Not everyone is blessed with common sense. Sure, you may be academically brilliant and have degrees coming out of your ears, or on the other hand, incredibly street smart.
But having the ability to do the right thing at the right time isn’t something everybody is able to do. Common sense doesn’t always prevail.
And that’s a problem not just in individuals, but more often than not the powers that be. A decision might be made that to the majority seems outright bonkers.
Take for example this weekend’s Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser to the new football season.
The winners of the Premier League, Manchester City, will play the winners of the FA Cup, Liverpool.
While the result in these fixtures isn’t necessarily of great magnitude, I’ve always been a big fan of the competition as it signals the end of football’s summer recess and the beginning of the new season.
I’ve been to many in the past. Won some, lost some, but it’s always a great day out to the Wembley Stadium, particularly because the weather in the UK this time of year is more often than not, favourable.
This time around, however, Saturday’s Community Shield will not be played at the national stadium and I can understand 100 per cent why not.
The extremely successful women’s Euros have been held in the UK over the past few weeks and Wembley will host the final on Sunday.
That’s fair enough. No problems on that front.
But the decision to play the match instead at Leicester’s King Power Stadium is, for me, a little strange to say the least.
With a capacity of just over 32,000, King Power is simply far too small to host a big game.
Liverpool fans could fill that twice over, and while City supporters do have a reputation for not filling their own stadium at times, I’m sure the lure of a final against Liverpool would be enough to put plenty of blue bums on seats.
Once corporate tickets are allocated, I’d be surprised if each club gets more than 10,000.
The other issue I have with this particularly chosen venue, is it just completely lacks any common sense.
It’s approximately 150km from Liverpool to Leicester, and it’s not a straight route by any stretch of the imagination. Add on about another 20km if you are heading to the East Midlands from Manchester.
There are alternatives that I can’t believe have not been explored.
Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, is a fraction of the distance for both sets of supporters, particularly City fans.
And even Aston Villa’s ground in Birmingham is a hell of a lot easier to get to for supporters travelling from the north west.
Their maybe very good reasons not to use Wembley for this particular fixture, but I’m struggling to come up with any to choose King Power.
So once again it seems common sense has not prevailed. VNS
Indonesian bikers exchange with Vietnamese partners
HÀ NỘI – A team of 18 bikers drove across Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos and reached Việt Nam on July 31 in the 2nd Wonderful Indonesia Motorbike Touring 2022 (WIMT 2022).
Members of the Hanoi Motorbike Club greeted the Indonesian Motor Association (IMI) members at the Cầu Treo international border in Hà Tĩnh Province.
“I am certain that doing something out of love will always be successful because it is done wholeheartedly,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Việt Nam, Denny Abdi, at a reception on Monday at the Indonesian Embassy.
Ambassador Denny Abdi appreciated the Hanoi Motorbike Club welcoming the 2022 WIMT group.
“I remember the first time I met Trần Anh Tuấn to convey the plan for WIMT 2022. He was very excited and conveyed his full support immediately,” he said.
Trần Anh Tuấn, Chairman of the Hanoi Motorbike Club and Vice President of the Vietnam Bicycle and Motorcycle Federation, recalled his first meeting with Indonesian bikers at the Cầu Treo border. He was impressed that the Indonesian bikers rode their motorcycles well and successfully passed challenging tracks at the Cầu Treo border.
In his response, Joel DeksaMastana, the Head of the 2022 WIMT Delegation, said, “The Vietnamese bikers were amazing. They escorted us from the border to Hà Nội. It was a very memorable journey.” The journey from the Cầu Treo border to Hà Nội, covering around 390km, took almost 10 hours.
Joel added that WIMT 2022 encountered many hardships such as the delayed arrival of the motorbikes, motorbikes breaking down in Thailand, Cambodia, and Việt Nam, as well as accidents.
However, he hopes this 4,500 km journey can benefit the countries greatly, particularly strengthening good relations between the peoples, including the brotherhood of the biker’s community in Indonesia and Việt Nam.
Luyến Thị Hồng Hạnh, Deputy Director of International Cooperation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Việt Nam, expressed her appreciation to the WIMT 2022, who also brought various Indonesian products to introduce to the Vietnamese bikers in Hà Nội. She hopes that this activity can further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
Apart from touring, WIMT 2022 also carried a special mission for promoting tourism and Indonesian MSMEs.
