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Posted in: 'Yesterday' comedy movie gets Beatles' seal of approval See in context

I only manage 45 minutes of love actually, the female roles are dumber than dumb. I will try harder next time. Perhaps Yesterday will surprise.

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Posted in: 'Yesterday' comedy movie gets Beatles' seal of approval See in context

Love Actually” did not receive glowing reviews, not writer Richard Curtis finest 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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Posted in: Johnson increases support in third round of UKleadership contest See in context

Rory Stewart performance on Sunday BBC debate thwarted his chances.

He sat perched on his stool, akin to a jockey ride a horse. A political Buster Scruggs with a additional array of facial spasms. Why wear a tie only to remove it, was Stewart concerned one of his leadership rivals was about to throttle him?

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Posted in: Japan rejects S Korean fund plan to compensate forced wartime laborers See in context

There is no circumventing Treaty law for political gain.

The people of South Korean have only their Government and hapless President Moon Jae-in to blame. The only route to settlement is arbitration, detailed in the 1965 treaty dispute resolution system.

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Posted in: Labour's Corbyn backs second referendum in Britain on any Brexit deal See in context

A second referendum on a withdrawal agreement/deal/treaty rejected no less than three consecutive occasions by Parliament?

The flawed Withdrawal Agreement plus Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, is and will continue to be the only deal on the table. OR remain?

The agreement a Brexit trap, created by UK and EU bureaucrats to assure UK continued membership?

Corbyn a incompetent clueless leader in opposition. As Corbyn 30 odd years the back bench activist.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson builds lead in race to be UK prime minister See in context

Leadership contender and Secretary of State for International Development Roderick James Nugent "Rory" Stewart behaviour in last nights BBC debate bordered on the bizarre and surreal. The rather contrived act of tie removal the “Macron-esque” gesticulating, arm stretching/waving, gurning, faux emotional ranting.

Rory Stewart suffers with the same political delusion as Theresa May. That by some miraculous illogical belief May's current UK/EU departure agreement/treaty will be ratified by Parliament. Rory Stewart is, by far the Conservative Parliamentary Party pro EU Remainer candidate.

There is something rather repellent, politically both Boris Johnson and Rory Stewert have in common. That air of privileged money no object entitlement gained/installed from Prep School, Eton and Balliol Oxford education.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands See in context

The significance of Article 9 politically, is interpretation.

It removes the first strike option. However how present and future Governments of Japan would responded to an existential threat, and how that existential threat was defined is open to a wide degree of political latitude.

Without question, the majority of Family members support keeping Article 9 in its current form.

Even the younger members registered to vote would not support any form of revision. It is the only issue that would persuade young family members into a ballot box.

I have a suspicion the majority of the electorate feel the same reluctance to support any revision to Japan's pacifist constitution.

The Senkaku islands strategic/economic importance are their proximity to important shipping lanes and the large amounts of oil, gas, and mineral deposits.

The Government of China has significantly increased incursions, violating the islands boundaries, both militarily and with trawler ships/vessels. Also Japan Air Self-Defence Forces are on a constant state of readiness to challenge the number of PLA Air Force entering the adjacent air space.

Question remains will the US Government use military force to counter Government of China seizing the islands and/or the surrounding waterways, trading routes. I suggest the Government of China believes the US Government would hesitate. This is where at present the real political dangers lie.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court sends lesbian wedding cake dispute back to lower court See in context

Baking the cake is not theological conundrum. Aaron Klein is running a business just bake the customer a flipping cake.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands See in context

It maybe time to prepare the people of Japan to explore the possibility of a tactical and strategic offshore deterrent. There is no necessity to change current Japan articles of constitution the Government of China is a clear threat to regional peace and stability.

The question remains if present or future governments would be prepared to strike. It is pointless to possess such a deterrent if government is not prepared to use it.

The present dictatorship of China is preparing for a show of force. Either in Hong Kong or Taiwan. It could be only a question of time before the Chinese Government prevokes conflict in the East sea of Japan

The Government of Japan must be ready to respond with a clear unequivocal message.

The Government of China is the embodiment of Japan Imperial past. President Trumps word cannot always be relied upon. President Trump is first and foremost a businessman of sorts, not meant disparagingly, President Trump is neither a diplomat or a politician.

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Posted in: Do you think a protest rally similar in scale to what happened in Hong Kong could ever happen in Japan? See in context

It could happen anywhere if 18 to 30 year old, my generation, continue to take democracy for granted and fail to register their vote.

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Posted in: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong walks free; calls on leader to resign See in context

Carrie Lam to resign? To be replaced with another political puppet?

