Piggy banks go virtual

  * Movies: Widows * Books: The End of the End of the Earth: Essays by Jonathan Franzen * Music: Bought to Rot by Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers * Wine: The

A commanding turn from Viola Davis in ‘Widows’

When you think of the wives and girlfriends of criminals and mobsters in cinema and television, what or who comes to mind? Kay Adams? Elvira Hancock? Skyler

A new collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen

One subject comes up frequently in Jonathan Franzen’s latest collection of essays: how to live responsibly in the face of our all but certain extinction as a

Laura Jane Grace goes on a thrilling sonic side road

The words just tumble out of Laura Jane Grace on her new album, a torrent of thoughts, observations and memories from one of rock’s most charismatic figures. The Against

News of the World | Pocket money apps aim to help kids in cashless world

Father of two Roland Hall turned to a British startup’s digital pocket money app because his kids were still too young to get bank cards from traditional banks.

The Spanish Spirit

Spanish brandy is possibly the firstborn of Europe, and definitely a proud tradition unto itself. Various forms of distillation may have been attempted in the Near East, South

Taste of Edesia | Captivating tales and Old World charm

For serious gourmets, Hong Kong’s bustling Wan Chai district is full of places for exploration and discovery, yet very few establishments exude old world charm and characteristics

War & Peace

  * Books: I’ll Be There For You: The One About ‘Friends’ by Kelsey Miller * Music: Negative Capability by Marianne Faithfull * Wine: The Thorny Issue * Food: Grape and cranberry crisp     DOWNLOAD

In ‘Boy Erased,’ ignorance is shown empathetically

“Boy Erased“ is based on the true story of a young man, Garrard Conley, whose Baptist family put him in a conversion therapy center to “cure” his homosexuality

Author offers retrospect of TV show ‘Friends’

Kelsey Miller has written the quintessential fan book for those obsessed with the hit TV sitcom “Friends.” “I’ll Be There For You” gives readers an insider’s look

Faithfull digs deep on ‘Negative Capability’

Marianne Faithfull is a great musical survivor. She went from pure-voiced chanteuse of “As Tears Go By” to emblem of 1960s drug excess before re-emerging in 1979

News of the World | Hitler in war, Merkel in peace: A train car for history

Adolf Hitler tried literally to rewrite history in 1940 when the Nazi leader commandeered the dining coach to serve France the same humiliation Germany suffered there on the last

The Thorny Issue

The use of caramel colour is probably the single most controversial subject in the world of whisky. Unlike sulphite in wine, which can be naturally occurring, caramel colour

Kitchenwise | Grape and cranberry crisp as Thanksgiving is approaching

For many of us, the menu for Thanksgiving is etched in stone. We eat the same dishes every year because we love every one of them.

Fashion Infusion

  * Movies: Bohemian Rhapsody * Books: Elevation by Stephen King * Music: She Remembers Everything by Rosanne Cash * Wine: The Marmite Issue     DOWNLOAD

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won’t rock you, but Malek will

Where does a preening, pansexual rock god get his powers? The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” traces his sonorous majesty to an unlikely place: his back teeth.

Stephen King raises the bar with ‘Elevation’

After more than four decades of banging out best- sellers, Stephen King still has the power to surprise his beloved “constant readers.” Consider “Elevation,” which the

Cash’s ‘She Remembers Everything’ finds her ambition intact

Rosanne Cash brings in a fair share of collaborators on her latest album, both for songwriting and singing. T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Phillips,

Macau Events | Fashion Festival connects brands and people

This year’s Macao Fashion Festival was a three-day event, organized by the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center (CPTTM) and the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), and

The Marmite Issue

It is almost unfair that Marmite remains the most widely accepted shorthand, in English at least, for something that is either loved to death or loathed with passion,

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