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Date Posted: 06:14:04 11/24/04 Wed
Author: TL
Subject: Re: Kimland horror
In reply to: Chris 's message, "Re: Kimland horror" on 14:18:04 11/23/04 Tue

Things are slowly happening in North Korea. I noticed this when I worked in Korea until March 2003. The question however is, Why are they happening? Possibly because the leadership is frightened of the beginnings of revolution, and feels the need to relax a little.
Of the several things I noticed were Work was beginning on the re-opening of the rail links between the North and South. There were reunion visits between separated families after a period of nearly 50 years. This included North Korean families visiting Soeul.
The road links are being improved.
There were several cultural exchanges, including the visit of the North Korean Symphony Orchastra.
(A funny incident happen during this visit. Outside the concert hall there were large posters of Kim Jong Il and Kim Dai Chung the South Korean President. One day it was raining and three members of the North Korean Symphony Orchastra went on strike because the South Koreans did not bring the posters inside, they said that by allowing them to get wet they were insulting their Leader.

At the Asian Games in Busan in 2002 The North Korean cheer leaders were a big hit They gave performances throughout the South. Probably this was an organised public relations affair.
One can now take a holiday in North Korea. Selected areas only.
But it is a start.
One report that Kim Jong Il is a champion golfer.
It was reported that in a single round of golf he scored 17 holes in one. Beat that Tiger Woods. I have serious doubts about the authenticity of this report, and doubts about the reliability of the newspaper that printed it , but it is good for a laugh.

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