Have not been able to post due to an attack of evil flu. Not the bird variety (but just to cheer you up, it is coming).
Anyway, while I try to get my brain back into shape by drinking huge quantities of fluids and wait for my body to stop aching, I thought I could at least point in the direction of some reading matter.
Rendering the name of Seoul in Chinese characters sounds like a rather arcane business, but it's obviously a matter that has deep political meaning hiding just under the surface. Antti Leppänen has written a very comprehensive post on South Korea's proposed new Chinese name for Seoul. Kirk Larsen also weighs in with some thoughts.
Antti also introduced us to this great Korean stencil artist, who put me in mind of the brilliant Banksy. If you still think that stencils are all about cheap house makeover programmes circa 1999 then check out stencil revolution, which I found via the excellently named Apostate Windbag.