Joongang Daily: Adrift in Irrelevancy


As an afterword to Typhoon Kompasu I’d like to write about an oddly directed piece of criticism/opinion which I’ read in a leading newspaper. Beautifully and wordily scripted for the ultimate effect, it’s difficult to really understand why this article made it into the opinion section of the newspaper at all, it could have, if written with a few less decorations, made it into the ‘letters to the editor’ in a respectable newspaper. Even then, it doesn’t really add any strength to any argument whatsoever, that is if there is an argument in it at all. There is certainly no solution.

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Looking back at Typhoon Kompasu


***Update – So much for that!***
 
***Update – In less than a week another typhoon, Typhoon Malou, is heading directly towards Korea with the same trajectory as Typhoon Kompasu. Regular update available here!***
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Just before five o’clock in the morning on Thursday, September 2 we were woken abruptly by violent winds that shook the apartment and rattled our rather big and bulky double sliding windows. The night before it had started raining around 7pm and continued at a steady pace long after we went to bed, but this wasn’t unusual especially this year with unseasonal weather patterns. Both of us sat up in the bed and looked out the window half expecting to see where the wind was coming from. The windows had been wide open since mid-June as a means of keeping a draught running through the hot summer evenings, and now we definitely had a draught.

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