A North Korean holiday

Nick Bonner has the key to one of the worldÆs strangest countries.

During my conversation with Nick Bonner about North Korea one topic came up again and again. It wasn't nuclear missiles, the leadership of Kim Jong-Il or the country's Juche ideology. It was something much more prosaic, and it typifies his enthusiasm for the secretive state. It was football.

Bonner mentioned a North Korean football youth team that was currently in Beijing a visit he had helped organise. Then he...

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