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Posted in: Conte, Tuchel see red as Kane snatches Spurs draw at Chelsea See in context

Tuchel will no doubt be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. The FA should let him and Conte off though. True passion by both with noone hurt. Having said that, Anthony Taylor should be the one charged, with Mike Dean not far behind. Both are a joke and examples of the decline in British refereeing.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan? See in context

My neighborhood. I'm just waiting for my Momo to bloom.

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Posted in: Which decade do you think was the most creative musically? See in context

Personally, I would go with 60's through to mid-70's. In the UK a number of bands came through around 63.

I saw Manfred Mann, Spencer Davis, The Animals etc at The Marquee (and of course The Beatles, Stones, Yardbirds at other venues). I was lucky to see Hendrix at a youth club in London before fame (and his last concert in the UK at the Isle of Wight). Pink Floyd Cream, Bowie, and then all the great bands and singers that followed on both sides of the Atlantic. The list of great artists could go on and on.....Joplin, Creedence, Steely Dan, The Doors, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher (and Taste), Zeppelin, The Who, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, The Allman Bros, Blue Oyster Cult, Blood Sweat & Tears, Yes, Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynyrd, CSNY, King Crimson, Jefferson Airplane...etc etc...and we shouldn't forget the Blues artists (from the 50's that inspired many of these) and later the Motown sound of the 60's). Then we have ska and roots reggae.

For music, this was a great time and I was fortunate not only to see most of these artists but also to have been involved in the music industry in the early 70's.

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Posted in: Japan to issue vaccine passports free of charge See in context

There is already an app called Amulet. With this you can record the dates of your shots, the vaccine maker, and the copies of the stickers certified by the doctor/vaccine center.

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Posted in: Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials See in context


Fact check


But believe what like.

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Posted in: Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials See in context

I think there are vacant slots because the reservation system is too bothersome for many older people, especially with online registration. I am lucky enough to live in a Tokyo ward where vaccinations are given by "family doctors". My wife and I received our vouchers on May 25. We attended separate clinics within short walks from home, with my first jab on Jun 5th, and my wife's Jun 12. Second is scheduled for 3 weeks following the first. We were both in and out in 20-25 minutes, which included the required 15 minute post-jab wait.

Whether to get vaccinated or not is a personal choice but one should realize this is a war, and whereas the war may never be won as it was with smallpox, battles can be. There may be adverse reactions to the vaccines for some, and maybe others will be affected down the road but the extremely small risk is one worth taking. Any possible risk that may exist is considerably lower than the risk associated with COVID-19 infection, and vastly outweighed by the benefits of protecting people and, hopefully, preventing the disease from spreading.

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