12 o’clock high

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“Do you know what was right in the middle of the area your entire group unloaded on? A school.”

I’m watching ’12 O’Clock High’ (1964) a TV series produced by Quinn Martin. I’ve liked other stuff he’s headed up because the quality of storylines are generally pretty good. An American bomber wing based in England during WW2. Kind of strange subject matter. I know the best war propaganda always comes out a good 15-20 years after the event but aerial bombing really is a horrible business. In episode 3, series 1, they’re pulling no punches when they accidentally bomb a Dutch school full of little Dutch kids.

Here’s a <a href=”http://thehistorynetwork.org/military/2011/01/31/805-strategic-bombing/#more-26″>podcast</a> on just how pointless and inaccurate aerial bombing was in WW2.

against all odds

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I quite like this, even if it is missing a ?

Sometimes I worry about things like that, like what if in the future there is no ‘too’ and everyone is using ‘to’ for ‘to’ and ‘too’ too. Meaning will be that bit harder to grasp. I blame American public education.

Vietnam holiday in fotos part 1

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Uncle Ho says, “Reach out and touch someone”.

This could be long an painful like some relative’s slide show so I’ll spread it out over several days.

I was nastily surprised when the plane landed at Hong kong, since I thought it was going straight to bangkok and that I’d be transferring only once. I had to transfer twice for a flight that going direct only takes four hours. Thanks for letting me know, shoestring travel of Seoul, hongdae. Good job.

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A lot of Korean girls got off for Honkers. A good shopping destination. I wouldn’t mind checking it out sometime.

Bangkok airport. Airports are big places that are sometimes busy but most of the time not.

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*MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM, HANOI*

This was the first time I travelled without taking a Lonely Planet book. I used the info from the <a href=”http://wikitravel.org/en/Main_Page”>wikitravel</a> website, which was occasionally useful but basically just as inaccurate as the perpetually out-of-date Lonely Planet books.

Wikitravel said it was 20thou dongs to go to the Mil.Hist museum, correct – but it costs another 20 if you want to use a camera, not 5 as they say.

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They made a monument out of shit they’d blown out of the sky. The photo used as the centrepiece seems to be an iconic favourite. It’s of a girl dragging a peice of US jet home along the beach.

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The overt militarism would be out of place and easy to criticise in most other places but in Vietnam it’s just part of the scene. For some reason it reminded me of how its okay for black people to call eachother nigger, but not okay for anyone else to call them that.

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Lots of propaganda posters. I liked the colours in this one.

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Was it worth going to the the military history museum? Yeah. It was okay. As they say, the victors write the history and the message from the place is very much that the Vietnamese people have kicked out anyone who’s attempted to take over the joint.

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The only American chain restaurant I saw in the whole of Hanoi was one low-profile looking KFC. Maybe this one got the nod because Col. Sanders bears something of a resemblance to Uncle Ho.

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*Also see <a href=”http://www.sunnybreaks.org/2009/09/06/vietnam-hol-fotos-pt2/”>Vietnam holiday fotos part 2</a>*.