Viet Nam News by Kiều Bích Hương “New customers are coming, dad!” Demi called excitedly. Noel frowned, put a pile of bills into the drawer, rearranged his shirt collar, straightened its hems, and walked out. The sunshine outdoors dazzled him, preventing him from seeing the customers clearly. Yet he caught Demi’s excitement. Later, after the customers left, he must scold her, Noel thought. Of course customers meant business, which was good. But they mustn’t wear their gladness on their faces like that when another person had passed away. Three middle-aged chaps with burly bodies and distraught faces were standing wearily before Noel. Demi eagerly fetched some drinking water. Noel stretched out his hand toward the stoutest man to invite him to sit down. The tallest one nodded to greet Noel then went out to answer his phone. The remaining one, the youngest, thrust his hands into his pockets, and anxiously walked around Noel’s office … [Read more...] about A note for someone who has passed away
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Filmmaker Lưu Trọng Ninh is the first person to adapt Kiều’s story into a television series.Viet Nam News Truyện Kiều (The Tale of Kiều) is a Vietnamese epic by poet Nguyễn Du (1766-1820). It is recognised as one of Việt Nam’s top literary works. The poem recounts the life and trials of Thúy Kiều, a talented young woman who has to sacrifice herself to save her family. She sells herself into a loveless marriage in exchange for her father’s and younger brother’s freedom from prison, not knowing the man she marries is a pimp. He forces her into prostitution. Lưu Trọng Ninh is the first filmmaker to make a television series about Kiều. Ninh is known for several award-winning motion pictures and popular TV series, including Bến Không Chồng (Wharf of Widows), Canh Bạc (The Gamble), Hãy Tha Thứ Cho Em (Please Forgive Me), Dốc Tình (Give You … [Read more...] about Television series to tell the Tale of Kiều
Carlos Pineiro (L), a 63-year-old family doctor, is behind a programme for residents in the small Spanish town of Naron to lose 100,000 kilos (220,500 pounds) by early 2020 AFP/MIGUEL RIOPA Gone are bacon and fried calamari from the diets of thousands of residents in Naron who are taking to sport again as part of a slimming programme that kicked off in January. "In the 21st century, people forget they're made to walk," says Carlos Pineiro, the 63-year-old family doctor behind the programme, which has the support of the town council. NO MORE TRIPE Pineiro often swaps his practice for the local wooded park where he helps dozens of others warm up and exercise. Conrado Vilela Villamar, a 65-year-old former crane operator, is one of Pineiro's regulars. "In Spain where people say that you can eat everything in the pig, from the tip of the tail to the tip of the nose, the first food I stripped from my diet are tripe, pork belly and cold cuts," he says. Perched on the Atlantic coast of the … [Read more...] about The Spanish town that wants to shed 100,000kg
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell One of the biggest problems facing people who are just taking up golf is understanding the difference between hitting balls at the range and actually “playing golf” and, believe me, there is a world of difference. As a professional, I see this all the time. Guys are striping it at the range, but when they get to the golf course they cannot put together a decent round. So then they go back to the range and practice some more and have the exact same result the next time they go to the golf course. The problem is that, while they learned to hit the golf ball, they never actually learned how to “play golf”. There is a very old and true saying that golf is 80 per cent mental and only 20 per cent physical. Sure, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and others have upped the ante a bit, especially Tiger with his “Seal Team 6 workout” (which put unnecessary strain on his body), but the fact remains that regardless of how far … [Read more...] about What’s playing golf, really?
VietNamNet Bridge – Pianist Luu Duc Anh took a break from his studying in Sweden to return to Vietnam to perform by the end of March. The winner of numerous top prizes at piano concerts including first prize at the 6th International Music Competition, was recently honoured as one of 10 outstanding young citizens of Vietnam in 2017. The 25-year-old spoke to Bao Hoa about his music practice and MAESTOSO – a classical music group he co-founded. Anh started his piano practice at the age of 4 and trained for 11 years at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music. Having earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of Liège (Belgium) in 2013 and 2015, respectively, he is currently enrolled as a graduate student at the Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden). Luu Duc Anh performs at the Hanoi Opera House with conductor Jonas Alber and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in March 2018. — Photo courtesy of Luu Duc Anh … [Read more...] about Young pianist wants to prove his ‘worth’