Drink driving and Anthony Bourdain

27Mar09

No more “One for the road” drinks

There will be a clampdown on drink driving in Vietnam as of July — that’s right, you heard us correctly, prepare to be breathalised as you leave the snake restaurant claiming to be as  sober as a judge — when a new law is introduced that means motorcyclists can only drive with an alcohol level of 50mg per 100ml of blood (about a pint of beer I think) while there’s an absolutely zero alcohol limit for car drivers. Currently, the limit for car drivers is 80mg/100ml of blood (about two pints or so of beer).  I think the current limit for motorcyclists is that point just before unconsciousness.

No Reservations on youtube

Anthony Bourdain’s show on Vietnam is up on youtube — he scores points here, there and everywhere dismissively attributing the origin of banh xeo to “the evil French”, referring to the Bizarre Foods presenter as that “bald guy Zimmerman” (probably a friend of his), quaffing beer on ice, nailing snails, a soup that “the Gods suckled on”, which makes “everything else [cease] to exist, before almost capsizing in a Ural-sidecar and circa 6:50 in part 3 in a clip from what appears to be his Indonesian show* he even nails a chip Butty in an Irish bar…

*I think it’s in Virginia — wherever that is — in a place called Eamonn’s — A Dublin Chipper

Part one below and part two and all the rest over this way…


One link for the road

This article is from Time magazine’s Postcard from Hanoi section though it’s not exactly “wish you were here” kind of stuff.

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2 Responses to “Drink driving and Anthony Bourdain”

  1. I’m a big Bourdain fan so thanks for all the coverage and links. Very interesting Time article indeed. It’s a bit of a catch 22 though, isn’t it? It’s not really fair taking it out on the cops, who really don’t earn much at all and really depend on the “bribes” to get by and support their families, or so I’ve read. Though, impounding bikes and beating up citizens certainly isn’t the way to endear yourself to the public.

    • Yeah, thinking about it, there’s just more tension and grief on the roads in general. And it’s actually a very ‘hearsay’ sounding article so you don’t really get the full story of a lot of examples cited…


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