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Hope amid broken hearts

NO matter how corny space travel sounds nowadays, astronauts still connect us to our dreams of freedom, writes MARC FISHER.


One king to rule them all

Central to Zhang Yimou's latest movie, I>Hero/i>, is the emperor Shih Huang-ti who is depicted as a more humane, less malevolent king. But that is not mere cinematic licence on the part of the director; some modern historians, in fact, are re-defining the character of China's first and still larger-than-life emperor, writes LEE KAM HING.


As natural as breathing

Since the late 1960s, Penang-born Dennis Lee has carved a niche as a concert pianist, lecturer and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examiner, writes JASON CHEAH.


EST - Groping in the dark

I HAVE been a Maths and Science teacher for nearly 30 years in Malaysian schools. This year, besides teaching Lower 6 Maths using English (for the second time in my life), I have been asked to teach Form 4 #8220;English for Science and Technology#8221;, a new subject to me and to everyone else I have consulted.


A simple act of love

For island dwellers, access to medical care can be knotty at times, let alone healthcare facilities for pets or strays. In Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, LEONG SIOK HUI met a group of animal lovers who are geared to set up a non-profit organisation to care for these unlucky souls.


Race to recover

RACING for Recovery (R4R) was a result of a realisation by one man, Todd Crandell, that he had a story to tell.


Lifeblood of medicine

HOOI YOU CHING gets her hand 'bloody' as she wades through a large pool of facts and figures to give you this story about blood and donation.


Create this ministry



KL's book carnival

LISTEN up, book lovers: the Kuala Lumpur Book Carnival is back. And this year, 25 publishing houses have confirmed their participation, bringing with them not only school text and revision books but also works of fiction covering a wide range of subjects.


Communication breakdown

A SUCCESSION of grunts and gestures is replacing conversation between children and parents in more and more homes in Britain, according to an educationalist.