Art & Culture

Sunday, 16 March 2014

History of teacher training in Brunei

2014-03-16 TEACHER training in Brunei began soon after the modern Brunei education system started in 1912 during the British Residency. The shortage of experienced and qualified Brunei teachers was immediately apparent. According to the State of Brunei...

Monday, 10 March 2014

Mexico embraces Japanese culture

2014-03-10 CELAYA, an industrial city in the heart of Mexico, now has a Japanese language class where the teacher uses honorifics, addressing her students as “Felipe-san” or “Christian-san.” Across town, a hotel installed a special satellite dish on its...

Amazing Chinese opera performance in Cambodian capital

2014-03-10 A TROUPE of artists from the China Guangdong Teochew Opera Theatre on Saturday evening began a mesmerising three-day performance tour here, aiming to promote culture ties between the two countries.The show, held at the capital’s Diamond Island...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

100 years of formal education in Brunei

2014-03-09 TODAY in Brunei, students have a choice of four universities to choose from, all fully funded by the government. However providing education has not always been as easy as it is now. We look at the early development of education in Brunei.   When...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Vienna is world’s most liveable city

2014-03-02   WANT a great life? Move to Vienna, or pick from 78 other cities in the world with a better quality of living than Malaysia’s capital, according to a new survey. Vienna, Austria’s opulent capital, offers the best quality of life of any city in...

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Attempt to steal ‘Banksy’ foiled

2014-02-27 NEIGHBOURS in New Orleans foiled what police say was an attempt to steal a chunk of cinderblock wall bearing a painting created by the world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy. The building’s owner called police Friday evening, saying someone was...

16th-century Korean paintings found in Honolulu

2014-02-27 THE Honolulu Museum of Art has discovered two paintings from late 16th-century Korea in its collection, including one that’s been called an “earth-shattering” find. “This is like discovering a lost Vermeer,” said Shawn Eichman, curator of Asian...

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Memories of first National Day still fresh

2014-02-16 BRUNEI Darussalam’s independence celebrations began with the official opening ceremony of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 23rd September 1983. That date coincided with the 70th birthday of His Majesty’s father, Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali...

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Quenching the thirst for culture

2014-01-01 THE culturally unaware, artistically uninterested Bruneian is a misnomer. The twins of traditional arts and culture suffer from such a neglectful parent of history, who often conveniently misportrays them as a unique inheritance of a people. People...

Sunday, 22 December 2013

First Dutch visit to Brunei in 1600

2013-12-22 ON December 26, 1600, four hundred and thirteen years ago, people in Brunei saw two ships with Dutch crewmen sailing into the Brunei Bay. They were the remnants of a Dutch fleet of four ships which had set out two years earlier on September 1, 1598...

Monday, 2 December 2013

Staying active for healthy ageing

2013-12-02 A GENERALLY active life, even without regular exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in a study of older Swedes.   Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence...

Monday, 4 November 2013

Jung Chang and ‘the Empress Dowager who launched modern China’

2013-11-04 JUNG CHANG says she does not enjoy arguments, but the latest book from the writer whose works are banned in China is proving to be typically contentious.The “Wild Swans” author has offered a revisionist account of Empress Dowager Cixi, the...

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Italy unveils treasure ‘worth more than British crown jewels’

2013-10-31 RICHES from a Neapolitan treasure trove said to be worth more than the British crown jewels are going on show in Rome in an unprecedented exhibition of emeralds and diamonds once owned by popes and kings. “The Treasure of Naples”, displayed...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Mongolia’s nomadsturn to private land

2013-10-22 MONGOLIA’S nomads have roamed its sprawling grasslands for centuries, pitching their yurts wherever they find pasture for their animals, but now Tsogtsaikhan Orgodol is staying put as part of a scheme to tackle chronic overgrazing. The tanned 53-...

Monday, 21 October 2013

Victory Cup League: A tournament with the message of peace

2013-10-21 THIS October saw the beginning of a new beginning for the Mannam International Victory Cup. As the new season began, Mannam Volunteer Association’s (MVA) sports volunteering department announced its plans to host the second league of 2013 with the...

Writer Hosseini condemns Western ‘fortress mentality’

2013-10-21 WRITER Khaled Hosseini called for more tolerance for the plight of refugees, as the author of the bestselling “The Kite Runner” spoke to AFP about his latest book “And The Mountains Echoed”. “There is a kind of fortress mentality in the West,”...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Elusive graffiti artist Banksy hits NYC

2013-10-06 GRAFFITI by the secretive British artist Banksy is turning up on the streets of New York City and all over social media.Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking "an artists residency on the streets of New York" this month. He's...

Thursday, 23 August 2012

New York graffiti haven braces for gentrification

2012-08-23 GRAFFITI artists are used to escaping cops, jumping from roofs, and dodging trains, but New York painters who turned an abandoned factory into a street art legend now face their real nemesis: gentrification.5Pointz in the borough of Queens is one of...

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