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  • LEARNING

    Learn Thai: Successful surgery

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 02/03/2014

    » With each new subject comes a new set of vocabulary. Let's see how you can handle a story on artificial heart surgery.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Children suffer amid madness

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 02/03/2014

    » It’s hard for me to find the words to describe the grief, the anger and the helplessness at watching a man bury his two gorgeous little kids, whose only crime was they chose KFC at Big C Ratchaprasong to have dinner last Sunday evening.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Off to a Good Start

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 02/03/2014

    » The name Sam Smith may not have yet gained a lot of recognition in this part of the world, but in the UK, the 21-year-old pop sensation is well on his way to becoming a household name, having recently won the BBC Sound of 2014 and the Brits Critics' Choice awards. Back in 2012, Smith had his major breakthrough as a featured vocalist on Disclosure’s smash hit Latch, which brilliantly showcases his superb voice.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Taming the tagine genie

    Brunch, Published on 02/03/2014

    » A little more than two months after Christmas and I’m still not sure I’m ready to cook big formal menus again. This kind of meal is much more my kind of thing, so easy and casual that at no point does it need to feel like a chore for the host. A bowl of nuts when people arrive, then a lovely tagine that’s comforting like a stew, but much lighter and fresher. It’s so quick and simple to make that we’ll often have it when it’s just me and the wife at home.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Herbs are here to stay

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 02/03/2014

    » Today I’d like to write about one of the most familiar of our herbs. You can find it in almost every plate and bowl of food, and at every meal. It is pak chi, or fresh coriander.

  • LIFESTYLE

    When your garden goes squirrelly

    Brunch, Normita Thongtham, Published on 02/03/2014

    » In urban gardens, the occasional squirrel or two feeding on the fruit of trees can be a welcome sight. When my children were growing up, my son would not let me pick ripe fruit from a papaya tree that was within reach of his bedroom window so that squirrels would come to feed on them. “We can buy fruit, the squirrels cannot,” he said. Now we have star fruit trees, and the ground under them is littered by young fruit which have fallen after squirrels have eaten their tender seeds. During the mango season, the fluffy-tailed rodents jump to neighbouring trees to merrily nibble at my neighbour’s ripening mangoes, or jackfruit on another neighbour’s tree.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A walk back in time

    Brunch, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 02/03/2014

    » Celebrity jeweller Beauty Gems recently celebrated a big milestone, its 50th anniversary, with a gala event that reflected the theme of its latest “Victorian” collection.

  • NEWS

    The land of missed opportunity

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 02/03/2014

    » ‘I never felt at home in Thailand. I always stood out in the crowd,” says Brian, a Thai national who prefers to use a pseudonym. “I was outspoken, determined and confident. From my experience, those personality traits are not acceptable here. I always told myself that I would take the first chance to leave.”

  • NEWS

    Fight over the spoils leads to rights abuses

    Spectrum, Justin Heifetz, Published on 02/03/2014

    » On a humid July day in Shan state, a 12-year-old girl was playing under the monsoon rains falling over her tiny northern township of Ke See. The Myanmar army had been quietly building a presence there since 2009, after the government signed a deal with China to lay pipelines through the area to take oil and gas from the Rakhine basin in the west to Yunnan province. These pipelines, called the Shwe, would be a safe alternative to the strategically vulnerable Strait of Malacca — so the governments said.

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