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Posted in: 44 more people on cruise ship test positive for virus; some elderly to be allowed off See in context

I didn't know this but apparently outbreaks of flu and norovirus are not uncommon on cruise ships. They really are breeding grounds for diseases. The problem is exacerbated because cruises tend to attract older clientele some of whom are already infirm. I have never been attracted to the idea of being stuck in a large tin can in the middle of the ocean in close proximity to thousands of others, and this has only helped to reinforce that fact. With the increase in cruise ship tourism, operators really are going to have to look at improved sanitation and air filtering - and stop those buffets!!

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Posted in: Is Coca-Cola Japan’s brand-new strawberry Coke any good? See in context

I am drinking my first strawberry cola as we speak and I can report that it is not very good. Too sweet and tastes like strawberry Hichews but with less flavor.

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Posted in: Man goes missing in Northern Alps See in context

I hiked Tsurugi in the summer and it was one of the most difficult mountains I have climbed. Similar to alpine style climbing there are lots of chains, ladders and hooks to help you on the way. There are some difficult stretches with plenty of opportunities to fall off. I can't imagine trying to attempt this in the winter.

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Posted in: Many people can recall a school teacher who had a major influence on their lives. Was there such a teacher in your life and how did he or she influence you? See in context

My English teacher at middle school. He also ran the climbing club and guitar club, both of which I belonged too. Grizzled and rude, I had no idea teachers could be cool. I am 55 now and still play guitar, still climb and I teach English! I guess he had an influence.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

If you want my advice, teams and visitors from around the world will most certainly NOT be convinced its okay.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context

The three new acts mentioned in the title will be forgotten about in a couple of years.

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Posted in: Fans create their own 'kind of magic' in new Queen music videos See in context

Not sure of we can post links here but this the Dont Stop Me Now one...

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Posted in: Fans create their own 'kind of magic' in new Queen music videos See in context

Not sure of we can post links here but this the Dont Stop Me Now one...

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Posted in: Coppola backs Scorsese's comments on Marvel films See in context

Interestingly the new Joker movie from DC comics but pays homage to Scorsese and harkens back to the days of more aesthetic movie making.

The new Joker movie is a thing of beauty.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

As a Scot I have to admit Japan were particularly focused and aggressive, and made very few errors. They were seemilngly everywhere. They threw off Scotland's rhythm who by the end we were close to tatters. A very exciting game and deserved win for Japan.

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Posted in: Yamanashi police end 16-day search for missing 7-year-old girl See in context

There was news of one of the volunteer rescue workers missing? Was he found?

Apparently there were two rescuers that had got into difficulties. Both have been found.

It really is very very easy to get lost in the mountains in Japan., I live at the bottom of a fairly minor mountain and there is a sign with pictures of the hikers who have gone missing on it. It really is the most likely scenario in this case.

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Posted in: Protests, clashes as bid to block Hong Kong mask ban fails See in context

In awe and humbled by the persistence of these protestors.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

We just changed our supplier from Kansai Electric to Looop Denki. It was fairly easy to do. Not going to give anymore money to these criminals at least.

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

America want to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero. I can understand why Iran feel this is the only way they can bargain with an increasing hostile US. Yet some things don't stack up. A lot of groups in Iran must have been involved to get permission for this attack to go ahead, including the Ayatollah himself - yet it seems amateurish. Why wear bright orange life jackets if this is a covert mission? It seems too convenient that the mine didn't go off - and why remove it if you want to make a point? Why target Japanese and Norweigan ships? I am not usually a skeptic but this just doesn't add up. Is there another group that would benefit from turmoil in the Middle East....?

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