Mr Kipling comments

Posted in: Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascendancy to throne; pledges to fulfill his duty as symbol of the state See in context

As pomp and ceremony goes, they have a long way to catch up on the British!

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup quarterfinals: Major rivalries and a surprise package See in context

Agree with drlucifer.. Oita, is just too far from any population centres. And is only a 40,000 seat stadium. Just too out of the way. Osaka, Nagoya, Shizuoka, Yokohama?

Oita had a few group games..thats enough.

The Brave Blossoms luck and great play has run its course...SA will win by 20 points.

Semis will be:

ENG v NZ

WALES v SA

But I have been wrong before...several times...

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Posted in: IOC apologizes for abrupt plan to move Tokyo Olympic races; Sapporo mayor not notified See in context

The heat would be the same for every runner. Its called pacing. If they run too hard for the conditions or fail to take on enough fluids, they will suffer and record a slower time.

Unnecessary decision to move the race.

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Posted in: Ireland's Aki gets three-match ban; World Cup over See in context

The authorities really need to make a difference between intentional foul play and accidental. I know, easy to say and difficult to implement. There has to be a balance between protecting the players and not ruining the game. It seems that a few times in this RWC the refs have been on the wrong side of this equation. Ireland lose one of their best players for what turned out to be a fairly harmless mistake.

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Posted in: Japan rises to record high 7th in world rugby rankings See in context

Japan are now a tier one rugby nation. But tier one has two levels. South Africa, NZ, England, Australia and France have qualified for every quarterfinal. Next comes Ireland, Wales, Argentina and Italy.

Japan has poor SA in 2015 and Ireland and Scotland this year. You have to fancy their chances against Argentina and the whipping boys of European rugby, Italy.

But, just like Premier league soccer, there is quite a difference between the top and bottom teams. Japan has improved greatly in the past 8 years. With the new found love of rugby in the nation, I’m sure this will continue as more money is generated in the game so more talent can be bought in. Exciting times for Japanese rugby...

Can’t wait for the weekend! Hope my liver can hold up!

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Posted in: Japan home to 3 of world's 10 best largest cities: U.S. magazine See in context

How do they measure a “good” big city?

Sure Tokyo is convenient, has shopping , restaurants, and entertainment by the bucketload but its hardly beautiful. Especially compared to literally any big city in Europe.

Tokyo people have the reputation of being polite and honest which is undoubtably true, but outgoing? Friendly? I’ve always found the people of Tokyo to be the coldest in Japan. In my opinion this is due to the stress and pressure of living in Tokyo. Something, a voting visitor is not likely to experience.

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

Great game and congratulations to Japan for an amazing performance.

They recycle the ball so fast and efficiently. That and their support play is winning them their games. Off loading in the tackle instead of fighting for that extra meter.

A great example of the a team being stronger than its individual components.

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Posted in: Turkish-led forces advance into Syrian border town See in context

The US has failed in Syria. Assad will stay. Russia, Iran and the people of Syria are the winners.

Turkey has no interest in gaining territory. It does however, have at its core, the desire to keep Turkey as it is. The US knows that Turkey will never permit a Kurdish state, regardless of any sanctions or even war.

The present situation is just Trump bending to reality.

Sad to say but Trump is right on this... (that hurts) The Syrian civil war was an Obama/ Clinton experiment so Trump can easily duck out.

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Posted in: Namibia-Canada Rugby World Cup match cancelled due to typhoon See in context

Japan v Scotland is ON!

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Posted in: Rugby referees best seen, not heard, except for Nigel Owens See in context

Fantastic referee and all round great guy and ambassador for Wales and rugby but I can’t help thinking of Daffyd Thomas, the Little Britain character from Llanddewi Brefi when I see him.

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Posted in: Turkish-led forces advance into Syrian border town See in context

Why? Why, Why? Do news agencies still quote from the Syrian Observatory on Human rights? The “Observatory” is actually one man, Rami Abdul Rahman an anti-Assad and Syrian regime exile living in a semi detached house in Coventry, England. The numbers and information it gives are all unverified, often exaggerated or simply fabricated.

The western press, also anti Assad, know its information is junk but still publish as it fits the narrative it wants to publish.

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Posted in: World Rugby to decide on Sunday games 'as soon as possible' after typhoon See in context

I saw the Japan team having a run out on the Yokohama pitch this morning. It was already a quagmire! Completely water logged. A whole lot more rain will have fallen since then. I have no idea how well that field drains but honestly speaking, the pitch may not be playable.

