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Oct 10th 2011 8:02PM Disappointed in Gadling for printing this. You should read:
Aug 30th 2010 10:13PM As someone who lives in Hanoi I can't say I cared for this much. The same old ground rehashed - swinging Saigon, Communist Hanoi.
Graham Greene, Somerset Maughan yadda yadda. The obligatory couple opening paragraphs on the war which, of course, you refer to as the Vietnam War. Strangely all wars here involve the Vietnamese - do you mean the "American War" - or are you only writing for Americans?
"War and communism have preserved Hanoi from fifty years of progress."
Really? I can honestly say I have never seen lived anywhere so fast moving and quick to change. I've lived here a total of three and a half years and the change in that time is incredible. Progress? Is that code for McDonalds? Or processed food rather than the fresh stuff being sold from baskets?
War may have halted progress, but whatever you think of the Communist Party they have overseen incredible progress and wealth creation. This country suffered 4 million deaths and had its infrastructure flattened by the USA. If progress since then is not at least a minor miracle then I don't know what is. For a decade after the war people were literally starving. Their progress since then is absolutely remarkable.
And so... you spent a couple of days walking around the Old Quarter and came back saying..wow Hanoi is old. Well at least the Old Quarter is, right? But then you'd get that from the name, wouldn't you?
All those high rises I see springing up aren't quite so old though.
Also, why does every single visiting travel writer have to write their blurb and base it around the Metropole. Hasn't this been done to death? There's a world of tea stalls and fantastic streetfood and here's yet another lazy hack taking tea and cocktails and the Metropole.
Mar 11th 2010 9:38PM No BKK, no Vietnamese representation.
A Chicago hot dog? Springfield?
A list not worth taking seriously.
Edinburgh included? Ridiculous.
Jul 9th 2007 11:04PM Fantastic - just added that to my own blog. I live in Nicaragua so it has extra interest to me.
They just stopped a 1100 Israeli guns being smuggled into Nicaragua - I hope we not talking Contras Mk II
Jun 27th 2007 5:29PM Poor America - richest nation on earth and they can't afford a health service or public transport.
Stop voting for people who cut taxes and there might be a little left to buy these things.
Hey - or you could pay the same taxes on gas that we do and there be lots of money left over.
You only get what you pay for.
I'm sorry but some of the ignorance on here is beyond belief. Our Gallon is bigger then theirs. Oh please.
And America now even denies voting for Bush. "Bush didn't win the popular vote" - absolutely totally and utterly wrong. Try this:
"Bush received about 51 percent of the votes cast (62 million votes), making him the first presidential candidate to win a majority of the popular vote since his father George H. W. Bush in the presidential election of 1988"
You get the president, and it seems, the public transport and health service you deserve.
Jun 27th 2007 2:35PM Awww poor Americans have to drive Hummers and their public transport stinks so they really must have cheap petrol as it's not their fault.
Try not voting for a numbskull with such close links to the oil industry next time. Hmm who was he up against the first time he was elected?
Some dude called Gore, wasn't it? Something tells me he might have spent more time trying to safeguard the environment.
Jun 26th 2007 6:00PM "The next time you pull into the station for a fill-up, keep this in mind before you curse the prices: people elsewhere have it a lot worse than WE do in America"
Can I paraphrase this:
"The next time you post on Gadling can you keep this in mind that not everyone who reads it is American."
None of the Ws in WWW stands for "We" and if it did - that We wouldn't be American.
Can you remember that you are writing not just for Americans?
Sorry, it's my biggest grouch of internet pages originating in America - you forget that people from different countries read it too.
Jun 20th 2007 9:01AM US airports are hell - this only makes the whole process worse. I have lost count of the number of people who have said USA - never again.
Jun 20th 2007 8:57AM Liverpool is a lot of things but, sexy, no.
I am not sure there is a sexy British city. We don't really do sexy.
Jun 17th 2007 6:51PM Hmm I think it boils down like this: Firstly the knife and fork is a way better system than chop sticks.
However, due to tradition there are still large parts of Asia who still use chop sticks.
So, if you're go to Asia you could take the chopstick/spoon hybrid. But then you wouldn't half look like a dick.
If you really can't deal with chopsticks then you're better off asking for a knife and fork.