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  • LIFESTYLE

    Global genius honoured

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 14/05/2019

    » The summer festival season kicks off in Europe, Japan and North America early next month, with many bands from developing countries joining the festival circuit. There are lots of festivals that celebrate musical diversity, which is, I believe, important in these times of rising intolerance and xenophobia.

  • OPINION

    A better Korean option

    Life, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 06/05/2019

    » South Korea is one of the most popular destinations for Thais -- both tourists and illegal workers. According to the Ministry of Labour, there are 165,854 Thais living in South Korea, 143,169 of them illegally. Such a large number of illegal workers has caused Korean immigration officers to strictly screen Thai visitors. On April 20, a Facebook user shared a post saying that only five Thai passengers from a low-cost flight could get through Seoul, while the rest were detained for deportation. On the post, many comments blamed illegal workers for causing trouble for those attempting to travel legitimately. An unlawful worker defended himself by saying others didn't have sympathy for his poverty.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Shostakovich in the spotlight

    Life, Published on 19/02/2019

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana continues its bounty of classical music with "Li-Wei Qin Plays Shostakovich", a concert highlighting works by two of the greatest composers of the 20th century -- Dmitri Shostakovich and Jean Sibelius. Dedicated to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the concert which is part of RBSO's "Great Artists Series" programme is set to take place on Friday at the Thailand Cultural Centre.

  • LIFESTYLE

    David Attenborough's longtime field-recordings passion project

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 27/11/2018

    » Sir David Attenborough is famous for his natural-history TV series and documentaries. Life On Earth, Living Planet, The Life Of Birds, The Private Life Of Plants, Life In The Undergrowth and, most recently, Blue Planet have all been shown in many countries. His hushed, almost whispered narration to all these fascinating films is now part of the broadcasting ether.

  • TECH

    Next-gen Wi-Fi technologies on the way

    Life, James Hein, Published on 07/11/2018

    » The fixed line versus Wi-Fi debate continues to be a popular one. And with technologies like Wi-Gig and Wi-Fi 6 in the pipeline, the debate will only intensify. Current Wi-Fi technologies work inside the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands; they also have user-friendly version numbers now. Wi-Fi 4 came out in 2009 under the name 802.11n, Wi-Fi 5 arrived in 2014 as 802.11ac and Wi-Fi 6 is due in 2019 as 802.11.ax. In the near future, you'll see these numbers start to appear on your devices, but not every manufacturer will bother to use the new designations. Wi-Fi numbers 1-3 represent even older, now mostly unused versions.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Superstition killed the turtle

    Life, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Throughout the 25 years of her life, Om Sin -- a sea turtle from Chon Buri -- was a symbol of luck and longevity to people who threw coins into her concrete pond believing that doing so would bring them prosperity. Little did she know that it would bring bad luck upon herself.

  • LIFESTYLE

    African and Eastern European artists dominate World Music Charts

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 12/06/2018

    » This month's World Music Chart from the European Broadcast Union, selected by 45 radio producers across 24 countries, features some interesting new releases that music fans might like to consider.

  • LIFESTYLE

    TPO presents 'Hungarian Textures'

    Life, Published on 03/05/2018

    » The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting the "Hungarian Textures" concert featuring a five-movement musical work for orchestra composed by Bela Bartok, at Mahidol University's Prince Mahidol Hall, Salaya campus, on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm.

  • LIFESTYLE

    One amazing documentary

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 16/03/2018

    » Some people like to say there's nothing left to discover in the world. As humans continue to develop better technology, the far-flung corners of the metaphorical map continue to be coloured in.

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