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  • LIFESTYLE

    Shostakovich in the spotlight

    Life, Published on 19/02/2019

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana continues its bounty of classical music with "Li-Wei Qin Plays Shostakovich", a concert highlighting works by two of the greatest composers of the 20th century -- Dmitri Shostakovich and Jean Sibelius. Dedicated to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the concert which is part of RBSO's "Great Artists Series" programme is set to take place on Friday at the Thailand Cultural Centre.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Superstition killed the turtle

    Life, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Throughout the 25 years of her life, Om Sin -- a sea turtle from Chon Buri -- was a symbol of luck and longevity to people who threw coins into her concrete pond believing that doing so would bring them prosperity. Little did she know that it would bring bad luck upon herself.

  • NEWS

    Terrorist crashes car into London pedestrians

    Associated Press, Published on 15/08/2018

    » LONDON: A car ploughed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of attacks in the British capital that used vehicles as weapons.

  • NEWS

    Trump, Kim launch talks with historic handshake

    Published on 12/06/2018

    » SINGAPORE: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un made history Tuesday, becoming the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet and shake hands, as they began to search for ways to end a tense decades-old nuclear stand-off.

  • OPINION

    Bus driver battle

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/05/2018

    » Re: "Brawling No.8 bus drivers fined, suspended" (BP, May 16). I have a problem with the polarising and false statement of there only being two genders, male and female, because there actually are three.

  • NEWS

    Detention centres stuck in past century

    Spectrum, Published on 18/02/2018

    » 'Thailand 4.0" is the military government's oft-heard catchphrase, but Thailand's immigration detention system is a relic from a previous century. The need for detention centre reform is not simply humanitarian, but economic, social and political.

  • NEWS

    Thousands of British homes without water as thaw bursts pipes

    Reuters, Published on 05/03/2018

    » LONDON: Tens of thousands of households across Britain suffered water supply problems on Monday after pipes burst when snow thawed and normal weather conditions returned to the country.

  • NEWS

    'Butcher of Bosnia' found guilty of genocide

    Reuters, Published on 22/11/2017

    » THE HAGUE: Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was found guilty of genocide by a UN war crimes tribunal on Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison for orchestrating massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's war.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar security forces 'setting northern Rakhine ablaze'

    Reuters, Published on 15/09/2017

    » YANGON: The rights group Amnesty International said evidence pointing to a "mass-scale scorched-earth campaign" across the north of Rakhine state was unmistakably ethnic cleansing, while Myanmar insisted on Friday it was not barring aid workers from Rakhine State, where a counter-insurgency campaign has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees -- although authorities on the ground might restrict access 'for security reasons'.

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