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Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:27 am




Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records has recognised 30 new records at the 20th meeting of Vietnamese record holders held in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 18.


Half the new records were in the field of art and culture, including the largest palm leaf copy of Uncle Ho’s testament (1.18m x 2.05m) and the largest picture (3.95m x 2m) made from precious stones.


The records also included the 92-year-old Vinh Bao, the oldest music teacher who teaches traditional music online.


Vietnam Guinness also recognised the oldest Vietnamese heroic mother Tran Thi Viet who was born in 1892.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Huu Thuan were acknowledged as the woman and man with the most times of blood donations, 65 and 63 times, respectively.


In the field of science and technology, 70-year-old archaeologist Do Dinh Truat holds the record for the highest number of excavations. He has organized and attended in the excavation of over 300 tombs across the country.


The two brothers Bui Ngoc Vinh and Bui Ngoc Khanh from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue made their name known for the uncanny ability to eat one kilogram of chilies in ten minutes.


Meanwhile, the Hua family in the southernmost province of Ca Mau made the record as the family with the highest number of people who can float on water for several hours.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam Guinness recognizes 30 new records

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm




Vietnam Guinness recognizes 30 new records


QĐND – Sunday, December 19, 2010, 22:36 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records has recognized 30 new records in the 20th meeting of Vietnamese record holders held in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. 


Half the records were from the field of art and culture, including the largest  testament written by Uncle Ho on palm leaf and the largest Ha Long Xanh (Green Ha Long) picture made from precious stones. It measures 3.95m x 2m.


The records also included the oldest online national music teacher who is 92 years old and Professor Dr Tran Quang Hai who plays various musical rhythms with spoons.


Vietnam Guinness also recognized the oldest Vietnamese mother Tran Thi Viet. At 118 years of age her heroic contribution to the community was acknowledged.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Huu Thuan were acknowledged as the woman and man with the highest number of blood donations, 65 and 63 times respectively.


In the field of science and technology archaeologist Do Dinh Truat holds the record for the most number of tomb excavations. He has organized and attended in the excavation of over 300 tombs from the north to the south of Vietnam.


The two brothers Bui Ngoc Vinh and Bui Ngoc Khanh from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue were awarded for their uncanny ability to eat a kilogram of chilies in ten minutes.


Meanwhile, three brothers from the Hua family in the southern province of Ca Mau have won the record for their ability to float on water for several hours.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Khoai cake enters Vietnam Guinness book

In Vietnam Culture on March 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm




Khoai cake enters Vietnam Guinness book


QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

The khoai cake (plain rice flan) which was made on March 20 in the central city of Thua Thien – Hue has been recognised as the largest of its kind by the Vietnam Guinness Records.


The cake was jointly made by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Thua Thien-Hue Tourism Association and Ancient-Hue Bep lua club. It has a diameter of 3 metres, a circumference of 9.42 metres and the weight of 200kg.


Khoai cake is the traditional specialty of Hue city as well as the favourite dish of foreign tourists. Everyone can not miss Thuong Tu gate (in the southeast of Hue city) or Dinh Tien Hoang street to taste khoai cake whose name always stipulate the attraction and the curiosity of the diners.


The cake was made on the occasion that the Thua Thien-Hue’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the tourism year of 2010 in the province.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Ireland celebrates 250 years of Guinness

In World on September 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

Ireland toasts the 250th birthday this week of Guinness, the country’s unofficial national drink, as the iconic brand battles to hold its own in the global economic downturn.


The company is celebrating the decision by Arthur Guinness, the son of a land steward, to sign a 9,000-year lease on a run-down brewery in Dublin’s St. James’ Gate in 1759.


It was the birth of a drinks legend and the start of one of Ireland’s biggest success stories: the consumption of the dark ale spread around the world and some 10 million pints are now downed every day in 150 countries.


The birthday marketing hype will peak at 17:59 pm (1659 GMT) Thursday not just in Ireland but also in New York, Lagos and Kuala Lumpur with the toast “To Arthur!” to be followed by big name concerts and gigs.








Ireland toasts the 250th birthday this week of Guinness, the country’s unofficial national drink, as the iconic brand battles to hold its own in the global economic downturn

The celebrations come as Ireland is being hammered by recession and overall drink consumption is down four percent — though Guinness says its sales held up and were “flat” last year.


Social changes are leading to more wine drinking and entertaining at home, while sales are also hit by tougher drink-driving laws, a smoking ban in public places and rising unemployment.


The Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), representing pubs outside Dublin, say 4,800 jobs have been lost in the last year.


Diageo, which employs 2,200 people in Ireland, says that as a result of the economic downturn a 670 million-euro (990 million-dollar) restructuring plan announced last year is “under review”.


Arthur Guinness, who married an heiress and had 21 children, originally used a 100-pound inheritance from his godfather, an archbishop, to get into the brewing business in Leixlip, just outside Dublin, before moving to the capital.


Having a job with “Uncle Arthur“, as the firm was known in Ireland, came to mean security, a two pints a day free beer allowance, staff picnics and company health care and sports facilities, including a sports field and swimming pool.


Now owned by the Diageo drinks company since a merger in 1997, the Guinness family only retains a small shareholding.


“It is ironic that as it has become less and less owned by an Irish family, it identifies itself more and more as a feature of what it means to be Irish,” said Tanya Cassidy, a sociologist at the National University of Ireland.


The “black stuff” is now firmly entangled in the stereotype of boozy Irishness, a love of pubs, a huge capacity for pints and always being ready for a bit of craic (a party).


Like the shamrock, the traditional Guinness harp is inextricably linked to the Emerald Isle and is both the company’s trademark and a national emblem.


Visitors regard the Guinness “experience” as symbolic of the country.


The company’s Storehouse visitor centre in Dublin — with its top-floor 360-degree bar and free pint included in the 15 euro entrance fee — attracts over a million visitors a year making it the country’s top tourist attraction.


Cassidy is researching how drinking is linked to Irish culture and creativity, from writer Brendan Behan to film star Colin Farrell.


“It was understood that you could be drunk and Irish and creative. That link to a notion of creativity is not just Irish, but we seem to have made it an art form,” Cassidy told AFP.

The original boozy Irish stereotype involved whiskey at a time when ales like Guinness were seen as a healthy alternative to spirits, says Cassidy.

The stereotype grew in the late 18th and early 19th century and was linked with working class emigrants in the US and Britain.

“One of the key employments for emigrants was to run pubs. And this was where the emigrant populations met. The general populace would see the Irish in the pub.”

The boozy stereotype grew despite the fact that the Irish didn’t drink as much as people in countries like France and Italy. But the arrival of the Celtic Tiger boom in the 1990s changed that.

“As we became wealthier we drank more alcohol. The reality is, we now hold our own,” said Cassidy.


Source: SGGP