Friday, May 29, 2020

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,...

Work as a Korean Film Extra

By guest contributor, Matthew Cole. I thought it was pretty cool when offered a role as an extra in a new movie being shot here...

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...

An Unfortunate Forced Landing in the Outback

I've traveled a bit, and never experienced a mishap (flying is indeed safer than driving, especially if you live in the middle east)... except...

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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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