Photos from Vietnam, 2 of 3

Ha long bay which has some extremely impressive scenery:

Ha long bay:

Ha long bay:

Ha long bay:

Ha long bay:

We had a whole boat to ourselves in Ha long bay, and quite a big boat it was too:

Ha long bay:

Ha long bay:

The hotel room in Saigon:

THe courtyard in the history museum:

A statue of a Vietnamese lion:

What passes for a unicorn in Vietnam:

The Mekong delta:

The Mekong delta:

The Mekong delta:

Some strange looking ducks:

We were paddled along by some locals down some smaller rivers along the Mekong:

Photos from Vietnam, 1 of 3

In late November/early December I went to Vietnam. It’s taken a while but I’ve finally put the photos up (all taken from my cameraphone).
These include Hanio, Ha Long Bay, Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City), the Mekong Delta, Cat Tien National Park and Mui Ne beach.

The view from our hotel in Hanoi:

With jet lag, Ann pretty much fell asleep as soon as we got to the hotel:

The hotel had quite a colonial style to it, including this quite impressive staircase:

The first night we went to a water puppet theatre:

The temple of literature in Hanoi:

A statue inside the temple of literature in Hanoi:

A statue of a horse inside the same temple, which reminded me of one of the photos I took in Bethnal Green once:

Because of the price of property and the value of a street frontage some of the buildings were extraordinarily thin:

Ann, as a peasant:

We went on a cycle ride outside of Hanoi, which was interesting although the quality of the bikes definitely left
something to be desired. Quite a few of the villages had ornate gates outside of them:

We had a display of folk singing, which was strange as we were the only ones watching it. Our guide from Hanoi is in the centre:

The folk singers again:

Ann with the folk singers’ hat on:

The pagoda that the folk singing happened within:

The temple in the same village:

Fulham 1-2 Leyton Orient

The FA Cup third round match between Leyton Orient and Fulham, played at Craven Cottage last Sunday, was definitely the best football match I’ve been to. There were nearly 6000 Orient fans there, compared to a usual home gate receipt of under 5000, and all crammed together with the sole intention of shouting abuse at a premiership side. Little did we really expect the added bonus of winning!

The Orient team played fantastically well, really going for every ball and, apart from some backing off in defence, not being in awe of the team 3 leagues ahead of them. The crowd being so much behind them must help and I think for Fulham it may have felt more like an away match. Seeing our team 2-0 up at half time was unbelievable and felt like it was what was needed to have a good chance in the match: Fulham always looked like they could score and there were a few occasions where they carved straight through the defence. However, even with the goal taking it to 2-1, they were hanging on, although we thought it was going to be at best a draw and a replay at Brisbane Road when Zakuani conceded a penalty. Garner, somehow, saved it, and we felt that it was going to be our day.

Next stop: Charlton in the 4th round on January 28th.

Fulham 1-2 Leyton Orient from the BBC site

Telegraph Fantasy Football password

The Telegraph Fantasy Football password for Wednesday 5th January 2006 is especially important this week with the round of FA Cup matches coming up; some players could really be raking in the points against lower league sides. Of course, if you have any Fulham players I’d strongly recommend transferring them out as Leyton Orient are bound to give them a good hiding on Sunday.

Other considerations are the transfer window and the African Nations Cup which has messed up my secret weapon of Mido for a few games.

Anyway, it’s the password that you want. This week it’s DIZZY.