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Posted in: When you were a child, what profession did you aspire to? And did you actually join that profession when you became an adult? See in context

As a little girl, I wasn’t allowed to have a dog of my own and my dream was to work in a pet shop and be surrounded by puppies and kittens all day long. Then I realized I would actually have to sell the puppies and say goodbye....end of that dream.

Then I wanted to be a vet, to help the dogs and cats other people were lucky enough to buy. But I am not in the least scientifically minded, couldn’t cut the biology lessons, could hardly bear to be in the school biology lab, with its displays of dissected frogs and worms...end of that dream.

Now I earn a living doing something completely different (translating) which I enjoy, and with the money I earn I can afford to have the pets I was denied as a kid.

Livin’ the dream!

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Posted in: Trainer Gordon Elliott banned over dead horse photo See in context

The tasteless photo is just an indication of his character. The real crime - and it should be a crime, punishable by more than a suspended slap on the wrist.- is that the literally rode a horse to its death.

That is unforgivable, and he should never again be allowed to be responsible for the welfare of any animal.

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Posted in: The all-star avocado: A renowned super food that is as nutritious as it is delicious See in context

the graft male branches to female trees to produce fruit

Now there's an idea.....I'd given up on trying to grow my own avocados, but I think I might give it another try....

Grafting is way out of my league too, but at least the seeds are free so there's not much lost by trying!

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Posted in: Johnson urges Britons to lose weight See in context

Bozo needs to take his own advice

He is taking his own advice.

since then he has started a new exercise regime and no late-night cheese diet.

I actually have lost some weight

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

I'm sure they're being very good and resisting their natural urges

If they were neutered by their original families (which they should have been) they don't have any natural urges in that direction.

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Posted in: The all-star avocado: A renowned super food that is as nutritious as it is delicious See in context

There is no such thing as a ‘superfood’

superfood | ˈnoun

a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being

Avocado sounds pretty super to me.

Growing a plant from an avocado stone is pretty easy and fun.

I even got mine to flower, but no fruit because apparently the flowers on any one tree switch from being female in the morning to male in the evening, or vice versa; so no pollination. Seems you have to have a plantation of them, or be organised enough to save the pollen.

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Posted in: Johnson urges Britons to lose weight See in context

Bozo was happy to be a big fat slob until he got the wake-up call.

I'm no fan, but credit where credit is due, his eyes have been opened and he seems serious about getting in shape.

I know from experience, it's not easy.

And it's not like he has nothing else to think about all day bar counting calories and hitting the gym.

One word of advice, though Boris; don't 'avoid chocolate and cheese' if they're as important to you as they are to me. You will eventually fall off the wagon and binge. Incorporate your favourite foods into your diet, in reasonable amounts. That way you're more likely to stay on the straight and narrow. And rather than eating less carbs, substitute whole-food carbs; brown rice, bread and pasta instead of white, and leave the skins on your fruit and veggies. That will give you more fibre, which will leave you feeling fuller longer, avoid blood-sugar spikes and keep you regular.

Good luck, Boris - you and 700,000 Brits, and zichi, and me.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

The owners left 10 years ago, and he still has 41 cats. He's breeding them.

Cats can live up to 20 years, they aren't necessarily breeding.

The neutering of these cats should be funded

Agreed, if they aren't neutered already.

he needs to get out.

It's his life, his choice.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Anyone here in the comments who is supporting this dude should first think about what it might be like if you were his neighbor.

He doesn’t have any neighbors, that’s the whole point. They all evacuated. And left their cats behind.

why is he "wearing" a mask? There is literally NO ONE around. At all!

Kim Kyung-hoon the photographer is there.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Surely he spends 70,000 JPY a month, not ¥700,000?

Depends how much dog food he's buying for the wild boar?

Judging from the dishes piled with food in the photo, the cats are certainly not going without.

Interesting that he has pee-pads spread out instead of litter boxes. With no running water and presumably no rubbish collection, he manages by burning the pads? With 41 cats, a constant supply of pee-pads would cost a fair bit.

Still, 700,000 yen sounds a bit steep.

I hope he gets off on the wild boar charge.

