A busy little bee, I am, I am

A busy little bee. A frog, a lark, a lemon, a tree.

here in Korea.

Wait a minute, just lost the verse.

Let me try again.

A sign, a find, an orange rind

A laugh, a pluck, a dumptruck full of muck

A taxi stop, a bottle of booze,

An early start and an early snooze

Here in Korea.

Damn verse.

Korea, I’ll see ya

in the funny papers.

Kimchi, rhymes with zilchi

and that’s not even a word.

Oblong haze, overpass

migraines and natural gas.

Enough. For years, I have tried to write about Korea and my limited skills and limited resources and my limits have led me stumbling through these types of monosyllabic banter. It serves no purpose, no meter, or rhyme or reason.

I have never dared to claim that I have a finger on this particular pulse.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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