29 Mar 2011


I've always loved the wonderful communist government posters you see beside the road in communist countries . Obviously they originated in the Soviet Union but the graphic exhortation style was picked up by China ,Cuba, Vietnam ,Laos and Cambodia and presumably North Korea . Despite the extraordinary transformation of Vietnam into a free market economy the posters carry on but they have been subtly updated so although the comrades still look like poor waxworks representations of Russians and Vietnamese who have interbred and they still seem obsessed with big cranes and tractors they have included a laptop in this latest version seen last week in Ho Chi Minh City( Saigon) .Wonderful and a really good example of everything old being new again .

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