Illustration by Trịnh Lập Paul Kennedy October 1951, was an important month in the history of television, and more specifically, light entertainment. A new kind of show aired for the first time on the 15th of that month staring Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz. It was called ‘I Love Lucy’ and appeared on America’s CBS network, running for a little under six years with a total of 180 episodes recorded. It may not have been the first sitcom to air on television, but the importance of the show was far-reaching and indeed ground-breaking in the world of television. Lead actress Lucille Ball was a pioneer, not only leading the way for future generations of female comedians, but also running the production company in charge of the show. Her real-life husband and co-star was Hispanic, and Ball had to fight tooth-and-nail with the network to make sure he played the part of her onscreen spouse. And she won. … [Read more...] about YouTube success can bring you fame, but what about fortune?
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Illustration by Trịnh Lập By Ngô Minh A day before a parent-teacher meeting, Phạm Hương from Hoàn Kiếm District posted a status on Facebook calling on her friends not to share the scores their children achieved at school online. “Posting the scores your children attained on social media could have negative impacts on parents, and more importantly, children,” said Hương. Following a parent-teacher conference, Hương was happy that her daughter had made good grades, so she shared the results on Facebook and waited for the likes and congratulations to roll in from her friends. “At that time I felt so proud of my daughter and wanted to share the results as a good memory and as recognition for her efforts,” said Hương. “I thought it was normal like someone showing off their degree on graduation day, … [Read more...] about Children’s efforts need genuine appreciation
Illustration by Trịnh Lập By Paul Kennedy One of the greatest Formula One drivers to ever get behind the wheel of a car passed away last week at the age of 70. Austrian Niki Lauda was world champion on three different occasions in 1975, 77 and 84. Other than his meticulous skills and total professionalism, Lauda will also be remembered for his fierce battles on the track with Britain’s James Hunt, a driver who can only be described as chalk to Lauda’s cheese. Their head-to-head race for the title in 1976 was immortalised in the 2013 movie Rush with German-Spanish actor Daniel Bruhl playing Lauda. If he had been alive come April next year, no doubt Lauda would have visited Việt Nam for the F1 race planned for Hà Nội, the first time the capital has ever hosted such a prestigious event. But what exactly would he have thought about the whole thing? Lauda was a stickler for making sure just about everything … [Read more...] about Nothing but the best will do for F1 in Hà Nội
Thu Trang After hearing the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) had proposed the working day should start at 8.30am instead of 8am, many friends of mine could not hide their concern. Spanning different careers, they kept calling me asking whether the information was true and if it would be approved. The change could affect their entire families' routines. Nguyễn Phương Anh who works as administrative employee in Nam Từ Liêm District in Hà Nội, said that every morning, she takes one daughter to primary school another to kindergarten to arrive at her office at 8am. “If we start half an hour later, it means I will finish work at 5.30pm. I will have to pay for the teachers to look after my kids at school,” she said. It would cost Anh around VNĐ2 million (US$86) more each month, but her salary would stay the same. “Traffic would … [Read more...] about Will we start work early?
Illustration by Trịnh Lập Viet Nam News By Nguyễn Mỹ Hà The recent revelation that K-Pop star Seungri has been implicated in a sex scandal has rocked the entertainment industry in South Korea and hit Vietnamese fans like a devastating typhoon. On various Facebook Big Bang fanpages, news of the latest developments are being updated regularly. The biggest fanpage Big Bang VN, which has nearly 300,000 followers, ran a piece about Seungri after his 16-hour testimony with police on Wednesday. “Seungri has asked to defer his military service for three more months from March 25 until June 25, so that he can have more time to co-operate with the ongoing police investigation,” reads the latest post on the fanpage. The snowballing scandal had prompted RoK President Moon Jae-in to order a thorough investigation into the drug and sex scandal, allegedly involving the former member of Big Bang. “The current leadership of the prosecution and … [Read more...] about Collapse of an idol, and picking up the pieces