Once the Hong Kong Judicial system is dismantled Beijing will extradite pro democracy activists , any critics it sees fit to then disappear into concentration camps.

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

Hong Kong is a political tinder box ready to ignite, Whatever fans feel about the significance or indifference as to whether Yoshiki should apologise or not is is irrelevant.

Interpretation counts, and skilled use of social media to propagate political opinion is both the Hong Kong and Chinese Government most powerful global propaganda tool.

The only prevention the people can rely upon stopping the Government of China seizing control is Hong Kong Judicial system. A system that is slowly and surely in the process of being dismantled..

Yoshiki is without doubt an influencer, global figure of genuine good character, command respect and admiration. It is nether the time or the place to post on Instagram media that can be inadvertently used to promote or assist the policies of political hate-figure Chan.

Chan is reviled and despised in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Politically toxic and poisonous. Chan also feigns ignorance to the ongoing democracy demonstratives in Hong Kong.

Chan.... “There should be rules to determine what people can protest about and on what issues they can’t protest about. I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. I'm really confused now. If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic,"......2014/5.......Chan views have reported hardened since.

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

Faux outrage or not, even the relevance of Chan/Yoshiki dinner table conversation.

Chan is on record, signing among 37 other political advisers calling on demonstrators and activists denouncing Chinese “history, heroes and martyrs” be tried as criminals, in effect enemies of the state.

Yoshiki is free and entitled to choose any person/politician he wishes to break bread with, tweeting the occasion on social media in the presence of hypocrite Chan is sure to provoke a negative response.

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

Sorry about spelling especially instead of spastically. On the move not paying attention

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

Its is rather politically naïve tweeting a restaurant soiree with a Chan whose acknowledged membership Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and not expect, spastically accepting the current political climate and demonstrations in Hong Kong some negative criticism.

"My dear fans, if any of my posts made you feel like... I'm not considering any situation, I deeply apologize. I really care about all of my fans and friends”. ….....Fans in Hong Kong could be forgiven for finding this non apology a tad condescending, enjoy your desert.

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Posted in: Taking aim at Johnson, British PM hopefuls make their Brexit case See in context

The results of 2016 referendum, the parliamentary after effects of a 2017 conservative election campaign,so appallingly incompetently mismanaged. Theresa May's dysfunctional leadership producing an agreement/treaty paragraph after paragraph would legalistically bind UK to EU customs rules and regulations indefinitely without any means of negotiation to challenge future terms and conditions. These are the issues to be addressed.

Add in a Jeremy Corbyn lead opposition, Bexit policy changes on a day to day basis dependent on which member of his shadow cabinet is making a statement.

This whole sad and sorry Conservative leadership champaign, typified in the Channel 4 debate, a toe curling humiliation, speaker after speaker bumbling embarrassingly unable or unwilling to acknowledge the overriding fact is their political ineptitude brought the country to this sorry situation. .

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Jimizo, it is difficult to overcome those sectarian beliefs over and above acceptance of same sex marriage and the practise, teaching and rules of the Catholic Church...

Mitoguitarman, yes shouldn't matter at all, especially since my opinion is based purely from a theological perspective.

Anonymous, my Catholic faith and upbringing struggles with the sanity of marriage over the current political environment devoid of debate.....That my beliefs leads or could be construed as bigoted.

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Posted in: BTS, Korean pop titans who conquered the West See in context

I have to say that no matter which continent Boy/Girl bands emerge or hatch from, the UK has a long history producing the odd troupe of rather camp dancing dandy boys, they all cater for a predominantly pre-teenage audience.

Mothers collect of vinyl/cassettes/CD span's close to thirty odd years. From more than twelve countries, Still proudly displays photos of her dolled up in tartan Bay City Rollers attire, preposterously wide high-waisters and ludicrous elevated platform shoes.

I am much more attracted to the 1970 glam rock bands. Mott the Hoople, Roxy Music etc

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Civil partnerships would be a start. I am still not comfortable theologically with church weddings for same sex couples.

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Posted in: BTS, Korean pop titans who conquered the West See in context

Theses idol boy bands are difficult to tell apart, not taking anything away from BTS success, in may cases they look and sound alike. The issues surrounding the carousel business model that favours the vulture like talent agencies whilst rewarding the band members a pittance remains.

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Posted in: We will leave EU by Oct 31, Johnson vows in pitch to be UK PM See in context

last sentence should read....There isn't the time avaiiable

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Posted in: We will leave EU by Oct 31, Johnson vows in pitch to be UK PM See in context

Boris Johnson on BBC Radio 4's World at One......In his own words

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO7h1cX4a74

Is Boris blagging? Well it wouldn't be the first time. The political economic outcome would be seen by the electorate as yet another duplicitous betrayal.

