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  1. Lifestyle - Books - SOUTH ASIA

    Book review: This Divided Island, by Samanth Subramanian

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Kit Gillet

    ... Kit Gillet This Divided Island by Samanth Subramanian Penguin India 3 stars Kit Gillet "Gradually, in my head, the boundaries between these slices of time- between wartime and post-war Sri Lanka- melted away. The phrase 'post-war' lost its meaning," journalist Samanth Subramanian writes in This Divided Island. When it comes to the decades-long civil war ...

  2. Lifestyle - Fashion & Watches

    Spring-summer 2015 trends from London

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 01:20pm by Jing Zhang

    ... of the huge greenhouse venue built for Burberry at Kensington Gardens, where colourful trenches, filmy, light dresses with abstract prints were on show. British supermodels such as Jordan Dunn ... lace gowns. The British design duo of Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are making a brief return to the London catwalk from New York, where they have been based since 2007. They designed ...

  3. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    British countertenor Iestyn Davies pitches up

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 04:02pm by Victoria Finlay

    ... Victoria Finlay life@scmp.com Raise the tone One Sunday in 1996, when British countertenor Iestyn Davies was 17, he was singing in his school choir, in the bass section as usual, when he spontaneously switched over to sing the alto line- a part that is usually taken by girls, women, or young boys, and which, for Davies, required singing falsetto. The chorister standing next to him ...

  4. Lifestyle - Books - HONG KONG

    Book review: Eastern Fortress, by Kwong Chi-man and Tsoi Yiu-lun

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 10:11pm by Jason Wordie

    ... of the "Geisha House", as the official British military brothel on Stonecutter's Island was known, reminds us of the vital importance of providing facilities for all aspects of garrison life, ... Fortress" for the British military has been comprehensively explored in this solidly researched, long-overdue survey history. Robust, wide-ranging use of archival material closely informs ...

  5. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Actor Ben Kingsley is laidback and loving it

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Kavita Daswani

    ... Elba and Bill Murray will rely once again on their voices to make an impact in the movie. In this new adaptation of British author Rudyard Kipling's classic work, Kingsley will play Bagheera, the black panther. An actor who makes the most of his voice, he had some suggestions for Favreau regarding his character. "The book was … based on British India, and I'm somewhat ...

  6. Lifestyle - Books

    Book review: Personal, by Lee Child

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Guy Haydon

    ... 3 stars British-born author Lee Child and his big, brawny hero Jack Reacher- a former US military policeman turned wanderer who metes out brutal justice to bad guys wherever he travels- both seem ... described as looking like a condom crammed with walnuts. In 2000, when Child was first asked by a British newspaper which actor he favoured to play Reacher, he suggested Russell Crowe, adding, ...

  7. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - POSTCARD TORONTO

    Postcard from Toronto

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Helen Barlow

    ... Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British code-breaker Alan Turing, the biographical drama-thriller proved illuminating in its depiction of the real-life hero who made a huge contribution ...

  8. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Taipei Biennial sounds a warning about our treatment of the world

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by David Frazier

    ... in a factory catastrophe. Titled The Blind Leading the Blind, they are spooky monuments to a weird beauty in industrial decay. Roger Hiorns, a British artist, used a chemical process to pulverise ...

  9. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    How Monopoly came to dominate board games

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Richard Lord

    ... with licensees producing localised versions of the board. By the second world war it had become so popular that the British Secret Service was using front organisations to distribute the game to Allied ...

  10. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    At home, work and play, the robots are coming

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 03:29am by Martin Williams

    ... Baxter, which even has a computer screen to signal "emotions" such as puzzlement. If you would like help with the housework, take note of Boris. The British robot can assess unfamiliar ...




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