10 years ago - Sign outside a bar, Korea.
14th February 2004.
Yes, it’s a bar, not a zoo. Apparently there are animals…The Korean writing says “Feel the cool jungle atmosphere with the animals.” The name of the bar is Safari. And it’s in the basement. I wish now I’d gone in.
10 years ago - The practice of medicine in Korea.
26th January 2004.
The practice of modern medicine and the general attitude to health in Korea concern me a lot. If you have the flu in Korea you will not be allowed a day off work. Your employer will expect you to come to work and spread the virus as widely as possible.
Further, you will be expected to go to a “hospital”. There you will be given a plethora of different drugs to keep you on your feet. No rest for the sick in Korea. Among the drugs will be an antibiotic, typically as a three day course only. This is both overprescribing - as antibiotics are useless against influenza, and under-prescribing - as a 3 day course is inadequate and encourages resistance.
Korea is brewing the new pandemics.
I notice the book in the background of this picture is Karen Armstrong’s A History of God. For some years now, whenever I buy a book I write the date in it. I bought this book on 17/1/04 so it was quite new. Very timely as I am re-reading it at the moment and it is on my desk as I type this.
10 years ago - SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM.
23th January 2004.
At Seollal (Korean New Year) and at Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Koreans exchange gifts - often of rather odd consumer products. I received this 10 years ago. “Love at first bite.” it says… fortunately time heals all and I have forgotten the taste.
10 years ago - Magpie in Ansan, Korea.
23rd January 2004.
It’s not often one sees birds in Korea. This is a Korean or oriental magpie, which they call 까치 (ggachi). It is generally regarded as a subspecies of the European magpie. It is nothing like the magpies I am accustomed to in Australia.