Introduction: Please read this first!
Welcome to my website. I hope you
find it of use and interest; better yet, enjoy it.
I should explain that it's been under
construction for over a year, and is still far from complete. This
delay is entirely my own fault - although it's tempting also to
blame Kim Jong-il, whose antics have been keeping me very busy (and
in work) of late.
Rather than have this drag on indefinitely,
it seemed best now to launch it without further delay, and hopefully
fill in the gaps later. So here you have it, warts and all.
In this initial version, the site
is largely devoted to my work on Korea. The "Life" section will
be expanded in due course, life permitting. But I've made a start
with some limericks, haiku, and musings on music and the meaning
Also, since the bulk of the work on
the site was done as much as a year ago already, please bear in
mind that references to "recent" may now (March 2003) no longer
be as recent as all that. Thus the "Just lately, for instance" page,
under Work, is actually a year old now. Sorry. But I hope it may
still serve as a guide to the kind of work I do.
To be honest, I also had second thoughts
on whether I really wanted a website at all, or why. Much of this
reads as if I'm touting for business; yet in truth I have plenty
of work as it is, and if anything would like to cut down. Still,
I'm open to suggestions.
More existentially: I crave privacy,
and have in some sense spent the last decade or so in flight from
the big bad world, or at least trying to keep it at bay. Thus it
feels weird and contradictory to expose and flaunt oneself like
this to every stranger on the planet.
If I nonetheless take the plunge,
it's probably because at my age one starts to reflect. Also, there
are things I would like to share on the life and creative side,
in due course.
Sincere thanks to webmaster
Ross Holloway for his skill, toil, and patience. The one thing you
absolutely must read on this site is his dad Andrew Holloway's book
about the year he spent in Pyongyang:
an invaluable primary document.
Otherwise, please roam and enjoy.
And please work and pray for peace in Korea.
Aidan Foster-Carter 22 March, 2003