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Sorry to add to all the noise relating to the implementation of the new data privacy rules which come into force on 25 May. Like countless other organisations we’ve waded through the 88 closely-packed pages of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of […]

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LKL at 12 years old

by Philip Gowman 2 March 2018
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Yesterday was LKL’s 12th birthday: we went online on 1 March 2006. I never thought I’d keep going for the full 12 year cycle of the zodiac and more. Thanks to you readers, and to those who help out by feeding me information and views. And of course thanks to those who have written articles […]

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Hopefully the last techie post for a while

by Philip Gowman 18 December 2017
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LKL’s look and feel hasn’t changed much since the summer of 2009, when we moved onto the current theme template, but believe me: during the second half of this year I spent a lot of time behind the scenes on the site, working on significant changes which aren’t immediately obvious. The changes have nothing to […]

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The boring stuff I’ve been working on during August

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2017
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It’s August. The office isn’t as busy as usual. My brain isn’t being used as much as it normally is, and it needs to find an outlet. So it’s the month when, if there are things that need doing to the design or coding of the website, I turn my mind to it. The last […]

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Korean culture gets more mainstream (and what it means for LKL)

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2017
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A week or so ago Time Out, London’s leading event listings magazine, asked its readers to recommend their favourite Korean places in London and New Malden. I passed it on to the LKL Facebook Group without giving it much further thought, vaguely interested that the survey was in progress, interested also in the knowledgeable responses […]

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LKL at 10 years: a decade in statistics

by Philip Gowman 4 March 2016
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In the early years of this website, I was rather obsessed with readership statistics. It was gratifying to see the readership grow, and it was informative to see what it was they were visiting the site for. After a while, I found that nothing much was changing. And I realised that if I were to […]

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LKL at 10 years: what has changed?

by Philip Gowman 29 February 2016
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London Korean Links went online 10 years ago, on 1 March 2006. What has changed over that time, and how might things change over the next 10 years? For a start, there’s more of everything. More people following Korean culture in London, more events to follow. When London Korean Links started, it was a reasonable […]

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LKL at 10 years: the frequently asked questions

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2016
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LKL has been online for 10 years, and during that period I have been asked the same questions a number of times. Here are many of those questions, and the answers. Jeon Sung-min of the Euro Journal asked many of them back in 2008, and the answers haven’t changed much since then, but there are […]

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Roger Law’s Art and Seoul on Radio 4 this week

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2015
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A couple of months ago I spent an hour in a BBC studio with ceramic artist Roger Law (whom many UK readers will remember as one half of the Spitting Image team). The subject – Korea. Roger Law had already done a well-received quirky radio series on China and this was to be his Korean […]

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RIP Sena Lee

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2014
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Many LKL readers will remember Dr Sena Lee, the Traditional Korean Medicine doctor, and LKL’s medical correspondent. She was in London for three years taking a PhD in western medicine to add to her Korean qualifications. Her articles for LKL can be found here. During her time in London she was a great ambassador for […]

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RIP Peter Corbishley

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2013
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Today was the Requiem Mass for Peter Corbishley, who died peacefully on 12 October, aged 67, after a recurrence of throat cancer. Peter was a great friend of Korea – a contributor to LKL, guest member and helper of the Korean Artists Association, and Committee member of the Anglo-Korean Society among other things. He also […]

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Follow South Korea v Croatia live on LKL’s Twitter feed!

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2013
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Ash is back! Aashish Ghadvi, LKL’s sports correspondent, is back on duty for South Korea’s friendly with Croatia at Craven Cottage tomorrow (Wed 6 Feb, kick-off 2pm GMT). Internet access in Fulham permitting, he’ll be tweeting live from the match on LKL’s Twitter feed (@lklinks), and there’ll be a full write up with interviews on […]

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Royal Ancestors makes it onto Amazon.com

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2013
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I was taken a bit by surprise when I was introduced at the KCCUK’s firth birthday dinner as “Author of Royal Ancestors and Ancient Remedies.” I had almost forgotten. But coincidentally, a correspondent has just told me that it’s now available on Amazon.com. Some enterprising organisation has picked up a free copy or two from […]

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The KCCUK’s fifth birthday celebrations

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2013
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It really should be us thanking the KCCUK, not the other way round. But on the occasion of its fifth birthday the KCCUK has been characteristically generous in its expressions of gratitude to its supporters. Last Saturday at Cadogan Hall saw a free concert with Pansori Master Song Soon-seop, plus Pansori singer Lee Jaram, pianist […]

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An apology to LKL subscribers

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2012
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If you are reading this, it is because you are one of my loyal subscribers who get new articles delivered into your email inbox as soon as a post is published. You’re probably waiting for news of a recently-organised event. Instead, you find a post with no useful information in it. As you may know, […]

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Introducing the LKL Taxonomy Deep Dive

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2012
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Usually during the summer months there are some tweaks to LKL’s look. Sometimes it’s a major upgrade – a completely new theme for example. Three summers ago we upgraded from Scott Wallick’s Plaintxt templates to Thesis. Two summers ago we went down from two sidebars to one to simplify the look. Last summer we introduced […]

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An interview to forget

by Philip Gowman 9 August 2012
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LKL has been interviewed three times in the past three weeks. Easiest was Yonhap, an unrecorded newspaper interview where it was easy to chat at the same time as being interviewed, and where you could clarify and explain to ensure that you were understood properly. No time restriction. I don’t know what the write-up was […]

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