Friday, May 29, 2020

I was Profiled for flying in from the Middle East

My passport raises eyebrows at the occasional immigration desk, with its stamps from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. I'm fairly certain I'm on...

Do you know the Jesus?

Twice again today I was asked this socially and grammatically awkward question on my way to work. Preachers are fairly common on the Seoul...

The First (and Worst) Hollywood Movie Filmed in Korea

In 2008 my wife was approached in the street by a couple of Koreans offering their business cards and a small part in a...

‘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...

Ah, to be Different

I’m sure everybody has wished at times that they had a camera handy. Actually, these days I’m probably one of the few who wishes...

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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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