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    Where tea & History entwine

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 06/08/2013

    » Even nine cups of tea a day is still considered a bit much for the typical Brit, but any less would make it an "unsatisfactory tea-drinking day" for Stephen Twining. For the 10th generation descendant of a centuries-old business family, Twinings of London, which has taken part in solidifying tea as a cultural icon of the English, a day gone by without a cuppa leaves him a tad queasy.

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    The unbreakable brotherhood

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 25/06/2013

    » The clock said it was nearly evening prayer time for Chiang Mai's At-Taqwa community. Women rushed home while men of all ages gathered at the mosque. The sun was going down yet everybody's spirit was uplifted as they paid respect to Allah.

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    Social fabric

    Life, Published on 04/07/2013

    » We open the doors to sweet symphonic music, which sets our mood for the guided tour of the exhibition. On entering the new section of Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) _ the main space has been open to the public since May last year as a learning centre about textiles _ we had to pinch ourselves that we hadn't walked into the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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    Home is where the help is

    Life, Napamon Roongwitoo, Published on 21/05/2013

    » The first thing that greets an outsider who steps into the small patch of garden under Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) is a strong stench of urine. Male underwear is strewn carelessly on the ground, while a toddler plays by himself _ not in a crib, but in a battered foam box. There is no roof. There is no toilet. There is no furniture except for a few floor mats.

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    Hitch your wedding to traditional Peranakan style

    Life, Published on 23/05/2013

    » Any local and foreign couples who are seeking unique ways to tie the knot are invited to wed in the traditional, sophisticated Peranakan style in Phuket next month.

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    Light it up

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/05/2013

    » From a quick glance, the Moken sea gypsy community at Moo Koh Surin's Ao Bon, off the southern coast of Phangnga province, seemed just as it had always been over the years; rows of raised huts are set right at the shoreline, men are busy with their boats, women (some topless) are engrossed in their handicraft work and little kids run around.

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    The man who sold the world

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 30/05/2013

    » Everybody deserves an escape, and my recent annual leave took me to London, a city where men know how to wear a suit with style. It is also the city of David Bowie _ the man whose persona seems to tease and provoke the boundaries of gender and whose five-decade career is one of the most spectacular in the music industry.

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    Wisdom behind the pearls

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 10/04/2013

    » Of all exquisite gems, pearls stand out, yet are often underestimated. While other precious rocks, from diamonds to rubies, need man and machine to turn them into sparkling pieces of jewellery, a perfectly round and lustrous pearl is a work of art solely created by nature.

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    Luxury auction to support children's charity

    Life, Published on 08/03/2013

    » After great success last year with its charity auction, the Sansiri Auctionista returns with the "Sansiri Collectible Items for Home and Travel" campaign. This time around, connoisseurs are invited to bid for collectible items, with proceeds going to support disadvantaged children.

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    Cute and culturally right on

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 08/03/2013

    » As someone who's always on the hunt for novel souvenirs of Thailand to give friends of mine living abroad, I tend to have my eyes peeled for objects of a more distinctive character. So many mass-produced "Thai" products feature elephants that the motif has been seriously done to death. Or else they're plastered with enough gold paint/dye to make any self-possessed local roll her/his eyes in exasperation.

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