Saturday, 5 July 2008
The old people participated fully in family life.
I cannot remember hearing of a single retirement home in Vietnam.
The young were present at funerals although not at formal dinners.
The family was all encompasing.
Friday, 4 July 2008
This must have happened shortly before my own arrival in South Vietnam. I would have been working on Pipe Cay in the Exhumas in the Bahamas. Three men on a desert island. Plenty of beer, no girls, no internet, no telephone or text messages. A supply plane once a month.Scuba diving all day. Some work but nothing one would notice.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Monday, 30 June 2008
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Some are my own but there are photso from other contributors, many dealing with the war.
The Flickr address is:
Vietnam. Memories & photos.
I came across the following on a website today:
It is becoming a worldwide trend. A recent production of Snow White at a primary school in Japan featured 25 Snow Whites, no dwarfs and no wicked witch, as parents objected to one child being picked out for the title role.
The Vietnamese fought for their independence for more than thirty years. Their quest for independence had of course been going on since the first Frenchman set foot in the country. Before that, not being exactly angels they had been gobbling up Cambodia. Before that there had been an incessant struggle to keep their independence from China.
The Vietnamese were a very tough people. Life is tough. So is the world. There are the good and the bad. The two greatest figures to come out of the war, Ho Chi Minh and General Giap were both on the side of the North.
Good or bad?
Twenty five Snow Whites. That sounds like pure hell to me.
And this from the land of the Samurai!