With all the drama surrounding the installation of youngster Kim Jong-un as leader of North Korea, his spurned older siblings are likely to feel somewhat overlooked. But perhaps we can look to poetry to explain why his second (older) son Kim Jong-chol was passed over for inheritance of the famous platform shoes. Writing under the pseudonym Chol Pak, […]

Many readers will be aware that Twitter, having captured the pop culture zeitgeist some time ago, now finds itself a tool of international diplomacy. The @uriminzok account is run by North Korean propaganda agency “The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea”. As we played truant during GCSE Korean, Scrapbook bored quickly of impenetrable Facebook notes but a whole world of video comedy […]

A former president’s unofficial holiday to the Korean peninsula has generated some highly amusing snaps. Front row below (from left to right) William Jefferson Clinton (6 feet 1 inches) and Kim Jong-Il (5 feet 3 inches): The camera angle makes it difficult to see if the Dear Leader is wearing his platform shoes again. But […]