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Posted in: Taiwan prepares white rhino to find mate in Japan See in context

Calling her white is offensive. Looks tan to me.

The tan colour comes from her mud-pack. She's actually kinda greyish.

The name white rhinoceros comes (apparently) from the Dutch word wijd, meaning 'wide' (describing the animal's mouth), which English-speaking settlers in South Africa back in them days misheard as white.

Subsequently the other kind of rhino, with a pointy mouth, was named the black rhino, though that too is kinda greyish and not black.

Animals should be protected in their native habitat, that would help increase the population

In a perfect world yes, but left in their native habitat they are easy prey for the poachers. That's why the populations are so low. We need to stop people thinking bits of keratin can improve their sex life or cure their cancer.

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Posted in: Swiss to vote on whether to ban full facial coverings in public See in context

Excited for the "let people make their own choices, no masks, freedom for all" crowd to explain why legally putting limitations on people's clothing choices is suddenly good and just.

It's easy. We can tell them what to do and what to wear, but we won't let anyone tell us what to do and what to wear, even when it's for our own good and the good of those around us.

It's called Freedumb.

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Posted in: Hotel employee arrested for stealing Go To Travel coupons worth ¥1 million See in context

and winner of todays Darwin prize contest is...

Why the Darwin prize?

Is the penalty for stealing coupons forced sterilization?

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Posted in: Cuomo addresses harassment claims; vows to stay in office See in context

It’s good to see someone who is so deserving get taken down by his own hubris and the cheerleaders in the media and Hollywood who protected him all last year while the elderly were dying by the thousands due to his misguided leadership.

And of course you’ll be equally delighted when the eminently deserving former potus gets taken down by his own hubris and the Supreme Court judges he put in place to do his bidding? You know, the former potus who claimed at his crowded, massless rallies that he was doing a Great Job, while Americans were dying by the hundreds of thousands due to his criminally incompetent leadership?

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Posted in: U.S. conservative group pushes proposals to tighten voting laws See in context

stand-up.

Why does auto-correct kick in the very instant I click Post?

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Posted in: U.S. conservative group pushes proposals to tighten voting laws See in context

the Democrats want to make it politically impossible for conservatives to vote by flooding the system with mail-in voting

How does making it more convenient to vote make it politically impossible for conservatives to vote?

which no other country does

Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, to name but a few. In the UK, where some 22% of the electorate voted this way in the 2017 general election, it's called postal voting.

which is the rational and sensible thing to do.

Of course it's rational and sensible, that's why so many countries have it. Not every voter can make their way to a polling station on a particular day.

The Democrats are in a much weaker position that they now have a slim majority

In a weaker position now that they have the WH, the Senate and Congress? Yup, obviously very weak. That Trump winning again.

bass, give up your day job whatever it is, and go on the stage. You'd do great farce and-up.

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Posted in: U.S. will have enough vaccine supply for all adults by end May: Biden See in context

Why did Trump need the vaccine? Didn't he tell us in October that after fighting the virus like a hero, he was immune?

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Posted in: 43-year-old female company exec arrested over indecent behavior with 17-year-old boy See in context

she was just some old woman looking for a good time.

At 43?? Good grief.

older woman!

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing protected Nara deer See in context

Playing with the deer at 2 in the morning? Booze involved perhaps?

Either way, he's a psychopath, not fit to be among normal people. He'll be turning his hatchet on noisy kids next.

Lock him up, and give him psychiatric treatment.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 232 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 888. See in context

we will hit zero cases just in time for the Olympics.

Not much point if the rest of the world is still riding the crest of its third or fourth wave, and athletes from all over are allowed in without vaccination. And if most of us here are still waiting for our vaccinations.

Tokyo SuperSpreader 2021.

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Posted in: Which prefectures take top spots in ‘problem-free’ survey? See in context

the cooler and more interesting Tokyo and Kanagawa.

lol Modern variation on the old Chinese curse - May you live in an interesting place.

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Posted in: Which prefectures take top spots in ‘problem-free’ survey? See in context

a place to live, of course.

