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Posted in: Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour See in context

Burning BushToday  07:17 am JST

He suffered a serious side effect but it's being covered up.

zichiToday  05:59 pm JST

Maybe his throat cancer has returned?

I know, why don't we stop all the doom and gloom negative speculation, and see how Charlie progresses?

I'm sure he's getting better medical care than any of us are in Japan right now.

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Posted in: Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour See in context

Commodore PerryToday  02:39 pm JST

Even the Beatles knew they needed Ringo far more than he needed them.

Not so sure about this.

The Beatles were still able to record without Ringo, replacing him with studio musicians, or even The Beatles' best drummer, Paul McCartney.

I was thinking more about his peacekeeping duties, rather than his drumming. When he quit during the 'White album' sessions, I think the others shelved their differences and begged him to come back. I don't think their would have been the 'White album' without him.

Pretty much the same as Charlie, being the most placid member of the Stones, rather than a John Bonham or Keith Moon, probably makes him the most important. I seem to remember Jimmy Miller had to play some drums on 'Tumblin' dice' when Charlie struggled, but Charlie's touch was always more jazz-like than rock which, for me, helped make the Stones' 60's output that little bit special and different from the rest; kind of like Ringo on 'A day in the life'.

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Posted in: Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour See in context

tokyo_joeToday  09:17 am JST

Love the Stones but time to call it a day. No Charlie, no Stones.

Wholeheartedly agree.

Learn from AC/DC's mistake; Angus nearly destroyed the band he loved when he lost Brian (who has more than proved his worth), Phil and Cliff. And thinking Axl Rose would be a good replacement? Serious head in hands moment. But back in the fold- Back up and running. its not as if the likes of The Stones (or Acca Dacca) need the money.

Got to stick with the original lineup (apologies Bon), or its just falls into parody.

Even the Beatles knew they needed Ringo far more than he needed them.

Get well soon, Charlie, you legend.

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Posted in: Organizers apologize for introducing Ukrainian athletes as Russians See in context

Pukey2Today  02:25 pm JST

oreio:

England in Japanese is Ingurando.

As a transliteration, yes. But historically foreign countries, even outside of Asia(亜細亜 ) originally had names written in kanji; you can still see 米国 ,濠(太剌利)on meat in the supermarket. All European countries had names in kanji, even the UK; 蘇格蘭- Scotland 北愛蘭- Northern Ireland. Wales was always classed as England and Wales together, so no Kanji.

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Posted in: Organizers apologize for introducing Ukrainian athletes as Russians See in context

Sadly this doesn't surprise me in the least. I'm more surprised they felt the need to brush it off with a pseudo-apology, and not just blame and sack one secretary for it; that's de rigueur, isn't it?

I noticed yesterday that during the skateboarding medal ceremony, when they announced Sky Brown's bronze medal the announcer said 'Great Britain' in English, but 「英国」'England' in Japanese. Surely it should have been 「イギリス」?

Bit of a faux pas for the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish, No?

Even the article, which I'm pretty sure was written by an American, referred to the US skateboarder and 'The rest of the world'. Do we get our own flag and national anthem as 'The rest of the world'?

Brings back memories of Mariah Carey in the nineties, when she didn't realise 'Africa' wasn't a country.

I'd have thought the Japanese would have more of an eye for detail, but I guess if its good enough for NBC and the home audience, accuracy doesn't matter tuppence.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Peeping_TomToday  10:55 pm JST

"Funny that. I did watch it live on the BBC, and after it had finished they showed all the medallists top runs again and discussed them; ALL the medallists."

Did I say BBC, as in TV?

BBC i-player is also online, on bbc.co.uk; the clue's in the name really 'UK'- news for British people. Naturally they focus on Sky's bronze medal. But they still had the courtesy to report on Japan's Gold and silver skateboarding medals, as they did with Japan's previous two skateboarding gold medals even without any Brits winning medals.

BBC Sports is online; check it.

Like this?

"Tokyo Olympics: Yosozumi and 12-year-old Hiraki win gold and silver"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/58082653

The live reporting gave a plethora of information in their running commentary on the skateboarders competing in the final.

I never see hide nor hair of the UK's gold medal winners on NHK.

I certainly don't need to pretend to be Japanese, (unlike some here).

There's something called NHK World.

