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Posted in: Suntory sells 'world whisky' blend as premium tipple See in context

A full bottle of Laphroaig malt, will last me about three months

I got a bottle of Laphroaig malt at the beginning of December last year that surrendered up its last wee dram just last week, so nearly five months.

It was spaced out with another couple of bottles of less elevated stuff, though; a blended Scotch I got for Christmas, and a bottle of Tomalin my son brought through the duty-free for me at New Year, none of which is still extant.

A good Japanese whisky is a fine thing, but a nice single malt Scotch is the ultimate Friday night treat.

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Posted in: Suntory sells 'world whisky' blend as premium tipple See in context

I still have about 40 bottles of scotch, and other whiskey, as well. 

I am slowly drinking them all, one shot at a time!

So you have a virtual cornucopia of whisky? Nice.

I am in awe of your awesome ability to drink your way through it slowly.

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Posted in: Cartoonist Monkey Punch, known for 'Lupin III,' dies at 81 See in context

Can anyone explain why that word/name is always written as モンキー instead of マンキ which would be much nearer?

I imagine it's because Japanese are taught in romaji class at school that 'mo' = モ (and vice versa).

As Strangerland points out, English pronunciation doesn't necessarily follow the letters on the page. In my Northern English accent it would be ムンキー.

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Posted in: Suntory sells 'world whisky' blend as premium tipple See in context

Yubaru - You do know that whisky doesn't age in the bottle? You can keep a bottle of Johnny Black 12-year-old for a hundred years, and it will still be a 12-year-old.

Why on earth would you hang on to a bottle for 75 years? Drink the stuff, it's what it's there for!

75 wasted years......

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Posted in: Fire ravages Notre Dame cathedral in Paris; spire collapses See in context

Notre Dame is a historic and cultural icon, a beautiful building, a treasure trove of irreplaceable artwork, an architectural masterpiece. Its loss (or even partial loss - it appears that the stone structure will survive) is certainly a great loss and a tragedy.

I get that.

And I agree with every word.

But I also to some extent agree with Vernon Watts - it's just a building.

There have so far been no reports of lives being lost; a very bright silver lining to an admittedly very dark and heartbreaking cloud.

It would be laughable to call (for example) the Grenville Tower block of flats that burned down two years ago any kind of cultural or historic icon (except as a symbol of Britain's colonial legacy and social inequality), yet it was surely a much greater loss, involving as it did 72 deaths and many more injuries, some of them life-changing.

I'm sure that's what Vernon means when he says 'It's just a building'.

I hope the workers who are scrambling "to save all the artworks that can be saved" are not putting their own health and lives at risk for the sake of a few paintings and tapestries, however 'fine' and 'historic' those artworks might be.

Let's not lose perspective.

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Posted in: Labour's Corbyn says Theresa May has not moved enough on Brexit See in context

The simple Do you want to leave? -Yes vote is a bit like:

Do you want a drink? -Yes.

Which then raises the question of what kind of drink is preferred. Tea? Coffee? Water? Milk?(hot or cold?) Cola? Orange juice? Wine? Beer?

And since there is no consensus for exactly what drink is required, you mix them all together and offer the result - something that no one in their right mind, or with a reasonably healthy discerning palate, wants or could possibly stomach.

Yet the hardline Drinketeers are screaming Drink means drink! Pour it down, regardless of how foul it is! It's Wot the People Want!

Solution - flush the whole mess down the toilet, go back to the status quo and start again, offering people either a nice cup of tea (choice of English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Darjeeling, = UK keeps calm and goes it alone) or a nice glass of wine (choice of Beaujolais, Reisling or Chianti, = stay in the EU).

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Posted in: 4 era names the gov't rejected before deciding on Reiwa See in context

Next time may be they should consider letting the Japanese people to vote

Era McEra-face?

Nengo McNengo-face?

type in “Reiwa,” and the era name’s corresponding kanji, 令和, are near or at the top of the list of options

Nope. Top of the list when I type is 令話 followed by 令わ 0話 例わ.....

令和 doesn't appear at all.

