction at schools of hard knocks

    B Magazine, Andrew Biggs, Published on 26/02/2012

    » I was witness to a seething mass of white shirts while sitting in Ekamai traffic this week.

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