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Entries from March 2008

Jerry Hopkins – Thailand Confidential

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

It’s hard to deny Thailand’s intrinsic charm has made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The kingdom’s magnetism pulls in more than 10 million visitors each year, with white westerners, aka farangs, making up a third of this figure with an average of around 10,000 arriving each day. Along with the flow […]

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Iain Banks – Interview

March 25th, 2008 · No Comments

A disturbed teenager slaughtering rabbits and torturing wasps; A futuristic religious leader decapitating his nemesis, keeping the head alive as he uses it daily as a punch bag; A serial killer intent on murdering those who represent the excesses of Thatcher’s Britain. Just a few examples of the dark, warped, and often perversely funny themes […]

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Things to do in Hua Hin

March 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

In Thailand’s seaside town of Hua Hin, there are several great places to visit if you don’t want to sit on the beach all day. Greg Lowe gives a tour of Hua Hin’s other attractions. With a legacy dating back to the reign of King Rama III, Hua Hin started off as a seaside village […]

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Jeffrey Archer – Interview

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments

To say that disgraced politician cum author, Lord Jeffrey Archer, is a controversial character is an understatement. He has been imprisoned for perjury and perverting the court of justice; breached parole conditions; stolen coats in Canada; been accused of insider trading and ripping off charities; and was implicated in Simon Mann’s planned coup in Equatorial […]

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Things to do in Pattaya

March 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Pattaya is notorious as a sleaze and sand sort of place, but the city is starting to move upmarket and there are several interesting sights around the city. Greg Lowe goes in search of the other side of Pattaya. ‘Cultural’ and ‘Pattaya’ are words not normally used in the same sentence. The latter more often […]

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Athol Fugard – Tsotsi

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

South African author and playwright Athol Fugard’s recently-published novel Tsotsi, is a compelling and brutal tale that follows the life of the story’s eponymous protagonist. Set in Sophiatown — a black township in Johannesburg that was razed in the 1950s to make way for homes for the whites — Fugard uses the oppression of the […]

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Thant Myint-U interview

March 11th, 2008 · No Comments

U-THANT’S GRANDSON SPEAKS: The family’s ardent love for Burma lives on Despite being born in New York in the 1960s, Thant Myint-U’s memories are of a childhood steeped inBurmese culture. Life in his maternal grandfather U-Thant’s house in Riverdale, just outside of Manhattan, was a stark contrast to the icy, snowy winters and bright lights […]

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Shirley Hazzard – People in Glass Houses

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

If there’s one quality that defines Shirley Hazzard’s People in Glass Houses, it’s subtlety. This collection of eight short stories is a masterpiece of observation which clearly demonstrates the author’s perceptive wit. Set in the 1950s, amidst the corridors and offices of the newly-created monolithic and meandering bureaucracy of “the Organization”– read the United Nations […]

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Tom Hodgkinson – How To Be Idle interview

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s Friday afternoon, and after a particularly busy week, with only a few things to wrap up, I try and scratch off the last important thing on my list of things to do – interview author/journalist Tom Hodgkinson. First I try his London office a number of times, only to get the following answer-phone message: […]

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