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JimizoSep. 19, 2014 - 10:07AM JST
A Yougov pollster has stated a 99% certainty of a no vote. 54% no/46% yes is the bookies favourite.
Posted in: Vote counting begins in Scotland
JimizoSep. 18, 2014 - 11:16PM JST
My wife would be furious if I didn't mention shepherd's pie.
Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote
JimizoSep. 18, 2014 - 06:08PM JST
'Unless medically necessary, keep the baggage.'
Exactly, and don't hack bits off babies who obviously have no say in the matter.
Posted in: Foreskin clip joints take unwary males for a ride
JimizoSep. 18, 2014 - 03:15PM JST
'Jimizo and Zorken
Google "変な日本語 海外" and click on images.
Listen folks. This is universal.'
I didn't say it wasn't. If I wanted a sign, a menu or anything similar written in Japanese, I'd have it checked by a native speaker of that language. Where did I state otherwise?
Posted in: Step in
JimizoSep. 18, 2014 - 03:11PM JST
'The damage is done however, the other regions of the UK , particularly England, are now looking for greater powers of their own.'
Perish the thought. Countries wanting to be governed by the people they vote for. Ludicrous idea.
JimizoSep. 18, 2014 - 02:46PM JST
I'm very interested in why you were thumbed down too. I had no idea that having signs proofread by a native speaker of that language for mistakes or nuance was such a bad idea. I am sometimes asked by non-native speakers in my department about the English used in our advertising, instruction manuals and even their presentations and e-mails. Maybe I should tell them all to stop wasting my time. I never knew.
JimizoSep. 18, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
'Try to put a Japanese sign in your home country at the entrance of a shop and try to be 100% correct with it! Not as easy as it seems. Same goes for Japanese people and English language.'
If you were putting a sign up in a language not your own, you wouldn't ask a native speaker of that language to check it? Any sensible shop owner in any country would make sure the sign was written correctly no matter what language was being used. I'm sure the owner could have found a native-English speaker in city the size of Osaka to check it.
JimizoSep. 18, 2014 - 09:21AM JST
Perhaps Japan should introduce an established symbol for foreigners which shops could use before the Olympics. It could help prevent people having headaches when trying to write intelligible English and foster greater tolerance and understanding. A side view of a man with a blond afro and a huge nose with a thumbs up symbol next to it should do the job.
JimizoSep. 17, 2014 - 11:30PM JST
Maybe Prince Harry could give her a call. Tabloid circulation is on the slide.
Posted in: Princess Mako leaves for one year of study in England
JimizoSep. 17, 2014 - 01:19PM JST
“Very simply I want the people of Scotland to make decisions for Scotland,”
Quite. The sub-Braveheart tripe along with silly, ham-acted appeals to a 300-year history should be ignored. This is a question of democracy.
Posted in: Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland
JimizoSep. 17, 2014 - 12:12AM JST
'This wouldn't even be an issue if the English had been more even-handed in their policies, but England has been very much "England for the English and forget everyone else!"'for way too long now.'
Don't forget that Westminster from Thatcher onwards wrote off the north of England as well as the other countries in the union. Even the ex-Governor of the Bank of England Eddie George stated that mass unemployment in the north was an acceptable price to pay to curb inflation in the south. Many English people have suffered abuse from Westminster, mostly but not exclusively under Tory rule, not just Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I wonder why the caring, benevolent Tories didn't try out their poll tax on the Home Counties? So 1980s/90s I know but certainly not forgotten in Scotland. Don't give the effing Tories a kick, politely show them the door and ask them not to come back. There are plenty of English who would love to be able to do that on Thursday.
Posted in: Should Scotland be an independent country?
JimizoSep. 16, 2014 - 07:03PM JST
Cruelly killing animals for meat which any decent person wouldn't serve to his or her worst enemy. Some humans should crawl back into the sea. Then again, dolphins don't deserve to have the tone of their place lowered.
Posted in: Season's first dolphins slaughtered at Taiji
JimizoSep. 16, 2014 - 05:44PM JST
Every country should have the right to choose their own government. The idea of a party with one MP in the entire country of Scotland making any decisions for that country is ridiculous.
