In the 1998 animated movie The Prince of Egypt, Moses inflicted nine plagues upon Egypt over nine days including the pestilence of livestock, thunderstorms of hail and fire, and the death of firstborn children. While this writer tries to reign in the drama, the lead-in to Christmas makes the period feel like 25 days of plagues.
A seemingly innocent holiday, when family and friends gather over a hearty meal and exchange gifts, has been morphed into a bigger evil by conglomerates. All fingers then point towards Hollywood for introducing the concept of the feel-good, Christmas love movie.
Everybody with an Internet connection or a penchant for pain knows the drill of the aforementioned genre – random people across different races, age groups, and social-economic standings (some might say it is a cleverly disguised United Colours of Benetton advertising campaign) are filmed in the same city where they overcome the tropes of romantic comedies and fall in love.
Re-enact the boombox scene à la John Cusack in Say Anything in Times Square? Sure. Perform a flash mob at the airport with a butchered version of a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons song? No problem, because that is the director’s money shot.
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WATCH ‘EM GLOW
Having set a new tone in the local music scene, these three uprising M-pop groups are poised to make even bigger waves.
WE ARE YOUNG
What happens when you put cousins Loui Lim and Li Tim who are also best friends in the same room? High-energy fun, mischief and lots of laughter – oh and did we mention “fun”?
LOVED BY THE HOUSE
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INTO THE FUTURE
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CASUAL LINK UP
American sportwear meets German design, at the gym.
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A WONDROUS AFFAIR
The multitude of watch novelties from the recently concluded Watches & Wonders 2021 and a pair from the Swatch Group are handpicked and highlighted.
From incredible buy-now devices to genius concept gadgets, these game-changing futuristic technologies are setting a new buzz.
GO ON, TRY ON
The feel-good finds that are making big, beautiful differences to our daily routine.
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IN THE REIGN OF THE SUN KINGS
Old Kingdom pharaohs faced a reckoning that reshaped Egypt’s balance of power
THE PRINCESS AND THE BABY
A long time ago in Egypt, there was a young Hebrew girl named Miriam. Her family had just had a beautiful baby boy. There was a big problem, though. The Pharaoh of Egypt had issued a decree that all Hebrew baby boys be killed to decrease the population of the Hebrew people, who were enslaved by the Egyptians.
Praise for the Pomegranate
The ancient fruit with modern influence
A Rare Egg
Egyptian ostrich egg perfume case
Anubian Kingdom Rises
Excavations at a city on the Nile reveal the origins of an ancient African power
Race, History, and the Body
Humanity on Display
One country’s legislative assault on the press
The Rulers Of Foreign Lands
Was a new regional power, once thought of as a bloodthirsty invading force, actually a catalyst for ancient Egypt’s most prosperous era?