Illustration by Đỗ Dũng By Vũ Đảm “Goodbye to you, my neighbours. I’m off now!” Though old Giản had repeated his farewell three times, he still couldn’t get in the car that was waiting for him with its engine running. Thuyết lost his temper and hurried his father grouchily. Old Giản reached the car’s door then turned around to take a last look. Suddenly he burst out crying. Never once in his life had he been so choked up with tears. He had bawled in childhood when his father whipped him and he had wept silently when his wife passed away. Yet not until that moment when he had to leave his village where his grandparents, parents and wife used to live did he sob so uncontrollably. Old Giản had only one child, Thuyết, who was living in Hà Nội. While he and his wife were still living in the village, Thuyết had asked them many times to sell their house to … [Read more...] about A bird chirping
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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?
Religious site: An aerial view of Ba Vàng Pagoda, which is located on an area of 22ha at a height of 340m above sea level, on Thành Đẳng Mountain, in Quang Trung Ward, Uông Bí City, Quảng Ninh Province. — VNA/VNS File PhotoViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has asked Quảng Ninh Province People’s Committee to direct local agencies to enhance State management at relics and festivals and stop superstitious activities at religious sites. That’s the main guideline mentioned on an official document signed by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Trịnh Thị Thủy, on dealing with problems involving Ba Vàng pagoda in Quảng Ninh province, a popular religious and tourism destination. In the past few days, clips and articles published in Lao Động (Labour) print newspaper and on its website showed the pagoda has hosted events including … [Read more...] about Culture Ministry asks authorities to stop superstitious activities
Valtteri Bottas (right) and Lewis Hamilton celebrate a Mercedes one-two in Melbourne. (Photo: AFP/PETER PARKS) Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise to see Mercedes romp away to a one-two victory, but the absence of Ferrari from the podium was a real shock. And so we are left with some obvious questions: Where did all of Ferrari's preseason promise go? Will it come back on a different type of track? And, ultimately, will anyone be able to challenge Mercedes? There is a weight of evidence (outlined below) that suggests Ferrari will recover, but even if it doesn't, the emergence of a more aggressive Valtteri Bottas this year has the potential to keep things interesting. Again, it's too early to draw conclusions, but if Bottas can continue to drive on the level we saw in Australia, he will be a genuine threat to Lewis Hamilton's title defence. So let's start with the race winner and how he managed to put a five-time world champion in the shade on Sunday. THE REAL VALTTERI BOTTAS … [Read more...] about Formula One: How Valtteri Bottas rediscovered himself and why Ferrari need to do the same
Motor Racing - Formula One - F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2018 - Singapore - September 16, 2018 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads during the race,Source: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji 5. FERNANDO ALONSO Fernando Alonso bid farewell to Formula One in Abu Dhabi after 17 years his 311 Grand Prix. (Photo: AFP/Andrej Isakovic) It was a great shame that the vast majority of Alonso's final season in F1 was spent in the second half of the field, but that didn't stop him from shining. It's doubtful anyone would have amassed more points in the 2018 McLaren than the 50 he managed over 21 races, and that's certainly true of teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, who was out-qualified by Alonso at every round. Vandoorne, a former GP2 champion, is no slouch, and beating a teammate in every qualifying session requires speed and consistency. It might not surprise you to learn that the last driver to achieve that feat before 2018 was Alonso against Nelson Piquet at … [Read more...] about Formula One: Top 5 drivers of 2018