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    The miracle of mud

    Life, Noko, Published on 13/03/2018

    » Dirty as it seems, peat is actually the original organic spa product, used in balneotherapy as far back as 120 BC when the Romans dipped into a brownish bath to soak in its curative properties.

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    Experience the ninja life at CentralPlaza WestGate

    Life, Published on 13/03/2018

    » The famous Iga Ninja Village will be flown in from Japan and showcased at the "Ninja Maze ... The Big Adventure" exhibition at Westgate Hall, 4th floor of CentralPlaza WestGate, from Saturday to May 31.

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    Bangkok to hear Bartók's Viola Concerto

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 13/03/2018

    » So many jokes have been written about the viola that it really should be pitied. Without a look of its own (the viola resembles an overweight violin), without its own sound quality (it shares three-quarter of the violin notes, three-quarter of the cello notes), stuck behind the violins in the orchestra, the poor viola is hardly singular. In fact, when Hector Berlioz wrote solo viola into the Harold In Italy symphony, Paganini refused to play it. And the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, noting how the viola shared the looks and music of other stringed instruments, called the instrument "the hermaphrodite of the orchestra".

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    Plentiful pets of several varieties

    Life, Published on 13/03/2018

    » More than 200 species of pet animals are roaming the MCC Hall of The Mall Bangkapi, which has been transformed into a fairy-tale city for the "Mall Pets Show" until Sunday.

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    The art of used plastic, courtesy of Vivienne Westwood

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 13/03/2018

    » Britain's dame of punk, Vivienne Westwood, is known for taking modern punk mainstream, but she is also outspoken on environmental issues. It is no surprise that her latest collection to drop in stores for spring summer 2018, Anglomania, draws most of its motifs from the concept of saving the world through sustainability and using less plastic.

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    Swashbuckling Shostakovich

    Life, Published on 13/03/2018

    » In its signature hall at Mahidol University, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) earlier this month gave us a most enjoyable Rhapsody In Blue by Gershwin, with the piano brightly and playfully played by Bennett Lerner, then keyed us in for darker drama from Shostakovich's Symphony No.5 -- an epic piece from a composer whose music often caused him serious problems with Stalin's USSR government (Gershwin was probably banned there for being too American and decadent, so a good programming link to Shostakovich).

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    Bad Genius sweeps Subannahongsa Awards

    Life, Published on 13/03/2018

    » Capping a spectacular year, the exam-room thriller Chalat Game Geong (Bad Genius) swept the Subannahongsa Awards -- the closest thing to the Thai Oscars -- by winning 12 out of the 16 categories in a ceremony on Sunday night at Thailand Cultural Centre.

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