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They won the war but... It's hard to think of a more Capitalist symbol than the golden arches, now found beside Saigon's iconic Post Office in District 1. Gold star on red. Golden arches on red. At least nothing clashes.

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Saigon’s book street

Nguyen Van Binh, a little street that runs along one side of Saigon's Central Post Office in District 1, has been transformed into "book street". The street is lined with dozens of kiosks and open-fronted bookshops, as well as cute…

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Read all about it!

If you love smart crime fiction, mysteries and suspense - and are looking for more stories set in Asia, here's the link to my new publisher's newsletter. New subscribers will get a free short story by fireman-turned-crime-writer Tony Knighton: Crime Wave…

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A recent story about Elka in Tuoi Tre

Elka Ray - người thích viết sách về Việt Nam   TT - Mùa hè này Elka sẽ cho ra mắt cuốn tiểu thuyết kinh dị tâm lý mang tên Saigon Dark lấy bối cảnh TP.HCM. Nhà văn Elka Ray - Ảnh…

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‘Tis the season

I unpacked our old fake Christmas tree and found this 1-meter-plus-long snakeskin inside the box, which was stored in a cupboard directly behind my work desk. Can’t help but wonder where the skin’s owner has gone, and how much bigger…

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Art crush

Happy New Year! My latest art crush is Mabel Royds (1874-1941), a UK artist known for her woodcut prints made using Japanese techniques. Mabel worked in Canada and travelled in Europe, India and the Middle East. Too broke to afford…

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