THE WIRE: SOUTHEAST ASIA EDITION

I have a fair amount of an obsession with wires. Especially how they transition from giant seemingly tangled wads on poles into single strings leading to apartment windows. Here’s to that staple of many Southeast Asian cities: the wire wad.

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Remko Tanis
LIGHT 'EM UP!

A professor in Beijing decided he could smoke in front of his students, claiming it’s inspirational. He might have gotten his views from the China Tobacco Museum, which focuses heavily on the great deeds done by the great smokers in China’s history.

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SLOW TRAIN TO PYEONGYANG

North and South Korea just got the go ahead from the UN to study whether they could hook up their rail systems. A while back I visited Dorasan Station, close to the border in South Korea. It doesn’t see much traffic yet, but is equipped and ready to whisk train passengers from Pyeongyang to Seoul and back.

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