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Slept so little last night Ha Noi time…..


The Radical 
9th Nov 2018
…..that this Morning I was too tired to get up at 6am. 
Jet Lag had set in and time was catching up on me.
To the extent that at getting up time here I was ready for bed.
However at 7am I forced myself to address the daylight

and go for that morning stroll

We had run out of :-
eggs, — Trung
milk, —- Sua
bread — Banh
 coffee.– Ca phe
 Papaya – Du Du
cola  – Cay Co Ca
crisps – Khoai Tay Chien Gion
Shower gel – Sua Tam
Vietnam drinks so much Cola that Coco Cola are setting up a Second Factory here.
The eggs and papaya we buy from Chau Long Market and the jar of Nescafe

Gold blend, Shower Gel, Vietnamese whole cream Milk, Cola and Crisps  from

across the road at the General Store.

Warm bread rolls from the bakery on the way home.

We havent travelled more than 300 metres from base camp and then returned laden, to enjoy breakfast before returning to bed.
I then slept all morning until 12.30pm,and awoke suddenly  because at 1pm

Hanoi time or 8am UK time, we had an appointment booked with Canc our

taximan, to meet us.

So it was a scrabble to shave, shower and dress and be ready for him.
We did just that in time.

Down the lift from our 6th floor apartment and across the road.

Today we attacked two museums, both History and both called the same.
“Vietnam National Museum of History”
One is at  No 1 Pham Ngu Lao and the other across the square

at  No 1 Pham Ngu Lao 

It says so on the different tickets- Ve Tham Quan – (Admission Ticket)
Same address even though I have them at different addresses:-
Tran Quang Khai Road and Trang Tien Phan Chu Trinh Road
Confused ?
Well they could not be more different 
Same entrance fee 40,000 Adult 20,000 Student 10,000 for Pupil 
I tried at 75 to claim I was a Pupil, a Student in the School of Life but she just laughed
Remember £1 – 30,000 DONG
Museum No 1 was the Natural History Museum of Vietnam. 
A blend of ancient life from the 3rd Century bronzes 
to the French Occupation and Communist Party
Digging for Victory ?
An American Lady told me I was going round the wrong way.

She did not know it was a cunning plan to miss the guided parties.

So as we were standing next to the most exquisite 

bronze plough share I asked her how did they make the bronze that was

everywhere on display, but she couldn’t tell me so I said you havent 

come in as a Student ot Pupil either then ?
I thought the green tinge to everything would have given the game away but

apparently not.

Once again there was no consideration to the elderly or disabled.


The magnificent French Architectural buildings had grand stair cases to the

second floor.

The other Museum No 2 is described in the book as the 

Museum of Vietnamese Revolution, the history of the struggle

for Independence.

To the Victor the Spoils !!!!

Unashamedly political and the struggle against invaders from 

Cambodia and China to the Japanese French and Americans
Heroes were depicted as the people and Ho who was never described as a

Communist but the Leader of the Liberation Movement.

However with pictures of Lenin and Ho’s cadillac

the armour plated elongated auto in the 50’s heavy style

given to him in 1954 by the Russian showed he

embraced the theory of Marxism and the practice of a Mentor

and the Skill of a Diplomat

Ho most certainly had Life Skills too.


3 gallons to the Mile that car was built like a tank and looked

every bit a status symbol, the last thing Ho would have 


Inside there are pictures of Ho at the front line of struggle,

both the battle For Independence and Against starvation.

He is pictured scooping water from the river with a 

bucket on long ropes into irrigation channels and I am sure

that is what he was – a politician in touch with the people.

This museum could not be more different to our Victoria and Albert

or Museum of London

Politics a dirty word, and Struggle swept under the Stair,

but this was raw and

intended – a revolution.

The French guillitine sited at the Prison was used repeatedly on  political

opponents and to keep French Colonialism in Power.

Photos of American atrocities with the soldiers smiling as 

the dragged corpes behind trunks along roads

or burnt villages and lined up the kill of civilians

mostly women and children for the days shoot to count.

It was 4pm and time to call Cac to take us home

for a steak supper, chips and trimmings

So unashamedly decadent ? 
No I am thinking of my digestive system as well as my pocket system. 
Comfortable in the knowledge I know where my food has come from 
and that I am saving 200% by not going out to a restaurant.
But the day had caught up with my frame and as there is no Biased
BBC on TV only Fox News, I fell to sleep thinking of a day well spent in Vietnam
in the arms of this proud and determined peoples.

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