I really should be and should’ve been packing. My stuff and I are heading out of the metropolis next Monday, and apparently into a place that is still being worked on and doesn’t even have water at the moment. I hope they get their shit together soon.

It’s been pretty strange getting all this news about bushfires in my native state of Victoria. I recently found I could watch SBS world news online. They’ve got everything except the weather. My take on it is that it’s the worst of all possible news collated and presented by the nicest possible people around. I have a bit of a bonar (that’s internet talk) for Janice Peterson. They’ve had an English guy doing the live on the spot coverage of the fires, and at times he’s been literally hopping. I don’t know why – excited I guess. The kind of people interviewed in all the coverage I’ve seen fall into two categories – officials of some kind, or locals of a very working class nature.

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You’re Off The Team!

It’s time to prune those dead blogs off the link-list. Other people’s blogs come and go but truly dedicated, addicted-to-writing types like us here at sunny breaks keep plugging along. I can think back over the years and there have indeed been a few blogs that I’ve linked to then, for one reason or another, I’ve started hating them or they’ve become dormant. Rather than forget about what was actually here, this time I’ll annotate.

<a href=””></a> – great idea for a blog. I think they only lasted two posts before checking out.

<a href=””></a> – ‘a vampire lurks in the works’ – you have to say it with a new zealand accent. A young man by the name of _Lachlan Anderson_ playing punk bass guitar for an outfit called Die! Die! Die! — not updated anymore.

Brainal Meltdown, <a href=””></a> ceased to exist almost two years ago but I’ve been reluctant to take it off because it was one the ones that was there from the beginning. I wonder what cybbis is doing now?

<a href=””></a> – Critical, darling — dead.

<a href=””></a> – The qbrand qblog — OMG, so dead.

<a href=””></a> – dxe — far too few posts from them considering how funny it was.

Now that I have a quick run through the list, I’m actually surprised how many are still going. To all of you who are still going, as you were.

minor adventure

For quite a while I’d been wanting to get down to the south-western corner of this peninsula: Mokpo!

I guess that all that time it’d been in the back of my mind, expectations had been building, so when I got there the reality that is Mokpo did not live up. It’s four hours on the bus from Seoul.

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Maybe it’s errornous of me to draw a conclusion after less than 24hrs in the place, during winter, but the town seems down. Down on its luck. Dependant on fishin’ and the fish aren’t selling like they used to. People were not especially pleasant–all the brashness of the big city but with only a pop. of 234000. Reminded me of Busan in that way, and a little of Yeosu. I’m fairly sure that people in Busan were rude because me as whitey looked like russian whitey. It may have been the same in Mokpo, but I didn’t see any Russians.

As was fitting, I luncheoned on the famous ‘Marine Products’. An hour or so later felt the urgent need to go to the toilet. I suspect it was the soup with muscles in it. There were some that were only a little open, so I jimmied them open with a spoon. That should be okay shouldn’t it? I mean – if they were bad eatin’ then they wouldn’t put them in my soup, right?

Once again, I felt let down by the information in the Lonely Planet guide. The directions from the express bus terminal to the downtown area were plain wrong, and the rates for motels were inaccurate– which is what happens when the book is two years past it’s printing date. But then, when the hell _isn’t_ it two years out of date? It always feels like it is. Printed-on-paper travel guides seem like an out of date concept.

I think there’s room for some kind of “facebook” like network for travel info. The key being that there’d have to be some sort of micro-payment system for popular/useful information submitted.

In any case, the ammended plan, should I ever head that way, would be get there a little earlier in the day, and keep rolling to one of the islands like jindo or whatever.