Long time no see
How are you all?
Pretty good. May be in Seoul in July…
10 years ago - Later that night - at Woodstock, Itaewon, Korea.
18th January 2004.
The other big musical venue in Itaewon in those days was Woostock. They held an open mike about once a month, well attended by musicians, poets and madmen.
10 years ago - New Year in Seoul.
1st January 2004.
My sons and I spent New Year in the centre of Seoul with a friend, Mikyeong, seen here holding a candle just after the stroke of midnight.
10 years ago - School excursion.
15th October 2003.
We took the kids for a trip on the Han River.. Didn’t lose any that day. I mention this because one day we did.
10 years ago - Mullet t-shirt.
24th September 2003.
I found this shirt in the amazing Nag-won Eumak-gi Shijang in Insadong, Seoul, a musical instrument market. I bought it. Still have it.
10 years ago - A gathering of expats in Seoul, ROK
9th August 2003.
The expatriate community of Seoul consisted mostly young Canadians, Americans, and Australians who were teaching English there. There were some great people, and some scoundrels. Some people fell into both of those categories, and a few fitted only one. Good friendships are often forged among expats. Tens years on, looking at these pictures it is interesting to note that I am still in touch with all but one of these people.
10 years ago - Gharial at Seoul Zoo, ROK
31st July 2003.
Just back from a quick trip to NZ for a job interview, what did I do as soon as got back to Seoul? Headed for the zoo of course. I can’t really think why but that’s what my photos show I did.
Seoul Zoo is a dismal place. The animals are poorly housed and people taunt them, shout at them, bang on their cages and feed them junk. This little gharial was in a very small pool which was full of coins. No doubt some idiots (i.e. everyone) think it’s a wishing well.
10 years ago - Traditonal court percussion instruments, Seoul, Korea
19th July 2003.
Seen in the museum of gugak (traditional music) at the National Centre for Korean Traditional Performing Arts (국립국악원), Seoul.