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What Links the US War in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh Himself (Besides the Obvious, I Mean)?

What Links the US War in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh Himself (Besides the Obvious, I Mean)?

1 month ago
Above Photo: Lockheed F-104 Starfighters at Udorn Thani air base in Thailand during the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, the US air base at Udorn Thani (as it was known back then) in northern Thailand was vital to the war effort in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. From Udorn, fighters were able to patrol the skies over the battlefields, they were able ... Read More
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Visiting a SAM Missile on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.

Visiting a SAM Missile on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.

3 weeks ago
Above Photo: the SAM-2 Missile at Pa-Am Village, Attapeu, Laos. While we were in Attapeu, we headed out for a day trip to Pa-Am Village and the Vietnamese border near Kontum. We were going to look at the Vietnam War-era SAM-2 missile that has somehow miraculously not been sold as scrap. The heavily-bombed mountain on the way out of Attapeu, ... Read More
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Another British Victim Murdered by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Another British Victim Murdered by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: Other continuing dangers in the Cambodian countryside (AFP). In 1996, Christopher Howes, a British mine clearance expert, was working in Cambodia with the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) not far from the Angkor Wat temple complex. Although the Khmer Rouge had been deposed by the Vietnamese army in 1979 , in 1996 they were still fighting a murderous terrorist ... 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.

2 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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Bloodsucking Bastards: Leeches and a Jungle Trip In Thailand.

Bloodsucking Bastards: Leeches and a Jungle Trip In Thailand.

3 days ago
Above Photo: A monitor lizard outside our tent one morning. On a research trip whilst writing my Vietnam War/Backpacker crossover novel BACK, we spent a few nights in Khao Yai jungle in Thailand, mid-rainy season. Although it didn’t much matter to me whether it rained or not, believe me, it rained. I was mostly interested in the jungle mushroom situation (magic and ... Read More
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