Friday, 28 April 2006

Living it up in the DPRK

Good satire. "Light relief for the weekend." That's how Owen McShane describes this fun-filled travelogue of North Korea from three wide-eyed young humourists entering this delightful workers' paradise from the 'outside world.' The scene is set beautifully:
Upon arriving at Pyongyang airport you realise exactly where you are. The proud, smiling face of the former ‘Great Leader’ Kim Il Sung’s portrait hangs above the only, relatively small and calm terminal. On each side of the airport runway, peasant farmers tend to dry fields which have only recently defrosted after a long, freezing winter...
Delightful. Ah for Pyongyang now that spring is here! Owen is quite sure it's intended as ironic humour. It is, isn't it?

LINKS: Six Days with three Kiwi Students in the DPRK - Nick Healy, Scoop

TAGS: Socialism, Humour


  1. It is a shame they had return tickets.

  2. Hmmmm, you'd hope it was humour - as if the country is a great joke instead of a grotesque revolting prison.

  3. Oh. My. God. :
    "The DPRK is a land of the past. The culture, as with most of the worlds, is based on the glorification of the past heroic actions of its people and its leaders. The city of Pyongyang was a well thought out plan; it has a metro system and an exceptionally designed road system- qualities Auckland City Council could learn a lot from. From Pyongyang to the cooperative farms across the countryside, the place was a meticulously constructed plan for a Socialist state."

    Pity about the people though. Oh well, can't have everything if you're a happy little control freak socialist politics student.

  4. Nothing like an exceptionally well designed road system because:

    A: Pyongyang was flattened in the Korean War;
    B: The state owns all land and can build and destroy at will; and
    C: Private citizens almost never can own a car.

    Whimpering little simpletons haven't a clue. Bet they loved the absence of crime and poverty in the street too - such a great system


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