The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

New Myanmar Music Academy Awards to sing a different tune

The Myanmar Music Association has announced its inaugural Myanmar Music Academy Awards, set to launch in 2016. MMA Vice president U Lwin Myint told The Myanmar Times that the national awards will recognise outstanding Myanmar musicians.

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Thai folk music changes tune as coup suffocates dissent

Flashing a toothless smile, 96-year-old Gaew breaks into the jaunty, staccato verses of mo lam, a style of folk music that reaches deep into the heritage of northeastern Thailand.

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Marionette master holds court with royal art

First, the good news. There is no shortage of puppet shows throughout the country. You can even see them in restaurants and hotel dining rooms, watching while you eat. But, say devotees of the art, this ubiquity bears a heavy price. The quality of the shows, the sound and lighting effects, the music, the crafting of the marionettes themselves, is not up to scratch.

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Geek is the new chic for Myanmar women

Geek is good, women are being told. And, while we’re at it, tech is chic.

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Cache exchange: The hidden world of GPS treasure hunting

The familiar, mundane geography of topographical features, roadways and shopping malls is overlaid with countless maps invisible to those who lack the tools, faculties or knowledge to interpret the signs: Gang territory demarcations, the scavenging routes of urban wildlife and sacred zones governed by local nats all exist in domains subliminal to our own.

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Why I walk

I first became aware of health and fitness in my late teens. I began running, first 5 kilometres, and by the time I was in college, I began to train for marathons. I loved the adrenaline rush, the sweat and sheer expenditure of energy. It was a perfect release for the stress of university life and young adulthood, and I was in great shape.

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Tiny houses still have room for what matters

For most people, the choice to live in a small space is all about location, the chance to live on a busy city block in the centre of the action. But for others, it’s about the freedom of living light.

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How to swap games consoles for books – and get kids reading

My son, Jacob, is 17 now. He’s at college and when his increasingly hectic social life permits, he reads novels.

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Stranger than fiction

As hobbyists go, they are apt to stand out in a crowd more prominently than, say, numismatists, toxophilists, topiarists or philatelists. Unlike, say, train-spotters or people who like growing huge vegetable marrows, they are apt to wear capes, carry facsimiles of deadly weapons, and have hair and eyes in colours that no human being would have.

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Game of Drones

The abandoned lot in Thilawa special economic zone, crosscut by long stretches of pavement and bordered by a sprinkling of low houses, looks like an airfield in miniature. A small group of men and women has converged on this lonely, overgrown spot on the outskirts of Yangon to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – an activity neither fully allowed nor forbidden in Myanmar.

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