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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

Considering my Japanese friends I guess American English is being taught but in a fairly understandable manner.

I'm German, my English class teachers were Germans too, so the first thing I opted for was to eradicate any trace of German accent. Listening to the BFBS and BBC1 for hours a day, repeating everything I heard recording on tape until I was satisfied with my pronunciation, picking up lines from various speakers - and various dialects.

When I went to London many years later nobody thought I was German - they guessed at everything from Estonia to Aberdeen but that was good enough for me at the time.

By now I have adopted an understandable, inoffensive Transatlantic English. I usually adjust to the accent I'm spoken to.

But expressions like "dinna", "canny" and "wey aye" still creep up, as well as replacing "oo" for "ow".

Anything sounds better than a German accent.

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Posted in: Women filmmakers denounce Spanish cinema prize for Depp See in context

Rather ill-informed than toxic femininity. Depp's not the first to lose a legit libel case in Britain but at least it ended up a bit better than for Oscar Wilde.

I'm all for abused women to bring their cases to court but in this special case I think the ruling was wrong. And I think we all know that if there's any toxicity, then it's in British tabloids.

Usually, if a husband gets accused of DV, his ex-partners will strengthen the prosecution by adding their experiences. In this case, Depp's ex-partners came to help him to testify that he was never violent towards them, that he's great with kids and so on. OK, he's got an alcohol problem but he's always been gentle.

Depp was warned to hook up with Heard let alone marry her but I guess male menopause and hormones can't be subdued by ratio. He paid for it - now let him come to his senses and make some more great movies, ok?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics draw to a close See in context

Considering how anti-Olympics I felt at the beginning I'd just like to say I watched more and more of the Games as they went on and I really liked the closing ceremony. Great music mix - ska, brass band, folk, taiko, "Ue wo muite", Woodkid and finally Tomita's perfect version of "Clair de Lune".

Looking forward to the Paralympics now. :)

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

Way back in the late 70s I was required to read a presentation for physics lessons at middle school. I was assigned to "atom bomb" and so I spent countless hours at libraries. While gathering information about the functioning of the bomb I read lots of stuff about the actual effects of an atomic bomb. I got a "3" rating for my presentation which was not too bad, with a reminder by the teacher that I should stick to history classes.

And I did that.

Instead of pointing the finger at anyone, could we at least agree that war is bad and that everyone engaged in war is or has been comitting war crimes?

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

@Reynard, if I remember correctly the only condition the Japanese insisted upon was that the Emperor (who had little influence in the war) would not be tried as a war criminal. I think that was a fair offer.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

There are no innocents on the side of the aggressor.

What about the children, the babies, the unborn?

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Posted in: WHO says it is deeply concerned by Long COVID See in context

One of my neighbours developed long covid after a seemingly mild infection last year. He is still in rehab, lung function less than 50%, neurological symptoms like numbness in feet and hands and short-term memory loss.

Quite bad for a healthy 35-year-old half-marathon runner with no known previous health issues.

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Posted in: Karate kicks off See in context

Can't cast any votes, only practised wadoryu...

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Posted in: 'Kotodama': the belief in the magic power of words See in context

I think there's some truth in that - not just in Japanese.

My favourite word in German is "Brandung" meaning "sound of waves", "baarlung" in Frisian and 潮騒

in Japanese. It makes me feel and smell the wind at the shore, and I can feel it even though I'm not there.

There is some magic in words.

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Posted in: Swimming gives your brain a boost – but scientists don't know yet why it's better than other aerobic activities See in context

I think @Sal has a point here. The experience of floating might do something that other physical activities cannot achieve.

My first experience with sea water was when I ran towards the waves at the coast just six months after being able to run at all, promptly got dunked and my dad jerked me up to the surface. I screamed, "Again! Again!"

So I got swimming lessons by the age of 3, learned to dive at 5 and had a head start at school.

There were no swimming lessons at school so I'm grateful I had learned to keep myself afloat beforehand. From the age of 7 to 12 I spent most summers at next town's public pool.

I guess it did me some good - when I got asthma and was no longer able to swim in chlorinated water, my progress at school stalled. Or it was due to puberty setting in. Whatever.

Anyway, swimming is good for you.

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Posted in: What pairs with beetle? Start-ups seek to make bugs tasty See in context

I agree on eating protein that's not from farmed animals is a good thing, and if I were a farmer in Africa who's crops are being eaten by locusts - I'd eat them all!

