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Fire breaks out at Coachella

A fire broke out early last Saturday at a mobile shower facility during the first weekend of activities in Indio, California. Fans were quick to upload photographs of the blaze. At one point, people were told to evacuate the areas closest to the incident, but the fire was soon put out. No injuries were reported. […]

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Rapturous sax-playing conjures memories of bygone age

REVIEW / CONCERT MEMORIES OF 2055 TO Ensemble Esplanade Recital Studio/Last Friday The year is some time in a dystopian future. An artificial intelligence consciousness called HAL 2055 presents memories of Earth that transpired before the 2045 cataclysmic event, referred to as the Singularity. As end-of-days plots beloved by the TO Ensemble go, this one […]

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Brisk action in premiere of final season of Thrones

Let’s get back to our roots, someone at HBO said. Capital idea, someone replied. So the premiere episode of the final season of Game Of Thrones became one long callback to Season One. Soul-searching in the Winterfell crypts? Check. Unnecessary nudity? Check. Eunuch jokes? Check. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Join Mad Hatter’s tea party for a visual feast

If you have ever longed to be a part of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, you now have a standing invitation at the ArtScience Museum. But there will be no tea or cakes to nibble on. Instead, guests are seated around a large table set with teacups, teapots and plates and treated to a visual […]

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Culture Vulture: Conserve artists’ homes to inspire next generation of creative minds

I was 17 when I visited Shakespeare’s birthplace – his childhood home – in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was the year after I had spent an inordinate amount of time studying the Bard’s Scottish tragedy Macbeth as an O-level literature text, so I was well acquainted with his work, but knew little about his person. Please subscribe […]

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Bookmark This! Women, war and what it takes to remember

Join Life reporters Toh Wen Li (left) and Olivia Ho (right) in this new monthly podcast by The Straits Times, in which they talk about sizzling reads and titles in the headlines. In this episode, they look at women and memory in two new books – New York novelist Siri Hustvedt’s Memories Of The Future, […]

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Hitting Hong Kong’s artsy side

Think Hong Kong is only for shopping, sightseeing and food? Think again. The bustling city is also an arts haven, with flashy events such as Art Basel in March and the Instagrammable giant inflatable sculpture called Kaws:Holiday floating in Victoria Harbour last month. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn […]

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Bestsellers

FICTION 1. (7) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 2. (1) The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa 3. (3) The Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom 4. (6) Pet Sematary by Stephen King 5. (5) Love Looks Pretty On You by Lang Leav 6. (2) I Owe You One by Sophie […]

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Detached, almost dreamy look at doomsday disease

FICTION THE DREAMERS By Karen Thompson Walker Random House/Paperback/299 pages/$30.98/ Books Kinokuniya/ 3 stars The Dreamers has all the ingredients of a doomsday scenario – an unseen lurking menace, the early confusion, the subsequent crippling fear and paranoia, and the stories of compassion and heroism that emerge. In Walker’s second novel, following her best-selling debut […]

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A chapter closes for bookstores, but new ones open

The impending closure of Books Kinokuniya’s Liang Court outlet, which will open for the last time this Sunday after 36 years in business, has dismayed book lovers in Singapore. Brought down by falling sales, it joins a long list of brick-and-mortar bookstores that have shuttered over the years amid rising rents and competition from online […]

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Balancing the books: Reporter Olivia Ho gets a taste of the bookseller’s life

On normal days, the Books Kinokuniya branch at Liang Court mall is an oasis of cheerful calm. Strains of Vivaldi mingle with the tinkle of musical boxes in a glass display. Wandering the store’s impeccably ordered shelves, one feels as if one is sinking into a warm bath of fiction and finer feelings. Please subscribe […]

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On social media

MADONNA INTRODUCES MYSTERIOUS MADAME X: Beautiful Stranger singer Madonna would like fans to meet Madame X. Posting over the weekend, she wrote: “Madame X is a secret agent, travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places.” Was the 60-year-old singer talking about herself? Madonna has supported causes from efforts […]

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Charlize Theron wants a Marvel role

AUSTIN (Texas) • It could be a long shot but Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is still waiting for a part in a Marvel film. But she did nail a role in a romantic comedy called Long Shot, in which she stars as a presidential candidate opposite Seth Rogen as her speechwriter. The film opens in […]

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Hotel Mumbai: Unflinching look at senseless brutality

NEW YORK  • On Nov 26, 2008, Dev Patel was 18 and on the cusp of stardom with Slumdog Millionaire when he switched on a television at home in London. And there in the overflowing Indian metropolis of Mumbai, where he had shot Slumdog a year earlier, “were these teenagers with rucksacks and AK-47s with […]

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BTS chart new territory with latest album

