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Good that North Korea is getting back to some kind of normality after the demise of Kim Jong Il although “Salespersons and citizens burst out sobbing at fish shops in the capital city Friday” so clearly the authorities spreading pollacks hasn’t completely netted down the scale of the problem. I’m hooked on their news agency site (That’s enough fish jokes – ed)

That’s the wonder of you…….

Over at the North Korean News Agency grief and tributes are in full swing. Headlines such as “Kim Jong Il’s Life Bright as Snow”, “Kim Jong Il’s Field Jacket Cherished in Hearts of People” and “Korean People Stay up All Night, Deeply Grieved over Kim Jong Il’s Demise” are there. If you’re from the UK then probably the nearest thing we’ve had to this in living memory was when Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed chose the wrong chauffeur.

Anyway, the following article caught my eye and it has been picked up by media organisations worldwide. It claims a series of natural phenomena occurred in the time following the dear leader’s passing. The final couple of paragraphs are crackers (that statement works on at least two levels!).

“At around 21:20 Tuesday a Manchurian crane was seen flying round the statue three times before alighting on a tree. The crane stayed there for quite a long while with its head drooped and flew in the direction of Pyongyang at around 22:00.

Observing this, the director of the Management Office for the Hamhung Revolutionary Site, and others said in union that even the crane seemed to mourn the demise of Kim Jong Il born of Heaven after flying down there at dead of cold night, unable to forget him.”

Here lies an honest politician…….

North of Grief

It will put a different complexion on the whole day if you read the December 19th page at the North Korean News Agency

Firstly there’s this:

and then…..

The funeral committee looks an interesting mix. Surely some names here that readers will recognise:

Then there’s a message to service personnel which can be summarised as “Keep in line or you’re dead ya bastards!” a reminder of what deep affection the military held him in. (Click on image to enlarge)

And finally it is almost impossible to hold back the tears when one reads this:


Fear not readers. Our regular visits to the unbiased and objective editorial of the DPRK  News Agency will continue under Kim Jong Un. And as soon as the Daily Mail lets us know the effect on house prices that KIm Jong’s passing has had we’ll let you know that too.

What can this mean?

It can’t be anything to do with Kim Jong Il. As recently as Friday he was still looking at things

Will ye no come back again?

I posed the question yesterday as to what dictator readers would like to be compared to. I’m genuinely surprised that the greatest, humblest and most benevolent human being in history didn’t even rate a mention:

From theNorth Korean News Agency

Koreans Miss Kim Jong Il

Pyongyang, August 25 (KCNA) — Nowadays, all of the DPRK people are
waiting for news of General Secretary Kim Jong Il on a visit to the
Siberian and Far East regions of the Russian Federation.

Many people stop at newsstands on the way to work in the morning to
learn about his Russia visit.

What the leader did during his visit is a main topic of conversation
among people.

Since it was known that Kim Jong Il left for Russia, the Korean people
have missed him, concerning themselves about his health.

One wonders if Colonel Gaddafi has “left for Russia”?

Another look at the DPRK news site highlights the following:

Dancing Parties of Youth and Students Held in DPRK

Pyongyang, August 25 (KCNA) — Dancing parties of Korean youth and students were held in different parts of the country on August 25, the 51st anniversary of General Secretary Kim Jong Il’s start of Songun revolutionary leadership.

In Pyongyang such events took place in plazas of the Arch of Triumph, the Party Founding Memorial Tower, the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and other places.

With deep reverence for Kim Jong Il, the participants danced to the tune of such songs as “Our General Is Best”, “Thunder over Jong Il Peak” and “At a Breath”.

They were replete with the fixed will to praise the leader’s exploits and work miracles and feats in the drive to defend socialism and build an economic power true to his guidance.

As time flowed, more pleasant dances were presented to pick up the festive atmosphere.

The dancing parties fully represented the will of the youth and students to safeguard Kim Jong Il with their lives and strikingly demonstrate their wisdom and courage at the posts for defending the country and all work sites for a great surge.

Meanwhile, similar events took place in Phyongsong of South Phyongan Province, Sinuiju of North Phyongan Province, Hamhung of South Hamgyong Province and other provincial seats, cities and counties.


Ah cannae wait for the revolution!

(Thanks Claret and Amber)

North Korean Latest

Yes, as decadent capitalist London burns, the well ordered collectivist society in DPRK demonstrates how to bring up children properly.


Wonder if they’ll play at the state funeral?

And this is just too good not to post…

Sorry I missed it……..

The North Korean News Agency reports the following:

Beijing, July 21 (KCNA) — The 8th festival of Inner Mongolian grassland culture was held in China for a week ending July 16.