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Posted in: Gov't says official translation for next era name Reiwa is 'beautiful harmony' See in context

People are looking way too deeply at the possible meanings

The first two entries in the dictionary is looking too deeply??

You have to dig down to the fourth entry to find anything vaguely like what Abe says he wants it to mean.

While it may be true that the "Rei" part means command now, did it do so in the 7th century?

Quick, without looking - are we living in the 7th century now, or the 21st?

Do people speak 7th century Japanese, or modern Japanese?

The era name draws from a 7th century poem for a reason

And what would that be? Other nengo came from Chinese classics, not Japanese.

Reiwa refers to the beauty of plum blossoms after a tough winter

In other words Heisei was a tough winter that we should all be relieved is finally over? Not very complementary to Akihito, I would have thought.

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Posted in: Gov't says official translation for next era name Reiwa is 'beautiful harmony' See in context

My kanji dictionary gives as the first meaning of 令, 「いいつけ」meaning an order, command, directions or instructions.

It gives examples of its use in words like 令状 (a warrant or writ), 令旨 (a command from a monarch), 号令 (an order or command), 命令 (a command or injunction) etc.

The meaning seems pretty clear.

令和 = harmony/Japan imposed from above.

The more I think about it, the less I like it. I don't think it's going to grow on me after all. I agree with Pukey2.

I suppose we should be thankful it isn't 令安.

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

Didn't like it when I first heard it; the first impression from 令 is a bit hard, with the connotations from 令状 (arrest warrant, call-up notice, etc). Not to mention the fact that it reminded me of the name of the much loved pet dog of a close family member, Reina.

And Abe's 'explanation' didn't help at all.

But it doesn't seem too bad when I recall the use of 令 to express respect; 令嬢 (your/his/her honourable daughter), 令夫人 (your/his honourable wife). If Abe just shuts up, it will probably grow on me.

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Posted in: Vegan and veggie invasion: Can Japan meet the culinary needs of inbound tourists? See in context

Rice, Miso Soup, tofu, soba, and basic udon

A friend of mine came to visit a few years ago with a couple of nephews in tow, one of whom was vegetarian. A Japanese friend made arrangements for a group of us to have a meal together and chose a tofu speciality restaurant because everyone knows 'tofu is vegetarian'. Luckily he'd mentioned when he made the booking that the party included a couple of vegetarians; luckily, because there was literally nothing on the standard menu that was vegetarian (dashi and katsuo bushi in or on almost everything), and thanks to the advance warning the chef was able to rustle up a couple of veggie-friendly dishes.

And nowhere are you going to find veggie-friendly misoshiru, or soba/udon that doesn't come in a dashi- or pork stock-based soup.

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Posted in: University campus inspected after 1,400 foreign students go AWOL See in context

As a Parent, if I'm paying for my Kid to be in Tokyo University... grateful you're paying a lot less than parents whose kids attend less prestigious private universities. As a public university, they charge only the standard public fees: ¥535,800 per year for the undergrad course, as compared with ¥1,113,250 for (eg) Keio.

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Posted in: Updating software, shaping history: New imperial era name looms large in Japan See in context

.Do you call about English characters as Latin characters or something?

Latin or Roman script, yes.

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Posted in: Gov't expands landfill work for U.S. base transfer in Okinawa See in context

it's politicians in Okinawa that are the problem!

It's the politicians in Tokyo and Washington that are the problem.

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Posted in: Britain's May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit See in context

Some have tested this out, and yes, you can sign the petition multiple times providing you change the email address.

You need to click on a link they send to your email address to be able to sign. So 'one guy' has 33,000 separate email addresses?

Your 'Guido Fawkes' link, by the way, makes claims with nothing at all to back it up.

you have tens of thousands of signatures from Luxembourg

The petition site states 1196 signatures from Luxembourg.

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Posted in: Britain's May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit See in context

* *A lot signatures on that petition from outside of the UK.

Tweet from Parliament's petitions committee : “A few people have been talking about fraud and overseas signatures. As of this afternoon, approximately 96% of signatures on the petition were from the UK. That’s broadly what we’d expect for a petition like this.”

“People have been asking about who can sign petitions. Anyone who is a UK resident or a British citizen can sign a petition. This includes British citizens living overseas.”

