Daily English Discussion–Friday, June 19, 2009

Hi everyone,

Below are some pictures of Kim Lien crossing tunnel in Hanoi one day after opening:

Từ chiều qua đến sáng nay, suốt chiều dài hơn 500m tường hầm phía đường Đại Cồ Việt xuôi về Kim Liên nhan nhản những nét chữ, hình họa…
Bút sáp là chất liệu chủ yếu.
Một công nhân đang dọn vệ sinh trong đường hầm cho biết, ban ngày thường có 2-3 công nhân đi nhặt rác quanh đường hầm. Những nét vẽ bậy trên tường chủ yếu được thực hiện vào tối và đêm.
Vì tường được sơn chống thấm nên rất khó tẩy rửa. Để xóa những vết vẽ đòi hỏi phải cạo đi và sơn lại.

What do you think about that? What do you want to say about that???


Chị Huệ has several Neil Diamond songs for everyone to translate into Vietnamese.

Have a great day!


Một suy nghĩ 5 thoughts on “Daily English Discussion–Friday, June 19, 2009”

  1. This is an unconscious act.
    Children and teenagers often draw on the walls in their houses, their classrooms, in stores or everywhere they want.
    They are very dynamic. Thay always want to affirm themselves or write their feelings. So they write on the walls instead of papers.
    It is unacceptable. Authorities must have solutions as soon as possible.

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  2. Sooner or later, it’ll happen. For many youngsters, it’s an expression of ” cool ” haha . Someone see that as a nuisance, or something ” unacceptable”, whereas someone see that as a masterpiece.

    You wanna change that ? It’s up to ourselves.

    Anw. it’s not good.

    P/s : I’m a 9X

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  3. It looks like a nice crossing; it would look nicer without the painting. Unfortunately we have the same problem here in the US. Places that could look nice are made ugly by people who spray paint them.
    There is a similar situation in my home town, but it is with music. When I go to a public park to read, there are many people driving by with their car stereo systems blaring so loud that my car windows resonate. I’m not telling people what to paint or what to listen to, just as long as they are not compelling me to look at or listen to them; thus those actions are therefore really an attack on freedom and not an expression of it.
    This is just my opinion.

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  4. We all have a point. I agree with jEa that this kind of graffiti assault on a new piece of Hanoi’s pride is unconscionable. And irresponsible.

    But Ekon is right that graffiti will happen, if there is no effective way to prevent them.

    It depends on many factors, but the most important factors, as JEa said, should be the authorities. We have heard so many complaints about reckless irresponsible behavior in Hanoi, such as pick up flowers at the flower festival, graffiti on Ho Guom, touching statues at Van Mieu,… and still there is no serious effort by both the authorities, i.e., the police, and the facility owners to prevent improper behavior.

    I think we may be able to stop or at least reduce graffiti substantially if

    1. the police starts to use law to prosecute some graffiti painters seriously so that everyone will read about on the newspapers.

    2. Each establishment has good lighting, cameras, and night guards (whatever the budget may allow).

    3. There is a concerted effort to educate students in schools and on newspapers (Ministry of Training and Education should have civic lessons for students on these issues).

    4. And we keep the establishment clean, meaning, if is has graffiti, then clean up immediately. Keep the scene nice and clean at all time, so that people will try to keep it clean.

    As Joseph said, graffiti is a serious problem around the world. But at some places you don’t have graffiti. New York subway stations and trains are so completely covered with graffiti that they look so scary. On the contrary, Washington DC subway stations and trains are spotless.


    I think most of it probably has to do with whether the police is serious or not.

    Great day 🙂

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  5. This is the problem which belongs to public consciousness of some Vietnamese. They usually think that the common assets don’t need protecting because those assets are not private property of anyone. So they can do everything without concerning its consequence. Drawing the picture on the wall of tunnel is only one of many bad actions which some people do in the public places. We saw others such as picking flower in the cherry blossom festival in Vietnam and throwing rubbish uncontrollably in the public places. I think that it’s time we should raise our voice to improve consciousness of people

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