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Posted in: Director Martin Scorsese said recently that many people today rarely bother to watch movies or TV shows made before their own time. Do you agree, and if so, why do you think this is? See in context

I'm delighted to see that posters above are fans of Laurel and Hardy.

To my mind, the funniest men who ever lived, I find it sad that the Japanese don't seem to have ever been introduced to them, whereas the mawkish Chaplin is automatically regarded as a genius, regardless of whether or not they've watched any of his work.

It's the same with Audrey Hepburn. Japanese ladies of a certain age all seem to feel compelled to say she's their favourite Hollywood actress, but if you ask them to name three of her films, you get :"Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's....errrr....errr".

If she's your favourite actress, watch her films. If she's not, don't pretend she is.

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Posted in: Finland's leaders call for NATO membership 'without delay' See in context

Uchosepoorly:

the one thing that Russia has achieved so far to some extent has been death and destruction. 

That's two things.

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context

Klepto-kun

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Posted in: Japan unveils ¥6.2 tril package to soften impact of Ukraine war See in context

I bet there will be a good night out in Ginza for the Board of Dentsu once this stimulus gets paid out.

Remember how we can't have affordable daycare because there's not enough money?

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Posted in: Popular manga artist Fujiko Fujio A dies at 88 See in context

Casper was appearing in cartoons long before the 1970's.

First Noveltoon in 1945.

Hannah-Barbera syndicated cartoon series "The New Casper Cartoon Show" 1963 - 1970.

Q-Taro, about a ghost child, 1964.

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Posted in: Popular manga artist Fujiko Fujio A dies at 88 See in context

'"Q-Taro", about a good-natured, mischievous ghost child who starts living with a human family'

Hmmm...anyone else hear Casper rip-off?

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Posted in: 87-year-old man, 2-year-old granddaughter drown in canal in Saga See in context

This is a heartbreaking story.

Sakiho would have celebrated her 3rd birthday on Friday.

There are no words...can parents ever recover from this level of tragedy?

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Posted in: Japanese government calling on citizens to drink more milk…again See in context

Oh behave yourselves, Ministry of Farm Subsidies.

How long did this alleged First-World country put up with a butter shortage a few years ago?

The LDP is so beholden to agricultural misrepresentation that they let an Olympic Host city go without a basic foodstuff rather than tell farmers to start farming like it's not 1970 any more.

If you're thinking about throwing stuff away, turn it into butter and chees, which a lot of people apparently enjoy.

Not me however. Margaret Thatcher stopped my school forcing warm cow juice down my throat in 1973, and I have blessed her name ever since. It's horrible stuff, fit only to work as a shortcut in films to establish someone as a baddie.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,846 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 44,466 See in context

More than double last Tuesday?

Here we go again...

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Posted in: Teenage girl injured after man hits her in suicide leap from high-rise in Tokyo See in context

He jumped 46 floors? He wasn't taking any chances.

And at 5:20 in the afternoon, there will have been plenty of passers-by to witness the mess he made when he landed. That's going to take some getting over.

I wonder what was in the package?

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Posted in: Will Smith, Chris Rock confrontation shocks Oscar audience; 'CODA' wins best picture See in context

Does anyone think the whole thing looked kind of staged?

Rock didn't even stagger a little.

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Posted in: Record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021, police report See in context

I went to the doctor here because I had insomnia.

He gave me a prescription for rohypnol.

Priorities here are really very odd.

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Posted in: Biden promises new Ukraine aid, warns Russia on chemical weapons See in context

Look at the state of Johnson. He doesn't have the basic courtesy to brush his hair or do up his tie correctly.

The man is unfit for any office - I would certainly fire him from mine - and he is our face in these perilous times?

This England, that was wont to conquer others, hath made a shameful conquest of herself.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for kicking 2-year-old boy inside elevator at Fukuoka station See in context

If anyone, man or woman, had booted my little girl when she was two, it would have been a very steep learning curve for the assailant.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 15 other prefectures facing power shortage See in context

TEPCO is asking households and companies to turn off unnecessary lights and set their heating at 20 C to save electricity.

It's very rare for me to be on the same side as TEPCO, but I am all in favour of this.

I am utterly sick of spending all day, every day sheened in perspiration in a 27°C office while arafo "office ladies" of no determinate job description pretend it's still cold inside because the calendar states it's still March outside.

Check the dictionary for what "room temperature" means. If my Snickers bar is melting, it isn't cold

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Posted in: Black hair, white shoelaces: Japan's school rules under fire See in context

My daughter has naturally brown hair. She wears it in a tidy cut, nothing outlandish.

