PUT THE POLITICIANS ON THE MINIMUM WAGE AND WATCH HOW FAST THINGS CHANGE
Civilisation has operated in two ways - To make one part of society more affluent and the other more wretched than would have been the lot of either in a natural state
There are Natural Rights and Civil Rights. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Where Our Power to Execute Our Natural Rights is Perfect, Government has No Legitimate Jurisdiction
When the Forces for War are Greater than the Forces for Peace   Then the World is in Danger
Politics is not a Dirty Word. It is a Way of Life. How is Your Way of Life Today ?
Han Fan

HA NOI – DAY 6

Han Fan
AWOKE TO FIND THE HEAVENS HAD OPENED UP
 
The Radical
10th Nov 2018
 
A Blessing in Disguise ?
 
Time for reflection but read on for the best bit of the day
 
The travel books said 26 C and No Rain in November, 
 
The best time to go to Ha Noi, they said
 
So much for that advice.
 
IT RAINED AND RAINED OFF AND ON ALL DAY
 
But of course the rain washed the streets and purified the air.
 
So armed with a fold up umbrella and stout shoes I braved the storm
 
Rene had brought her rain coat as insurance

 
so kept the money and  her powder pack dry.
 

We needed fresh rolls for breakfast.
 
I digress to remind you that essential goods are more or less fixed prices 
 
and that includes food, pharmacies and state run services
 
Its the Taxi fares and luxuries that are to be battered or bartered for.
 
Its the DONG currency that takes some getting your head round
 
If the seller says 25 they mean 25,000 and so on
 
The notes come in 9 sizes or denominations.
 
The rate is about £1 =30,000
 
500,000 = £16.67
200,000 = £6.67
100,00 = £3.33
50,000 = £1.67
20,000  = 66.67p
10,000 = 33.33p
5000 = 16.67p
2000 = 6.67p
1000 = 3.3p
So when you go to buy a small packet of crisps they charge 3 or 3000 as

 
there is no other denomination nearer than the 9.97p
 

You rarely see the 500 note but it does exist.
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Next I tell you about our Hanoi (Hilton) Home
 
The QUAN THANH ROAD area is quieter than some but you had better believe it if your apartment window overlooks the road.
 
Today we have a cutting tool on the go, and yesterday drilling.
 
But the traffic takes some bearing. Too fond on the hooter.
 
Not for the fient hearted is Ha Noi. 
 
Zebra Crossings are COMPLETELY IGNORED and the traffic with the motor

 
bikes screaming away from traffic lights first with intention of the advanced

 
guard heading straight for any unsuspecting pedestrian trying to cross the

 
road on the green man
 

And it is not only crossing the road. 
 
The pavements are a FUCKING DISGRACE ! – 
 
DID YOU HEAR THAT VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST PARTY. 
 
IF IT NOT TOO MUCH FOR A BLUNT INSTRUMENT TO REMEMBER IT IS

 
THAT PEOPLE WERE HERE BEFORE MOTORISED VEHICLES,

 
SO SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY 
 
 

ITS ABOUT HAVING RIGHTS AND RESONSIBILITIES

 
IN THIS AGE OF CARBON POLLUTION

 
Pavements are not for pedestrians here but motorbikes 
 
parked to completely obstruct the way. 
 
If not motorbikes the heaps of stones and sand

 
and the occasional car blocking the path

 
The pavements are the water and drains highway so our entrance was

 
virtually cut off while the pavemnent was dug up to replace the water pipes

 
by state workers. 
 

Mosaic paving slabs strewn everywhere with soil and sand too.

 
Relaying was manual heath robinson fashion.

 
Mole Lumps I call them waiting for pedestrian etc.. to flatten them down to

 
the level of the rest of the pavement.
 
 

So the only alternative this morning was to get soaked on the pavement from

 
overhead drainage or flooded in the road  because the gutters were full so

 
the rain had no where to go.
 

There were road drains but only water splashed in by passing traffic made it.
 
The only solace is that the Vietnamese seemed reluctant to run me over.
 
Oh Dear Mam Ma -What is that mess that looks like strawberry jam –

 

Shh.My  Child,  It is Papa, run over by a tram 
 
But I had to poke my Umbrella at a few that tried – once the rain had eased off.
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We booked with Booking. Com
 
You can book, reserve and cancel without loading your credit card.
 
Ruby and Joyce at 43 Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh is a good place to be.
 
SO IF YOU DECIDE TO BOOK WITH THEM PLEASE TELL ME AND THEM.
 
NO EXTRA CHARGE.NO GAIN . NO PAIN
 
We have a large Living room cum Kitchen with large fridge

 

and two large ring cooker hobs
 

Two small bottles of water are provided each day free 
 
by Ruby the domestic end of Ruby and Joyce team
 
Ruby cleans the room daily and makes the bed.
 
The bedroom is adequate, the bed high and clean with soft pillows, has a 40 “

 
TV 200 channels of mostly rubbish but some in English and the bathroom is

 
nice.Walk in shower, toilet and basin with light and extractor fan.
 

Each room has A/C and the entire unit is described as wheelchair accessible

 
but they forgot to mention the 12″ step to get into the building which fronts

 
as a high class mens clothes shop, and the height of the kitchen sink cooker

 
and basin in the bathroom.
 

SO DON’T BELIEVE THE WRITTEN WORD WITHOUT CHECKING FIRST.
 
WIFI is working as is the lift. Security is on hand 24 hours a day.
 
We paid £250 for two weeks and that is 7million plus Dong
 
All in, except 19L bottled water for 30,000 delivered.
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At 2pm and as the rain had abated -well almost 
 
We left for the Vietnam Military History Museum
 at BaoTang Lich Su Quan Su Viet Nam 
 
on DIEN BIEN PHU Street
 
we took the 22a bus for 7000 dong each and were soon there. 
 
I recognised Lenin Park and called the bus driver who gratiously stopped

 
between official stops to let us get off.

 
( Bus Stops are few and far between.

Almost an inconvenient after thought  to a bus transit system ) 

 

COMMUNIST PARTY NOTE –

 
ON THE WAY BACK WE HAD TO WALK 
 

500 metres to the BUS STOP same  in either direction.

 

This Military Museum was packed.
 
Tickets were 40,000 dong each and the museum extended inside upstairs

 
and outside.
 

Maybe because it was a Saturday or popular with those who wanted to

 
witness the weapons of war left behind by the Frogs and Yanks.
 

Helicopters Tanks Jeeps and Aircraft all captured during the years of warfare.
 
Also there was a Russian MiG 21 and Sam Missiles.

 
Chinese Anti aircraft guns and tanks.
 

IT WAS SO DELICIOUS TO SEE THESE MAJOR POWERS,

 
MADE TO LOOK SO STUPID
 

AGAINST THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF VIETNAM WHO FOUGHT FOR

 
INDEPENDENCE FROM 
 

COLONIALISM AND IMPERIALISM.
 
We returned home having bought a large washing up bowl for £1 to soak my

 
poor aching arthritic feet in.

 
Tonights supper is Tiger Prawns and Chips with side Salad, so we can get

 
the full flavour a sort of fondue without the fuss.
 

Writing this with my feet soaking in warm water is a pleasure.

 
And that you are enjoying it too and will want more…

 
 
 
So I do hope you will appeciate the coming change to Rightsandwrongs.
 
Still free to view but we will be asking you to log in after registering.
 
Afterall we must keep up with the Star studded Joneses and ? data

 
protection.

 

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