High Season

Scent bits of honeysuckle & poplar fluff
Hydrangea, giant cow parsnip
The outdoors has a firm grip
On those seeking the best stuff

@D

Two Weeks

Two weeks of study & tests left
Summer break eases their stress
In two a young person’s year is cleft
Now unknown limits they’ll transgress

@D

This Night

Humid, warm, roses scent
Boring soccer match came & went
Stressful correspondence done
Words should solve it rather than a gun

@D

Buam-dong – quietly cool

Thanks for sharing, another world. @D

Our Man in Korea

So you’ve lived in Seoul for a while now and you’re sick of the weekend crowds. You want to hang out in a neighbourhood with funky little coffee shops, restaurants, and art galleries. You’re sick of running the tourist gauntlet of Insa-dong. You can’t handle Samcheong-dong’s pouting, posing couples. You’ve come to realise that Hongdae is insane. You need to go to Buam-dong.

Behind the old fortress wall in the mountains north-west of Gyeongbuk Palace, Buam-dong has all the good things that Seoul’s trendier neighbourhoods have, with the added benefit of a slightly remote, peaceful location. Buam-dong’s mountain background, low brick buildings and quiet streets make you wonder if this is Seoul at all.

 There is not a Starbucks clone in sight – the only coffee shops are the sort that venerate ‘bean’ and ‘hand-drip’ as divine concepts. Most of the shops are brightly painted or housed in traditional wooden

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Islam

Politics have come of age
The people’s will no longer in a cage
Now there’s recognition
Of mutual consultation
As part of Islam, we’re past rage

@D

Euro

Once the world understands
The South must pay its own debt
Responsibility belongs to the set
Accept this & Europe fends

@D