An amusing page 3 picture

An amusing page 3 picture in the Korea Times this morning, with a lineup of men at the Hankook Ilbo Building in Seoul, holding placards reading (romanized for your reading pleasure) : Tambae Soebi ChaChu. This translates, more or less, into “The Beginning of the Era of Smokers’ Rights”.
Apparently the members of the Korea Smokers’ Association were protesting for their right to smoke in a ceremony marking Tobacco Consumers Day.
I’m not making this up.

Feeling the need

Feeling the need, this late, drunken evening, to counteract some of the anti-joy I’ve been propagating. Balance, dammit. Here are some beautiful pictures of Korea from 25 years ago, by Bill Hocker. I’m hoping he won’t object if I put a sample here.