A brief DPRK update - and it's a winner
The Pothonggang Shop newly constructed in the heart of Pyongyang is now crowded with citizens. The shop is a service center for improving the dietary life of citizens.
Sounds interesting. Any chance of further and better particulars? Oh yes...
Such fragrant merchandise as fresh apple, pear, grape and other fruits line the shelves on the well-arranged first floor.
Well knock me downwith the proverbial. A greengrocers. How very, very avant garde.
But there's more. It's a butchers too:
The counters on the second floor are set out with various kinds of meats and meat products. Among them are more than 10 kinds of pork by-products including stomach, liver, ear, hoof (sic) and tail and processed goods such as sausage and ham, as well as meats of duck, goose and turkey.
Mmmm, hoof - my favorite.
Still, it would seem that this emporium can do more than M&S, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury etc combined:
General Secretary Kim Jong Il gave field guidance to the shop in August last. Then he said that nothing was more important for the Workers' Party of Korea than to provide more affluent and cultured life to the people, adding that the shop should sell enough fruits and meat products to citizens of the capital so as to permeate the streets of the city with fruit fragrance and to make the streets full of people's happiness.
I will 'fess up to being colour blind in both nostrils, but in my experience fruit is not generally all that aromatic until it is cut open, so either the Pothonggang counter jockeys cut open the fruit for aromatic purposes and thus render it unsaleable, or else KJI is going to be thwarted. Then there's the whole issue of the clashing fruit and meat smells.