All in engrish. As if you were watching TV in Tokyo.

I must admit, you caught me off guard there. I never really believed anybody could seriously watch NHK world for news. Thanks for the chuckles.

Ever heard of it?

Oh I think we all know only too well about NHK world. Still they gave skateboarding just over a minute, and made sure they used young Sky to help vindicate the games.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Kind of apathy...

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Peeping_TomToday  08:09 pm JST

Just check the BBC Sports.

It is as if Sky was the only competitor.

Everyone scratches his or her own back first, not just Japan.

Funny that. I did watch it live on the BBC, and after it had finished they showed all the medallists top runs again and discussed them; ALL the medallists.

I think we all know, reading your posts, you love Japan. But you don't live here, as many more informed posters do.

NHK practically blanked Sky, as if she were a blot on Japan's copybook, I presume by representing another country.

Didn't see that king of antipathy on the BBC.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

AttilathehungryToday  04:24 pm JST

Minimum age of 18 for all competitors, please.

It is all getting a touch ridiculous. And what 'sports' are coming in Paris- breakdancing?

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I say give the youth of today the opportunity: They have behaved and handled themselves so much better than many of their senior peers in these games, especially in the new wave of sports like this (skateboarding). And yes, they certainly are sports.

My guess for Paris 2024, 'Gesticulatory Complaining': An assured home gold, if these games are any kind of indication.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

vanityofvanitiesToday  02:26 pm JST

I wish skateboarding will not become popular. Skateboarding is noisy, disrupting traffic and endangering pedestrians.

Well you're a real killjoy, aren't you.

A lot of older competitors in other more established sports could, and should, learn a lot from these young girls on how to be exemplary athletes, win or lose. I don't think I've ever seen such an amicable atmosphere between competitors in my life.

The Australian and American lifting a tearful Okamoto onto their shoulders, to show appreciation for her valiant attempt at gold was, more than literally, uplifting.

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Posted in: Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout See in context

...Maybe that makes it a Japanese song. I'm just speculating, of course.

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Posted in: Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout See in context

Peeping_TomToday  09:38 pm JST

"But it's birthplace IS China"

NO!

birthplace

/ˈbəːθpleɪs/

noun

the place where something started or originated.

So, yes, karate did indeed originate, in whatever form, in China.

Peeping_TomToday  09:38 pm JST

You are not saying that Japanese language and Chinese (i.e. Mandarin/Cantonese) are one and the same are you?

If only they gave gold medals for wild extrapolation...

By being an athlete I also have a keen interest in reading about the art; and I read a lot I can guarantee you.

To quote John Lydon in 'Rise'; "The written word is a lie." Ryuichi Sakamoto played on that

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Posted in: Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout See in context

Peeping_TomToday  09:04 pm JST

Karate as we know it is NOT from China.

But it's birthplace IS China; Not, as the article suggests, Japan. It developed in Japan into what it is today.

Btw, I am a Karateka.

Well that wouldn't influence a person's opinion at all now, would it.

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Posted in: Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout See in context

空手...

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Posted in: Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout See in context

In Japan -- birthplace of the high-kicking, hard-punching martial art

Well that's an outright falsehood: 唐手 originally came from China( as in「唐」Tang dynasty), Japan just changed the kanji to 空て to appease itself, laying claim to its invention.

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Posted in: Worthington, Martin earn gold in BMX freestyle Olympic debut See in context

Pacific SauryToday  02:55 pm JST

And surprised the police let the crowd gather on the bridge!Illegal pro-gatherings are never stopped, just legal protests.

Illegal pro-gatherings are never stopped: Just legal protest gatherings garner that honour .

I wonder if this event will be accused of being 'Tainted', seeing as the US 'Favourite' didn't win?

Maybe the Brit drank some Austrian Redbull before her ride?

Worthington, who crashed on her opening run, got it started by landing the first 360 backflip in women’s competition.

The difference between Roberts and the rest of the world: She goes bigger and lands more dynamic moves than anyone else.

But Roberts hasn't done one of them in competition, then.

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Posted in: Worthington, Martin earn gold in BMX freestyle Olympic debut See in context

The difference between Roberts and the rest of the world: She goes bigger and lands more dynamic moves than anyone else.

US journalist piece per chance? She didn't win the gold. Looks like 'The rest of the world' isn't that bad.

