Well that’s another summer gone. Easily the hottest of the 8 I’ve had here in Korea, although it’s always hard to really compared, since I’ve lived in different areas and different apartments. Apparently this is one of the hottest three areas in Seoul too. I’m pretty sure it was more than subjective conditions — it really was unusually hot.
And because of the small amounts of regular work on weekday mornings I wasn’t really able to drop off the planet as I sometimes do during tertiary education breaks. I’ve had to keep more abreast of local news and political issues as well, which can be sometimes interesting but sources really are limited while I’m only able to read English versions of the news. One issue that’s been dragging along the whole 7 years I’ve been here is of who owns the islets called Dokdo in the sea between korea and japan. There’s endless amounts of stupid when it come to trying to get an accurate read of the situation, but I was nicely surprised to read this <a href=”http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/549735.html”>two</a> <a href=”http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/549736.html”>part</a> interview with a couple of wise and knowledgeable old heads in the realm of east asian diplomacy.
Also, goodbye to Hal David. Thanks to my mum’s old records that I borrowed during my teens and twenties I’ve always dug on Hal & Burt’s work — with Dusty Springfield and even just sans the big-name singers.