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.”