But alas I'm a pampered European and would rather stick to lovely veggies, cheese, milk, tofu, nuts and the like to boost my protein intake.

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Posted in: Europe flood death toll tops 160; costly rebuilding ahead See in context

@Avenger, the village hit most severely by the flood sits in a natural river bend, no concrete, no previous reports of flooding this scale. Low pressure area was locked by high pressure at the east that's why this enormous rainfall was possible. If anything like this had ever occurred in the west of Germany, there would have been precautions. There's a difference between 1 ft of water in your cellar or your house being swept away!

Climate change is real, expect more and worse.

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Posted in: Alcohol linked to 1 in 25 global cancer cases: study See in context

Bad enough alcohol causes diabetes and a lot of other illnesses. My dad virtually became legless due to his alcohol consumption. Do we really need cancer to tell us drinking too much is a bad thing?

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Posted in: Sleep, if you know what’s healthy for you See in context

Old news. Whether you're a shift-worker and have noisy neighbours or you work regular and have noisy neighbours, it all boils down to one thing: Lack of respect. Taken Japanese building regulations no wonder people snap.

How to gain proper sleep with all that noise around you?

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Posted in: Merkel urges Germans to get vaccinated for 'more freedom' See in context

@ Zaphod: If Germany is a dictatorship under Merkel I'm fine here. Wouldn't want to swap it for Japan, England, USA... whatever.

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Posted in: Pakistani man reaches out to those living on margins in Japan See in context

A very uplifting article! It's a relief to read there are people who do care and do help.

Years ago in Hamburg I sat down on a bench that turned out to be a homeless man's bed. When he came over to see who's sitting in his "bedroom" we talked over an hour, from losing his job in his 50s to losing his apartment in his 60s, his miniature rent, the unavailability of even a small apartment he could afford and I learned that being homeless is a full-time-job. You need a safe place for the night, food, drink, a place to wash yourself and your clothes if possible, you can't pay for public transport so you keep walking all day around the city collecting deposit bottles. You don't have health insurance so your only option to see a doctor is by the local community services for the homeless.

After a few years your health will be in a state that most jobs that require physical work are no longer accessible for you. And when you find a place to sleep, you will always keep an eye open in case some heartless people will kick you or set your sleeping bag on fire.

Eye's idea of empty houses is a good one: Government gets empty house, helps transforming it to a livable place, puts homeless people in, people have a home - no longer homeless. In reality it's a bit more difficult: Villagers will not want homeless people in their vicinity and the poor guys will have to work hard to gain status as neighbours.

The idea is still good. Alas, this is Japan.

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Posted in: Merkel urges Germans to get vaccinated for 'more freedom' See in context

Vaccine roll-on was slow and it took me some efforts to get vaccinated last month. Now that there's plenty of the stuff around and restrictions are being relaxed people seem to think, "plague's over, let's go on holiday".

Personally I think stricter measures on people who make a vaccination appointment and do neither show up or cancel the appt are needed. Comirnaty is a delicate stuff and when ready to use must be used within one hour. Not turning up for your shot is just rude and puts the doctor or vaccination centre into the trouble contacting one who would be able to get the jab in time.

I'd go further than Merkel and make shots mandatory, at least for health workers - which she can't, as she claimed earlier there would be no mandatory shots, clearly underestimating the carelessness of some parts of the population.

It's just sad, numbers will go up again and when Merkel leaves office there will be nobody near her value to replace her.

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Posted in: What aspects of Japanese history, culture, lifestyle and tradition do you think will be showcased in the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I don't mind the cultural intake whatever it may be, I just wish they would put some good old music in - some Wadaiko, Enka, Kayoukyoku, PYG... bring Julie in and I would even watch it!

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Posted in: Knife attack in German city leaves 3 dead; suspect arrested See in context

who - Söder might be appalling but he's still a person, not a thing. Sorry about that and I wish we had a timed edit function here...

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Posted in: Knife attack in German city leaves 3 dead; suspect arrested See in context

Notes have been found that point towards schizophrenia, not terrorism. And to yous who keep pushing that dratted agenda of "dangerous refugees", let me point out that it was an Iranian refugee who took the greatest risk in holding the attacker at bay. Even the conservative-right Bavarian premier Markus Söder which has an agenda of "stopping immigration" was full of praise for the courageous young man.

