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The USA’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Vietnam War: Unexploded Ordnance.

The USA’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Vietnam War: Unexploded Ordnance.

3 weeks ago
I was recently amused to see the above signs juxtaposed on the side of a UXO Lao vehicle. 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 ongoing trouble caused by UXO ... Read More
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Shock News: Wildlife walks through an Asian market and emerges alive and unscathed.

Shock News: Wildlife walks through an Asian market and emerges alive and unscathed.

4 months ago
Above Photo: Pissed-Off Pachyderm in Nong Khai Market. As we trudged around Nong Khai market in Northern Thailand, I thought my wife said to me, “Its fun in the market.” “Whatever floats your boat,” I replied, “But I’ve had more fun at a funeral.” She then pointed something out to me and repeated, “No. There’s an ELEPHANT in the market!” Lucky ... Read More
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Cambodia: Boy Sees Ten Of His Family Murdered By The Khmer Rouge.

Cambodia: Boy Sees Ten Of His Family Murdered By The Khmer Rouge.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: The Khmer Rouge celebrate the fall of Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975. I recently read an interesting, if shocking, article by Chad Bonham (in charismanews.com) about a Cambodian emigre in Canada, who’d seen ten of his own family murdered by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Coincidentally, I read it on the day I visited Pol Pot’s cremation site in ... 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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UPDATED: Is This War Hero Dieter Dengler’s Skyraider Aircraft Engine?

UPDATED: Is This War Hero Dieter Dengler’s Skyraider Aircraft Engine?

4 days ago
Above photo: The mysterious engine in Ban Nakay, with me for scale, not aesthetics. (Click to enlarge the photos) I discovered an unusual relic from the Secret War in Laos when I was in the village of Ban Nakay recently. The mysterious engine. Ban Nakay is well off the beaten tourist track in Khammouane Province, where many US planes were ... Read More
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