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post #256 of 588
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Originally Posted by denimdestroyedmylife
john fahey's essay on his experience working on the soundtrack for Zabriskie Point is hilarious [i think it is found in the book "vampire vultures"]; worth seeking out
Too bad he can't play a lick, isn't it?
post #257 of 588
Mine is a photo of the infamous Free Derry Corner sign. After the Battle of the Bogside in 1969 (when the RUC tried to force republican protesters off the streets so an Orange Order hate march could proceed), a portion of Derry was essentially sealed off by the IRA and was declared autonomous. Lasted a couple years, and was considered a "no go" zone through the early 90's.

The sign is something of a national landmark in the North of Ireland.
post #258 of 588
Mine's an old picture of my home town Hanoi. Below's the bigger version. The sign that says XE MAY means scooter; it's a shop that fixes scooter and stuff. I don't know the exact time the photo was taken but my guess is that it's probably in the 80's.
post #259 of 588
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Originally Posted by metkirk
Mine's an old picture of my home town Hanoi. Below's the bigger version. The sign that says XE MAY means scooter; it's a shop that fixes scooter and stuff. I don't know the exact time the photo was taken but my guess is that it's probably in the 80's.

Are those old French mansions?
post #260 of 588
Yes they are We don't have a lot of them left though which is a pretty sad thing since they are such classic
post #261 of 588
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Originally Posted by metkirk
Yes they are We don't have a lot of them left though which is a pretty sad thing since they are such classic
Yes, this is a shame and which is why, in certain cases, a country should not open up, as Cuba.

I suspect if Cuba becomes a global nation their architectual heritage will be demolished by ugly chain hotels and company headquarters.

Shanghai has this problem as well, with many of its French mansions being torn down.

post #262 of 588
Mine used to be a helmet from a suit of armour - this one's off the cover of a Timothy Leary biography.
post #263 of 588
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Yes, this is a shame and which is why, in certain cases, a country should not open up, as Cuba.

I suspect if Cuba becomes a global nation their architectual heritage will be demolished by ugly chain hotels and company headquarters.

Oh trust me, time and zero finances are doing a better job of that then any hotel chain could. I submit exhibit A:


Most buildings along the malecon look like they could be knocked down by a swift breeze. The residential part of Habana Vieja is in the same condition, if not worse, and makes up a far chunk of the city. Further inland and the buildings are much better off although not great. The government has in recent years been trying to resort the waterfront back to its former glory but clearly it is quite time/money consuming.

Ideally Old Havana and the Havana waterfront would be restored to its former glory, but having actually seen the conditions of the buildings personally, I can't imagine it being fiscally reasonable to restore all these buildings including several hotel towers from the 40s/50s that have been condemned. Do you only use superficial patchwork to preserve the history of said buildings or do you place more concern in the overall structural sustainability? For the sake of the people who still live in these things (rather cramped I might add as housing is a serious problem in the city), I would hope the latter. Again, I only use Havana as an example because other towns/cities are not in such a drastic state of disrepair.
post #264 of 588
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
This one's just because I used to think Mojo & Skid were extremely cool, in an idiotic sort of way.
Factoid: I used to have a beer bottle with their autographs (Sierra Nevada, I believe, although it could have been Anchor Steam).

Debbie Gibson's Pregnant w/ My Two-Headed Love Child!
post #265 of 588
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Originally Posted by metkirk
Mine's an old picture of my home town Hanoi. Below's the bigger version. The sign that says XE MAY means scooter; it's a shop that fixes scooter and stuff. I don't know the exact time the photo was taken but my guess is that it's probably in the 80's.
ahh Ha Loi doesnt look that different now

hai lua qua
post #266 of 588
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Originally Posted by m@T
ahh Ha Loi doesnt look that different now

hai lua qua

Ha Loi??? That reminds me of the news. Did you read the news about a girl from HCMC who went to Hanoi and wrote a blog ridiculing people of the city and such. Within half an hour of posting the blog gets over 8000 comments, some including death threats... talking about patriotism here !!!
post #267 of 588
yeah, she has pulled it down now. All went a little nuts over her. She wasnt really ridiculing the place, basically she went there on vacation and posted on her blog what a miserable time she had. Bad customer service high on her shitlist, as was general northerner condescending attitudes toward Southerners. I can definitely agree with her on the service thing, Hanoi service is horrible, and I say that knowing it takes a reeeal lot to make Saigon service look good. FWIW, I got kicked out of a tailor shop in Hanoi for asking to see a suit in the cabinet cos I wanted to see if it was fused or canvassed - she actually threw me out of the store for asking!
post #268 of 588
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Originally Posted by m@T
yeah, she has pulled it down now. All went a little nuts over her. She wasnt really ridiculing the place, basically she went there on vacation and posted on her blog what a miserable time she had.

Bad customer service high on her shitlist, as was general northerner condescending attitudes toward Southerners.

I can definitely agree with her on the service thing, Hanoi service is horrible, and I say that knowing it takes a reeeal lot to make Saigon service look good.

FWIW, I got kicked out of a tailor shop in Hanoi for asking to see a suit in the cabinet cos I wanted to see if it was fused or canvassed - she actually threw me out of the store for asking!

Nice to hear a foreign opinion on this matter. The thing is the blog was written in a degrading tone that is very hard to grasp if it's not your native language (I'm assumming you read a translation not the original version). Aside from that, I completely agree with you that the service sucks in Hanoi. If there's one thing that I can complain it is the service that I'll be bitching about all day.
post #269 of 588
I think calling the post 'Fucking Ha Loi' makes its tone pretty clear to even the vaguest of us
post #270 of 588
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Originally Posted by m@T
I think calling the post 'Fucking Ha Loi' makes its tone pretty clear to even the vaguest of us

Haha, I forgot about that. Clear indeed By the way, what tailor shop did you get thrown out of? They understand English or you had a translator?
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