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    Dishes with a bit of stick

    Brunch, Published on 02/03/2014

    » No it isn’t just for the cheese plate. I get fed up with pulling limp heads of celery out of friend’s fridges. I’m not sure why people buy it if they don’t know what to do with celery — it’s a waste of food and farmers’ time.

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    Ring in the new

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 16/12/2013

    » Bangkok was different in February 1970, back when Dusit Thani first opened her doors onto the junction of Silom and Rama IV. Beer was ten baht, gas one baht a litre, a good hotel room eight dollars. Siam Centre was a copse of trees by a dusty roundabout. An original print ad for the hotel boasted of 'a wide choice of sophisticated supper clubs, Continental and Siamese restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges.' The photo shows the building looking much as it does today, minus the towering downtown skyscrapers, which is precisely the appeal of this grand dame of Bangkok hospitality.

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    Documenting disaster

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/10/2013

    » Like other environmental calamities, the 54,000-litre oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand from PTT Global Chemical's pipeline on the morning of July 27 will soon become a distant memory. Collective anger towards PTT has started to subside thanks to a well-oiled PR machine and orchestrated efforts by Thai authorities to play down the environmental impact.

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    House of the rising sun

    Life, Published on 28/10/2013

    » The Bangkok International Gift Fair 2013 and Bangkok International Houseware Fair 2013 (BIG+BIH) at Bitec Bangkok ended successfully last week. The five-day expo saw more than 500 companies showcasing their latest design products and innovations.

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    Across the silk road by panda

    Brunch, Published on 13/10/2013

    » For bold adventurers Chase Berenson and Charla Hughes, some of the most dramatic moments on the Mongol Rally 2013 anticlimactically manifested themselves towards the very end of their 16-country, 42-day Eurasian escapade, just as they were closing in on finish line in Ulaanbaatar.

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    Too much of a good thing?

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 08/07/2013

    » There are always doubts and ambiguity around bottled mineral water. While some say drinking it every day is a boon, others warn there are some health risks in the nutrient-rich liquid.

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    Weaving a legacy

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/07/2013

    » Her face and hands are full of lines and wrinkles, but her memory is still sharp. Nguan Sermsri, of tambon Ban Puek in Chon Buri province is still teaching others how to weave the rare Ang Sila cotton textiles at the ripe old age of 93. Six months ago, she was the only Ang Sila cotton weaver in Thailand. But since then, the ancient art has been revived and passed on to a number of local women.

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    Root of all goodness

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 11/06/2013

    » At first sight, it's tubular in shape and similar to a small potato. A closer look reveals the knobby skin of ginger or galangal root. When having a bite, there is a light, sweet flavour to it. On chewing it is slightly crunchy, reminiscent of water chestnuts and yam beans (mun kaew). When cooked it can be not only tasty but healthy as well.

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    Water world

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 12/04/2013

    » The Northeast is parched and farmers are bearing the brunt of water scarcity at the height of summer.

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    Machine of his dreams

    Life, Sasiwimon Boonruang, Published on 25/02/2013

    » Without looking too hard, some might think the strikingly attractive car is an imported Jaguar, while others might mistake it for a Mustang. On closer inspection it becomes clear it is something else entirely. What they won't know is that the custom-made car is designed by its owner, Nitipat Praweenwongwuthi.

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