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I Listen Faithfully To Radio Pyongyang, Dear Leader

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August 1996

Most of think we are reasonably funny people with a sophisticated sense of humour. At least I did but to translate that for the written word  is quite separate thing. The format and style of Men’s Review allowed me to explore this dimension of myself – evident when meeting me in person, not so available in my writing till then.  The month-long  publication cycle also meant I had a good deal of time to trawl real life (in the 90s the Internet wasn’t my go to window on the world) for inspiration. Not owning (nor able to drive) meant that I spent hours in public transport, walking through the city, observing, eaves-dropping and occasionally engaging with people. While at The Vox  (speaking to DVD seller, or finding a bust of Lenin in PJ) and The Malay Mail  (my The Pedestrian column) I would write with the express purpose of capturing what I was observing. One of the deep regrets was not doing so systematically – but that might have taken the joy out of that type of writing.

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