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Umbrellas

Posted in Photo diary by 노강호 on November 20, 2011

Two photos of the variety of umbrellas brought to school when it’s either raining or likely to rain.

umbrellas galore

a varied selection

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‘Just’ – A Snigger

Posted in Just - 그냥, Korean children, Photo diary by 노강호 on October 16, 2011

I love Korean notebooks and apart from often containing bad examples of English on the front covers, they are usually entertaining.

I'm sniggering

but it's cute!

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Ch’eonan’s Stairway to Nowhere – Photos

Posted in Art, Photo diary by 노강호 on October 3, 2011

These photos were taken in the center of Ch’eonan in December 2010 and are from the photos I had originally thought lost.

reminds me of life

you're always trekking

and when you get to the end you simply fall off

wherever that might be

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Honestly! I’m not a trainspotter!

Posted in Photo diary, services and facilities, Technology by 노강호 on September 26, 2011

In December 2010, I took some photos for a post I intended writing on the KTX (KTX – Gold Standard. Jan 2011). After downloading them on to my UK computer, a glitch erased them. Then this week, I discover that I hadn’t erased the file but transfered it to my palm-reader which as a white elephant, rarely gets used.

The older type KTX, the sleek design inspired by the snout of a shark

The KTX San Ch'eon class engine

The San Ch'eon class was launched in March 2010

carriage entrances where there are usually free bottles of water, computer re-charging booths

one of the most impressive features: the on-board cinema

usually there are around 12 carriages not including two engines and a cinema.

I’m not in the least interested in trains in general and didn’t make a special trip to take these photos. I took them on my way to London back in December 2010. In the UK, train spotting is a hobby, uniquely British and which has a long tradition. Trainspotters have their own fashion’ frequently derided and spend weekends standing on the ends of platforms equipped with cameras and notebooks. I imagine, though it might be a falsehood, that they get extremely excited exchanging chassis numbers or discussing changes in livery.  They are the butt of  numerous jokes and to be called a ‘trainspotter’  is not complimentary.

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Park Life

Posted in Photo diary, seasons, Sport, video clips by 노강호 on July 24, 2011

I visited Warayong Park, Song-so, a few weeks ago.

Saturday afternoon in Warayong Park

soap making stall

frienship bracelet making stall

escaping the sun under the arbors (정자)

giant swing

6 week old baby girl

cute

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Typhoon Meari Echoes in Daegu

Posted in Daegu, Diary notes, Photo diary, seasons by 노강호 on June 28, 2011

Daegu got the back-end of Typhoon Meari, typical in the monsoon season (Chang-ma 장마), which caused havoc and took nine lives in Jeju and Pusan. Saturday morning saw torrential rain and gusts of wind which didn’t abate until Sunday evening. The photos and video, taken from the 14th floor of my friend’s apartment, provide a great view across the Song-so area of Daegu, towards the distant mountains. As for the typhoon, luckily,  by the time it was inland, it was really only a big storm. All photos link to Wikimapia.

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looking across Song-so with Hwa-won in the distance and Bi-sul-mountain (비슬산) in the background

gathering storm

in the direction of Song-so Rose Park

looking towards the edge of the university campus

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Beanus-ah

Posted in Photo diary by 노강호 on June 21, 2011

It’s close enough…

he he he

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Just (그냥) – More Bad English…

Posted in Just - 그냥, Photo diary by 노강호 on June 7, 2011

cute

words of French origin are often the most difficult to spell even for the native speaker

brilliant!

I'm still chuckling...

a classic mistake

I'm a 'fairy?'

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Bicycle Boy

Posted in Korean children, Photo diary by 노강호 on May 25, 2011

Sitting outside a GS25 late on a Saturday evening, I noticed quite a few interestingly designed bicycles.

the photo is poor quality, but you get the idea

he was quite proud of the flashing lights

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Senior Citizens’ ‘Street Party’

Posted in Diary notes, Entertainment, Photo diary, video clips by 노강호 on May 24, 2011

dancing to traditional ‘trot’

Last Saturday, as I was returning home from an outing I heard the sound of gongs and drums and walking down to the small park near my ‘one room,’ where an old peoples facility house is located (이곡경로당), discovered the old folks in the area where having a street party. In the middle of the small park a television screen had been set up and a small group were in the throes of a trot-style (트로트) karaoke session. One the periphery another group were busy accompanying the singing with an assortments of gongs and drums usually associated with traditional music such as pungmul nori (풍물놀이 and samul nori (사물놀이). Meanwhile, others were dancing in the style typical senior citizens. And the soju and makgeolli were flowing freely…

belting one out

as I sat watching, a tray of snacks was brought to my seat

a passing boy joins in…

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