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Posted in: We try a new way of using mayonnaise from a Japanese recipe See in context

We always buy Japanese Mayo ihere in Australia, it’s better than any locally produced stuff. But in Japan, I do think they tend to overuse it a tad. My wife just nixed it as a pancake batter ingredient, so I can’t test Mujo’s recipe for myself...

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Posted in: Spain's Iniesta to stay with Kobe for two more years See in context

Good comment, Mr. Robert Maes.

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Posted in: Oprah, Prince Harry reunite for Apple TV+ mental health show See in context

Celebrity victimhood. It’s a great gig if you can get it.

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Posted in: Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on See in context

With such partisan zealots being responsible for this “audit”, it’s only a matter of time before they themselves start manufacturing the “evidence” they want so badly. It’s not like they’re going to get it any other way.

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Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

It’s good to see a government and a people who value their environment and culture and are motivated to preserve it. That goes for assets both tangible and intangible. The alternative is the neglect and/or destruction of both. Congratulations all around.

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

George Townes:

That’s a lot of good “why” questions you’re asking there, sport, and your conclusions as to why there are no answers forthcoming are spot-on.

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Posted in: Free your smile with this clear mask See in context

Wick’s Pencil:

Thanks so much for sharing:)

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Posted in: China's exports top forecasts; imports growth best in 10 years See in context


As an Australian, I don’t have to. They’ve already stopped accepting some of our “funny money”.

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Posted in: WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline See in context


I’m not “swallowing whatever the Chinese are saying”. I’m trying to tell you that the Chinese motives for providing their vaccines to countries that can’t afford or obtain Pfizer or AstraZeneca have everything to do with pragmatism, and nothing to do with some sense of owing the world for something that originated in China, however it originated. If your intention in posting is to impugn the motives of the government of China, then I think that my understanding of why they’re supplying vaccines to poorer countries does that more effectively than yours does. Yours implies some acceptance of moral guilt by China. Mine does not. From what we know of Xi and the CCP, which is most likely?

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Posted in: WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline See in context


What nonsense. The list of countries that tried to pretend the pandemic wasn’t happening, or tried to make it a political issue, or flip-flopped around ineffectually, or minimised the risks of Covid until it was far too late, is as long as my arm, and i’ve got pretty long arms. If the Chinese come calling with a vaccine that works, of course poorer countries are going to take them up on it. But if you want to criticise China, you should take the hint from my previous posts. They’re not doing it from a sense of feeling ashamed, or anything so noble. They’re doing it because there are, or may be at some time in the future, practical advantages for China. Do I have to write your anti-Chinese posts for you?

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Posted in: Aussie basketball star threatens Olympic boycott over 'whitewashed' photo shoots See in context

She makes a good point, I'm tired of seeing people of one colour representing a diverse country

She makes half a point, literally. One of the ads did show a person of colour, just not one that Ms. Cambage recognized. She referred to that person as having "a fake tan". Is that what you mean?

especially a country of immigrants

Yeah. I'm an immigrant. I have a mixed ethnic background, one-half Southern European. I've never seen that part of my identity (and let's remember Liz Cambage is half white Anglo-Australian) represented in any ad or on TV or movies, except as a villain. Too many people see "white" as being just one homogeneous identity. It isn't.

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Posted in: WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline See in context

Yeah, it's what you call damage control.

So what? Do you think those countries care? It's not like the rest of the world is rushing in to help them. Stockpiling far more than is needed by the US, export bans by the EU... if Western countries who've mismanaged their own pandemics (and are therefore far more culpable for their own casualties than the Chinese are) turn their backs, what are those countries supposed to do? The Chinese moves are about taking advantage of rich countries' lack of interest and/or action, not with "damage control".

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Posted in: Free your smile with this clear mask See in context

When we were wearing masks here in Australia I got into the regrettable habit of swearing at people under my breath, and sometimes not under my breath. I’d be afraid if I wore one of these that i’d keep doing it, and get myself punched in my (masked) face.

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Posted in: WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline See in context

China has already been making its vaccines available worldwide, including to smaller European countries such as Serbia which find it impossible to compete with larger, richer countries in order to get supply. If anyone thinks that the wider benefits China gains in those countries by doing this - reputation, strategic political advantage and potential economic gains - are negligible, think again.

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Posted in: Australian regulator moves to block Qantas-JAL deal See in context

Desert Tortoise,

Exactly right, especially when it comes to Qantas. Although I wouldn’t rate Qantas service as highly as JAL service.

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Posted in: China's exports top forecasts; imports growth best in 10 years See in context

Problem is, the monster is also feeding us.

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Posted in: Biden says he is confident he can meet Putin soon See in context

It might come to nothing, but it has to be tried. There's too much drums of war talk these days, countries need to step back a bit.

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Posted in: Aussie basketball star threatens Olympic boycott over 'whitewashed' photo shoots See in context

Liz Cambage has half a point in her rant, but she's really gone off half-cocked on this one. She sees a couple of ads she doesn't like, makes mistakes about who's Indigenous and who isn't (she herself isn't) and when challenged on it doubles down with the biting-the-hand-that-feeds-her act with multiple expletives (read the uncensored account) and claims that she knew all along that the Indigenous rugby star in the ad was Indigenous. And it's really great to see Cambage emphasising her point by using such (irony alert) down-home Australian expressions as "Y'all" and "imma". If you want to sit out the Olympics, Liz, great, see y'all later.

