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JimizoDec. 09, 2013 - 09:44PM JST
Good to see young English talent. I'm not confident about England's chances in Brazil but I hope Hodgson gives the likes of Wiltshire and Barkley a chance. Our ageing, plodding midfield got annihilated by Germany in 2010 and maybe they can give top teams something to worry about for a change.
Posted in: Arsenal's momentum halted by Everton; Fulham wins
JimizoDec. 09, 2013 - 03:33PM JST
Most people I've met recently seem to think that the TPP equals cheap food and a threat to Japanese farmers. That's about it. Most are unaware of the full scope of this agreement which is sinister in its secrecy and will undoubtedly degrade working conditions further from their already parlous state.
Posted in: Activists say U.S. trying to ram through TPP pact
JimizoDec. 09, 2013 - 02:56PM JST
I didn't bother buying a digital TV or a tuner after the switch to digital. I paid the fee up to that time and told NHK the situation and they haven't bothered me since. There is no way people should have to pay for something they don't or cannot watch. If they do knock on my door asking for payment again, I'm sure my wife will hand out the type of welcome she usually reserves for Jehovah's Witnesses.
Posted in: Don’t own a TV? NHK doesn’t care, but still wants your money
JimizoDec. 09, 2013 - 12:07PM JST
The best Everton team I've seen for 25 years. A pity 3 of our top performers are on loan. I'm worried about when a money club will start waving wads of cash in front of Barkley.
JimizoDec. 09, 2013 - 10:07AM JST
Munich is a great example of how cities need not be ugly and it has great beer. Amsterdam for the culture and other interesting activities. Barcelona has everything I love - great weather, a relaxed attitude, friendly people, beautiful and interesting architecture, great nightlife, great football and stunningly beautiful women.
Posted in: What are your three favorite cities in the world to visit for a holiday, and why?
JimizoDec. 08, 2013 - 12:14PM JST
This is typical. Handbags at ten paces in the Diet, a few ( too few ) citizens who actually care and tell Japan to wake up and the vast majority of the population not aware or bothered. I've been here too long to have sympathy for docility, passivity and a willingness to be treated like children. A lost cause.
Posted in: Japan's secrecy bill condemned by Nobel academics
JimizoDec. 08, 2013 - 11:28AM JST
Another away win at the theatre of three points. This is Liverpool 1991.
Posted in: United sink further; Chelsea crash at Stoke
JimizoDec. 07, 2013 - 01:30PM JST
Yes, but look at the squad we had in 1990. Goalscorers in Lineker and Platt, creative players like Beardsley, wingers like Barnes and Waddle ( both inconsistent for England but match winners on their day ), Gascoigne ( the most talented English player of the last 40 years ) and a defence with Pearce, Butcher and Wright. This squad has no proven goalscorer at this level ( Rooney has done nothing in World Cups ), ageing quality like Gerrard and Ashley Cole, and Lampard was too fat and slow 4 years ago. The fact that the media were hailing Townsend shows the shocking lack of world class talent.
Posted in: Spain face Dutch in World Cup repeat, England draw Italy
JimizoDec. 07, 2013 - 12:49PM JST
Bookies have Columbia 8/11, Ivory Coast 7/2, Japan 4/1 and Greece 7/1 to win the group. Australia 20/1 to win group B ( fourth favourite ) USA 8/1 to win Group G ( third favourite ) and England 2/1 to win their group ( third favourite - Italy 7/4 Uruguay 15/8 ).
Posted in: Japan drawn with Colombia, Ivory Coast, Greece at World Cup
JimizoDec. 07, 2013 - 11:50AM JST
Japan in with a fighting chance. I'd be shocked to see England meet them in the last 16 - Italy are better and Suarez and Cavani will have a field day with our back four. Australia need a dramatic improvement to avoid what could be 3 real hidings.
JimizoDec. 07, 2013 - 11:09AM JST
Difficult to see England going through based on what I've seen under Hodgson. Japan in with a fighting chance - that could've been a lot worse.
JimizoDec. 06, 2013 - 05:41PM JST
I just hope they don't hire this artist at the royal mint in the future. I wouldn't like the idea of looking at that on a tenner.
Posted in: Faces of the year
JimizoDec. 06, 2013 - 05:09PM JST
William looks like an angry aubergine.
JimizoDec. 06, 2013 - 03:06PM JST
'Wonder Woman cast for Batman and Superman film'
I think I'll give this one the swerve. Aren't people fed up of this superhero bollocks yet?
Posted in: Wonder Woman cast for Batman and Superman film
JimizoDec. 06, 2013 - 09:57AM JST
One of the heroes of our time. A giant. I don't believe in calling the death of a 95 year-old a 'sad day' - it should be a celebration of a long life and this was a life very well lived.
Posted in: NELSON MANDELA DIES AT 95
JimizoDec. 06, 2013 - 09:48AM JST
I agree. There's nothing wrong with lawmakers showing anger, particularly against something as shady as this.
Posted in: Democracy in action
JimizoDec. 05, 2013 - 07:34PM JST
15,000 calls from a woman to the J-cops? I find that hard to believe. 15,000 calls from a J-cop to a woman sounds more like it.
Posted in: Woman arrested for calling police over 15,000 times in six months
JimizoDec. 05, 2013 - 07:22PM JST
I think many of the comments here are from people who, like me, are sick to death of hearing about delicate tastes, umami, uniqueness, blends and similar yawnfests. I switch off the moment a Japanese people start twittering on about the same bloody thing ( is this recited like a creed in schools or just media- created? ) and can finish their sentences for them. Then again, that doesn't mean that the food isn't good. And yes, I can eat umeboshi, natto....zzzzzz.
Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list
JimizoDec. 05, 2013 - 06:33PM JST
'A 40 year-old and 'lampshade' aren't going to cut it in midfield'.
Judging by the thumbs-down, there must be someone out there who seriously thinks they can. Every Man U fan I know said that midfield needed 2 or even 3 top line signings in the summer ( many people have overlooked the retirement of Scholes - Ferguson coaxing an ageing but class act out of retirement was his canny judgement of a mediocre midfield). As for Fellaini, I watched him for Everton and he's great in the air, has good body strength and excellent control but he's very slow and definitely not creative and part of Everton's increased success this season has been due to Barkley's drive from midfield. Giggs is 40, Cleverley is becoming a target of bile from Man U fans, Anderson isn't rated by anyone I've ever met, Young is average as well as detestable, Nani is too erratic, Valencia and Jones are okay and a thirty-something Carrick hardly sets pulses racing at Man U although I think he's decent. However, Januzaj could be a real find. Man U have got to spend big this January.
Posted in: Arsenal keeps lead; Man United goes down to Everton
JimizoDec. 05, 2013 - 02:20PM JST
'How is Chinese cuisine not on the list?'
Possibly because they, like most people, couldn't particularly give a toss. Chinese food hardly needs promoting.
Dec. 09, 2013 - 10:56PM JST
Foreign influence, my arse.
Probably one of the hundreds of thousands of quiet losers of the…
Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game'
Dec. 09, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
China has no proof of ownership at all in history.
About the "NO" problem, I…
Posted in: China's parliament: Japan has no right to criticize air defense zone
Dec. 09, 2013 - 10:50PM JST
Besides of losing its influence and driving further apart of allies’ unity in this region, Japan…
Posted in: Japan gives OK to S Korea's expanded air defense zone
Dec. 09, 2013 - 10:45PM JST
Humanity chases its tail.
Dec. 09, 2013 - 10:43PM JST
So sad. he was one of my favorite actors.
Posted in: 'Fast & Furious 7' delayed after Walker's death