Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The cheerleaders are on hold

I giggled today when I read that, for reasons unknown, North Korea has postponed its first round of talks in 2008 with South Korea. They were supposed to be discussing repairing a cross-border railway as well as, wait for it, transporting a joint cheering squad to the Beijing Olympics. Perhaps it was all too jolly for the North Koreans to stomach. The phrase "cheering squad" has a totalitarian feel to it, rather like "firing squad". It's fascinating to read about what goes on in North Korea, whose government is supported by China, and whose leader visits China in a special train. I remember the previous leader, Kim Il Sung, once receiving the most extraordinary birthday present from the Chinese government: a full length cape made from the feathers of thousands of sparrows.


Blogger kinglear said...

There are many such totalitarian "squads". Here we have " tzars" who don't appear to do anything - they ought to be called " commie-tzars."

11:55 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

That cape of feathers has such an evocative image, no doubt presented in front of a "cheering squad". Poor little birds.

5:43 pm  
Blogger lady thinker said...

Hi there - I've just tagged you for a household management tips meme if you'd car to do it.

9:49 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Oh thank you - I think - Lady T. Mine main tips are going to be find good staff!

2:53 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

That's where all the Brussels sparrows have gone!

8:33 am  
Blogger mutterings and meanderings said...

I was sitting next to a lwayer at lunch yesterday who said he learned when he was in North Korea the truth of the saying that people smile with their yes. They, apparently, didn't.

8:42 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Definitely too jolly for them, I would agree, WW.

10:58 pm  

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