Just 4% of signatories are from outside the UK with the majority coming from countries with large British expat populations like France, Spain, Germany and the US.

The petition is now just a whisker short of 4 million.

Meanwhile, a new petition from Brexiteers in support of a no-deal Brexit had managed just 400,000 people by early Saturday morning.

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Posted in: Britain's May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit See in context

The public is sick and tired of this. The EU is sick and tired of this. Everybody's sick and tired of this.

I agree. Even the BBC newscasters sigh as they read yet more Brexit 'news'.

Just let us leave for goodness' sake.

Or better idea, just drop it.

Petition to revoke Article 50 tips 3.5 million signatures

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Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to legally ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

I can see the following situation - Parent Smacks Kid for being aggressively abusive towards Grandparents

What happened before then, to make the kid aggressively abusive?

If the kid has been raised with smacks and is still aggressively abusive, obviously the physical 'discipline' hasn't worked and isn't working.

If the kid was born aggressively abusive (personally I don't believe any kid is born 'bad', but let's put it out there as an option), then smacks are hardly likely to change his DNA and serve no purpose but to let the parent feel they're 'doing something' about the situation.

Either way, smacking doesn't help. And in the case of aggression, can make a bad situation worse.

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Posted in: Honey with hornets is exactly what it sounds like See in context

If you think that's cruel, you should read how honey bees kill those hornets.

Humans and honey bees have the same moral compass?

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Posted in: Honey with hornets is exactly what it sounds like See in context

They’re then placed, while still alive, into the jars, which are then closed up, and spend the last moments of their lives essentially suffocating/drowning in honey.

That is cruel and disgusting.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to legally ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

A kid says a bad word so the mom pinches his arm or pokes him in the side. Maybe she makes him sit with a bar of soap in his mouth - that could all be considered physical discipline. Is this all in the same grouping as beating a child to death?

Are you saying that anything goes so long as the kid doesn't die?


I avoid trying to read minds as an attempt provide evidence to bolster my opinions. If telepathy is what you’re relying on to make your point, it’s probably a bad sign.

If you mean you didn't understand, please say so. I'm not a mind-reader, either.

You physically restrained your child? Well, that could be construed as physical discipline by some. You might want to watch out. That being said, I’d much rather have my grandmother pinch me on the arm for saying something naughty than be trotted out in public tied to a leash like an animal.

Putting a toddler on a harness and lead is no more 'physical restraint' than putting up the side of the cot when you put baby down to sleep. It's simply a safety measure.

You claim 'responsible parents who use physical discipline' know what they're doing, but now you cannot tell the difference between keeping a child safe and deliberately causing him pain?

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Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to legally ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

Not all children are the same, and even the same child will differ in behavior from day to day or year to year. No responsible parent who uses physical discipline uses it as a first-line solution.

I'm sure Yua and Mia's parents thought they were 'responsible parents'; they did not recognize their behavior amounted to abuse.

If you put in the time and effort with the toddler, there should be no need for physical punishment in the older (5+) child.

Well, do people keep dogs on leashes in most cases? That’s a form of physical restraint. 

Well I don't know about you and your dog-training ability, but I keep my dogs on a lead when we're outside because the most intelligent dog has the intellect and reasoning powers of a toddler - and you know what? When my kids were little, I put them on a harness and lead when we were going anywhere near traffic, too. You know why? To keep them safe. So I never had to 'discipline' them physically for repeatedly running into the road. Because they never got the chance to do it, and by the time they were old enough to understand, they no longer needed the lead and harness. Dogs never reach that stage. (My dogs are ecstatic when the leads come out, coz they know that means they're Going Out; they have no objection at all to wearing a harness and lead.)

dogs respond to conditioning because they have no other choice. Dogs do not have the intellectual capacity to resist consistently applied conditioning. Children do.

Dogs and toddlers have a lot in common intellectually: conditioning that works on a puppy works equally well on a toddler (and on adults too, did you know?).

Dogs also lack the capacity to be deceptive, to withhold information, or to be manipulative

lol Seems you haven't interacted with many dogs.

