The best of Bangkok: Fashion, food and fun

  • The Thai capital is often overlooked – but can be a city of thrills and spills
  • Fashion lovers can shop for new clothes at the Asiatique night market
  • The Mandarin Oriental, a celebrity haven, can be a refuge from the chaos 

Bangkok is known as a stopover – somewhere to spend a few hedonistic hours before going on to the coast.

Well, that may have been true 20 years ago. Now it’s a place to linger. read more

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When You Should Be a Bad Patient – Healthy Happy –

Several years ago, I had a pregnant patient who did not seem to grasp the significance of her illnesses (uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes). What she did understand is when she didn’t approve of her care. She complained about everything from our nursing staff to how our fluorescent lighting “made her blood pressure go up.” She was That Patient. read more

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How to Sit Less – Healthy Happy –

Even if you work out, heavy sitting may put you at greater risk of developing or dying of or cancer, per a new study in
Annals of Internal Medicine. “We haven’t cracked the formula for how much light activity versus more traditional exercise we should do,” says study co-author David Alter, MD. “But taking the ‘move more’ mentality more seriously is a good place to start.” read more

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Magical Miami is in the pink: How hot new hotels, cool bars and design flourishes are turning Florida’s party city into a paradise 

  • Florida’s most famous city has long been known as a place for beach fun
  • But Miami has an increasingly chic edge, with new hotels and style bars
  • The new Faena hotel, on South Beach, even has a Damien Hirst artwork 

Half the celebrity world – including singer Rita Ora and Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley – have been carousing on Miami’s famous beach. Everyone else in the know (and with a few million to spare) is buying up property. Last year, more than 4.9 million cruise passengers sailed through its port. read more

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Back to Belfast: Going home to a city which wears its scars, but can still offer you a fabulous weekend – Northern Ireland-style

  • The capital of Northern Ireland endured a turbulent time in the Eighties
  • But it has recovered to become one of Britain’s most intriguing cities
  • The writer, who grew up there, returned ‘home’ to a place fervently reborn 

Forty years ago, Belfast was my home.

A torn city, scarred by the Troubles, which few visited for pleasure.

My return many years later is cathartic and joyful.

Belfast (Gaelic for ‘mouth of the sandbanks’) is a vibrant place. read more

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Habits of Healthy Women – Healthy Happy –

While we love a lively debate about the latest in dietary science or the hot new , the truth is that great health isn’t so complicated. It all comes down to a few simple rules. Besides , eating fruits and and never smoking (you already knew that, right?), here’s what the healthiest women do every day. read more

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How to Avoid Occupational Health Hazards – Healthy Happy –

Next time you plop down at your desk, consider the ways your office space?where you’ll be spending the next eight-plus hours?might impact your body. “When you think about it, it’s frightening how little we know about how our work environments affect us,” says Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, an architect in Arlington, Va., who studies the link between design and human health. Everything from energy-efficient lighting to open floor plans has the potential to mess with your well-being. Here, leading experts highlight six dangers of the 21st-century office job and pitch their best tips to help you work smarter and feel better at the end of a (very) long day. read more

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A Smart Guide To Scary Chemicals – Healthy Happy –

“Scientists issue warning over chemicals in carpets, coats, cookware.” “chemicals in pizza boxes may be health risk.”

like these make you want to curl up on the sofa and never leave the house?except that couch! Chances are it’s loaded with , too. As a savvy, (and, OK, slightly worry-prone) woman, how are you supposed to function in a world where everything from the in to your ATM receipt could be poisoning you? read more

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Complete your War and Peace seduction by heading to St Petersburg

  • The BBC‘s six-part Sunday adaptation of War And Peace used St Petersburg for a backdrop in many of the scenes
  • The series makes a star of the Catherine Palace, a Rococo feast of a building, 15 miles south of the city centre
  • St Petersburg is also home the The Hermitage – the fabulous gallery housed in the former Winter Palace of the tsars 

With its sizzling slices of bed-hopping and aristocratic intrigue, the BBC’s six-part adaptation of War And Peace – now at its halfway stage – has certainly been helping to lift the January gloom. read more

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Mamma Mia!: How the feelgood movie hit of any summer became a dining sensation in Stockholm – with an Abba legend’s approval

  • Abba’s Greek-island film hit has been turned into a Swedish dinner show
  • Mamma Mia! The Party has taken over a former beer house in Stockholm
  • The show combines the band’s biggest tracks with a three-course feast

The barman has just tossed aside his apron to belt out Waterloo, and a waitress is sitting in the lap of the man opposite me, serenading him with Take A Chance On Me.

But that’s not the half of it. Sharing my table in a Greek taverna in the centre of Stockholm is Björn Ulvaeus, of Abba fame, and he’s swearing me to secrecy about something or other. read more

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