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    Stacked deck

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 06/03/2015

    » House Of Cards has returned for its third season. The political drama series starring Kevin Spacey as the 46th President of the United States has thrilled fans with its intense writing and backroom intrigue. After two successful seasons, the series now faces the challenge of keeping the momentum going.

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    Masterly delve into the video age

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 05/12/2014

    » It's so meta sitting at House RCA cinema watching how its founders used to get their fix of indie films.

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    Rich tapestry of Thai society

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 02/02/2015

    » All things considered, the 14 stories in the collection translated by Marcel Barang read like a list of social issues a Thai should be aware of: participating in last year's protests without genuine understanding and interest; having an affair with someone of an opposing political colour; the death of red-shirt poet Mai Nueng; violence in the South; hilltop villages; the move from local farms to factory farming. And Buddhism.

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    Molam's mass movement

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 07/11/2014

    » 'Molam can't be tamed," so the old saying goes. The years have certainly proven this true. From now until the end of March next year, the Jim Thompson Art Center presents "Joyful Khaen, Joyful Dance", an exhibition tracing the development of molam from its ritualistic roots in Isan, through its passage as anti-communism propaganda, to its current place in pop culture, where the once rural music is played to the cool or even international crowd of Bangkok.

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    Bond 'roids up

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 13/02/2015

    » Free calls. Free internet. For everyone. Forever. Samuel L. Jackson is Valentine — villainous internet billionaire in a sideways baseball cap with a distinct lisp, an aim to save the planet from global warming and a hot accomplice named Gazelle with large blades built into her Pistorius-style prosthetic legs — offers the world. Who could say no?

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    Taking down The ‘Third World’

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 03/09/2014

    » In 1974, Mao Zedong decided China was part of the Third World, not the Second World as categorised by the Communist block. Mao's idea of the Third World deviated from Cold War-era political ideologies and discounted the history of colonialism and imperialism. His "Third World" was a band of non-aligned nations falling behind those which were more rich and powerful — the US and Soviet Union in the First World; Japan, Canada, Australia and the rest of Europe in the Second World.

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    Philosophy of design

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 23/03/2015

    » English designer, sculptor and architect Thomas Heatherwick established the Heatherwick Studio in 1994. He created the Rolling Bridge at Paddington Basin in London, on his own volition. He reinvented the iconic red London bus, down to the fabric for the seats, treating the interior of the bus like an architectural space. Heatherwick then went on to represent his homeland with the design of the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in 2010 — the Seed Cathedral, a hairy rectangular structure made with 60,000 identical clear acrylic rods, which created a curvaceous geometric interior space holding 250,000 seed samples. Sunlight travelled through the length of each rod, lighting up the space, and cast different hues throughout the day.

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    Space for God

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 15/12/2014

    » Charles Duke was only 36 years old when he walked on the moon. The Apollo 16 astronauts stayed there for 71 hours and 14 minutes. He and John Young spent 20 hours exploring the rough lunar surface on a rover, collecting rock and soil samples. The Apollo 16 took three days to return to earth.

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    War and peace

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 25/08/2014

    » In what Susan Sontag would refer to as the democratisation of the human experience through photography, the exhibition "Something To Talk About" presents moments in the Deep South that have largely been overlooked by news media — moments of peace.

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    The design guy

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 03/07/2014

    » ‘I ended up in Java from despair,” says Christopher Guy Harrison, founder of luxury furnishing brand Christopher Guy. He leans back on his Cezanne sofa, which takes up almost 5m of his living room in a penthouse in Singapore, and crosses his feet. He is wearing cowboy boots. The view from where he sits is spectacular. Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade accentuates the panoramic view south of the city, idle ships dot the open sea. The curved sofa has been designed to mimic the meandering of the Seine.

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