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    Transplanted Bangkokian in Washington

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 14/07/2013

    » Gossiping, girl's nights out and gold-digging crushes are instantly recognisable tropes of the popular literary genre of female commercial literature, known as chick-lit. Now we can add som tam and spice to the list because the genre has a new Thai counterpart. Tichakorn Khroopan Hill's debut novel, From Bangkok with Despair: (mis)adventures in DC, on the surface seems to retread the stiletto-punctured paths of the genre with blind faith, but the subtleties of having a Thai author (and protagonist) at the narrative helm gently surface like bubbles in a big mango Bellini. So how has Tichakorn brought a distinctly Thai flavour to the book and how much will she confess is autobiographical?


    Joy's adventures in Washington

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 14/07/2013

    » Every fashion-conscious capital in the world has its proud face of chick-lit. London has Bridget Jones and her diary, New York has Carrie Bradshaw and her well-publicised sex life. So is the world ready for a Thai face to take up the mantle?


    Documentary gets on board with myanmar's changing youth

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 07/04/2013

    » The "skate or die" mantra of many skateboarders takes on a new meaning in Myanmar. A few years ago, it would have been almost impossible to freely skate down a public street in Yangon, when the name of skating legend Tony Hawk was as foreign to many as Barack Obama.

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    Bend and Flex

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 16/12/2012

    » Two realms of our universe that you thought may never meet have been fused together by Lenovo in its new IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultraportable. The ability to flex is not something you want to associate with your technology too closely, but the Yoga 13 _ Lenovo's little pun _ is very flexible, and the name reflects both the versatility of the screen and indeed the functionality of the device itself.

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    Going all in

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 23/12/2012

    » The all-in-one concept has come a long way from its origins with the first Apple Macintosh and similar PCs in the 1980s. Now all serious PC manufacturers have a model on the shelves, and most have a complete range since touchscreen technology recently revamped the genre. These include Acer with two new offerings sporting the new Windows 8 operating system.

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    Bringing back the beat

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 09/12/2012

    » It was always only a matter of time before the famous boombox of 1980s New York street corners made a comeback. But since many people carry much of their personal music library around in their pocket on a smartphone or MP3 player, is now the right time to stage a comeback?

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    Less is more?

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 18/11/2012

    » It was only in 2010 that Apple dropped its iPad bombshell on the world, changing the way people approach and use portable technology. Two-and-a-half years on, and with a new CEO at the helm, the manufacturer has garnered far less hype with its recent release of the iPad mini and iPad with Retina display.

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    Compact and connected

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 25/11/2012

    » It's been a tough time for compact cameras of late, with smartphones beginning to fill the photography needs for the bulk of consumers.

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    Lumia 920 _ Luminary or Lummox?

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 14/10/2012

    » It's been a big year for the smartphone market. Samsung released its Galaxy S III in May in the US to pre-empt the arrival of Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 5 last month. HTC threw its One X into the ring also in May to keep things interesting (both in and out of the courtroom). So where has Nokia, once the world's leading mobile phone manufacturer, been during all this excitement?

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    Slated for success?

    Brunch, Richard Mcleish, Published on 28/10/2012

    » Slate PCs are a slight curiosity in the gadget world, lying somewhere between tablets and ultraportable notebooks. They pack the power of a notebook but miss the built-in keyboard and trackpad, while offering only similar screen dimensions to a tablet PC but carrying much more bulk.

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