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Meanwhile, in old Pyongyang....

Some nuggets for the delectation of fans of all things DPRK:

"Unique platforms under umbrellas are being set up in traffic control posts at intersections of Pyongyang these days, attracting attention of people...The umbrella shields the traffic controllers from sunrays and rain and the platform shuts out heat from the heated asphalt...Passers-by stop walking for a while to see the new scene. They say it can be seen only in the country led by Kim Jong Il".

Indeed. Many cities prefer the use of traffic lights and or roundabouts these days.

Being a traffic controller in the DPRK has some pretty nifty fringe-benefits:

"The traffic controllers are moved by the warm affection shown for them by General Secretary Kim Jong Il who saw to it that the platforms with umbrellas are being set up this time after raincoats, rain boots, sunglasses, gloves and cosmetics as well as seasonal uniforms were provided to them".

It is only fair to point out that the TCs are all female, apparently.

Meanwhile, the General Secretary has been exposing himself to the arts again:

"General Secretary Kim Jong Il, together with servicepersons enjoyed art performances given by the art group of servicemen's families and servicepersons of a company under a sub-unit of KPA Unit 974....It is of weighty significance in enhancing the combat power of the unit and establishing the revolutionary and militant way of life to conduct vigorous mass cultural and art activities among the servicepersons and servicemen's families, he said, advancing the important tasks that would serve as guidelines in intensifying the mass art activities".

Doubtless if service spouses in these parts engaged in a bit of mass art, our troubles East of Suez would be over very quickly.

KJI loved his dad, by the look of it:

"The Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House brought out Vol. 1 (enlarged edition) of "Selected Works of Kim Jong Il" which comprehensively deals with works of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.....Among them are works "Our Leader Is the Great Statesman" and "The Leader of Working Class Plays a Decisive Role in the Revolutionary Struggle".


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Blogger Mac the Knife said... 1:21 pm

One the funniest things I ever read in a comment was where one of your respondents wrote a pæn of praise to the DPRK to the tune of 'New York, New York'.

'I'll make a Sangyongbong of it,
In Old Pyongyang'

Yes, that was it. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to burst something.

BTW, have you had the pleasure of this towering intellect?


Go on, you owe it to yourself... :)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:46 pm

Mac - That would have been Nick Drew of Capitalists@work, a noted wit and songsmith.

And here it is again:

Start spreading the Juche
The D-P-R-K
wants us to be a part of it – Pyongyang Pyongyang !
The Lee Myung Bak group
Urge peasants to stray
way from the very heart of it- Pyongyang Pyongyang !

I wanna wake up in a city, that doesnt sleep
And find I’m King of the ’Ill - Kim Jong Il - top of the heap

These running-dog blues,
are melting away
I’ll make a Mangyongbong of it - in old Pyongyang
If I can make it there,
I’ll do it in Kim Il Sung Square
Its up to you - Pyongyang Pyongyang!

And thanks for the link - I will investigate.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:54 pm

Am loving the comrade's use of grammar, spelling, spacing and the like. I'm not sure about his figures, however: "The former USSR which had a territory 10 times
That of the DPRK".

A quick check discloses the area of the former USSR as 8.65 million square miles, and that of the DPRK is 46,528 square mile. So, 204 times bigger...  

Blogger Mac the Knife said... 3:19 pm

Mangyongbong! That was it! I knew there was a yongbong in there somewhere.

Thanks for the reprint, definately one for the scrapbook.  

Blogger All Seeing Eye said... 3:20 pm

Not convinced that putting women on miniature bandstands in the middle of roads whilst soldiers perform Macbeth in the local park is going to help much in Iraq but, hey, it might be worth a go.

It is, however, good to hear some of Nick's talent being given an airing again. Good stuff.  

Blogger Mac the Knife said... 3:25 pm

Oh, incidentally, apologies for my burst of Scandic twattery on your earlier post; but as you probably guessed I still derive a frightful infantile amusement from other nation's linguistic tics. Too much Python in childhood you see...  

Anonymous Time will Tell said... 3:28 pm

You have not mentioned today's recipe from KCNA of that great delicacy - fermented flat fish with yam.

It seems one chews it.  

Blogger Mac the Knife said... 3:34 pm


Only if one is desperate and/or clinically insane...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:48 pm

MtK - Nick has a gift for these things, and his oeuvre bears re-visiting.

ASE - You never know, do you?

MtK - I rather enjoyed the hedgehog / milk thing, but for some reason did not reply at the time.

TwT - Think I'll stick to the kimche...  

Blogger Dmitri the Impostor said... 2:04 pm

Let's speak Korean.

#1 in a (very) occasional series.


Maek-ju du-byöng chu-seyo.

Beer two-bottles* please give

Two beers, mate, cheers.

*byöng is a numerical classifier for cylindrical objects. No, really, you need to know this.  

Blogger Dmitri the Impostor said... 1:06 pm

Let's speak Korean #2

Hok-shi Kim Jong Il haen-dü-p'on bön-ho-lül arayo?

Do you by any chance know Kim Jong Il's mobile phone number?  

Blogger Mac the Knife said... 2:11 pm



Dunno, 0870 - ARSELIKHAN?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:27 pm

Dmitri - very handy. Much appreciated.

MtK - You can bet your last won it would be a premium rate number.  

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