"Also just to remind you Australia's GREATEST sporting moment was thanks too (sic) BLACK INDIGENOUS WOMAN (Freeman)."

And just tor remind you, Liz, Australian Olympic athletes have won 152 gold medals in total, 512 medals in all. Cathy Freeman's gold was a moment to remember, but it's only one of many great moments. A comment like that is not only ultra-disrespectful to all the other great Gold medallists (and I'll bet Cathy Freeman would agree with me on that one) but also shows what a bubble these rich, privileged and apparently hyper-sensitive sportspeople like Liz Cambage live in.

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Posted in: Swimming star Ikee answers anti-Olympic messages See in context

I don’t agree with her, but she has a right to her own opinion. Is it so difficult to imagine why an athlete might feel the way she does?

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Posted in: Australian regulator moves to block Qantas-JAL deal See in context

Alex, we must get our airfares from different sources, because l have never seen Qantas fares to Japan as cheap as JAL. Unless you’re talking about Jetstar?

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Posted in: Paul McCartney gets own set of Royal Mail stamps See in context

Nice gesture, but who uses stamps these days?

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Posted in: 9 Super League clubs accept UEFA fines, 3 rebels face bans See in context

I’ve disagreed so far with those who want the 12 clubs punished, but as far as Barca, Real and Juve are concerned, now I agree. It’s time to get really, really tough.

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Posted in: Inside the cut-throat battle to build K-pop's next superstars See in context

Manufactured for people who know what they like, and only like what they know. You can tweak the formula a tiny bit, as long as you don't frighten the horses and don't mess it up for the "factory-like mass-production system" as described by the former idol in the article.

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Posted in: Pfizer/BioNTech jab confirmed to protect 95% in largest study yet See in context

Meanwhile in Australia, panic surrounding the 4-in-a-million or so long shot of under-50 year-olds developing blood clots after AstraZeneca (of which only one has been fatal so far) has resulted in the Federal Government restricting the use of Pfizer vaccine to the under-50s. To underline the stupidity of that knee-jerk decision, the last five cases of blood clotting have all been in people over 50, four of them in their 60s and 70s.

Many over-70s have already had Pfizer jabs, but many have not, thereby leaving them and the Covid-vulnerable 60 to 70 year cohort with no choice but AstraZeneca, and effectively rendering them the least protected age group in the nation. Now AstraZeneca still has an 86% or so effectiveness after two shots and is still worth taking despite the minuscule risks, but 86% ain't 95%, is it?

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Posted in: 8 England players return home from India; Australians to wait in Maldives or Sri Lanka See in context

EvilBuddha, fair question, I’m really applying the term “minority “ literally rather than just to that proportion of the Aust public interested in sport. I do believe however that the number of Australian cricket fans who regard their players in a heroic light has declined as the game has become commodified, a process of which the IPL and the BBL are the latest manifestations, which is why this guy’s comment got up my nose a little. Test cricket, especially against England and also against India and South Africa, is still where “superheroes” are made, but then as an Indian (I hope that’s correct) you don’t need me to tell you that.

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Posted in: Don't call us grannies: Meet Japan's senior cheer squad See in context

The Ramones re-born!!!!

The Ramones never looked as hot as these ladies.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

One thing's for sure. next time I'm in Japan I'm not going to turn to my wife and say "Hey. let's go to Noto, I hear they have a giant pink concrete squid there."


GBR48 Today 9.09am...

It is a very nice giant pink squid and a good photo opportunity, but for 200,000 squid, sorry, quid, it seems quite pricey. For that figure, I'd expect it to glow in the dark, undulate its tentacles and sing a haunting enka tune when the sun goes down.

Well if it could do all that, then I'd reconsider, obviously.

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Posted in: Coe says Tokyo organizers delivered on COVID-19 protocols See in context

I cannot make my mind up if the IOC and sports bodies around the world understand the medical situation here. Or is it just being put to one side out of the way.

I get the feeling that Lord Coe and the rest would be issuing the same anodyne pronouncements if the Games were due to be held in India in less than three months' time.

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Posted in: G7 calls out China over rights at virus-shadowed meeting See in context

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy industrialized nations on Wednesday accused China of human rights abuses and economic mischief

So what happens now?

but offered little concrete action to deal with an increasingly forceful Beijing.

Ah, right. Business as usual.

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Posted in: 8 England players return home from India; Australians to wait in Maldives or Sri Lanka See in context

Hours after the lucrative cricket league was suspended on Tuesday because of India's COVID-19 crisis, the English members of the Delhi Capitals squad rushed to Delhi from Ahmedabad to catch a flight to Heathrow.

Stable doors closing and horses bolting, all too late to prevent the role that the IPL has played in helping to spread the coronavirus in India. I don't necessarily blame the players, they would have been obliged to meet the terms of their (extremely well-paid) contracts, but the organisers and the money merchants who run the clubs are a different matter.

"The public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost superheroes ... but they are human beings," the chief executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association said.

Superheroes? Of the minority of Australians who have any interest in cricket, only a minuscule proportion of those have any interest whatsoever in the Indian Premier League, a domestic $$$-fest that receives virtually zero coverage in Australia, and a competition where the obscene amounts of money involved certainly helped to keep the IPL going on way beyond the point where it was safe or sane given India's current Covid crisis.

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