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The US’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Secret War – a 30% Dud Rate.

The US’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Secret War – a 30% Dud Rate.

2 days ago
I was recently amused to see the above signs juxtaposed on the side of a UXO Lao vehicle while I was in Salavan. Is it meant ironically? That Laos’ unexploded ordnance is a gift of the government of the United States? Of course it means the US donated the vehicle, but it could be read the other way, given the ... Read More
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Spotted: Something Fishy in Laos.

Spotted: Something Fishy in Laos.

1 week ago
Above Photo: Mud Fishing in the rice fields of Savannahket Province, Laos. I was intrigued to come across this unusual scene in Savannakhet recently, as I traversed Laos on another research trip. Muddy Hell…A fish goes into the bucket. The locals were pumping water out of a muddy drainage channel into a field, so they could catch small fish that ... Read More
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Are there any Vietnam War-era POWs still alive in Laos? Visiting Sam Neua and the Vieng Xai Caves.

Are there any Vietnam War-era POWs still alive in Laos? Visiting Sam Neua and the Vieng Xai Caves.

3 weeks ago
Above Photo: Satellite photo of a ‘Walking K’ sign in a rice field in northern Laos by a US Satellite in 1988. (US Govt. Photo) I’m writing this in a tiny town in Northern Laos called Sam Neua, where I’ve come to do some research on the Vietnam War for a novel I’m writing about a Special Forces mission to ... Read More
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John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

3 years ago
Liverpool from Wapping (1875)  I’m a massive fan of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s art. For many years I have seen his paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road (shown above and below) in books, articles and even pubs all over the UK. I’ve always thought they were magnificent examples of Victorian urban art, and they came across my path again recently when I ... Read More
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A Visit to the Mysterious ‘Cave Of Teeth’ in Laos.

A Visit to the Mysterious ‘Cave Of Teeth’ in Laos.

2 days ago
Some of the unlabelled display cases, full of ancient teeth and bones. To the left of the photo is the tunnel which went far into the mountain. Millions of caves honeycomb the soaring limestone karst mountains of Laos, most of which remain uncharted and unexplored by experts. Many are shrouded in mystery, local lore, rumours of American POWs being held ... Read More
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