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?
What brings luck
Atletico Madrid averted an embarrassing home defeat to minnows Eibar by drawing 1-1 thanks to a strike from teenage debutant Borja Garces deep in injury time but continued their poor start to the La Liga season. Champions Barcelona fell behind following a thumping shot from Aritz Elustondo in the 12th minute from a set piece. They then survived a mini onslaught from the home side in the second half before Luis Suarez levelled in the 63rd with a scrappy goal and Ousmane Dembele gave them a barely deserved lead three minutes later. The fightback follows Barca's 4-2 win at Anoeta last January and makes them the only team to still have a perfect record in Spain's top flight, where they lead the standings with 12 points, two clear of Real. Visiting coach Ernesto Valverde decided to start his side's arguably least favourite away trip without Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets ahead of a jammed schedule of six games in 20 days. That gamble appeared to have backfired when Elustondo smashed … [Read more...] about Barca ride luck to sink Sociedad, Real held in Bilbao
Many students visit the Temple of Literature in Hanoi to seek luck for their high school entrance exam. On Wednesday morning, around 95,000 students in Hanoi started the high school exam which will end on June 10. It is seen quite tough due to the sharp rise in the number of candidates compared to the total target of the city’s high school in the year is just 63,050. Despite the scorching hot weather, thousands of students came to the Temple of Literature after finishing procedures to attend the exam on June 6. Many went there along with their parents. Many tried to touch the flamingo statue when they are banned from touching the doctoral steles which sit on the backs of stone turtles, hoping this would bring them luck. Nguyen Kim Ngan in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, said her child had to study very hard for the exam, so she took her the temple as a way to help her to be more relaxed. Lots of students used bare hands to write what they prayed … [Read more...] about Pupils pray for exam luck at Temple of Literature
The Vietnamese village that is home to this art lost almost all its treasures in the form of paintings and woodblocks when the French torched many of its homes, and in an ironic twist of fate, now sells paper offerings to burn.Meanwhile, a handful of people trying to preserve and promote this art face new problems.To illustrate this, artist Nguyen Huu Qua spreads out two versions of a popular Vietnamese motif – “The Rat’s Wedding.”One is a painting made by him and the other is one bought from a shop selling souvenirs in Saigon.Even to a layperson, the differences between the two are obvious.The mass produced one is printed, not painted, on thin paper with pale and blurred brush strokes, and several details are left without colors.And those who know Chinese characters will see more inaccuracies in the painting from the gift shop.“A Dong Ho painting does not just have the picture. It also has Chinese letters to pass on a message. In the 'Rat’s … [Read more...] about What the rat race has done to the Rat’s Wedding
VietNamNet Bridge – Twenty years have passed since the young doctor, Trinh Duc Thien, left Hue City for the remote and mountainous A Vao Commune in central Quang Tri Province’s Dak Rong District to work after graduating from medical college. Doctor Trinh Duc Thien taking care of herbal medicine grown at a garden of A Vao Commune’s health clinic. - Photo tienphong.vn After travelling hundreds of kilometers, Thien found a small and degraded clinic that was surrounded by forest. Wild animals were wandering around to find food. Some stilt houses of Pa Ko ethnic minority were nearby. However, the young man was not discouraged. Thien was born and grew up in A Luoi District, central Thua Thien-Hue Province which borders A Bung commune of Dak Rong District of Quang Tri Province – home to many ethnic minority groups, including Pa Ko. So he understood some backward customs of the groups, including a custom of the Pa Ko that requires a pregnant woman to leave … [Read more...] about Doctor fights to save lives and end superstitions