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So what’s happening in that land of censorship?

No I’m not talking about the USA (although TBLFP along with millions of sites worldwide will be taking part an a protest against the current senate legislation today). No I’m talking about North Korea where these two stories from the DPRK News Agency amaze and delight this morning.


Fairytale of Pongyang

Kim Jong Il

Snow White

Cry – Or Else!

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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.