The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 30 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Blown cover

When The Beatles and Elvis Presley were great favourites among Yangon music fans in the early 1970s, local bands such as the Play Boys took to performing Myanmar versions of their songs to please their listeners.

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A hidden beauty uncovered

Those  familiar with Yangon as a place of construction sites and constant, snarling traffic may be interested to know that even 10 years ago, when cars were a rarity and months would go by without a developer breaking ground, keeping the city green was a source of concern.

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Blooming trade in Myanmar arts and crafts

Truly  dedicated followers of fashion, like me and, possibly, you (no, not you - you over there), will understand accessories. A merely beautiful dress without accoutrements simply will not do. Good taste demands more.

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Yangon zoo plays matchmaker for lonesome animals

Sometimes  that perfect date needs an extra little touch of romance … like a crane.

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Photography book captures artist’s love for Myanmar

Six years ago, David Heath fell in love. The object of his passion was Myanmar, its ways and its cultures, its fields and its cities and, most of all, its people.

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French cartoonist illustrates Myanmar freedom struggle

The land of liberty, equality and fraternity will learn of the travails endured by those in Myanmar who struggle for human rights and a better life with the upcoming publication, at the end of the year, of Frédéric Debomy’s cartoon Books on Burma.

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Chequebook Buddhism offers Thais a stairway to heaven

In  deeply religious Thailand, monks have long been revered. But badly behaved clergy, corruption scandals, and the vast wealth amassed by some temples has many asking if something is rotten at the heart of Thai Buddhism.

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K-Pop superstars sing their hearts out

South Korean pop quintet 4Minute got Myanmar concertgoers screaming at Myanmar Event Park on April 4, performing fan favourites “Crazy” and “What’s Your Name?”.

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Book your vacation: Literary festivals around Asia

Asia is home to the world's oldest civilizations, with a vibrant tradition of creative arts. It also boasts an estimated 60 literary festivals, as new generations of writers and readers are still moved by the written word. Here's your guide to some of the region's best literary festivals in the coming year:

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Vibrant tales of real lives get to the heart of modern Myanmar

For many expats who end up in Burma, the country has seeped into their consciousness beforehand. In journalist Rosalind Russell’s case, it was the heroic feats of her relative, who lived the idyll in pre-war Rangoon that inspired her wanderlust. BOOK REVIEW: Rosalind Russell's "Burma's Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times."

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