Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Bob Percival talks the walk

The author of Walking the Streets of Yangon talks transitions, Chinatown and how he got in the head of Orwell and Neruda.

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A new day for old furniture

U Mhart Gyi and his trolley used to be a familiar sight, walking streets and alleyways of the city yelling: “Old furniture! Who wants to sell old furniture?” Today, life is much easier for U Mhart Gyi. After saving his profits, the 64-year-old now owns three antique furniture shops in Yankin township and lets his network of brokers walk around town.

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Myth busted: There is no safe smoking level

Maybe it’s your escape from work, or a casual indulgence when out drinking at bars and clubs. But there’s bad news for those of us who think it’s safe to smoke just a few cigarettes a day or even a week: We face a substantially higher risk of earlier death, according to a study published earlier this month.

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Women talk sex, censorship at literary forum

Filmmaker Emily Hong once said that the very act of a woman holding a camera in the streets of Yangon – by nature f its rare and provocative nature – is performance art. That notion forms the framework for this weekend’s inaugural Ingyin Literary Forum, a four-day event dedicated to Myanmar women writers.

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What’s next for 50th Street?

The beloved bar manager is leaving, and rumours have swirled for months about a potential ownership change: is Yangon’s favourite watering hole destined for a makeover?

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Moana delivers what you’d expect, not what you’d hope for

The latest Disney production dives into Polynesian culture, but a flashy new setting fails to camouflage the same old tried-and-true storytelling.

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Ye beaches offer unique peek into Mon State

A beach escape is a chance to chase the serene, but Myanmar’s well-known beaches too often offer something more crowded.

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Israeli films to hit Yangon’s silver screens in 3-day festival

The bond between Israel and Myanmar runs deep, dating back 60 years to the time when then-Burma became one of the first countries to internationally recognise the newly-formed Middle Eastern state.

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Trouble in paradise: Ngapali’s vendors search for sand of their own

After a year of selling hand-woven table mats by the beach, Ma Khin Mar Cho is unfazed by the Ngapali sunset, orange and brooding as it slips into night. Today’s business is hardly successful. After splitting the day’s earnings with her co-worker and paying for her children’s high school tuition fees, not much is left for her.

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Take a walk in their shoes: Think Art show highlights LGBT issues

Yangon’s art scene continued its progressive momentum over the weekend as it welcomed the Walks of Life art exhibition at Think Art Gallery.

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