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/Thrilling/ DPRK anecdote o' the day

Brace yourselves people:

"President Kim Il Sung arrived at the then Namchang Railway Station on his way of field guidance one day in August of Juche 62 (1973).

While talking with the officials greeting him, the President suddenly asked them the station name.

An official replied that it was Namchang Railway Station. The President asked again why it was named Namchang, saying that the name of the place was Pukchang.  Another official said that it was called Namchang Railway Station as it was located south of the then Pukchang Thermal Power Plant. After listening to him, the President told that as it was called Namchang, travelers to Pukchang might be confused.

Some days ago, students coming to the plant for study, unable to decide whether they detrained, had gone to the other station and come back to Namchang Railway Station. Nevertheless, the officials had not thought they would change the name of the station.  Seeing through minds of the officials, the President said that if it was called Namchang Railway Station, the thermal power plant and other industrial establishments there should be named after Namchang. Then he suggested calling the station as Pukchang Railway Station.
The officials were deeply moved to see that the President paid deep attention even to the name of a railway station so as not to give any slightest inconvenience to the people".

Thrilling, eh?

What would he have made of London railway stations - the lack of a Crystal Palace, a Garden at Covent etc etc?

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Anonymous Frank said... 7:21 pm

Your DPRK anecdotes are required reading.  

Blogger Mac the Knife said... 8:28 pm

Ah, would that we had a Leader so Dear... *rueful headshake*

Nangbangsongmongnong, as we say in Kent.  

Blogger Pavlov's Cat said... 8:29 pm

The Great Leader thought of everyone, if only we could get one that could do the same.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:30 pm

Frank - Very kind of you to say so.

MtK / PC - Wise words.  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 8:39 pm

Actually, L'il Kim has a point - have you any idea (well of course you have Mr C, being a denizen of the eponymous Borough) the trouble that is caused by Crystal Palace railway station being a fair step away from the football ground of the same name ?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:51 pm

I blame the team rather than the station in this case.

West Ham tube station is not helpful for West Ham United either....  

Anonymous puzzled of nether wallop said... 10:37 am

Forgive me breaking the habit of a lifetime and making an on-topic comment, but Sydenham Hill railway station is nowhere near Sydenham either. Apparently there is some proposal to rename it South Dulwich and thus making a complete set with North, East and West of that ilk.

This Kim chap sounds like a nice bloke though.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:48 am

(One dose of smelling salts later)

It would be rather nice to have a full house of Dulwiches, wouldn't it?  

Blogger Tiresias said... 11:27 am

I am still trying to get my head around the Wonsan 'Yoof' Power Station. Either it should be abbreviated to the Wonsan Power Station and the diversely aged power-generators left to get on with their jobs, or it should be populated by the flower of Korean youth, properly attired in shellsuits and baseball caps the wrong way round. No doubt the Dear Leader has it in hand.

Wandering O/T, about a decade ago there used to be a site called "KnowWhere", where locals could give impartial tourist advice about their town to nervous prospective visitors.

One punter chose to epitomise his town (I believe Croydon) with the scene of pony-tailed slapper dragging her screaming daughter down the pedestrian thoroughfare and bellowing "No, Charmaine, you ain't 'avin' no McDonalds!" I'll get my coat.  

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