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Posted in: Knife attack in German city leaves 3 dead; suspect arrested See in context

@ Bass, no laws - you keep pushing your agenda and everyone here knows it.

The guy grabbed a knife at a store and went stabbing. He's got a history of mental ailments and just by shouting "Allahu akbar" it doesn't make him an Islamic terrorist. Well done for the police shooting him in the thigh to incapacitate him (3 years police training in Germany seems like a proper training).

Bad enough he took the lives of the department lady and 2 more on the street.

The perpetrator survived so we will know about his motives sooner or later.

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Posted in: Johnson voices caution over next lockdown easing in England See in context

Love the Merkel/Johnson pic, can't wait for the memes.

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Posted in: Cup Noodle evolves its mystery meat into mystery 'karaage' with fried chicken ramen See in context

Or just skip the meat and use a variety of veggies...

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Posted in: Higher antibiotic doses may make bacteria 'fitter': study See in context

I thought the problem of overprescribing antibiotics was known for decades als well as treating livestock resulting in the development of MRSA.

If this keeps going the last hope will be phagotherapy.

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Posted in: Asthma drug budesonide speeds recovery for at-home COVID-19 patients See in context

The Austrian doctor Lisa-M. Kellermayr has been successfully treating patients with budesonide for over half a year now, preventing hundreds of hospital stays. Of course, clinical trials are welcome but it's not really a new idea.

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Posted in: Germany pulls virus 'emergency brake' but not all on board See in context

Greetings from Germany: Intensive care units 95% full, specialised IC unit personnel terribly overworked, virus variant B.1.1.7 having a party while ignorant folk having parties as well - what would be the sensible thing to do? Anti-vac folks are still spreading their lies while at the same time vaccinations are rolling on in slow motion.

Haven't left my home town for 6 months straight, not using public transport unless absolutely necessary to get to my specialist docs, don't you think I'm tired of moderate lockdowns as well?

Shut it all down, 2 weeks total lockdown with exceptions for food/meds supply should suffice. But noooo, we'd have the whole lot right wingers wailing about how Germany is becoming authoritarian, totalitarian and whatnot. Can't do that, because free speech, innit? And because of those a*seholes who have been able to spread their mind poison since the plague started we're in this sorry state now.

I'm willing to sit another six months in my little town because the right to live outweighs the right to do as you please and endanger everyone else.

Btw...  "the supposedly "far right" AfD (as labelled by the media)" - I'm not the media and I label them "extreme far right" and a good deal of them "Nazis". I listened to their speeches - they use democracy and free speech to destroy it.

I don't think anyone who is not experiencing what is going on here in Germany now is fit to slag it.

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Posted in: Many older music fans miss the complete ‘album experience’ such as cover art, liner notes and photos that have disappeared due to streaming. What's your view on that? See in context

I'm one of those who still have all their vinyl albums (about 150 - I was kept short on pocket money when I was a kid but would have bought lots more) and sticks to their CD collection instead of streaming.

Exploring album covers like Al Stewart's "Year of The Cat", learning katakana with the help of a Japanese print of Kiss' "Hotter Than Hell" or just enjoying the extras that came with an album.

My only attempt at streaming was cut short when my hard drive broke a few days after before I could copy the songs to another hard drive.

Same with books - I guess moving apartment is out of the question with a collection of over 700.

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Posted in: Japanese businessmen brighten makeup industry amid pandemic See in context

@ Bjorn: I think it's a good thing men trying to look pleasant.

Surely there are people who think lots of body hair, muscles and scruffy looks are attractive. I'll leave it up to the women to breed those traits out of humankind.

What makes a man a man?

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones See in context

Obsession about used shoes is hardly a unique Japanese fetish - elsewhere those guys would simply get a job in a shoe store and be probably very good at their profession. Not suggesting every shoe store clerk is a potential shoe fetishist of course.

But acually replacing the stolen pairs with new ones is kinda nice, innit?

Is stealing-and-replacing-with-brand-new-item theft at all?

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Posted in: Which songs make you nostalgic for your youth or childhood, when you hear them? See in context

Too many to mention... when my dad got up he would turn the radio on first thing in the morning and the first song I clearly remember was "Death of a Clown" by The Kinks.

I still remember humming it all the way to our holiday resort when I was at kindergarten age.

My teens were dominated by songs like "July Morning", "48 Crash", "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Lonely Wolf" and good stuff like that. And the 80s brought me back to British stuff like DM, Culture Club and Duran Duran.

Good times...

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