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Posted in: Toyota Verblitz add All Blacks Barrett, Smith in blockbuster move See in context

Does anyone know what a Verblitz is? Just curious

Verblitz is a portmanteau of verde (Spanish and Portuguese for 'green') and blitz (German for 'lightning').

Google is a wonderful thing.

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Posted in: Paris Hilton announces birth of first child See in context

Why by IVF?

Because she is 41 year old

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Posted in: Police say 13-year-old girl has admitted killing mother See in context

Apparently the mother was killed by her daughter after an argument about the kid's excessive mobile phone use. Totally pointless.

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Posted in: England rugby coach Jones set to discover fate See in context

Sacking is on the cards for Eddie, sadly. It's just time for England to move on and he'd be better off coming back to Japan and coaching a club side again.

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Posted in: Luxury hotel chain Dorchester to open in Japan's highest building in 2028 See in context

This hotel will be literally on the "wrong side of the tracks." While not bad, it's definitely a step down from the Marunouchi side.

So are you saying the Shang and the Four Seasons need to move as they are also on the wrong side of Tokyo eki?

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Posted in: Five must-ride national cycling routes in Japan See in context

Timely article as I am just back from my second time on the Shimanami Kaido over the weekend. This time I took my wife along who is just above beginner level. We took two full days but wished we had one more day to explore a little bit more. It truly is a fantastic route.

One 'hidden gem' was the stunning views from the cafe at Kareiyamatenbo Park on Oshima. Well worth the steep but short 200m climb to get there.

Biwaichi, especially the sleepy northern section is also well worth riding.

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Posted in: Police increase patrols at Haneda airport ahead of Abe state funeral See in context

All for show of course.

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Posted in: Japan to resume accepting guided foreign tour groups from June 10 See in context

Gotta love Japan. Why make it easy, when it can be made overly complicated?

And only small amounts of information is being released as they are making it up as they go along. As a hotelier dependant on in-bound tourism, it frustrating and bloody confusing for everyone!

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Posted in: Alpine view See in context

It's a fantastic route for cycling with the highest roads in Japan. And it's closed to traffic, buses and bicycles only.

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Posted in: N Korea launches missile toward sea; Kishida calls it threat to peace See in context

Now we know what happened to Herman Goering's old uniform.

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Posted in: Hotel guest who boiled crabs in room’s kettle angry at having to pay for damages See in context

As a hotelier in Japan and elsewhere, I have seen a lot worse than this. Kettles and fridges get used and abused regularly.

One of the most memorable incidents was a bride-to-be who decided to hang her wedding dress from a fire sprinkler on the ceiling of their room. As you might expect, the sprinkler broke and their room and 3 rooms directly below were all flooded. TVs, carpets, bedding etc all damaged beyond repair by stinky, stained water. It cost them a fortune for the damage but they paid up in full. I wonder if their marriage lasted?

Must write a book one day about guest shenanigans.

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Posted in: North demolishing hotel that was symbol of Korean engagement See in context

That should be 'White Elephant'.

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Posted in: North demolishing hotel that was symbol of Korean engagement See in context

This floating hotel has always been a 'while elephant' and has some history behind it. Great Barrier Reef Saigon North Korea. Won't be missed.,a%20cult%20following%20in%20Australia%22.

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Posted in: Canada wins gold in women's speedskating team pursuit after Japanese skater falls See in context

@Pukey2 That would be Team GB. :-)

Well done Japan for winning silver. Still a great achievement.

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Posted in: World gets taste for Japanese gin as exports hit record high in 2021 See in context

Kinobi Gin that is distilled in Kyoto is a great tipple.

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Posted in: England look to salvage Ashes pride as COVID hangs over Sydney Test See in context

Another hiding coming up. Unless the weather intervenes.

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Posted in: Australia retains Ashes with win over England See in context

A proper thrashing. Can't wait to see the Poms keep on self destructing in the final two tests. The fallout at the ECB after the tour is over will be fun to see. Root is great batter but a very poor captain. But that's not the main problem, it's the rest of their batters who haven't showed up. Great stuff!

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Posted in: Australia nears win, England slips to 82-4 in 2nd Ashes test See in context

is this true ? I hadn’t heard any such news

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Posted in: Australia nears win, England slips to 82-4 in 2nd Ashes test See in context

Predicting the game will end in the first session following another abject collapse by England. Hard to believe that England spent 2 years preparing for this series. Which will end at 4 or 5 nil.

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Posted in: Saudis down Japan to stay perfect in World Cup qualifying See in context

Don't worry...4 teams get to qualify.....

Not quite correct. Two teams from each of the two groups go straight through. The two third placed teams will play off with the winner taking an inter-confederation play-off slot. This might be Japan's only hope to make it to Qatar next year.

The Japan V Australia game on Tuesday night in Saitama should be a cracker. Australia will be gunning for their 12th win on the trot and can all but seal a spot in Qatar there.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,909 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,713 See in context

I always crack up reading the Tokyo centered comments on here. The numbers may be dropping in Tokyo (due to shady practices??), but there are no signs of this happening in Kansai. Most days still have records or near records. There is more to Japan than just Tokyo.

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Posted in: Sato gets 2nd athletics gold; Yamaguchi swims to victory at Paralympics See in context

NHK broadcasts Paralympics all day long. I do not watch it. It is too much fanfare.

Then why even bother to comment here? To most of us it is all very inspiring.

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Posted in: Heatwave hits Hokkaido ahead of Olympic marathon See in context

This is not as big a deal as some here are making it out to be. The runners and walkers are professionals and will have done a lot of heat acclimation workouts to prepare. So this is nothing new to them. Hell, I have even done marathons in 38 degree heat and high humidity (on Guam, Asia and even in Germany) and survived. It is just a matter of careful preparation and then taking in hydration and good pacing during the race. But there will be some athletes who will over extend for sure. The medical tents will be prepared with IV drips and ice etc.

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Posted in: Sneaking a peek: Fans find creative ways to glimpse Olympics See in context

I am going to the track cycling on Wednesday. Expect there to be less than 1,000 spectators in a stadium that seats 3,600, so with some sensible precautions we should be fine. And the wife and I are both double jabbed.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic beds are sturdy, organizers says after 'anti-sex' report See in context

Well that's a relief.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 369 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,884 See in context

The numbers aren't being fiddled as such, the MHLW has just "revised" its way of counting cases. That this "revision" has led to a miraculous decrease in numbers, so that Japan is now no longer in Stage 4 of the pandemic is just a coincidence. Medical advisors say that the Olympics should not proceed if Japan is at Stage 4 of the pandemic. Now it's not, so the Olympics can go ahead! Hurrah!

Japan. Fudging numbers since 1868.

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Posted in: Town hit by threats, complaints over COVID vaccination program for youth See in context

@zichi 'What is the name of the town?'

Inecho on the Japan sea coast. It is a beautiful place.

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Posted in: Australian rugby league 'Immortal' Bob Fulton dies at 73 See in context

Sad news about a League hero of mine. RIP Bozo.

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Posted in: Aichi city gave pharmacy chain chief, wife priority bookings for vaccination See in context

Meanwhile a good friend in Tokyo with stage 4 terminal lung cancer has to wait until July for her first shot. Priorities.....

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world (post-pandemic), other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Lisbon. For the culture, food, wine and climate.

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