Lương Đức Quang (centre) sings at Tranquil Books & Coffee. — VNS Photo Paul Kennedy By Paul Kennedy HÀ NỘI — On October 5th, 1962, a new boyband from Liverpool in the United Kingdom released their first song. It was called Love me do and it peaked in the UK charts at number 17, a moderate success. Their second song, Please, please me, did a little better and the rest, as they say, is history. The group was The Beatles, who went on to become the biggest band in the world. The Fab Four as they were affectionately known changed popular music forever. Fifty seven years later and more than 9,000 kilometres away from the city of Liverpool, the music of The Beatles is as popular now at Tranquil Books & Coffee in Việt Nam’s capital city as it was in the Cavern Club, the venue The Beatles regularly played in the northwest of England back in the early sixties. Here a new generation of Fab Four fans sing … [Read more...] about I wanna hold your Hà Nội
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by Robert Bicknell If you asked me a few years ago if a situation would arise where I would find myself sympathetic to Tiger Woods, I probably would laughed, but then, both his and my own situations changed and this is why I am sure the Universe has a collective sense of humor and I am a frequent target of its mirth. Both our plights have been already covered. Tiger’s in every magazine and golf programme on the planet, and mine last week, so no need to rehash that. What I find irritating is all the pundits coming out and claiming “Tiger isn’t the same”, “Tiger doesn’t look sharp”, "Tiger not prepared for this major…” Yes, more pearls of wisdom from writers who “are not prepared to write about anything except Tiger because that would involve research and actually working”. What many of them fail to consider, and having looked into the abyss myself (and found it looking back at me. Ugly mutha!), is that … [Read more...] about Who’s in the hunt for the British Open?
Traditional artist Mai Tuyết Hoa and her troupe Xẩm Hà Thành have released their first album of xẩm (blind busker's singing). She has spent more than 20 years performing and studying xẩm singing. Hoa is seen as one of successors of the late master singer Hà Thị Cầu. Nguyễn Mạnh Hà interviews Hoa about preserving and developing xẩm singing Could you tell how the album was made? At first, we spent our money to make the album. We have a weekly performance at King Lê Temple on Lê Thái Tổ Street. Hoàn Kiếm District provides us with a small amount of money. Plus, we earn from VNĐ200,000 to 900,000 (US$9 to 40) for each performance. We intended to use this income to make the album but it was not enough. So we contributed our own money. When we finished the album we received financial support from Thiện Tâm Fund. We … [Read more...] about Artist plans to hold national xẩm festival
SAD FACE: Luis Suarez (right) can’t hide his tears. Photo AFP by Paul Kennedy I’m going to start off with a bombshell. Get something off my chest I’ve been wanting to say for some time. Deep breath. Here we go… I like Luis Suarez. There, I’ve said it. Granted his best days are very nearly behind him, and as football players go he is about as trustworthy as a bored and restless serpent in the Garden of Eden, but there’s something about little Luis that I just kind of like. On the pitch he’s an animal. And a bitey one at that. But when he plays for your team, as Luis did at Liverpool from 2011 to 2014, he becomes your very own pantomime villain. Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz, to give him his full name, has not had the best of summers. In fact as a footballer, it’s probably been his worst. And the Uruguayan's downfall can all be traced back to one moment. It was in Barcelona, on the night the Catalans thrashed … [Read more...] about Instant karma’s gonna get you
Auréline Malnoury (second from left), at a meeting organised by Tuổi Trẻ newspaper, with other adoptees who are looking for their biological parents. — VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp Viet Nam News Bồ Xuân Hiệp For many years, Auréline Malnoury has never stopped thinking about his Vietnamese roots and his biological parents. Malnoury (whose Vietnamese name is Phan Văn Giang) was only 10 months old when he was adopted by a French family at the Gò Vấp Child Welfare and Protection Centre in HCM City’s Gò Vấp District. Three years ago, he finally had a chance to visit what he calls his “homeland” while on vacation with his adoptive French mother. On his first trip to the country, he was particularly impressed with the scenery and people. But more importantly, the visit intensified his passion to find his birth parents. During the trip, his adoptive mother told him … [Read more...] about French adoptee yearns to trace Vietnamese roots