El periodista Peter Hitchens cuenta su visita a Corea del Norte. La verdad es que la imagen resulta muy similar a la que el autor Guy Delisle en su cómic Pyongyang:
It cannot any longer even fake success at its very heart. Its great propaganda festival, the Arirang Games where thousands of young Koreans create vast pictures with eerily synchronised movements, is a pathetic remnant.
It is the only show I have ever been to where the cast is far bigger than the audience. The colossal May Day Stadium was three-quarters empty the night I went.
The performance, in which Joseph Stalin meets Walt Disney, was less confidently militaristic than in past times and most of the «soldiers and sailors» were attractive young women in pert skirts, none looking very menacing.
Sometimes it descended into circus, with platoons of dancing children dressed as boiled eggs, and a motorbike on a tightrope.