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Posted in: Americans Dressel, Ledecky, Aussie McKeown win gold in the pool See in context

Burning BushToday  11:45 am JST

Members of the US swimming team have already publicly stated that this sport is tainted by doping.

Tainting of which couldn't possibly include any members of the US team, right? Clean as a whistle; beyond all doubt.

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Posted in: 'Can't help but cheer': Some in Japan warm to Olympics See in context

socrateosToday  07:51 am JST

I love people doing this, simply following their own instincts and interests, ignoring official rules.

Apart from if they're protesting AGAINST the games: Bad instinct, down!

Selective acceptance.

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Posted in: Only Tokyo could pull off these Games? Not everyone agrees See in context

divindaToday  07:15 am JST

then a more authoritarian and high-tech China or Singapore would probably be able to control COVID

Well, I guess we'll see what China does 6 months from now at the Winter Games. It'll be interesting to see the difference.

 There'll be no problem holding the winter olympics (refuse to capitalise them fro herein), I'm guessing, China not even pretending to be an 'vibrant, open democracy' and all.

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Posted in: Japan's Horigome wins first ever Olympic skateboard gold See in context

joffyToday  05:30 pm JST

gerryToday  05:20 pm JST

why is Canada not reported with other countries in the medals awarded?

Gotta podium to get on that list!

Some special reason that Canada's two silvers don't count, is there?

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Posted in: Japan's explanation of Korean wartime forced labor insufficient: UNESCO See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  03:40 pm JST

Great Britain invented slavery. And yes their are many reminders, statues that could, and should present the whole shocking truth. This is the point.

Think you'll find slavery has its roots way back in ancient times, long before the British became involved.

China was doing it in BC times, before it became united and then there were the Mongols, Egyptians; I could go on.

Russia also has a long history of slavery, even to this day the Global slavery index estimates nearly 800,000 live comparative slave-like lives in Russia.

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Posted in: Violent scenes as ticketless England fans breach Wembley for Euro final See in context

JsapcToday  07:30 am JST

English fans spent the tournament booing other countries' anthems and generally behaving like drunken idiots.

Not, for example, like those pleasant well-behaved Hungarian chaps...

Think you'll find the news vendors tend to report what people want to hear.

Fighto!Today  07:07 am JST

I guess these thugs got to see their team lose! Buy a ticket next time guys.

English thugs, in England, watching the English national team, during an international travel ban pandemic? Who'd have thought.

I'm guessing you've never been to an Italian football game; Not for the fainthearted, I can assure you.

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Posted in: Japan's huge pension fund logs record profit after virus loss See in context

Smoke and mirrors, people, smoke and mirrors.

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

shogun36Today  11:55 am JST

Recent polls have suggested a slight shift in public opposition to holding the Games, with more now in favor of it going ahead than cancelling it.

no, it doesn’t

Yup, from here on in, the propaganda machine will be in FULL swing.

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Posted in: Olympic anxiety leaves Japanese sponsors counting the cost See in context

zurcroniumToday  11:43 am JST

https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/organising-committee/marketing/sponsors/

Interesting to note there's been no sponsor "News" since August last year;

Lying low as well they should, IF they had an ounce of business acumen.

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Posted in: Microsoft announces retirement of Internet Explorer See in context

@EvilBuddha

Netscape disappeared, but I think it pretty much became Mozilla, so Firefox was kind of their phoenix rising from the ashes.

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Posted in: Microsoft announces retirement of Internet Explorer See in context

@Zichi

Yeah, there is that. But if you use a good VPN I don't see the need to worry...so much.

Still, felt better when it was Norwegian.

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Posted in: Microsoft announces retirement of Internet Explorer See in context

No mention of Opera? I actually switched to it after Firefox started getting way too unnecessarily convoluted, in its bid to challenge Chrome, and have never regretted it.

I honestly wouldn't recommend touching Chrome, or for that matter Edge, with a barge-pole.

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Posted in: Quiet airport See in context

gakinotsukaiMay 5  03:41 pm JST

Get some insights about the real sources of pollution.

Simple. The source is pretty much humans and our activity.

Bizarre to think I've been in Japan for twenty years and I have never seen Fuji san. Never really had the compulsion. Am I missing much?

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