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About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.

Pandemic perspectives part 4: Views from around the world

By Harry Hodge and Ariel Ian Clarito The world is under varying degrees of lockdown owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. The pandemic is currently spreading across the planet, with some countries having been given early exposure and others … Continue reading

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Pandemic perspectives part 3: Views from around the world

By Harry Hodge and Ariel Ian Clarito The world is under varying degrees of lockdown owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. The pandemic is currently spreading across the planet, with some countries having been given early exposure and others … Continue reading

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Pandemic perspectives part 2: Views from around the world

By Harry Hodge and Ariel Ian Clarito The world is under varying degrees of lockdown owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. The pandemic is currently spreading across the planet, with some countries having been given early exposure and others … Continue reading

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Pandemic perspectives: Views from around the world

By Harry Hodge and Ariel Ian Clarito The world is under varying degrees of lockdown owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. The pandemic is currently spreading across the planet, with some countries having been given early exposure and others … Continue reading

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Being emotionally honest about Covid-19

By Harry Hodge This is the moment where I pull back the curtain. And admit: I don’t know what the future holds. I’m a generally positive person. I have dealt with various obstacles, personally and professionally, for decades. I’m not … Continue reading

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A teacher’s life during Corona time in Saigon

By Harry Hodge For some, Corona signifies a beachside holiday, with a slice of lime wedged into the mouth of a frosty beer bottle. In Saigon, the current meaning is quite different. Now, it’s a virus that’s shutting down schools, … Continue reading

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Dolphin show takes on new meaning as VBA expands to Nha Trang

By Harry Hodge There’s something fishy going on with Nha Trang basketball. Actually, it involves mammals. With the Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA) set to kick off its fifth season, it was only a matter of time before they announced the … Continue reading

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Why I Dislike Tet and Grinding It Out with 2 Kids

By Harry Hodge In the past, I used to enjoy holidays. Not anymore. When you are married to someone working in the hotel industry, holidays are generally (in my experience) a period when one parent can expect to be left … Continue reading

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Reflecting back on the 2010s

By Harry Hodge The last decade had it all. Jobs lost, jobs secured. Crossing the ocean (multiple times). Marriage. Buying homes. Children. The works. When I moved to Vietnam after being cut from Metro Edmonton in late 2010 (which, incidentally, … Continue reading

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SAIGON TIMES PREVIEW: New faces in new places as Saigon Heat embark on new ABL season

By Harry Hodge A little taste of playoff success has Saigon Heat fans craving more. And new head coach Kevin Yurkus has his sights set on delivering. At a glitzy press conference for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) squad held … Continue reading

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