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Your chance to own a piece of Australia’s literary history

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 5:08AM UTC

Back in July, Australian fame-seeker, fantasist and man-of-a-million-names Darryl Mason gloated about the massive value of his work: “I had no idea a novel I exhaled in less than a week back in 1996 was now worth so much on Amazon.” Someone was trying to sell middle-aged hippy Mason’s dashed-off

Extradited banking fugitive arrives in Thailand

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 12:21AM UTC

A fugitive former adviser to a Thai bank whose failure caused a crisis of confidence that helped spark the 1997 Asian financial meltdown arrived Friday night in Bangkok after his extradition from Canada.  Rakesh Saxena, 57, had staged one of the longest extradition battles in Canadian history to avoid being

Cambodia’s ‘jungle woman’ sick and stressed out

By Sat, Oct 31, 2009 12:01AM UTC

A woman dubbed the “jungle woman” after emerging naked and unable to speak from the wilds of northeastern Cambodia two years ago is sick and apparently suffering from mental illness, a doctor said Friday. Hing Phan Sokhunthea, chief of Rattanakiri province hospital, said the woman, believed to be 28-year-old Rochom

Trick or treat, please

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 3:56PM UTC

Halloween is becoming quite popular in Japan. I get this mental picture of little ghosts and goblins quietly knocking at neighbourhood doors then bowing as they not too loudly exclaim “trick or treat”, politely thanking the treaters for what they gave. For some reason I find it hard to imagine

Sending off the Nine Emperor Gods, Phuket

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 2:39PM UTC

THE NINE-DAY Nine Emperor Gods Festival, a Taoist ritual widely observed in Southeast Asia, features prominently in the tourist calendar of the Buddhist island of Phuket, Thailand. The annual festival, stretching from the first to the ninth day of the Ninth Moon in the lunar calendar, is punctuated with strict