A cultural forum, art performance, film show and other events took place during the week.

An estimated 200,000 people in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region took part in or enjoyed the festival.

The theme of the festival was “Let us widely introduce grassland culture, show fine literary and art works, propel cultural development and promote harmony of society”.

Another event reported on the agency’s news for 21st July is the following:

Kim Jong Il Enjoys Performance Given by National Symphony Orchestra

Pyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, enjoyed a performance given by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Its repertoire included the second movement “His Life” and the fifth movement “Appearing in the East and in the West, It’s the Anti-Japanese Guerilla Style” of symphony suite “O Korea, I Will Add Glory to Thee”, string ensemble “Chollima Runs”, orchestra “Rich Harvest Comes to the Chongsan Plain” and serial symphony “Song to the Party”.

Greatly satisfied with the fact that the creators and artistes of the National Symphony Orchestra gave a splendid performance with high artistry and enthusiasm, Kim Jong Il highly praised them for their successful performance and extended thanks to them.

The conductors and players of the National Symphony Orchestra successfully represented all the music pieces suited to the national emotion and aesthetic taste of the times, he noted, praising them for their sincere and enthusiastic creative style and attitude to steadily raise their ability and artistry.

The orchestra of Korean style, a full embodiment of the Juche character, the national identity and musical character in the field of musical art, is fully meeting the cultural and emotional requirements of the Korean people and positively contributing to promoting friendship and exchange among countries as it reflects the desire of the people for independence and their noble spiritual world with rich and beautiful musical representation, he said, putting forward the important tasks which would serve as guidelines for further developing orchestra.

Among the audience were senior officials of the party and armed forces Kim Jong Un, Ri Yong Ho, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Gak, Kim Yong Il, Kim Yang Gon, Pak To Chun, Choe Ryong Hae, Thae Jong Su, Kim Phyong Hae, Mun Kyong Dok, Ju Kyu Chang, U Tong Chuk, Kim Chang Sop and Ri Myong Su, Members of the Central Military Commission of the WPK Kim Kyong Ok, Kim Won Hong, Kim Yong Chol and Yun Jong Rin, Department Director of the NDC Hyon Chol Hae and officials in the fields of literature and arts and media.

It Can’t Be Long Now

Until Kim Jong Il pops his clogs and North Korea becomes the latest country to face citizen revolt celebrates his birthday amidst the bounteous plenty that his father’s glorious revolution created for the people.

Hang on! it was yesterday! How could I have missed this?

And the latest addition to the fantastic site Kim Jong Il Looking at Things is this snap of a tableau of birthday gifts:

Chinese netizens took a closer look at the pictures and concluded that the large, peach-shaped object among the three gifts is a “shou tao” or peach bun symbolizing longevity.

Shou tao are traditionally given to elderly people in China and contain writings in a steamed bun praying for good health, while peaches symbolize longevity. Wealthy Chinese give shou tao crafted from jade, gold or porcelain. Some Chinese netizens believe that the shou tao Kim got were made out of valuable porcelain from Henan.

The sculpture seems to represent Mankyung Peak in Pyongyang, and the DVDs appear to be either Chinese movies or dramas.

There seems to be some confusion over whether this was KJI’s 69th or 70th birthday.

The North Korean News Agency isn’t giving much away but does acknowledge the birthday in several articles. Perhaps the unrestrained joy felt by the whole population was best illustrated by the childrens’ literary competition as reported by the agency:

The literary works created by them include selection of poems “Our General Is Best”, composition “The Pilot Sector for a Thriving Nation”, child poem “Wind of Songun Is Nice” and lyrics “Increasing Songun Scenery”, which represented the Songun leadership feats of Kim Jong Il.

Among them are also child poem “Wind of Huichon”, juvenile song “Vinalon Cotton” and lyrics “Thriving Nation in Spring”, which show the stirring reality of the DPRK in which great innovations and leap forward have been made at every worksite for building a thriving nation.

Sadly Kim Jong Chol the supreme leader’s 30 year old son considered ‘too effeminate’ to succeed his old man, missed the celebrations, preferring instead to occupy the best seats at an Eric Clapton gig in Singapore.

It can’t be long now.

Kim Jong Il Looking at Things

When he’s not trying to start World War 3, the North Korean leader spends a lot of time looking at stuff. For instance here he is at the crackers factory looking at er…crackers.

"You are what you eat!"

Here he is at an unidentified location, looking at corn.

"I hope this picture isn't too corny"

For many many more examples of Kim Jong Il looking at things, go to the website Kim Jong Il looking at things


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