Nowt wrong with been Northern….
Trip Start Oct 03, 2010
16Trip End Dec 19, 2010
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Again the working week passed without much to note, I've been mainly getting some sort of take away food and eating at my hotel whilst watching Life on Mars. "Mobby’s highlight of the week" (sang like Harry Hill’s T.V highlight of the week) was my dinner on Wednesday, live octopus. Basically they took one out of the tank and chopped the tentacles off then cut then into about one inch strips and served on a plate. It was still wriggling all over and sucking to the plate so it was real hard to pick up, I gave up using chop sticks. The strangest part was when it was in my mouth in would suck onto my cheeks and tongue, I was told to give it some big chews to ensure it lost all its sucking power before I swallowed it as it can suck to your throat
On Saturday I’d booked to go to the Korean border, yes that’s right I was going to North Korea….again this was booked via the U.S army I thought it was for the best! Upon arriving at the D.M.Z which stands for demilitarised zone and I was given a briefing which went along the lines of if they the enemy (North Korea) enter the bus do not communicate with them in way. They are the enemy and they will be watching you at all times. I was then give a visitor declaration to sign before I was allowed to go any further, I stole a copy of this form so I could be extremely accurate and to ensure I did not exaggerate when I wrote about it on here… It started and I quote “The visit to the joint security area (JSA) at Panmunjom will entail into a hostile area and possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action. The JSA is a neutral but divided area guarded by the United Nations Command military personnel on one side (South) and Korean People’s Army personnel on the other (North)” it went on “The UN, the United States and the Republic of Korea cannot guarantee the safety of visitors and may not be held accountable in the event of a hostile enemy act.” The declaration had a further six paragraphs but after reading the above I just signed it as what could they be telling me after I’d just read of a possible enemy attack and possible death.
A briefing followed about the Korea war and I was told there are many active land mines so do not go off track
The next stop on the tour was the 3rd Tunnel, South Korean have found four tunnels in total which were dug from way in the North with the aim of them all to reach Seoul to allow them to invade in mass numbers and take the city within hours! The fact the South do not know if they have found them all is slightly worrying. This tunnel was a mile underground and was dark, wet, cold and horrible everything you would think a tunnel would be. Its claimed 30,000troops could pass through this tunnel in an hour but they all must be about 3 foot as I was nearly on my knees at one point with my Bob the builder hat on to ensure I didn’t knock my noggin
On Sunday believe it or not I had to go to the airport for a meeting, who the hell does that and on a Sunday too!! It was for the final stage (I hope) of the interviews, we have selected someone and we wanted the client to meet them before we make any formal offers.
General Mob xx