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Arirang TV on healthy legs. Ugh.

by Philip Gowman 26 March 2011
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Ghastly, cheap, trashy Arirang TV piece on "healthy" legs (http://bit.ly/ektinf) (for which of course read "fat") causing lively debate at Korean Studies portal http://bit.ly/ebT4F4 #

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Suwon Blue Wings appeal to female fans

by Philip Gowman 5 March 2011
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If you were female, would this pic make you follow the footie? K-League Goes All Out to Attract Women Fans, says the Chosun Ilbo http://bit.ly/f93yc5 #

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A novel way to encourage people to pay tax

by Philip Gowman 4 March 2011
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I'd be sure to pay my taxes in person if T-ara was down at my tax office. I expect that's the point. http://bit.ly/icptwa #

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A last look back at 2010

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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We’ve digested the albums, films, sporting events and books of the year, and reviewed some of the memorable stories of 2010 in our Quiz of the Year. Here are some of the other things we noted in 2010 which didn’t quite make it into any of those articles. 2010: a year of anniversaries It was […]

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One version of the official Red Devils supporter outfits

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2010
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You've got to like the ultra-short official Red Devil world cup supporter mini-dresses! http://bit.ly/aJNN9Z #

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Korean marries his pillow

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2010
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From the Metro: Lee Jin-gyu fell for his ‘dakimakura’ – a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, which has a picture of his favourite anime character, Fate Testarossa, on it. And married it. http://bit.ly/98lDK6 # “He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere,” said one friend. “They go out to the […]

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Korea Ranked 8th ‘Most Sinful Country’

by Philip Gowman 3 February 2010
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"Korea spends more money on pornography than any other country" according to BBC Focus magazine, and is the world’s eighth most sinful country. http://bit.ly/aonQhv #

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Pleasure Squad defector tells all

by Philip Gowman 28 January 2010
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Dear Leader’s Pleasure Squad defector tells all: “His favourite delicacy contains the reproductive organ of sharks.” Interesting article from Sunny Lee in The National. Pleasure Squad candidates over 165cm tall are excluded because Kim Jong Il is short, says the defector

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Warming up for the first Korean Grand Prix

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2010
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Warming up for the first Korean Grand Prix to be held in Jeollanamdo this Autumn: http://bit.ly/55QBp5. From JoongAng Ilbo

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Rent-a-loo

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2007
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The Korean Toilet Association makes it into the news again. If you’re looking for an innovative public-hygiene-themed mini-break in Korea you could do worse than rent a toilet-shaped house for the night. All proceeds will go to support that splendid and worthwhile organisation. HT to Jim Hoare. Links: World’s first toilet house to be built […]

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Another industry in which Korea leads the world

by Philip Gowman 7 October 2007
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We all knew Korea had some world-beating industries: ships, chips, LCD screens. Add to that the manufacture of condoms, where three Korean companies – Unidus, Dongkuk Trading and Hankook Latex – account for 30% of the global market, according to the Chosun. Maybe there’s a big domestic demand – for example for high school field […]

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Banish your Monday blues

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2007
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Two little items to brighten your Monday. First, if ever you thought the TV in your particular country was trashy, just be thankful they haven’t plumbed the depths of “Racing Model Billiard Championship”. “This is a sport I really would like to see catch on,” comments the Party Pooper1. “Some geniuses over at the Xports […]

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International Toilet Rescue

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2007
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Revealing my schoolboy sense of humour, I couldn’t resist posting this link to an article about the Korea-based World Toilet Association “racing to rescue Cambodia” Toilets are no longer a space for excretion only; they are becoming the central place in our daily lives where cleanness, relaxation, and aesthetics are important. Read on at expat-advisory.com. […]

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Cleanliness is next to godliness

by Philip Gowman 21 May 2007
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A post by Mark Russell over at Korea Pop Wars about a particular piece of junk mail he got recently – the first issue of Toilet World – prompts me to link to two other toilet-related articles which I’ve had in my inbox for a while. Links: Korea Poop Wars – Mark Russell at Korea […]

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Cosmetic surgery to get tax breaks

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2007

As if there wasn’t enough plastic surgery in Korea already, the Government has just made it tax deductible. According to the Chosun Ilbo: The costs of plastic surgery, cosmetic tooth reshaping, corrective laser eye surgery, and “boyak”, or traditional Korean health supplements, will be eligible for income deductions in the year-end tax adjustment from this […]

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Korean protests baffle Belgians

by Philip Gowman 23 March 2006
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I can’t put it better than the Chosun Ilbo’s own headline. One of the more peculiar stories. In fact today’s Chosun is packed with entertaining stories: Britney Spears’s songwriters accuse Lee Hyo-lee of plagiarism; and a sex survey by pharmaceutical company Bayer finds Korean men the most selfish in bed.

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