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A smorgasbord of DPRK goodies

Firstly, the Kim Chaek University of Technology e-library:

"Mehran Kamyar, Iranian charge d'affaires a. i., and staff members of the embassy here visited the E-library of Kim Chaek University of Technology on Tuesday.  Being briefed on the fact that there sprang up an e-library under the deep care of General Secretary Kim Jong Il, they looked round reading rooms and remote-controlled lecture hall and other places". 

Erm, surely the point of an e-library is that it can accessed remotely?  And I am loving that the e-library 'sprang up' and that the lecture hall is 'remote controlled'.


And there's more:

Also arriving was the Russian State Academic People's Chorus Named after M.E. Pyatnichki led by Head and Manager Aleksandra Permyakova.

Can't say I would expect academics to be that tuneful, frankly.


Something for bibliophiles:

"The Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House brought out Vol. 83 of "Complete Collection of Kim Il Sung's Works", a library of the Juche idea which systematically and comprehensively deals with his works according to a chronological order.  The book contains 34 works including speeches, talks and conclusions made by President Kim Il Sung from January to May, Juche 75 (1986).

And what lies therein?  Amongst other things:

"On Stepping Up the Technical Revolution and Developing the Metal Industry", "On Thoroughly Implementing the State Budget and Directing Sustained Great Efforts to the Construction of Power Stations" and other works indicate tasks and ways for pushing ahead with the socialist economic construction.

"Talk to the Delegation of the People's Democratic Rally of Cameroon", "Answers to Questions Raised by the Editor-in-Chief of the Yugoslav Newspaper Oslobodjenje" and other works re-clarify the WPK's proposals for national reunification".

A rare page turner, no doubt.  But probably not available, even at good bookshops, this side of the Yellow Sea. 


Every farm should have one:

Korean agricultural scientists have recently developed a highly effective mobile multigrain thresher of new type.  The new one is preferable to previous threshers.  It is suitable to intermediary and mountainous areas, which can thrash rice, wheat, barley, soybean, sorghum and maize.  The old special ones were used only once in harvesting time, but the new one can be applicable to thrashing different grain crops with varied growth periods, thus raising the utilization rate of the equipment.

It can work anytime and anyplace. Much material and electricity are not needed for manufacturing the machine.  It operates by electricity or tractor power.

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Blogger Mac the Knife said... 9:30 pm

"The Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House brought out Vol. 83 of "Complete Collection of Kim Il Sung's Works"

Only 83?!! Frankly I feel cheated.

All I can say to that is MangnangnangbongsongyingtongyouseeifIdon't  



Blogger Tiresias said... 12:04 pm

C - There were about 78 vols in SOAS library the last time I looked and that's only the tip of the iceberg. For the submerged part, just plug Kim Il Song [sic] into their search engine here:

http://lib.soas.ac.uk/search~S1

If there's anything that catches your fancy, I'll dig it out and send another house-style synopsis. But, as if you needed to be told, thematic let alone stylistic versatility is not his strong point.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:23 pm

Oh my giddy aunt. The man had logorrhoea, or perhaps over faithful Boswells.  



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