His renegotiating EU/UK withdrawal agreement, a legally binding treaty, supposedly hammer out over a thee year period sounds politically unhinged.

"All those who say that we should delay ... I think they risk doing terminal damage to trust in politics. We have to get on and do this. We've got to be out by Oct 31," Johnson told BBC radio.

"If we have to get out on what is called no-deal terms, or WTO (World Trade Organization) terms, then it is our absolute responsibility to prepare for it. And it's by preparing for it, that we will prevent that outcome."............

By insisting in a statement that could be interrupted as promise to leave by the 31st October with a new treaty/deal, is my opinion frivolously pledging the unachievable. As for preparing a clean exit there just is the time available.

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Posted in: We will leave EU by Oct 31, Johnson vows in pitch to be UK PM See in context

A clean withdrawal from UK EU membership on all Hallow's eve is theoretically possible. Realistically preparations ideally require at least another 12 months beyond the set deadline.

Economically, restructured existing supply chains would need to be completed and a team of proven trade analysts scrutinise the GATT Article 28 consultation process, that could see the UK embark to modify its Goods Schedule. There are other WTO options, Article 21 the 'national security' exception.

Regrettably both the UK/EU red lines have boxed each other in a corner. Worst still is the noticeable lack of trust and political will.

Boris Johnson insistence on 31st October deadline, frankly a uncompromising *cleft stick** **approach to any viable form of negotiation, the volatility perusing such a strategy/tactic risks either end beating you to death. ***

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources has conceded Thursday that there is no legislative procedure contained within the Lisbon Treat/Article 50 to compel UK Government to accept their demands.

These so called divorce terms are factious, to refer to UK withdrawal as a dissolution of a marriage has no relevance other added a degree political melodramatic effect.

The political consequence could far outweigh the economic, the fraught forty odd year relationship, at the very least on a diplomatic perspective is in danger of a complete breakdown

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Posted in: Domino’s Japan unleashes 1 kilo of cheese pizza See in context

That's around $36 plus the mother of all heart burn, and stomach cramps, best prepare for two weeks of toilet terrors.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote See in context

Took the opportunity to place an option on a General Election before UK Halloween departure

Sections of the German Frankurt financial community are convinced UK will remain a member state one way or another.

To revoke Article 50 before October deadline could require a second referendum, an unlikely prospect due to time limitations.

A parliamentary cross party attempt to block no deal by seizing control of the parliamentary agenda failed earlier in the week. Political Brexit options are now between a rock and a hard place.

If Boris Johnson becomes the next Prime Minster, would a number of his own parliamentary party MP's bring his government down in a confidence vote?

Well maybe, however howling out in public, and actually following through on such a threat are highly speculative. Frankly I am not sure if Jeremy Hunt knows from one day to the next if he supports UK withdrawal from the EU or not. His vague distant expression is not an facial abnormally. Jeremy Hunts periodic lights are on but no ones is home.demeanour is quite genuine.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote See in context

Lost touch, been out of the country way to long. Got taken in by politicians blogs. Ironic, spend more time in Germany when abroad than the UK.

Boris Johnson, as a Prime Minster will not be a congenial fit for Brussels by any stretch of the imagination.

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

Power harassment? …...Well never been one for cliché.

It is a simple question of a duty of care. Office dress codes should not require employees to be at risk of osteoarthritis.

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Posted in: U.S. blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf See in context

Is the US Presidency about to engage military action to bring about another war in the middle east?

If history has provide the global community a lesson in lunacy, that military action is not a means to and end, then neighbouring Iraq is an glaring example.

The attacks on these tankers will make little difference. The US Presidency option/decison to use military force could have already been planned and the only question is to what degree.

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Posted in: Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty See in context

Judicial process, High Court of New Zealand, will ultimately bring back a verdict of guilt or innocence.

Also the same court and Judiciary will not tolerate any attempt to hold that system in contempt by means of pleading innocence to provide a platform to peddle poisonous virulence at the victims families.

I have never been a advocate of capital punishment, there are times when emotion and anger boil-over.

If judged guilty, part of me feels justice would be served executing Brenton Tarrant.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote See in context

Ho humm....Had a flutter on Andrea Leadsom, simpler to have flushed the cash down the toilet....

I rather unfairly find Rory Stewart irritating, reminds me of a political version of Zippy or the wide mouth frog

Boris Johnson is playing to the gallery, ducking and diving away from serious public debate or political scrutiny. The man has made some ludicrous promises on taxation. Little wonder his campaign team have metaphorically locking him in the cellar.

Could you trust the word of a man that poo's on his own doorstep?

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