In this regard, the bikers exhibited Indonesian products, especially motorbike’ parts and accessories, namely Axson Lube, Rob1 (clothing-footwear-muffler), RSV Helmets, the Maxxwire (booster device), safer driving products, as well as sport tourism products from Indonesia. VNS
Cồn Đen eco-tourism area, a wild beauty
We were lucky enough to visit the Cồn Đen Eco-Tourism Area in the northern province of Thái Bình at the weekend.
In addition to Đồng Châu and Cồn Vành, Cồn Đen is also an extremely attractive and interesting destination for tourists both inside and outside the province. It is only 150km from the capital of Hà Nội, so it is an ideal coastal destination for tourists on summer days.
Coming to this eco-tourism area, in addition to swimming in the sea, visitors also admire the green stretches of pine trees or enjoy a boat ride to explore the mangrove forest, which is typical of the biosphere in the northern coastal area.
Cồn Đen is located in Thái Đô Commune, Thái Thụy District, 60km from the centre of Thái Bình City.
The roads in Thái Đô leading to Cồn Đen are built of solid concrete, which is convenient for tourism development.
Cồn Đen has a relatively flat terrain with a 3km sandy strip which was formed by alluvial and sedimentary tectonics of the Trà Lý River. On hot days, walking along this sandy strip, you can watch the white waves rushing to the shore and the green pine trees swaying with the sea breeze.
Cồn Đen was recognized by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve in 2004. Up to now, the natural scenery on the islet is still wild. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful sea dunes in the north.
Sitting on the boat for about 45-60 minutes, we observed all the majestic beauty of the scenery and had the opportunity to visit the mangrove forest, as well as be immersed in nature.
Cồn Đen’s coastal ecosystem is very unique with plants such as nipa palms and mangroves. It has about 200 species of birds, including nearly 60 species of migratory birds, more than 50 species of water birds and many rare bird species recorded in the World Red Book such as the black-faced spoonbill, gulls and spoon-billed sandpiper.
We are extremely surprised by the wild beauty here, it is rare to combine many experience models in one complex.
With long sandy beaches, moderate slopes, and year-round gentle waves, Cồn Đen is also a very suitable place to swim every summer. You can also organise picnics, games and entertainment on the sea such as fishing and beach volleyball after hours of playing with the waves.
Also do not miss the chance to explore inside the mangrove forest through the Dream Bridge – the longest bamboo bridge in the country.
Savouring foods here is also an unforgettable experience for us. The restaurants are arranged in a cool space, serving fresh seafood such as oysters, prawn, crabs, fish and sea snails at reasonable prices.
In addition, Cồn Đen’s specialities include jellyfish salad, fish salad, Diêm Điền fish sauce and home-brew rice wine with typical, rustic flavours.
When the sunset comes, nature and people seem to blend, bringing something new and attractive. The people here often say that Cồn Đen is like a ‘sleeping beauty who has just been awakened. It is so wild, poetic and lyrical.
Cồn Đen ecological area is suitable for one or two-day trips. The hotels and motels here meet all needs of visitors.
The presence of eco-tourism areas like Cồn Đen contributes to bringing a new face to Thái Bình tourism, helping to make full use of inherent natural resources, and widely promoting the beauty of the homeland to visitors.
Ignoring the hustle and bustle of the streets, being immersed in the sea, and being in harmony with nature will certainly be great experiences for every visitor when coming to Cồn Đen. VNS
VN students win golds in pencak silat at ASEAN University Games
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese students won two gold medals in pencak silat at the 20th ASEAN University Games in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, on August 4.
Ong Gia Phong of Việt Nam beat Fauzi Ahmad Zein of Indonesia 3-2 in the final of the men’s U90kg category.
His teammate Nguyễn Thanh Phong defeated Saena Afikin of Thailand 3-2 in the men’s U50kg class.
Other fighters taking medals were Nguyễn Thị Hoài Duyên with a silver in the women’s U50kg; Trịnh Huy Khang with a bronze in the men’s U85kg and Nguyễn Tấn Định in the men’s U95kg.
In Muay Thai, Lý Diệu Phước of Việt Nam pocketed a silver in the men’s U48kg. He was defeated 30-27 by Thai Chaaumphan Surakiart.
Earlier, Võ Công Anh Kiệt earned a bronze in the men’s U63.5kg and Nguyễn Đình Minh Khuê bagged a bronze in the men’s U51kg.
Việt Nam will vie for gold medal in the women’s team e-sport event against Thailand today.
After 10 days of competition, Việt Nam remain at No 4 in the medal tally with 12 golds.
Thailand are well ahead in leading position with 92 golds. Malaysia are second on 46 and Indonesia third with 40.
The Games will close on August 6. VNS
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