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20 Nov 2014: Twee & the Mysterious Howl November 24, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important. – Roald Dahl Children’s literature can be divided into two broad genres – a saccharine world of rainbows and happy endings or a darker world filled with otherworldly beings and surreal towns. For every Perrault and Andersen tale there exists an offbeat counterpart found in works by the likes of Roald Dahl and Chris Van Allsburg. Closer to home,…

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08 Nov 2014: Four Retrospectives I November 10, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. — Pablo Picasso The Penang State Museum & Art Gallery staged several Retrospective exhibitions over the past decade honouring select Penang-born artists. These events have been documented in a series of high quality, generously illustrated coffee table books published by the museum.…

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31 Oct 2014: Reaching Out, Touching Lives – Posted in: Newsletters

The award recipients have shown what can be accomplished when we have a vision. They are all examples of courage, wisdom and action. The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull to honour and support people “offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”, in fields like environmental protection, human rights, sustainable development, health, education, and peace. Because the RLA was founded indirectly as…

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24 Oct 2014: The White Crocodile’s Tale – Posted in: Newsletters

His memoirs revealed how he interacted with the students … it gives us a tantalising view of how the early citizens of our country were educated. This was a story that had to be written, if not for the ex-pupils of the Penang Free School, then for the people whose lives were touched by its former headmaster John Michael Broome Hughes (Mike to his family and friends). “He was”, his son John recalls, “a friend…

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13 Oct 2014: Handmade in India – Posted in: Newsletters

Handmade in India unravels a tapestry of the knowledge and skills of generations of India’s craftspeople in traditional and contemporary settings. UNESCO defines traditional craftsmanship as perhaps the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. The Convention acknowledges that it is not just the skills and knowledge involved in craftsmanship that are important, but also the continuation of passing skills and knowledge onto others, particularly within the same communities. Handmade in India is a celebration…

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03 Oct 2014: Concepts of space in traditional Indian architecture – Posted in: Newsletters

Architect and academician Yatin Pandya helps us understand the generic principles of space organization that render so many historical Indian buildings timeless. What sets traditional Indian architecture apart from other forms involves an abstract concept of what is known as kinesthetics, or “the spatial experiences derived through narratives of the dynamic perceptions of time, space and existence.” It’s certainly an intriguing subject, even if it sounds very formidable to all but the most architecturally-informed. Rest…

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25 Sept 2014: Areca Book’s new outlet – Posted in: Newsletters

Hello reader and welcome to Areca Books @ The Star Pitt Street Where books meet art, culture, heritage and more The Star Pitt St, Penang’s new hub for culture, arts and heritage opened on 6 September 2014. Housed on the ground floor where the printing plant used to be is the new Areca Books outlet and The Penang Story gallery. A space for talks and exhibitions occupies the first floor while the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra…

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20 Sept 2014: Fortitude – The life and times of Heah Joo Seang – Posted in: Newsletters

His wealth, power and influence were immeasurable, and his good works can be seen even today in his beloved Penang. One of Penang’s most significant personalities is also, paradoxically, one of the least known to the younger generation, despite his vast range of contributions to domestic economics, society and politics. The Penang-born rubber tycoon Heah Joo Seang (连裕祥, 1899–1962) has been described as controversial, chivalrous, intelligent and energetic. Whether as a rubber magnate, a local…

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29 August 2014: The Crucial C – Consumer rights – Posted in: Newsletters

We need to create a new paradign of development and happiness that can generate a three-dimensional peace — with ourselves, with other people and with mother earth. “…We are a force for a better, kinder and happier world.” One tends to run the risk of oversimplification when trying to describe a man like Anwar Fazal. First, it’s a name that most Penangites should know of: Anwar is, after all, one of the island’s most famous…

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21 August 2014: Johor — Local landscapes and history 1855-1957 November 6, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

The legacy left to us and to future generations would be lost without such a publication. Heritage can only be appreciated through an awareness of our past. The story of how Johor was transformed, in just over a century, from virgin jungle into a vigorous economy and a harmonious society, and how its present capital Johor Bahru grew from a village on the shoreline into a bustling metropolis, is charted within the pages of this…

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