This is a story by Melissa Keough, a South Australian journalist writing for a newsletter called South Australia Today. We don’t usually just copy stories like this but love this one, it’s Anzac Day, we’re home after a year away, and feeling swamped by sentimentality and love for this great country, our home, Australia. This […]
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Hanoi’s Hidden caffeine hits Our last loving look back at Hanoi. Sigh. What a Gal ! The war is over. Give Peace a chance. Everything old is new again and the young of Hanoi are creating a grungy hipster scene with a nod to the colours of Cuba, all styles of music, the furniture of […]
Read More Cool Cats’ cafés Hanoi
Our first (and evidently last) modelling assignment and photo shoot. Strangely the offers have not been flooding in. No word from the Houses of Sasoon, Lagerfeld or KMart. Vogue, Women’s Day and New Idea have been conspicuous by their silence. We posed for these shots in Hanoi for a very lovely Couple, (that’s them below, […]
Read More “We’re ready for our close-ups Mr DeMille”
After falling in love with her vivacious and beautiful Northern sister, Hanoi, we were expecting a plainer, less exciting Saigón…but she fluttered her eyelashes, lifted her petticoats – just a tad – and revealed that she was an equal beauty.
Read More Délices d’Architecture of Saigon
It was raining in Saigon as we lay in bed in our little kipsy above the knocking shop. The Miss Mekong Pub complete with sad-eyed elderly men and dressed-to-the-nines nubile hostesses. Whilst they cheered and beered the World Cup goals we sniffled and sighed, sad to be leaving Vietnam. Here are some tokens and signs […]
Read More Sigh…gone !
Our shoes clomped along the cobbled stones of the alley as we made our way down the side of the Cathedral to join the buzzing devotees milling in the Plaza. Hanoi has given us so much joy and fun and food and coffee and music and poetry. This city is a poem in itself, stamped […]
Read More The Reunification Express
In a very old alley in an ancient city, arching around other tiny ancient arterial ways, framed by wires and fuse boxes, dripping palms and bougainvillea stands the coolest club this side of the Mekong, the Hanoi Social Club. Damn it…let’s not quibble…it’s the coolest club the other side of the Mekong too. The young […]
Read More The Hanoi Social Club: Jeff Buckley…with Chile
Bún chả (Vietnamese grilled pork with rice vermicelli noodles) Timing: 2 hours Serves: 6 In our favourite Bún chả establishment as you sit down a smiling lady places a plate of white rice vermicelli, next to another plate overflowing with freshly-washed greens: coriander, mint, lettuce, and about five other twisted, stemmed, leaves,grasses and herbs. They […]
Read More Dislocated Recipes for Success: Bún chả Hanoi
Hanoi is a picture postcard. It bursts with colour, movement and delight.
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