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Kim Jong-il dead: 10 things you may not know about the 'great successor' Kim Jong-un
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:06AM GMT 19 Dec 2011 | Danielle Demetriou

Posted on 12/19/2011 5:01:43 AM PST by Hunton Peck

From plastic surgery to basketball love – a glimpse into the bizarre world of North Korea's Kim Jong-il and his son Kim Jong-un

1/ The next leader, Kim Jong-un is an unexpected style guru in North Korea – due to his haircut. Young men in Pyongyang are reportedly queuing at barbershops to copy his short, square, shaved-above-the-ears look, dubbed the "youth" or "ambition" haircut.

2 / South Korean media was awash last year with speculation that Kim had undergone plastic surgery numerous times – in order to look more like his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, founder of the state, whom he has reportedly been groomed to emulate.

3/ Basketball, that most quintessentially American sport, is apparently a big passion of his – with reports that he harbours a particular affection for Michael Jordan.

4/ The leader-in-waiting is believed to have attended a number of schools in Switzerland using various pseudonyms – with some former pupils claiming he pretended to be the son of a driver.

5/ Shy – not the most obvious quality for a leader...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: insidenorthkorea; kimjongil; kimjongildead; kimjongun; korea; natgeoinsidenkorea
So young, but arready so ronery....
1 posted on 12/19/2011 5:01:51 AM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

“However, he also acquired a reputation as a student for being extremely competitive, particularly in sports, with skiing and basketball apparently his favourites.”

lol. not exactly the body of an athlete.


2 posted on 12/19/2011 5:04:51 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Hunton Peck

the cloak of power about his shoulders and who knows what the NK will get for their new dictator.


3 posted on 12/19/2011 5:05:51 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Hunton Peck
Basketball... is apparently a big passion of his...

As part of condolences, zer0 is sending Madame Halfbright over to attend the funeral and present a gift basketball.

4 posted on 12/19/2011 5:07:26 AM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy our votes")
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To: nuconvert

Perhaps like his father the young Kim will take up golf and get 6 holes-in-one the first time he tries. Certainly he is already able to leap tall buildings and is more powerful than a locomotive, but we may have to wait and see if he can dodge a speeding bullet.


5 posted on 12/19/2011 5:09:52 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: Hunton Peck
9/ Following in the footsteps of the godlike reverence that surrounded his father, the younger Kim's birthday has apparently been made a national holiday, celebrated annually on 1 January.

...and to think I had mistaken all those celebrations for New Year's.....

6 posted on 12/19/2011 5:10:33 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Dry English Sarcastic dark humor,.....or just open reporting on North Korea?????


7 posted on 12/19/2011 5:12:17 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: nuconvert
"lol. not exactly the body of an athlete."

Not important for him. Would you play basketball against him and win? Not if you wanted to live long enough to have a celebratory beer afterwards. No, it would be better to lose and live another day...
8 posted on 12/19/2011 5:12:57 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: C210N

“Basketball Jong, I gotta basketball Jong, I gotta basketball Jong oh baby, oo-oo oo...”


9 posted on 12/19/2011 5:14:44 AM PST by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Hunton Peck
Sitting with father...what a family.

10 posted on 12/19/2011 5:17:21 AM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: Hunton Peck

How come Occupy Pyongyang isn’t calling for elections?


11 posted on 12/19/2011 5:17:52 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Bobalu
"porcine" seems to spring to mind, as well as "the banality of evil."


12 posted on 12/19/2011 5:23:57 AM PST by aruanan
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To: The Great RJ

Lol


13 posted on 12/19/2011 5:27:18 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Hunton Peck

6/ However, he also acquired a reputation as a student for being extremely competitive, particularly in sports, with skiing and basketball apparently his favourites.

7/ His moment in his father’s spotlight reportedly came when his elder half-brother Kim Jong-nimmed – a former favourite – fell out of favour after being caught trying to enter Japan on a fake passport in order to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

8/ A Japanese chef who used to work as Kim Jong-il’s personal chef has described the new successor as “a chip off the old block, a spitting image of his father in terms of face, body shape and personality”.

9/ Following in the footsteps of the godlike reverence that surrounded his father, the younger Kim’s birthday has apparently been made a national holiday, celebrated annually on 1 January.

10/ Soldiers across North Korea have reportedly been shown a documentary film about the incoming leader over recent months, which is said to begin with the words: “Following in the footsteps of the General, offering guidance to the troops, comrade General Kim Jong Un delivers a great blow to the enemy with the resourcefulness of his keen insight.”

I first read the above commentary as serious,...but the more I read it, the better it reads as droll, dry, English comedy. Actually, very, very, very good comedy.

Then again, is it intended as humor or reporting?

The Japanese chef’s complement,...hehehe.


14 posted on 12/19/2011 5:29:07 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: nuconvert

Initial reports are he was a D student in poor physical shape, literally the runt of his family.


15 posted on 12/19/2011 5:45:26 AM PST by omega4179 (We can't wait!............. for the end of an error.....1-20-13)
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To: Cvengr

North Korea: An ongoing Monty Python skit with nukes...


16 posted on 12/19/2011 5:52:45 AM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Cvengr
"Following in the footsteps of the godlike reverence that surrounded his father, the younger Kim’s birthday has apparently been made a national holiday, celebrated annually on 1 January."

All Koreans advance their age on January 1st. They count the nine months gestation as their first year, so even if a Korean were born on March 15, for example, the following January 1st, they would be considered two years old, and increase their age by one every January 1st.

If an American asks a Korean how old they are, they will typically ask in return, "Korean age or American age?"

17 posted on 12/19/2011 5:52:49 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Bobalu

Looks like a family that runs a resturant by me.....the mother looks like she could be a cashier just about anywhere..you want to use American Express...3% more


18 posted on 12/19/2011 6:33:45 AM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: Hunton Peck
The plumpish Brilliant Comrade Supreme Leader in waiting, Kim Jong-un, can't wait for his chance at the whip.


19 posted on 12/19/2011 6:35:57 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: Hunton Peck

"How you like me NOW, Hans Brix?!!!"

20 posted on 12/19/2011 6:36:48 AM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Hunton Peck

Net Geo - Inside North Korea (Also avail on netflix streaming). This video really shows how controlling Dear Leader was over the people.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/national-geographic-channel/shows/explorer-1/ngc-inside-north-korea.html


21 posted on 12/19/2011 7:02:45 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Hunton Peck

Lets see how long the military lets him live. I’m looking for a coup a couple of weeks/mos after the funeral.


22 posted on 12/19/2011 7:40:55 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I was thinking young Kim simply asked why there were so many people celebrating Jan 1st, and his parents just told him all the New Year’s parades were people celebrating his birthday.


23 posted on 12/19/2011 12:50:11 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Definitely smarter than Zippy.


24 posted on 12/19/2011 4:12:59 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nonstatist

That is a scary-looking kid right there. I’m thinking in terms of pulling wings off flies. BTT.


25 posted on 12/19/2011 4:25:28 PM PST by Billthedrill
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