Welcome! This blog originally started out as Bathhouse Ballads (later again, Amongst Other Things) and was dedicated to that wonderful Korean custom of bathhouse bathing. At the time I was experiencing my third sojourn in Daegu, South Korea (2007-2015). However, over time the contents encompassed all elements of Korean life and later I began writing about non-Korean related topics. In 2016 I decided to remove all barriers imposed in a blog title and simply renamed the blog Elwood 5566. Under this new title I can write about whatever I want.
I have kept copious notes and diaries and as these to have eventually found their way into the blog. I am no authority on Korean life or indeed anything I write. I am simply an observer!
I taught taekwondo for over twenty years and trained in both the ITF and WTF styles. In Korea I studied traditional Korean weaponry which I now teach this to a small class in the UK. By profession, I am a teacher of music as well as history and sociology. I am interested in many aspects of Korean as well as British culture which Elwood 5566 often critiques. You cannot immerse yourself in another culture without attitudes to your home culture being amended, altered and reconfigured at exactly the same time as attitudes towards the host culture are being formulated. This unavoidable interaction has brought me closer to a personal understanding of my own culture. For this reason, the phrase ‘back in the UK, is a leitmotiv.
I also have a few subsidary blogs on subjects more specialised:
Band of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
Gojeon Muye – Korean traditional weaponry
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