We used to have a German Shepherd who was not allowed on the furniture. When we came home from being out somewhere and looked through the window, there he would be, asleep on the sofa in the living room. We would hurry to unlock the front door, to get in there and scold him - to find him 'fast asleep' on the floor. Plenty of deception going on there.

The Dobie I have now is great at giving me stuff he has in his mouth - toys, balls, etc. I say gimme, and he gives and gets a treat in return. But if he has something he knows I'm not going to give back to him - a sock or a used tissue, for example - Gimme doesn't work. He acts as though he has nothing in his mouth, and turns away from me - withholding information. (We're still working on that one.)

As for manipulative, anyone who lives with dogs has surely been on the receiving end of big doleful eyes, ultra-cute begging, pitiful whines and sighs .... not manipulative, my eye!

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Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to legally ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

You stipulate that not using physical discipline works, but I can stipulate that physical discipline does work and, for many children, can be more effective. What makes you right and me wrong?

I didn't say you were wrong (though I do dispute your claim that physical 'discipline' is or can be more effective). I was asking a question; if two methods effectively produce the same results, why would any parent deliberately choose the method that causes pain to both parent and child? Why not choose the 'nicer' method?

More importantly, why do you get to make the rules as to how other parents raise their children

Asking a question is not 'making rules'.

(Anyone notice how 'physical' parents get all defensive and I-know-my-rights-ist when their methods are questioned?)

If you can raise your children (in case you got any) without a slap on the wrist in case of repeated wrong-doings, good on you!

If the child is exhibiting repeated wrong-doing, then isn't it obvious that the physical punishment isn't working?

Nowhere else in life do we say that violence is an acceptable method of dealing with an inability to communicate. 

For example, we had dogs when I was growing up, and I learned from watching my parents that the way to house-train a puppy (in those days they called it - tellingly - housebreaking) was to drag the offending animal to the steaming pile or damp patch on the carpet, rub its nose in it while yelling obscenities, pick it up by the scruff of the neck and chuck it outside while you cleaned up the mess. The way to stop a puppy pulling on the lead while walking was to use a choke collar to put a stranglehold on the pup's neck by jerking hard on the lead whenever the pup stepped too far away. Other 'problems' were treated in an equally physical manner.

These methods worked. After the first couple of weeks, no more messes on the carpet, and walks without tugging.

I used the same methods when we got our first dog as a family. We had a nice, obedient dog - but as the one now 'responsible' for dog discipline, I hated my role (and I never got the obscenities working properly, they're just Not Me.)

Our second dog came along, and I really did not want to go through all that again. I went online and found out about positive reinforcement and the power of the clicker. No more yelling at the dog, no more choke collars, no more feeling like a total sleezebag for being mean to a tiny defenceless puppy.

And you know what? We had no smelly piles or damp patches in the house. Not one. Walkies were a joy. And that dog learned to do way more than any other dog I had lived with or owned up to that point. She put her own toys away at bedtime. She closed the door behind her when she came in to a room. She played skittles. She would come instantly when I called, no matter what distractions might be around. She listened to me. She was wonderful. And I never hit her, or rubbed her nose in anything, or yelled at her. I never needed to. All my dogs (and the cat) since then have been raised the same way, and friends and neighbours marvel at how well behaved and intelligent they are.

If being positive works that well with dumb animals, I ask again, why would anyone choose to use violence on either animals or kiddies?

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Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to legally ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

Some may choose not to use physical discipline, and that is fine, but others do use physical discipline

If not using physical 'discipline' works, which it does, and that's fine, which it is, why would any parent choose to hit their kid? What's the point? What advantage is there in hitting a child when not hitting him can produce equal results?

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Posted in: NZ gov't to announce gun reforms within 10 days See in context

I said, usually

No, you didn't. You said:

*in States where there is a huge percentage of gun owners, you *just won’t see incidents like this happening

and when it was pointed out to you that incidents like this do happen with depressing frequency in the US, -

to have a similar attack happen in, let’s say, Texas.....doubt it, the blowback would be legendary

No need to doubt it, you've got the details, Texas, dozens dead. And what 'blowback' was there? The perpetrator was shot at by a bystander as he left the church (when all the victims were already dying or dead) and was able to drive away in a car, crashed after a high-speed chase and died from a self-inflicted shot to the head. No 'good guy with a gun' saved a single life in that church, for all that Texas has no laws regulating gun possession (Funny, autocorrect thought I meant to write obsession....not far out.)

