Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Matilda waltzes off with British theatre accolades

2012-04-17 A MUSICAL based on the Roald Dahl children's book Matilda on Sunday claimed a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, the most prestigious accolade in British theatre. One prize Best Actress in a Musical was jointly awarded to Cleo Demetriou, Kerry...

Monday, 16 April 2012

Tourists flock to S Korea surgeons seeking 'instant' celebrity looks

2012-04-16 IT was in the mid-2000s when South Korean plastic surgeon Joo Kwon noticed a trickle of Chinese women walking into his clinic, even though he hadn't advertised overseas. "They somehow found a way to the clinic... and nearly all of them said...

Cambodian statue sparks legal battle in US

2012-04-16 FOR a year, an ancient Cambodian statue of a warrior has been at the center of a legal battle in New York in which US authorities back Cambodia's claim that the artwork was looted.The standoff between Sotheby's auctioneers, who intended to sell the...

Saturday, 14 April 2012

In Washington, historic black theatre rises from ashes

2012-04-14 ELLA FITZGERALD has given concerts there. So have Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, James Brown, and Miles Davis.The Howard Theatre, the first concert hall for blacks, is reborn this week from its ashes, more than a century after it...

Louvre goes visual with Nintendo 3Ds guide

2012-04-14 THE Louvre Museum is used to dealing with antiquities: Nearly all of its thousands of works of art date to 1848 or earlier. Now, it wants to create a relic of its own the old museum audio guide.The famed Paris museum, whose origins date to the 18th...

Roman 'centurions' protest ban

2012-04-14 DOZENS of Roman centurion impersonators protested in front of the Colosseum on Thursday dressed in plumed helmets and clutching plastic swords in a protest against a ban on their work.A clash between the "centurions" and police broke out...

Friday, 13 April 2012

Chinese giant porcelain jar breaks world record

2012-04-13 A COLOSSAL porcelain jar produced in the eastern city of Jingdezhen, China's porcelain hub, was certified as the world's largest porcelain jar and unveiled to public Wednesday after receiving certification from the Guinness World Records."On...

Tanjung Market: Tawau's bestsecret for bargain hunters

2012-04-13 THE Tanjung Market is located along Jalan Dunlop, near the sea and next to the Tawau Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex.The complex is the main entry and exit to Sabah through Tawau, a city in Sabah that is closest to Nunukan in East...

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Photos preserve Soviet architecture

2012-04-12 BRITISH photographer Richard Pare is on a mission to capture Soviet avant-garde buildings before they turn to ruins in the hope of raising awareness about this little-known period of experimentation in modern architecture.The exhibition "...

A day in the life of the planet to be photographed

2012-04-12 ROBYN is turning photographer, for a day.The Swedish pop singer is joining an anti-apartheid icon, a former Irish president and thousands of people around the world in an attempt to capture a day in the life of the planet.The project aday.org is...

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The elegant potters of Pagerjurang

2012-04-11 URNS, jugs, bowls and huge water vessels line the streets of Pagerjurang in Klaten, Central Java.This has been a potters village for as long as anyone can remember,and many of its potters are women who have a throwing style believed to be unique to...

Muna Madan: Nepal's bestseller

2012-04-11 MUNA Madan, the finest piece of Nepali literature, still remains the highest selling publication since its first official publication in 1996. The publisher Sajha Prakashan claims the short epic as the most popular of its all publications making it...

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Traditional theatre shows garner public interest

2012-04-10 LONG before the arrival of television, which ranks among the entertainment "tools" of modern Malaysian society, the public of yesteryears watched traditional theatre performances.These performances were held either in public and school...

Pinning hopes on Titanic resurgence

2012-04-10 A CENTURY after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, Belfast is counting on a new visitor attraction about the iconic ship to put the city that built it back on the tourist map.The Northern Irish capital hopes the Titanic Belfast complex will...

Monday, 9 April 2012

Celebrating 40 years of MABBIM

2012-04-09 THE Language Council of Brunei Indonesia Malaysia (MABBIM) recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary in Bandar Seri Begawan. Many in the Malay literary world know that MABBIM (Majlis Bahasa Brunei Indonesia Malaysia) is responsible for the...

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Enterprising Bruneian youths jump into dastar, sinjang industry

2012-04-08 UPHOLDING culture and tradition may be a challenge especially in these modern times.Today, technology becomes a facet of everyday living where conserving past tradition and culture become increasingly imperative to ensure. Though we are living in...

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Titanic artefacts linked to officer

2012-04-07 FROM the pitch-black depths 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) beneath the North Atlantic, salvagers of the Titanic made a notable discovery when they located the personal effects of William Murdoch, the bridge officer who tried in vain to keep the doomed...

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Cultural integration takes centre stage at NY show

2012-04-05 THE contemporary Vietnamese visual and performance artist Dao Anh Khanh will impress New York audiences with a live performance on Friday. According to the artist, whose domestic and abroad performances consistently receive rave reviews, this week's...

Malaysia's culture reflected in crafts

2012-04-05 MALAYSIA boasts a rich legacy in the arts and crafts, clearly highlighting Malaysian craftsmanship.Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia) has been working hard to preserve and...

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Kuwait artist more intent after exhibit shut-down

2012-04-04 A KUWAITI artist whose pictures of men were deemed "obscene" by authorities said she would keep on producing art that challenged perceptions of society in the Gulf Arab state after her exhibition was shut down.!Officials sent by the...