The hermit kingdom of North Korea holds a grizzly fascination for many. The stories of spying, prison camps and the disappearing of would-be defectors are grimly compelling, but it is the mundanities of North Korean life that often provide the most interest.There are no frogsBefore 1995, North Korea had plenty of frogs. After 1995 it had none. The cause?...
When you think of countries spying on their neighbours, without wishing to perpetuate stereotypes, you probably think of Russia, China, America maybe and in the old days, East Germany.So it comes as something of a surprise that this otherwise well-behaved, generally quiet little nation has been caught trying to spy on its allies with a mass surveillance programme spanning...
Credit agencies are the ultimate spies. They legally snoop on all of us, swapping the info with others and making us extremely paranoid into the bargain. They give power to unregulated industries, like private parking firms, who use the horror of a ‘bad credit score’ to intimidate us into paying for things we don’t have to.The credit score. It’s...