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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.

2 months 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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UPDATED: The Watery Grave Of A B-52 Shot Down Over Hanoi, During The Vietnam War.

UPDATED: The Watery Grave Of A B-52 Shot Down Over Hanoi, During The Vietnam War.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: B-52 wreckage in a Lake in Hanoi. I’ve just updated this article with further information, supplied by David Martin, a relative of 1st Lieutenant Ben Fryer, the navigator of this plane who was killed when it was shot down. I’ve added these new comments at the end. We spent the morning trying to find what’s locally called ’B-52 ... Read More
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The Moment Our Guide Thought He’d Taken Us Into A Cambodian Minefield.

The Moment Our Guide Thought He’d Taken Us Into A Cambodian Minefield.

5 days ago
Above Photo: Stopped in his tracks, our guide in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, thought he’d almost stepped on a land mine. We were recently travelling near the Cambodian-Vietnamese border, in remote Ratanakiri Province, looking for Khmer Rouge sites when we went way off the beaten track. I was doing some research for my novel BACK, which is partly set in Ratanakiri ... 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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Torture and The Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng Prison Commander, Duch, Interviewed.

Torture and The Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng Prison Commander, Duch, Interviewed.

7 days ago
Above Photo: A child slave labour gang under the Khmer Rouge.  The below article is edited from a book review by Nicholas Shakespeare of ‘The Elimination: A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts His Past’ By Rithy Panh. I added the photos for illustration. It is relevant to my novel BACK because I base one of the characters on Comrade Duch ... Read More
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