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Lifestyle 10 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Tough revival task

For more than a decade, Saddam Hussein systematically destroyed the vast wetlands of southern Iraq, building dams and canals to drain the swamps, and setting fire to the sea of reeds. With the dictator#8217;s fall, many are hoping the devastated land will be restored to the paradise it once was, the one that many scholars believe was the Biblical Garden of Eden.

Lifestyle 10 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

The fishing fish

Thriving in warm water around the globe, frogfish can change colour, walk on their fins and attract prey with baits that dangle from their heads, writes TAN CHENG LI.

Lifestyle 08 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Casual spirit

The Gamelan Club brings to my mind a picture of musicians players having a jolly good time amidst a joyous din. That was pretty much the case at its latest concert, I>Temper!: Spirit of Gamelan/I>, which recently livened up the Auditorium Tunku Abdul Rahman of the Malaysia Tourism Centre in Kuala Lumpur as part of Sutra Dance Theatre#8217;s sixth Sutra Festival, I>Sutrarasa/I>.

Nation 08 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Well, there goes the kampung

The deliberate contamination of a well belonging to a former PAS member who crossed over to Umno may have taken party rivalry in Kelantan to new levels, writes SYED AZHAR.

Lifestyle 07 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Like dat-lah, watudoo . . .

By ANDREW SIA

Lifestyle 06 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Just decent

I>The Cottage/Iis approximately Danielle Steel's 50th novel and she shows no signs of giving up. Unlike the hero of I>The Cottage/I>, it can#8217;t be that she needs the money.

Lifestyle 01 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

The animal parade continues ?

By DAPHNE LEE

Lifestyle 01 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Whiter shade of pale

FOR the usually green-coloured asparagus to attain such a striking shade of ivory, farmers must painstakingly mound dirt above the tips, thus curtailing photosynthesis and the ensuing greening. As a result, the stalks are thicker and paler and often have a tinge of lavender, pink or green at the tip. Beneath a tough exterior, the stalks are meltingly tender and, though still earthy in flavour, have mild, faintly nutty overtones.

Lifestyle 31 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

The return of Planter’s Inn

Like a lady who has undergone a dramatic transformation after a complete makeover, the new-look Planter's Inn at the Mutiara Kuala Lumpur is simply breathtaking, yet warmly familiar.

Lifestyle 27 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Special dish

AMY BEH weaves her magic and solves your culinary conundrums.