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Posted in: NZ gov't to announce gun reforms within 10 days See in context

Hardly, nothing will take away our second amendment. I would like to see them try and then we would have another 1862 all over again.

No bass, not hardly, that's the wrong word. You mean exactly. It's your stupid second amendment and merkans' stupid defence of it (1862 all over again?) that exactly illustrates Stranger's point. You're embarrassing yourself, and the fact that you don't realise that is even more embarrassing.

to have a similar attack happen in, let’s say, Texas.....doubt it

You're a journalist (supposedly) - don't you ever read the news?

The Sutherland Springs Church shooting was very similar to the NZ incident, with a church in place of a mosque. 27 dead, 20 more injured. The fifth-deadliest mass shooting in the US, the deadliest in Texas.

To which the Great Orange One commented, 'this isn't a guns situation'.

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Posted in: NZ gov't to announce gun reforms within 10 days See in context

*where there is a huge percentage of gun owners, you just won’t see incidents like this happening whereas in States where they have stricter gun laws are more prone to being attacked nut jobs like this man.*

Any evidence at all to back up this naked assertion?

Plenty of evidence to the contrary.

The only way you just won't see incidents like this (mass shootings) in the US is by point-blank refusing to look.

2017 Las Vegas (Nevada): 58 dead

2016 Orlando nightclub (Florida) : 49 dead

2007 Virginia Tech (Virginia) : 32 dead

2012 Sandy Hook (Connecticut): 27 dead

2017 Sutherland Springs church (Texas): 27 dead

As far as I can tell none of those states have particularly strict gun laws (Texas, Florida etc., appear to have totally insane gun laws, aka a free-for-all). Didn't stop all those people being attacked and killed by nut jobs.

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Posted in: N Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks with 'gangster-like' U.S. See in context

Compared to the names they call the President, I don’t think Rocket man is bad at all

... and comparing levels of insults and deciding who has the best insults isn't childish at all.

(We all know Trump has the best insults. He has the best everything, we know because he tells us so all the time. Bigly. lol. rofl.)

C'mon Bass, man up. If it's  like little kids in the school playground and childishly funny when Kimmy does it and despicable when liberals and Democrats do it, admit that it's equally childish when The Great Orange Comb-Over does it. Much more often, and to many more people.

Hit the keyboard and admit, you agree that Trump is like a little kid in the school playground and childishly funny. I guarantee your fingers won't fall off.

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Posted in: Okinawans urge Japanese, U.S. gov'ts to scrap base relocation plan See in context

If you really think its an issue for the whole country, then find a place for Futenma to move to! 

The US has a huge landmass of its own that it can plant any number of runways and nuclear weapons storage tanks on. Surely all those patriotic merkans would welcome them with glee joy and patriotic fervour. Or more likely, fervor.

another back water Typhoon beaten volcanic island in the middle of nowhere 

I'd always thought of Okinawa as a series of coral-based islands, but by gum yes, the prefecture is indeed dotted with volcanoes. Yer learn sumthin every day.

So, two out of four? Not bad, but no prize. Maybe a clip round the ear for the intended insult.

2/3rds of Okinawan voters are either for the landfill construction, have no opinion either way, or are apathetic to the situation because they did not vote.

Or didn't see any point in voting given that the vote was non-binding and guaranteed to be ignored by the Japanese government.

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Posted in: N Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks with 'gangster-like' U.S. See in context

What is up with NK and name calling? ROFL! They sound like little kids in the school playground. As if name calling is supposed to move anything. Come on....

'Crazy Bernie'

'Crooked Hillary'


'Da Nang Dick'

'Cryin' Chuck'

Sloppy Steve, dumped like a dog'

'The dumbest man on television'

'a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain'

'Obviously a madman, Little Rocket Man'

ROFL indeed.

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