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Posted in: Biden, other VIPs lie low as spotlight stays on late Queen See in context


You're mistaken. The Bidens arrived at the Abbey 50 minutes before the funeral began.

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Posted in: EU confident of hitting vaccination target as global death toll tops 2.5 million See in context

Third para from end:

In China, where the virus first emerged late last year, 

Seems longer ago than that to me.

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Posted in: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million as nations tackle vaccine shortages See in context

One person has been infected every 7.7 seconds, on average, since the start of the year. Around 668,250 cases have been reported each day over the same period

668,250 per day is 27,844 per hour, or 464 per minute, or 7.7 per second, not one every 7.7 seconds.

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Posted in: Shinkansen to get speed boost along Tohoku route See in context

But with no numerical limit on speed...

Einstein would be shocked to hear that.

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Posted in: WHO warns 1st wave of pandemic not over as infections surge in Brazil, India See in context

In Brazil, where President Jair Bosonaro has raged against state and local leaders 

Aptly renamed the president?

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Posted in: Spread out See in context

One cough could kill

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Posted in: Korean soccer club apologizes for putting sex dolls in seats See in context

I can imagine a muffled titter running round the stadium when they saw this.

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Posted in: UK costume makers turn from 'Downton' and 'Game of Thrones' to focus on scrubs See in context

It would be kind of fitting for the UK nurses to be dressed like Florence Nightingale.

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan plummets 93% in March See in context

I'm surprised it wasn't higher.

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Posted in: 'Friends' reunion delayed by coronavirus See in context

Couldn't they just phone in their performances?

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Posted in: Japan starts 1st weekend under state of emergency as infection cases soar in Tokyo See in context

London tube usage is down by 95% and bus by 85%. If that happens in Tokyo, I'll eat my hat.

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Posted in: It's generally in their corporate DNA to make very effort possible to avoid making redundancies, and where everyone in the company embraces the mentality that 'all of us are in this together' during tough times. See in context

May have been true before about 1990, when it was 'jobs for life' in Japan. Now, maybe less so.

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Posted in: Leading bottled water brand in Japan goes label-free to reduce waste See in context

Haven't bought bottled water in years. Tap will do for me. And even more environmentally friendly.

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Posted in: Tokyo Uber Eats union demands hazard pay See in context

Perhaps hazard pay for health workers too.

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Posted in: Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over virus 'slander' See in context

The original wing

News agencies often use stock photos ...

The picture was allegedly taken on March 3rd, and has been used at least 18 times online since.

FYI A useful website for finding other online uses of an image is

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Posted in: Trains run as usual, some retailers shorten hours during state of emergency See in context


That was over 2 weeks ago. They re-opened their parks 4 days later ...

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Posted in: Japan's state of emergency is no lockdown. What is it? See in context

I think it's 'sticking one's head in the sand' and hoping it goes away.

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Posted in: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus See in context

Now in intensive care. OMG.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

Life has to move forward

Just hope you're not in the 1% for whom it's fast-forward.

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Posted in: Why health experts aren't warning about coronavirus in food See in context

The new virus can survive on some surfaces, so experts say to keep your hands to yourself as much as possible and to avoid touching your face when shopping. After unpacking your groceries at home, the CDC suggests washing your hands.

The groceries may have some viruses on them after unpacking. What precautions should one take, after touching the groceries again, a few hours or days later?

Is it best not to worry, but hope that one is exposed to a few viruses so as to generate an immune response, but hopefully without significant risk of being overwhelmed?

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Posted in: Google releases location data to show if coronavirus lockdowns working in 131 countries See in context

A very good use of big data, if and only if it is anonymised.

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Posted in: UK PM Johnson stays in isolation as queen prepares to address the nation See in context

Three weeks ago, the UK and Japan had each recorded 21 deaths from the coronavirus. Whilst the UK now has over 3,600, Japan has only 63.

I have not yet heard a convincing explanation for the difference.

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Posted in: Extreme isolation: World's last virus-free corners hold tight See in context

The International Space Station is presumably still virus-free. But future launches to it may need extra care. Perhaps send up a few test-kits with the next cargo.

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

Do what the govs of Europe are doing now. Prepare for thousands of new cases per day, construct temporary hospitals, protect health workers, close non-essential shops, the list goes on.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

S i t t i n g t o o c l o s e !

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Posted in: Tokyo begins quiet weekend, but some go about as usual See in context

I saw people playing basketball. Keeping 2 metres apart, but passing the potentially virus-laden ball... Brilliant, not.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

You're right Akie, and now I read there is a worldwide shortage of condoms. Better watch out for that spike, as you say.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context


BRITS have more than £1billion worth of food stockpiled in their homes after panic buying over the coronavirus, enough for three weeks.

That is actually quite logical. The UK gov said if anyone in a house has symptoms, then no-one should go out for 14 days. Home deliveries are now impossible to arrange - I know someone who got the first available slot - it's in August!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be beacon of hope, says IOC See in context

I just hope to God that the world will be ready by summer 2021.

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Posted in: China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province See in context

Hurry up with that antibody test so they can see how many are now immune.

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