2010 Travel Diary #22: A sense of direction

Thursday 6 May 2010. I’m somewhat stiff from sleeping on the floor. Throughout the night different parts of my body were suffering from pins and needles. But the location was peaceful, and I get up rested. Overnight rain has made everything seem greener, but low cloud clinging to the hilltops and wisps of mist rolling […]

An evening with Changrae Lee

LKL reports from the evening with Korean American author Changrae Lee, chaired by Erica Wagner, as part of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, 24 May 2010. The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, now in its fifth year, for the first time included Korean representation this year. With such a title, you might […]

Struggling with all the Shinga

Well, I just finished this year's essay book (Park Wan-suh’s Who ate all the Shinga?) and it's even harder than last year. Nothing to get your teeth into. And that wasn’t meant to be a pun. Last year’s text at least gave you a challenge in trying to understand it. This year’s adds very little […]

Republic of Korea thanks UK war veterans

LKL reports from an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, held on HMS Belfast on 25 June 2010. The HMS Belfast was the perfect venue for one of many events taking place across the globe to mark the 60th anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s troops storming south over the 38th […]

DPRK in the Football World Cup

“North Korea will receive at least US$10 million from FIFA for fielding its national team in the World Cup” says the Chosun Ilbo http://bit.ly/bccbuj. That should keep its nuke programme going for a while… # An amazing invention by the Dear Leader: the invisible mobile phone. http://bit.ly/cT9Aw8 # British blogger in Pyongyang reports on the […]

2010 Travel Diary #20: The House of Choi Champan

Wednesday 5 May 2010. What is authenticity? Probably, over the course of Korea’s long history, most of Korea’s precious buildings have burned down and been rebuilt. It’s a natural hazard of building from sustainable materials such as wood. Marauding invaders or revolting slaves can cause great destruction with just a single spark. The reconstruction work […]

Taste the East at Potters Fields, Tower Bridge

News of an upcoming Asian Food Festival organised by The East newspaper, among others, near Tower Bridge. Date: 09/07/2010 ~ 10/07/2010 Venue: Potters Fields Park, 3 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NE Contact: English or Korean – info@theeast.org / Chinese or Japanese – event@perfect.eu.com Organisers: A Concept Advertising & Communication, Perfect Employment, The East Business Newspaper […]