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Posted in: Which prefectures take top spots in ‘problem-free’ survey? See in context

I understand Okinawa is just as safe if not safer than most areas in Japan

I love Okinawa, spend most of my summer holidays there, and have day-dreamed about living there.

Factors against include the frequency and strength of typhoons, poor pay, too many tourists (yes I know, including me) and the US military.

Not really concerned that much about the behaviour of the military people, most of them are OK; the problem is that the bases take up too much prime land, and make Okinawa the primary target in any shenanegins the top brass decide to start.

So as a place to visit and enjoy, Okinawa is tops (together with Ogasawara); as a place to lie, I would not consider it one of the safest by a long chalk.

Tochigi number three? I can live with that.

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Posted in: Trainer banned from British races over photo on dead horse See in context

I've seen the picture. It doesn't look at all like he just sat on the nearest thing 'without thinking' in order to take his phone call. He's sat astride the body, with two fingers raised in a peace sign and a grin on his face; he's clearly posing.

Obviously he does not belong anywhere around animals.

What upsets me more however, is the matter-of-fact way in which the death of the animal - died of a heart attack after a training run - is described and passed over, as if it were something that happened every day.

The beast can't cut the training? It's expendable.

An animal being pushed above and beyond its capabilities, even to the point of death, should be a major incident, a scandal in itself. Yet we would never have heard of it if it were not for this person literally adding insult to injury.

Far too many animals are sacrificed in the name of so-called sport. It should all be banned.

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Posted in: Shortsighted decisions may lead to the animals being abandoned. See in context

And, whatever you decide, don’t buy at pet shops to support the Japanese pet farms! Unsold, mature animals are euthanized and females are bred, again and again, til they are feeble and dead. 

In addition, pups are taken from their dams and siblings way too early so that they can waste no time getting into the pet shop windows and looking cute. These poor pups have a hard time socialising because they have not had the time with Mum and other pups, making them harder to train. If the new owner is a newbie with no training experience or skills, the pup runs the risk of being labelled 'untrainable' and/or 'aggressive' and could well end up being dumped at the hokenjo.

One of our dogs is a rescue from a pet shop (bought, and then put up for adoption because the family couldn't cope). He was a real Problem Child when he came to us - literally could not be touched, the first thing I had to teach him was Don't Bite the Hand that is Trying to Feed You - and it's taken us literally years of blood, sweat and tears to turn him into the reasonably well-trained dog he is today.

So yes, adopt, don't buy - and if you're a first-time owner, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into!

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Posted in: Trump hints he may run again in 2024, proposes new voting limits See in context

"Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history," Trump said.

Donald Trump had the most disastrous first four years of any president in modern history.

(Does the US have any other kind of history?)

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Posted in: Are bidet-type toilets a health hazard? See in context

Been using a washlet for years now, can’t say I’ve come across any of the problems raised in this article.

Much more pleasant than trying to clean up with dry paper.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

Why not go species neutral as well? 

Add some tails, wings, horns, claws, etc etc.......

That would actually be pretty cool. A set of pets for the Potato Family!

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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign may partially resume after state of emergency lifted See in context

Finally! If someone doesn't like it, don't travel, as simple as that.

No, it isn't as simple as that.

People travelling all over the country picking up viruses to bring back home and spread around (not to mention the viruses they may be taking from home to those tourist spots, if they live in an area not yet even out of the state of emergency) up the ante for all those who decide that not travelling is the sensible thing to do.

If you want to travel, fine, pay for it out of your own pocket, quarantine for two weeks before you go (to protect the people in the place you're travelling to), and another two weeks when you get back (to protect your neighbours).

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

kids had to supply their own vegetable to poke eyes, a nose or mustache into.

That's the kind of Mr Potato Head I played with as a kid, but I'm not sure we called it Mr Potato Head back then. There were a variety of differently-shaped eyes, noses, lips, etc., which together with your own choice of veggie meant you could create a whole family of diverse Potato People. I don't think I ever thought of the toy being intrinsically male or female - it was what you made it.

I remember my Mum getting very upset with me for making a Banana Lady, when bananas were a luxury food. I still had to share the banana afterwards with my brother.

A plastic potato head don't sound like much fun.

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