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#1 cheapracer

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 12:09

I am going to get over to Nth Korea at some stage next year (when I get finally the car underway) to have a gander and today received this from the tour agency and thought the technical minded may be interested to see the factory tours on offer ...

As I see it it's great to see this as another very small step to DPK opening up - for those who don't know you can actually drive your own car into a limited area now from China.

http://campaign.r20....cHRK2awyls19S7q

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#2 Tony Matthews

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 12:16

A holiday with a difference - a vey interesting difference!

#3 munks

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 17:59

What? No gulag tours?

#4 Greg Locock

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 23:15

Lassie for dinner. Not the dog food, the dog.

#5 cheapracer

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:34

Lassie for dinner. Not the dog food, the dog.


Yes, "Hot Dog" vendors takes on a new meaning in Asia.


#6 Greg Locock

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 03:31

One of my mates claims to have eaten dog's balls in Korea.

#7 cheapracer

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 05:04

One of my mates claims to have eaten dog's balls in Korea.


Quite probable, dog meat is common and I'm presuming the dog wasn't still attached...

I have had pig's balls but wasn't told till after the fact (not the first time either for various other delicacies including toad the other night) - highly recommend them but will pass next time ......

Edited by cheapracer, 02 December 2011 - 05:04.


#8 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:54

When my wife's cat Herpes had his pockets picked there was a definite aroma of something being fried coming from the rear of the vets.

#9 ensign14

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:18

I went with Koryo Tours in 2007, it is a remarkable trip to take. No factories (other than the science park), that was a cultural tour.

#10 cheapracer

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 05:41

I may delay thoughts of this trip and see what the outcome is after Kim Jung's death.

I'm sure Grunt will be upset that the world's greatest anti-global warming protagonist has passed.

Edited by cheapracer, 20 December 2011 - 05:44.


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Posted 20 December 2011 - 06:37

In the meantime you might as well enjoy yourself with some photos of the dear leader... http://kimjongillook...ngs.tumblr.com/

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 21:35

Did you know that Kim-Jong Il the first time he ever played golf, made 11 hole in ones in a single round? Yep.

I'll bet their factories are every single bit as impressive.

#13 ensign14

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 22:13

Urban myth, I'm afraid. It's one of those Bob Holness Layla stories.

#14 BRG

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 22:38

Urban myth, I'm afraid. It's one of those Bob Holness Layla stories.

Revisionist capitalist running dog of a US lackey! The Dear Leader's brillliance at golf is legendary. All stories about him are TRUE. And, no, he wasn't lonely...

#15 cheapracer

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 05:43

I was quite surprised to see a golf course smack in the middle of the Pyongyang on Google Maps actually, it's on the island on the river.

#16 ensign14

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 06:22

Here you go. :)

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It's a 9 holer par 3 course, in the grounds of the Yanggakdo Hotel. Not the proper one KJI opened some years back at which an aide said "he doesn't play golf, but we think he would be very good" which got spun into "he went round in 37".

#17 GeoffR

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:56

"he went round in 37".


If he was that good then maybe he should have taken on the US Pro tour, he might have made enough $$$ to feed his starving masses!  ;)

#18 ensign14

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:40

Incidentally, the Yanggakdo is the hotel of choice for foreign tourists (the choice being that of the DPRK tourist bureau). For the simple reason that it's on an island in the river Taedong, so you can't get off for a wander around downtown Pyongyang...

#19 GeoffR

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:49

That's the other bit I like - DEMOCRATIC People's Republic of Korea?? :rolleyes:

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#20 Greg Locock

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:58

That's the other bit I like - DEMOCRATIC People's Republic of Korea?? :rolleyes:

Yeah it's a democracy like the UK, whoever you vote for, the top job stays in the same family.


#21 GeoffR

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:27

Yeah it's a democracy like the UK, whoever you vote for, the top job stays in the same family.


I think that's what's known as a Monarchy Greg, a democracy is where you vote for a grey haired male for PM and end up with a red haired female next time around?!?!


#22 Tony Matthews

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:38

I think that's what's known as a Monarchy Greg, a democracy is where you vote for a grey haired male for PM and end up with a red haired female next time around?!?!

:) Neat!

#23 GeoffR

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:50

Comrades, you've forgotten that she is also the Australian head of state.

I think that the Australian 'Head of State' is actually Governor General Quentin Bryce (blonde/grey female). Dear Julia is the people's elected leader, with support from various independents and Greens who don't like the Mad Monk, but then again who does? (or are my personal dislikes showing?).

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:19

That's the other bit I like - DEMOCRATIC People's Republic of Korea?? :rolleyes:

"They're under threat of invasion from East Yemen."

"That's democratic as well, isn't it?"

"It's full name is the People's Democratic Republic of East Yemen."

"Ah, it's a Communist dictatorship."

Yes Prime Minister. 25 years ago...

#25 ensign14

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:20

I think that the Australian 'Head of State' is actually Governor General Quentin Bryce (blonde/grey female).

Technically it's Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II...

#26 cheapracer

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 17:02

That's the other bit I like - DEMOCRATIC People's Republic of Korea?? :rolleyes:


I imagine their system is rather democratic, China is a working democracy many countries could only dream of.


Technically it's Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II...


Technically it's God....

Yes Prime Minister. 25 years ago...



Absolute brilliant show only bettered by Yes Minister.


#27 ensign14

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 17:53

Technically it's God....

Remember what YPM said.

"The queen is an integral part of the Church of England."

"What about God?"

"I believe He's what is known as an optional extra."

#28 stuartbrs

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:42

I think that the Australian 'Head of State' is actually Governor General Quentin Bryce (blonde/grey female). Dear Julia is the people's elected leader, with support from various independents and Greens who don't like the Mad Monk, but then again who does? (or are my personal dislikes showing?).


No matter whgich way you look at it Geoff, Australia`s political leadership outlook looks bleak for many years to come no matter which way we jump....

#29 GeoffR

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:29

No matter whgich way you look at it Geoff, Australia`s political leadership outlook looks bleak for many years to come no matter which way we jump....

Same goes for Tassie as well at the moment i.m.o. .....

#30 ensign14

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:09

That's cos if you jump in any direction in Tasmania you end up in the sea.

#31 cheapracer

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:00

Same goes for Tassie as well at the moment i.m.o. .....


I think Stuart's post actually covered Tassy as well ... :lol:


#32 GeoffR

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:01

I think Stuart's post actually covered Tassy as well ... :lol:

Well I guess he did refer to Australia rather than "Australia and its States and Territories", but the 'mirror image' between the Federal and Tasmanian governments at present is uncanny! (red haired female 'leaders' in both), backstabbing 'supportive' males (in both), inefficient and popularist opposition (in both) = a political desert. What hope do we have? :confused: