Monday, February 6, 2023

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...

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,...

When Life Gives you Lemons… Squeeze ’em in your Eye

During the summer break I sprained an ankle. I was out of town, and hosting an old friend visiting from abroad, so I thought...

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