Monthly Archives: December 2011

Kendo Snaps

The photos you’ve been waiting for.  Me and Mr Kim in action, learning the way of the sword: Kumdo.   We are warriors; brothers; and colleagues. These photos were taken by the Master – no image of him just yet, … Continue reading

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Winter in Korea

Last Friday this happened: I stand in front of 30 Korean children, wearing a red apron and gloves.  In front of me is a desk and on the desk is ham, cheese, cucumber, sliced bread, mayonnaise and an industrial sized … Continue reading

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Korean Construction Site in Dunjeon: Day 16 (Special Edition)

Welcome to a Special Edition of the Korean Construction Site in Dunjeon.  Day 16 began innocuously enough: not a great deal of difference from Day 15 to tell the truth.  It is apparent that the white square identified on Day … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-Il: A View from South Korea

As a current resident of South Korea, I think it’s probably incumbent on me to present the reaction from South Koreans at street level to the recent passing of North Korea’s “dear leader”, Kim Jong-Il. Here is a brief timeline … Continue reading

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Korean Construction Site in Dunjeon: Day 15

48 hours have elapsed since Day 13.  We will never know what happened on Day 14, which is a shame; but in a way it adds a sense of mystery to this series of photographs.  Perhaps the workers all had … Continue reading

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A Message to you Pete Bend

For the benefit of others: I was recently invited to listen to and review “The Specials”, the 1979 album by the band of the same name, as it was an album that I have never heard before.  I’ve not really … Continue reading

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Korean Construction Site in Dunjeon: Day 14

The Korean Construction Site in Dunjeon continues to challenge me as an eventful fortnight draws to a close.  Fundamentally, it is very difficult to write about what is ostensibly the same thing for an extended period of time – at … Continue reading

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Korean Construction Site in Dunjeon: Day 13

Turns out the hills have no name, I’m not sure if this is because they don’t name their peaks in Korea or whether these hills are too puny to merit a title.  I think it’s probably the latter.  Hiking is … Continue reading

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Korean Construction Site in Dunjeon: Day 12

Captain’s Log.  Stardate: 2011. The anticipation is almost unbearable.  The shack at the end of the plot surely means something major is in the pipeline.  So curious about the white square in the middle of the plot.  Must find out … Continue reading

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Fat Men Can Do Kendo

Mr Kim had told me in advance that the visiting Kumdo master was a “big guy, perhaps as big as you”.  Whilst this was not realised in terms of height, it was surpassed in terms of build.  The man was … Continue reading

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