SINGAPORE: Kenny Leck looks nothing like a conventional businessman but in his field he is considered a formidable force. In an era where many major bookstores have closed down, his independent bookstore BooksActually has survived and is going strong after 13 years.When I arrive there, he is behind a stack of books next to the cashier. He wears a nondescript T-shirt and glasses. The only thing that is easily visible from afar is his spiky black hair.It’s a weekday and only a handful of people are browsing the rows of books that stretch from floor to ceiling at BooksActually at Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru.We move into a backroom to talk. The 40-year-old answers questions with aplomb, but it feels as if I’m speaking with someone who is more a booklover than a businessman.However, to survive in this business, you “necessarily have to be both”, he concedes. To listen to the full interview, click here.The business turned a … [Read more...] about Growing up poor, fighting naysayers and injustices: BooksActually’s Kenny Leck goes On the Record
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In the last instalment of his adventures, film-goers saw James Bond dice with death in the Austrian Alps. Now in the same location, 3,000 metres above sea level, a museum dedicated to the world of the fictional spy has opened its doors. After a vertiginous cable-car ride, visitors to the museum will be greeted by the sight of the futuristic, angular concrete structure jutting out of the sheer cliff-face, facing a panorama of dramatic peaks -- the image of a secret agent's lair. The "007 Elements" installation, which opened this week in Austria's Tyrol province, makes use of one of the standout locations of the last film in the franchise, 2015's "Spectre". Several key scenes were shot in Soelden, one of Austria's most famous winter sports resorts, in the heart of the Alpine Oetztal valley. The steel-and-glass clinic where Lea Seydoux's character works in the film is actually a gourmet restaurant next to the cable car station -- which is now next to the museum. And the Oetztal Glacier … [Read more...] about From Austria with love: New Alpine lair for 007 opens
source De Visu / Shutterstock Research has shown there is greater prejudice among older adults. This is often dismissed as older people being “from a different time,” but this is not the whole story. As we get older, certain parts of our brain shrink, making us less inhibited. So older people may just be saying things they wouldn’t normally say. In other cases, they may have just always been that way. It’s up to the people close to the elderly to decide whether their remarks are meant maliciously or not. It’s become something of a national meme in the UK that 97-year-old Prince Philip might say something culturally insensitive when he’s out in public. Similarly, people may find their grandparents say more unpalatable things as they get older. These remarks are brushed off because older people “are from a different time,” and “it’s a different world to the one they grew up in.” But while this … [Read more...] about People can seem more racist as they get older, but it’s not simply a case of ‘being from a different time’
In one of his international homilies last year, Xi Jinping said that in our world today, “the law of the jungle where the strong prey on the weak and the zero-sum game are rejected.” But China’s recent landing of an H-6K bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea is another signal that the Asian giant is not practicing what its leader preached. Reading the Chinese president’s addresses to international audiences, one may get the impression that China is the world’s most benign, altruistic, peaceful and international-law-abiding nation. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Take his keynote speech at the United Nations Office in Geneva in January 2017, for example. In that address, Xi solemnly stated: “China’s proposition is: Build a community of shared future for mankind and achieve shared and win-win development.” He recalled the Peace of Westphalia’s principles of equality and … [Read more...] about Is Beijing using ‘law of the jungle’ in South China Sea?
Every week, we sift through tonnes of activities, shows, art exhibitions and things to do. Here is our especially curated list of what's hot this week in Bangkok and beyond. Enjoy! Activities + Karen Wisdom Moonwian Karen Wisdom Festival / Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre / May 18-20 This fest will give you a glimpse into Karen people's unique way of living over three days. Expect cultural performances, food and workshops. The dinner on the opening day (5.30-7pm) will be created by The Fcuking Chefs team. Two more special dinners will be also served on May 19 and May 20, as well. Check out the fest's Facebook page. 10am-8pm / Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, 20 Boromratchonnanee Road, Taling Chan / http://fb.com/moonwian. + Game Designers Game ICT SU Thesis Exhibition 2018 / TK Park / May 30-31 Check out thesis works by senior students of Silpakorn University's Faculty of Information and Communication Technology who all major in game design. … [Read more...] about Guru’s Weekly Pick: May 18-24