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Continuing our series on the region’s rarest weird and wonderful species, a tribute to the conservation work of British author Douglas Adams, meet a jungle VIP plus a very peculiar reptile, who one conservationist believes could hold the key to evolutionary history The missing...

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Requiem

WEDNESDAY 30 | Between the French Indochina war of the ‘50s and the fall of Phnom Penn and Saigon in 1975, 134 photographers from different nations were killed. Horst Faas, two-times Pulitzer Prize winner and chief photographer for The Associated Press in Saigon at the height of...
Posted On Jul 24, 2014
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Requiem

WEDNESDAY 30 | Between the French Indochina war of the ‘50s and the fall of Phnom Penn and Saigon in 1975, 134 photographers from different nations were killed. Horst Faas, two-times Pulitzer Prize winner and chief photographer for The Associated Press in Saigon at the height of...
Posted On Jul 24, 2014
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Guilty pleasures

If you’re an office potato who spends all day looking for weird shit on Google Maps or setting up a Facebook page for your loris, you know you need to get out more. Sooner or later you probably won’t be living in tropical CharmingVille. You’ll be shacked up in some freezing cul...

Dish: K-food from the Seoul

Having written about South Korean music and waxed about its cinema, it was finally time to take the plunge and explore the neon-Kingdom’s cuisine, while seeking an answer to that immortal question: is there more to K-food than kimchi? Before going further, a little context: at...

Last chance to see X

Continuing our series on the region’s rarest weird and wonderful species, a tribute to the conservation work of British author Douglas Adams, meet one of the only plants ever to make Sir David Attenborough blush. Freudian flower: Amorphophallus titanum “In the 1880s, when the...

K-pop u don’t stop

In 1281, Kublai Khan set his sights on conquering Japan. His Mongol army had already made it to the gates of Vienna, occupying China, Korea and much of central Asia along the way. Mobilising a massive fleet Kublai set sail for Fukuoka, in southern Japan, vowing to defeat the...
Posted On Jul 24, 2014
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Zeitgeist: Shiny, happy

The Khmer Rouge would have a conniption: Aeon Mall is everything the battle-hardened snake-eaters wanted to obliterate from the homeland. It’s a $200-million temple to cold, hard commercialism. The Aeon Food Court, on the first floor just inside the main entrance, serves as a...
Posted On Jul 24, 2014
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Keyed in

TUESDAY 22 | He’s tinkled the ivories for former US President Bill Clinton; performed in the home of Quincy Jones and shared the stage with King Crimson drummer Ian Wallace. Tonight, Scandinavian master pianist Mathias Aspelin – a University of Oxford philosopher with a taste for...
Posted On Jul 17, 2014
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Hitler on ice

TUESDAY 22 | Adolf Hitler ingested it daily in a cocktail of more than 80 drugs, turning him from an egomaniac into a sadistic mass murderer. Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg and the Beatles warned against it during the late ’60s as flower power gave way to rampant consumerism. And...
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Guilty pleasures

If you’re ever 12 hours deep into a rice wine slizzerfest on the banks of a rain-swollen Mekong with a rowdy clowder of shitfaced mates, and a cobra swims past minding its own business, and y’all decide it’s a good idea to catch the bugger so you can sell it later at the market...

Dish: Red heaven

Sometimes you find great little restaurants in out-of-the-way places and that’s precisely the case with The Spot, a new eatery where Occhuteal beach meets Otres beach in Sihanoukville. Owned by a Dubai/Russian couple and ably managed by veteran Aussie Dave, the star of The Spot...

Last chance to see IX

Continuing our series on the region’s rarest weird and wonderful species, a tribute to the conservation work of British author Douglas Adams, meet a jungle VIP plus a very peculiar reptile, who one conservationist believes could hold the key to evolutionary history The missing...

Let it rain

Embrace the downpours and work your way through our second Interesting Things To Do During Rainy Season list. Get inked: Yantra tattooing, also called sak yant, dates back to before the glory days of Angkor, when King Jayavarman VII famously claimed they made the enemy’s arrows...

Paying culinary respect to cleavage

Thailand’s Khao Nom Sao mountain is named after them. Fierce Amazonian women, legend has it, would slice one off to improve their aim with bow and arrow.  And scientists at New Zealand’s University of Wellington in 2009 finally proved they’re what men look at first. Boobs,...

Ginsational

The once anonymous alley that houses Seibur and Meat & Drink is bracing for a downpour of style and booze. Cicada – pronounced ‘see-ka-da’, according to Merriam-Webster – is the latest mini-bar revitalisation project to hit what is now known as Bassac Lane. Twice the size as...
Posted On Jul 17, 2014
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Guilty pleasures

At 5.30 this morning I woke up to the sound of banging. Not the saucy type. Or next door refitting their fine wine cellar. With a thrill I realised it was me, or at least one of my alter egos, Hot Stevo, knocking about my cranium. Hot Stevo’s a hunky handyman and jack of all...

Dish: Simpler times

Alongside swollen hippocampi, the polymorphic 7R variation in the Homo sapiens D4 dopamine receptor is associated with an increased propensity for novelty seeking, often credited with our evolutionary march out of Africa (until, presumably, its more prudent 4R cousin convinced us...

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