Anti-theft, device

20180901_121809 (Anti-theft mechanism)

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This bus, is number one!

20180821_150511 (The bus is number one!)

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Street photography: ambush!

Street photogrpahy ambush!

It rained today, he had a streak for frying pans

It rained today, though only enough to be annoying. I refused to take one this morning, hoping that it would be alright. So when it did rain, I perched my hiking backpack over and on my head as a barrier to at least keep my head dry. Feeling pretty good at having beaten the odds by cheating, I headed for the school gate. My shirt still got wet though.¬†Walking out the towards the bus stop, I passed some third graders from my school. They were going home too. An umbrella hung over two of them, though unable to cater for all 7 of them. Held over one of the student’s heads was an honest to god frying pan. I looked, and kept looking as I followed them down towards the intersection. The group of students said hello to me at the crossing as we waited. Innovative thinking indeed. Such a pity that when he goes to work for a big company, he may loose this streak of ingenuity, this flair to be different. I nodded back, said with a smile his fry pan was good. I really hope the student doesn’t loose his knack for improvisation.

Stonehead, a Korean insult comes to life

When someone in Korea is intolerablely stupid, they are, amongst other insults, labelled a stonehead -“Dolsot mo-ri”. I’d learnt this from my students quite some time ago. But the first time I’d heard it used was when I accepted a lift (because I was lost) by some university students in Busan, aslo sometime ago. They were quite jovial, but also didn’t hesistate to express what they though about my intellect in Korean. The only female in the car, who spoke a bit of English was a bit more sympathetic. I was just grateful of their help, and didn’t let on that I understood.

The small granite statue at school had been ‘decapitated’ sometime in the past. Someone, obviously with a sense of physical comedy had placed a large stone ontop of the headless statue.