Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Gentrification of Itaewon, Seoul

In 2006 the number of foreign residents in South Korea exceeded one million. This was big news in one of the world's most homogeneous...

The Worst Gig Ever

September, 1997. I was a small-time musician, based in outback Queensland. I'd booked a local gig, 400 kilometers north in the town of Hughenden,...

The World’s Most Dangerous Party? (Part 1)

It has been described as the world’s most unlikely, most remote and most dangerous party town in the world. Vang Vieng, in the landlocked...

Christmas in South Korea

Christmas had come once again and, as was tradition I told my wife it just didn't feel like Christmas. Once again she asked what exactly...

Soju

A few of us welcomed a new young colleague to Korea, with several bottles of soju. I was the instigator. We chatted and drank...

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A holiday in Iran

The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing anyway, and right now, the omnipresent threat to my personal safety, freedom, employment,...

‘This Isn’t Happening’. Prostitution in Korea. Does it actually exist?

A young Korean friend asked for a little help with a short essay he had written for his university English class. We chatted over...

The World’s Worst Mass Murderers

By this title I don't mean of course to speak of people who decided for whatever reason to go on a killing spree but...

Christmas in Oman

It may not shock to hear that life in the Middle east is a touch different to that in the west. We all know...

I had a White People Problem in Africa

I finally stepped out of the airport, breathed the fresh air and looked up at big, blue African skies. Three seconds later I lowered my gaze and...

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