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Taiwanese director Chang Yi dreams of competing with Disney Tale

Chang Yi gave up film-making for glass art in the 1980s despite being one of Taiwan’s leading film-makers. He is probably best known for Kuei-Mei, A Woman (1985), which won top awards, including Best Director and Best Leading Actress, at the 22nd Golden Horse Awards. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Tablets, apps improve patient care in hospitals

NEW YORK • Ms Shannon Olson got more sleep than she expected during her daughter Emilia’s hospital stay in January. Emilia, 2½, was hospitalised for 10 days to treat an infected cyst on her face. Ms Olson slept in Emilia’s room and planned to wait for the nurses’ last rounds. Instead, she went to sleep […]

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Having fun with fitness

It’s about balance and moderation. I do a variety of exercises that balance out one another, for example, weightlifting for strength and yoga for flexibility. I also eat in moderation. I was slightly overweight in primary school. I hated being in the Trim and Fit weight-loss programme as that meant sacrificing recess to do exercises […]

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Living Well: The path is the goal

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard famously said: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” For many years, I didn’t understand what he meant. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features […]

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Gyms turn up the HIIT

Recent news that celebrity gym chain Barry’s Bootcamp is opening in Singapore next month is indication that the high-intensity interval training (HIIT) craze shows no sign of abating. In the past few years, gyms offering HIIT or HIIT-inspired workouts have sprung up all over Singapore, and it continues to be incorporated into exercises such as […]

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Tale of domestic help and employer opens Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Hong Kong writer-director Oliver Chan’s debut feature Still Human (2018) may be a fictional tale about the relationship between a Filipina domestic helper and her wheelchair-using employer, but it is rooted in reality. In fact, the main characters were inspired by a domestic helper and her disabled employer that Chan, 31, had encountered in her […]

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He beat her up on wedding night

Even on their wedding night, he had beaten her up. Unhappy that they could not get a hotel room at short notice as all were fully booked, David shoved Susie (not their real names) to the ground and trod all over her back. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn […]

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$31m pink diamond bought with 1MDB funds, say police

PETALING JAYA • Malaysian police have pieced together the money trail behind the purchase of a pink diamond that allegedly used funds from scandal-plagued 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The federal police’s Anti-Money Laundering division chief, Senior Assistant Commissioner Khalil Azlan Chik, said police had obtained evidence that the pink diamond, worth US$23 million (S$31 million), […]

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New Menteri Besar for Johor to be appointed today

JOHOR BARU • Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has accepted the resignation of Datuk Osman Sapian as the state’s Menteri Besar (chief minister). A new Menteri Besar is expected to be appointed today, a working day in Johor, said State Secretary Azmi Rohani in a statement yesterday. It was learnt that Bukit Kepong assemblyman […]

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By-election in Rantau: Pakatan Harapan loses third straight fight at polls

Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance has suffered its third electoral loss this year, failing to win a by-election in the state of Negeri Sembilan yesterday. Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Mohamad Hasan, 62, the constituency’s assemblyman since 2004, retained the state seat of Rantau – which fell vacant after the Election Court nullified the result of […]

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Business lost, safety threatened because of fake news

Ms May Liu’s halal-certified yong tau foo stall at Westgate mall was open for just six months when it was rocked by fake news alleging that it sold a pork dish. Someone had snapped a picture of her stall in a way that suggested it was advertising a pork belly dish, when, in fact, the […]

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Some scholars want academic protection reflected in fake news Bill

A group of academics has said it cannot accept the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) assurances that the proposed law against online falsehoods will not affect their work. The 83 academics from around the world, including Singaporeans based at home and overseas, made clear in a press release yesterday that they wanted the assurances to be […]

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Experts welcome laws to give faster relief to victims of falsehoods

Fake news has made some companies lose business, jeopardised relationships and even put some in harm’s way. These victims of falsehood could soon get faster relief, with the proposed expansion of the courts’ powers to order publishers, Internet platforms and third parties to rectify untruths by taking them down, issuing corrections or disabling access to […]

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Rock stars turn Jokowi’s final campaign rally into a free concert

Incumbent President Joko Widodo’s final campaign rally yesterday was not a plain vanilla event, it was “hijacked” by rock stars, a music conductor, comedians and others who turned it into a free concert. Yesterday was the last official day of campaigning for Wednesday’s presidential polls, in which Mr Joko, who is seeking re-election for a […]

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Candidates cross swords in final debate

It was a make-or-break moment to sway undecided voters when President Joko Widodo and his challenger Prabowo Subianto rounded off their campaigning with a final debate last night. Together with their running mates, they sparred over issues ranging from the economy and social welfare, to finance, investment and industry. Mr Joko, 57, who is running […]