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Posted in: World Rugby slams Scotland legal threat over typhoon-hit game See in context

The RWC has to fit in with the domestic play schedules of the competing countries. The hosting country HAS to hold the completion at this time. They do not bid to hold the RWC then choose the dates. The fact that it is also the typhoon season should have resulted in “extra” measures to ensure games were played. This will probably be factored in for future events.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

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Posted in: World Rugby slams Scotland legal threat over typhoon-hit game See in context

I’m sure the Japan players want the game to go ahead. No real sportsman would want to qualify in these circumstances. There would always be that * hanging over their achievements.

Typhoon will be long gone by kickoff time, if the stadium is safe...Game on!

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Posted in: Brave Blossom bonanza as rugby jerseys fly off shelves See in context

The boom will end on Sunday when they lose to Scotland!

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Posted in: Missile interceptor drill held in Tokyo following N Korean launches See in context

Are these the same PAC-3 Patriots that “worked so well” to protect the Saudi refineries?

I’m afraid they are. Sad to see tax payers money wasted on stuff like this.

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Posted in: Typhoon heads nearer Tokyo ahead of big Rugby World Cup weekend See in context

Holding the Rugby World Cup in the middle of the typhoon season was always a risk. If a team is knocked out by the weather, there will surely be massive doubts as to Japan hosting any future sporting events. Sport has to be decided by play. Japan’s credibility is on the line here.

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Posted in: Pacific players call for major rule changes after World Cup disappointments See in context

Japan has broken through to be between tier one and two BECAUSE it includes so many Pacific Island players. No other reason.

Just change eligibility to that of soccer... Tier one teams lose some of their best players and Tonga, Samoa and Fiji could field world class teams.

Easy Peasy!

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Posted in: The routes to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals -- or the plane home See in context

It will be NZ v Wales in the final.

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Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe in many countries to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. What was it like when you were growing up? See in context

Perverts have been around as long as children.

I think a problem in Japan is that the police often keep a lid on incidents.

I know of two separate incidents where students were attacked and later we learnt that there had been other incidents of a similar nature in the area. The authorities thinking that not creating alarm being more important than warning of danger.

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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

Dilution is the solution.... The Pacific is just the place....slowly release the essentially harmless water back to the sea. And stop panicking! You have much more important things to worry about!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic ticket scalpers raking in big profits See in context

I wouldn’t go to see olympic soccer if you PAID ME ¥67,500!

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Posted in: Joseph praises never-say-die Japan after last-gasp bonus-point win See in context

Some credit should also go to the referee.... Penalising Samoa for “feeding” that last scrum was a little unusual as ever single scrum Ive seen in this World Cup has been fed almost to the number 8!

Scotland need a bonus point win agains Russia and then beat Japan by 7 points and the “International 15” will again miss out on the knockout stage.

Come on Scotland!

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Posted in: Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years See in context

Some species of whale are endangered..... so don’t kill them. But a blanket ban because they are cute or look after their young or are “intelligent” or whatever reason doesn’t make sense.

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Posted in: Prince Harry sues UK tabloids over 'phone hacking' See in context

The day he and his inter-related family stop taking public money is the day they can be free from public scrutiny!

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Posted in: No butts, no boors: Rugby fans learn the ropes in polite Japan See in context

Behaviour has been excellent so far. The organisers are lucky its rugby and not football! Due to the poor organisation at the fan zones, soccer fans would riot! Small screens and venues are not big enough so fans cannot enter.

Forget the fans.... trash separation seems to be the priority.

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Posted in: Organizers warn about illegally resold tickets as hundreds turned away from World Cup matches See in context

The article is wrong... There is now way to know if the tickets have been resold.. and yes, they have holograms. All the tickets I bought for friends have my name on them.

Friends have bought tickets near the stadium for face value or less. Some have been given tickets for free.

Haven’t seen a single scalper.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by mother See in context

I strap my 2 year old into the child seat BEFORE starting the engine....

Seems to work quite well!

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Posted in: Is premium economy airfare worth the money? See in context

There is also the “advantage” of boarding before other passengers so you can spend more time in the seat. Something I have never understood.

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Posted in: Moment of truth coming for Brexit with time running out, EU and Britain say See in context

And just what percentage of the UK’s GDP goes to the EU?

I’ll save you the time on Google.... Its less than 1%

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