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    School of pop

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 14/11/2018

    » If you like to argue that modern pop music sucks, here's some ammunition. Beyoncé's 2016 album Lemonade had no less than 72 writers involved, and her single Hold Up had 15 alone. Compare that with, for example, Billie Jean, whose songwriting credits in their entirety read: "M. Jackson."


    The View's frontman cleans up and grows up

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 05/10/2018

    » What happens when a group of rambunctious Scottish musicians are given a record deal while still in their teens and then score a hit with their first album? Indie popsters The View fell willingly for the clichés of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, and threw themselves into a life of boozy mayhem.


    Anger is an energy

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 17/08/2018

    » It takes Trent Reznor 45 minutes to say hello. He voices his surprise that it's taken his band Nine Inch Nails nearly 30 years to do a show in Thailand. They almost made it in 2014 for the aborted Silverlake Festival in Pattaya, cancelled due to the volatile political climate, so there was no small amount of anticipation ahead of their show at Bangkok's packed Moonstar Studio on Tuesday night.


    Lights, Camera, Cuisine!

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 16/12/2013

    » It begins, like a good movie, with a great opening sequence. You enter the lift in the Landmark Bangkok lobby, hit the highest button, and the glass cage slowly ascends 31 floors of the hotel's facade as Bangkok's inverted constellation of night time neon reveals itself, extending out to the horizon. You emerge from the lift into a plush bar fitted with deep seats and a wall of spirit bottles flanked by two wine cellars. To the right is the restaurant, bathed in red light...but is it the red of sensuality or danger?


    Ring in the new

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 16/12/2013

    » Bangkok was different in February 1970, back when Dusit Thani first opened her doors onto the junction of Silom and Rama IV. Beer was ten baht, gas one baht a litre, a good hotel room eight dollars. Siam Centre was a copse of trees by a dusty roundabout. An original print ad for the hotel boasted of 'a wide choice of sophisticated supper clubs, Continental and Siamese restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges.' The photo shows the building looking much as it does today, minus the towering downtown skyscrapers, which is precisely the appeal of this grand dame of Bangkok hospitality.


    A touch of Michelin magic

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 19/12/2013

    » Who are the heavyweights of cooking right now: Heston Blumenthal and his avant-garde creations? Bellowing TV bully Gordon Ramsey? The woman who wrote 'Cooking with Poo'? Yes and no. Yes, they get plenty of column inches and television moments, but the real powerhouses of cooking are Michelin magnets like Ferran Adria, Alain Ducasse and, for Thai cuisine, David Thompson.


    Head to Hank's

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 23/12/2013

    » You'll hear Christmas songs, you'll hear classic party music, you might even hear some Elvis but one sound that's definitely absent is the rumbling of tummies. No one goes hungry here. Henry J. Beans is a classic American diner, which means everything is big: huge plates of wings, 750g T-bones, two-hander tacos and giant glasses of margarhita. Go alone if you dare, but it's best to share.


    Between Heaven and Earth

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 27/12/2013

    » The name means new heaven and Earth, and although the altitude of the 22nd floor is not quite heavenly, the food certainly is. Master chef is the talented Singaporean-Chinese Lam Kok Weng whose skills ensured that this place won the Chinese category in the 2013 awards from Bangkok's Best Restaurants.


    A luxury of choice

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 13/12/2012

    » Traditionally at this time of year, calorie-watchers worry about what they eat between Christmas and New Year. A better policy would be to worry about what you eat between New Year and Christmas, and leave this season for a dose of rewarding indulgence. Luckily for those fond of extravagance, one of Bangkok's best hotels has created a festive menu featuring the finest ingredients from every gastronome's wish-list.


    Christmas Eve Cravings

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 17/12/2012

    » Sukhumvit Soi 11 has been cool for some time. Spaceship supperclub Bed landed on 11 ten years ago, and Q Bar opened its party doors as far back as 1999. The less well-heeled have been propping up the scrapyard bar at Cheap Charlie's since the early eighties. In between Charlie's and Q Bar, physically and fiscally, was a mish-mash of massage parlours, tailor touts, street food stalls and a handful of dodgy hostess bars.

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