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Posted in: Raducanu drops coach who led her to U.S. Open triumph See in context

Being older and more conservative, I would be less inclined to dabble with a winning formula and therefore consider this move by Raducanu premature. Perhaps it is unkind to accuse her of letting this one achievement, albeit a fantastic one, of going to her head, but I have felt for some time that she is being pushed by someone ruthlessly ambitious (Tiger Mom).

It's paid off so far but I pray and hope this - calculated - gamble will not return to bite her on the butt.

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Posted in: Osaka withdraws from Indian Wells tournament See in context

Osaka's handlers have marketed her extremely skilfully, but unfortunately for her mental wellbeing her sponsors will want their pound of flesh. It would have been better for her to deal with her issues in private rather than on Twitter.

Now, having been pwned by Fernadez and Raducanu, her limelight is dimming. There are new girls in town and they are playing some really good tennis!

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Posted in: Nirvana's 'Nevermind': An album forged by contradictions See in context

They were certainly influential, but would you compare their level of influence to the likes of the Beatles?

Who did Nirvana influence? Justin Bieber? BTS?

They were part of an early nineties rock movment and stayed there. A flash in the pan, if you will.

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Posted in: LDP president candidates vow to double spending on children See in context

“I like children - especially when they cry and someone takes them away.”

Taro Kono

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Posted in: Man arrested for threatening ‘massacre’ at vaccination site in Tokyo See in context

Many photocopiers have a fax function, and I am all for versatility even if that function is mostly considered “legacy”. It is easy to laugh at Japan’s bromance with Brother, but yesterday’s telegraph and today’s fax could become tomorrow’s land line (pay phones are no longer commonplace) or postal service.

I do not like the fact that my interface with the world now has to go through the likes of Fapple/Gitter.

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Posted in: 'Who the hell are you?' Japanese man asks bear while it’s attacking him See in context

Delivers newspapers at three in the morning. Is he a somnambulist?

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Posted in: 77-year-old woman out on bail over son's murder, arrested for killing sister See in context

Freed on bail to kill again… words fail me.

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Posted in: Chinese property magnate loses $1 billion in Evergrande panic See in context

Quit messing with my Bitcoin, China!

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested after leaving smartphone in girls changing room See in context

If it was hidden "inside the cover" of a book, then wouldn't it only be able to record sound and no video?


How would you know about such things…?

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Posted in: Melbourne shuts construction sites after violent anti-vax protest See in context

End the tyranny (but wash your hands). God speed, brothers!

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Posted in: New Zealand’s largest city to remain locked down See in context

Would you prefer an approach where a democratically elected government implements policy which is against the wishes of the majority? 

Sweden had the best plan for COVID: “Let ‘er rip.”

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Posted in: 5 Japanese dramas for studying Japanese See in context

Perhaps the problem lies with bad acting, but for me the characterisation is even worse. For me, Japanese dramas are so crammed with stock archetypes they resemble a deadpan, unfunny pantomime. Characters do not grow or develop, they respond to other characters and situations in unrealistic or contrived ways, and the foley and music composition resembles a half-baked sixth form film project.

Clearly, the Japanese take the same cookie cutter they use for their pop music to their dramas, too.

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Posted in: 2 PM hopefuls favor nuclear fusion, small modular reactors See in context

Fusion doesn't exist.

Oh, it exists all right; it is just that no one has managed to get more energy out of the reaction than it took to put in.

SMRs are an interesting concept be they Hitachi or Rolls-Royce or whatever, but as with all things nuclear: I will believe it when I see it.

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Posted in: U.S. closes part of Texas border; begins flying Haitians home See in context

One of the significant problems of integrating migrants en mass is that most do not want to integrate. Once a critical threshold has passed, they seek to recreate the ways of the old country- irony of ironies, the one they sought to escape.

The problem is entrenched and does not lend itself to compartmentalisation.

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Posted in: 2 PM hopefuls favor nuclear fusion, small modular reactors See in context

2 PM hopefuls favor nuclear fusion, small modular reactors

Ha, ha. Ha ha ha. Guffaw.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy will not be prosecuted over 6-year-old sister’s death See in context

Lock up the mother?

Is this teenager safe to be released back into society? What if he flips out again?

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Posted in: 5-year jail term finalized for 90-year-old over fatal crash See in context

Okay, okay, I get that Iizuka is to old to do bird.

Bang up his children in his stead.

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Posted in: Aid groups in Japan vow to continue support for Afghanistan See in context

Misguided. Afghans have made their bed - as is their right.

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested over theft of ¥13 mil watch on 'papa-katsu' date See in context

Company executive with a prostitute. Anyone else think of Patrick Bateman “Don’t touch the watch”?

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested over theft of ¥13 mil watch on 'papa-katsu' date See in context

Let’s face it: this young professional woman just didn’t have the time for him.

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Posted in: Johnny Depp film sees Minamata pollution issue as cautionary tale See in context

This was a tragic incident, and I remember seeing photos of it in the Life magazine as a child

Tragic? It was a shocking calamity - a crime against humanity.

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Posted in: Woman chips tooth eating McDonald's burger containing metal See in context

This has happened to me a couple of times at Indian restaurants in Tokyo, although my teeth were unaffected. The culprits are pieces broken off of scouring pads.

Mutton vindaloo with swarf. How many lagers did it take to extinguish that ring stinger?

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Posted in: Hokkaido man arrested over attempted murder of woman in Tokyo hotel See in context

A sex worker. in her 50s....wow...

Bait and switch? It's common knowledge that the "Ferraris" work the door, and the punters get the Fiat Pandas inside.

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Posted in: Bumpy road as aging Japan bets on self-driving cars See in context

Self-driving cars are still cars. Still a huge burden on the environment, making out cities ugly, dangerous, noisy, unfriendly places.

Agreed. The "eco" solution is not battery electric tech, but to remove private vehicles from our cities altogether.

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Posted in: Ohtani, Osaka among TIME's 100 most influential people of 2021 See in context

Well, when Osaka went Keith Moon with her tennis racquet, it did influence me to have mine re-strung. I'll credit her with that.

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Posted in: Dubious of Trump's sanity, U.S. general secretly called China: book See in context

Now I am all for checks and balances, but Trump never actually ordered a nuclear strike - in fact, he never started a war. If this report is true, Milley should be facing a firing squad.

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Posted in: Osaka pachinko parlor used as vaccination site See in context

Do they give you a soft toy in exchange for the balls which you then take around the back to a hut dispensing syringes?

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Posted in: Chinese students hit by U.S. visa rejections See in context

Cry me a river and call me back when the Chinese start reciprocating.

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Posted in: Woman goes on trial for burying body of newborn baby in Tokyo park See in context

Right. Because killing the baby inside the womb is different than killing the baby after birth. Taking a human life either way is MURDER.

Funny how it is the pro-lifers who are among the most bloodthirsty enthusiasts of the death penalty.

There is no question that this young woman made a succession of bad life choices to find herself in her predicament. Sadly, it seems that those who are determined to bury their heads in the sand are beyond help.

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Posted in: As world marks 9/11, Taliban flag raised over seat of power See in context

The loss of innocent lives in the 9/11 attacks was tragic but the loss of civilians in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is also tragic.

In the end they all died for nothing.

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