I have watched a few videos about North Korea on the BBC website. I do wonder to what extent everyone shown weeping and wailing really wants to do so or is simply afraid not to be seen reacting with tears to the death of the Dear Leader.
There is an interesting little 15-minute film from 2010 as well, where the journalist is told that the Great Leader, aka Daddy of the one who just died, is actually still alive and watching over them, that's why they give him flowers on his birthday.
On one video too, about his son not being quite ready to take over, there is commentary by some professor in the States. He mentions "Kim Jong very Il" ;D
I suggest converting the famous Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang into a mausoleum for this great leader. After all, it has had a hard time, too. They started building it in 1987 and it was supposed to be completed in 1989, but communism collapsed in most of the world at that time, and the economy was disrupted. Construction finally came to a standstill in 1992, although the 105-storey outer structure was complete. Good news, though! A friendly Egyptian company took over the abandoned shell in 2008, and they plan to finish the work in 2012. Can you imagine that this is only the world's 40th highest building although it is 4th for the number of floors? I guess that's because North Koreans are pretty short.
A 90-member North Korean orchestra is arriving in Paris today for a joint performance with the Radio France Philharmonic, under the direction of South Korean maestro Myung-Whum Chung.
The North Koreans will be visiting the national conservatory, the Cité de la Musique and Versailles under tight surveillance.
France has just one official diplomatic representation in North Korea, the "bureau of cultural cooperation," which only opened last September. It is considered to be a major achievement to convince the North Koreans to do this. Jack Lang, a former minister of culture under President Mitterrand, made a special visit to Pyongyang to set the whole thing up. If there are no "incidents" (disappearing musicians), they might be back for a second concert before the end of the year.
The first part of the concert is going to be traditional Korean music, followed by a symphony by Brahms.