When she started JHS, some jumped-up martinet tried to humiliate her and demand she dye her hair black. "You are in Japan now! You must respect Japanese customs!"

My daughter was born in Japan and raised in Japan. She's on the Koseki Tohon. She is Japanese. But she has naturally brown hair.

She came home from school in tears.

The next day, I went to school with her and explained to the 5'6" Small Man Syndrome teacher who'd given her the grief the day before that she was not going to be dying her hair, and if he spoke to my daughter like that again, there would be an issue between us.

There were no further problems regarding my daughter's hair.

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Posted in: COVID quasi-emergency to completely end on Monday: Kishida See in context

Gee, I wonder if there's an election on the way in the next few weeks?

I'm sure that doesn't have anything to do with this decision.

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Posted in: 2 dead, over 160 injured after M7.4 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

The country's nuclear regulator said data shows no abnormalities with reactors and facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, though a fire alarm went off in the turbine building of the No. 5 reactor.

I'm delighted and reassured that TEPCO are reporting everything is fine.

I remember when they reported that the explosion we all saw on TV was "Steam escaping".

I'm sure we have every reason to believe them this time, when there are tens of thousands of leaking containers full of contaminated water waiting for the official sign-off to be released into the fishing waters.

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Posted in: Pamela Anderson set to make her Broadway debut in 'Chicago' See in context

The celebrity-craving heroine at the heart of "Chicago'' has been played by dozens of women since the show opened in 1996,

Editor - I think you'll find it opened in 1975. The current revival started in 1996.

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Posted in: Brent crude up $10, shares sink as Ukraine conflict deepens See in context

ExxonMobil made $23 BILLION in profits last year.

Shell made $19.3 BILLION in profits last year.

If they wanted to, they could make do without raising the prices for now. The petrol in the pumps was paid for years ago.

They are choosing to profit from this tragedy. It's obscene.

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Posted in: 25,000 runners take part in Tokyo Marathon See in context

Now just make sure you don't enjoy a beverage or pleasant dinner after 8pm on a worknight, because that's how COVID spreads.

What a preposterous decision to allow this to go ahead.

Does anyone suspect there might have been palms greased with well-stuffed brown envelopes in order to get this superspreader green-lit?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 12,693 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 72,646 See in context

I still make that a 76% positivity rate of the number of tests conducted yesterday.

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Posted in: What stance do you think Japan should take as the global community discusses ways to respond to Russia's attack on Ukraine? See in context

My good lady, who for years was banging the revisionist drum of Abe and his nationalist cronies, insisting that Japan's Constitutional rejection of war should be revoked, has this very morning seen sense and is now suddenly glad that Japan cannot be drawn into a European war.

Strange that, eh? Just as soon as one's kids become old enough to get conscripted, she suddenly doesn't want to go all misty-eyed at the sound of Kimigayo.

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Posted in: Nursing home worker arrested for assaulting 91-year-old woman See in context

"Partially" denied the accusation?

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Posted in: Johnson scraps remaining COVID restrictions in England See in context

Johnson is playing the electorate once again.

"Never mind, everything's fine now - get out to the pub and forget about the fact that I was getting tanked up with my Eton bumchums all the time you proles were following "rules".

"Quick, look - over there! A Baddie! Might be a war. You like Churchill, don't you, well, I'm posh like he was, so forget the fact that I'm tonsils-deep in corruption."

Brush your sodding hair, you preposterous buffoon.

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Posted in: Japan aims to block sex offenders from jobs in schools, child care See in context

"Aims to"????

How in the name of all that's holy is this not step one in the recruitment process?

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Posted in: Do you think pandemic fatigue will reduce people's motivation to maintain precautions against the coronavirus? See in context

There has never been any kind of precaution.

Don't enjoy a beverage after 8pm.

Otherwise, pack onto trains at the same time every day, twice a day. If you're over 50, wear your mask on your chin or, if you're feeling particularly conscientious, over your top lip with your nose exposed.

Sit cheek-by-jowl in 27-degree offices with farting, belching ojisans for ten hours, then go home in the same vehicle as a thousand other people and hope for the best.

Pretend it's all over and just do as you are told, my fellow drones.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,805 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 51,987 See in context

Is spike #6 over? Or are the numbers being manipulated?

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Posted in: Every police station in Kanagawa accepting funeral home bribes, according to former officer See in context

It always thrills me to see the incorruptible nature of the Japanese Police Force when I see them standing outside their Koban in Roppongi Crossing on a Friday night, secure in the knowledge that all the bars and gentlemen's clubs in the environs are closing their doors at 8pm sharp, in accordance with the Government requirements.

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