Hue to go…

Puns are great. I love puns. They do rely on people understanding how to say the word in the first place though. For ages I pronounced Hue (the town in Vietnam where I sit writing this) to rhyme with Too or Sue. I even thought it might rhyme with Cue or Phew but it turns … More Hue to go…

The Hanoi Hilton

Hoa Lo Prison was built by French colonialists in 1896 to hold thousands of Vietnamese revolutionary fighters. From 1954 it was used by the Vietnamese government for holding criminals, and during the Vietnam war it earned it’s nickname of the “Hanoi Hilton” when it was used for captured American pilots. It was closed in 1993 … More The Hanoi Hilton

COPE

Between 1964 and 1973 the US army dropped over two million tons of ordnance on Laos, making it the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. Of the more than 270 million sub-munitions, 80 million failed to explode. The nightmare continues to this day: one person is killed or injured almost everyday by unexploded … More COPE

A lovely cup of…

Near Luang Prabang in Laos there is a roadside craft centre which helps local women learn weaving and other skills,  and employs them in making clothes, wall hangings, bedding, and assorted textile products. The women then take a cut of the profits from the items they sell and this venture has grown to include a … More A lovely cup of…