Many cities in the north have wanted greater independence from Westminster. The cities of the north should put their silly rivalries and bickering behind them and focus on the common enemy - a government which serves the needs of the south. The Tories wrote off Scotland, Wales and the north of England under Thatcher and Labour did next to sod all about it under Blair. More regional powers will come but the Westminster shower need a few more than gentle reminders. The sight of Cameron giving last minute gifts to Scotland and charging around like a headless chicken telling people not to kick the Tories although they despise them shows that they can act with a good hard shove.
JimizoSep. 15, 2014 - 02:41PM JST
QPR look relegation certs. Man U beat what was in front of them well but Spurs did the same thing to QPR. With better finishing there could have been a lot more goals at both ends.
Posted in: Big wins for Man United, Inter Milan
JimizoSep. 15, 2014 - 02:15PM JST
'Obama’s intent to “degrade and ultimately destroy” IS drew a skeptical response in Washington, with critics noting that even al-Qaida has not been eradicated, despite a 13-year US-led war against it.'
There are some sane people left around who don't buy a Hollywood ending to this. The right wing are already getting aroused at the prospect of seeing the mighty US military machine in action. Bulls and horns, retribution raining from the skies, US soldiers ROCK etc. Here we go again...
Posted in: Kerry says 'all bases covered' in coalition bid to crush IS
JimizoSep. 15, 2014 - 11:32AM JST
This from the Independent:
'Earlier this month, a YouGov poll suggested 54% of Scots favour keeping the monarchy if Scotland votes "Yes", compared with 39% who would like to see it scrapped. Among SNP voters this narrows to 46% compared with 39%, though the survey had a smaller sample size.'
Some Scottish aristocrats are worried about the taxes they'll pay on their estates if Scotland gains independence. Bless the poor things.
Posted in: Queen hopes Scottish voters 'think carefully' before vote
JimizoSep. 14, 2014 - 12:44PM JST
Finally, a job in Japan nowadays where you get a decent raise.
Posted in: Japanese male porn stars rarer than Bengal tigers, actor says
JimizoSep. 14, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
Chelsea were a disgusting side to watch last season but after watching their game v Everton a few weeks ago and last night, they are scoring goals and I have to admit, playing some good football. Costa looks the part ( although I'm sure Lucabrasi will rightly tell us he's no Micky 'sumo' Quinn ). Always good to see a John Terry own goal regardless of the result.
Posted in: Villa down Liverpool; Costa sends Chelsea clear
JimizoSep. 13, 2014 - 11:13PM JST
'Sat. September 13th and opinion polls are showing a slight lead for Scotland staying in the union. But another poll by the Daily Mail also published on the same day shows that 70% of English (who can't vote next week) support Scots staying in the union. This implies that more Scots hate English than English hate Scots'
It implies many things other than the conclusion you reached. Many of the people in England who oppose Scottish independence are those terrified of a country which will be left in the jaws of the Tories but would love to live in country without them. Quoting anything which appears in the Daily Mail is an affront to any reasonable argument. You may as well quote the Sun.
Posted in: Scotland polls put 'No' camp ahead as Salmond hits out
JimizoSep. 13, 2014 - 06:10PM JST
'If the Scots were a downtrodden region ignored and neglected by Westminster, I would have some sympathy with the nationalists, but they have been over-represented and indulged by the benevolence of the rest of Britain, but like spoiled children they just demand more and more special treatment, and cry when the nasty English say no.'
Interesting that Cameron admitted the treatment of the Scots from Westminster was to say the least less than fair. He made particular mention of the atrocious Poll Tax experiment undertaken by Tories led by the then manic Thatcher. Do you think the Tories in particular have 'indulged' the Scots?
Sep. 19, 2014 - 12:42PM JST
Smoking is barbaric. I don't find anything beneficial to this inhumane habit. To see these news…
Posted in: Asia's rising tobacco epidemic
Sep. 19, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
Is it just me or is there really a lot of 'killing their family' going on…
Posted in: Man arrested for fatally abusing 4-year-old daughter
Sep. 19, 2014 - 12:36PM JST
Posted in: Man who beat mother to death in 2008 arrested for beating father to death
Sep. 19, 2014 - 12:35PM JST
There's nothing wrong with being patriotic. Defending your own country's pride and honor is heroic…
Posted in: Cabinet minister denies ties to hate speech group
Posted in: 41-year-old Saitama man arrested for fatally stabbing wife