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    browny1

    F. Viking - interesting points.

    However, regardless of the etymology of goodbye, modern usage conveys no such spirit ( for the majority I imagine) and bye bye as a contraction of goodbye is not so rare in the English speaking world.

    My grandmother often used it to her grandchildren, my sister in Australia still uses it. No one ever thinks omg she said "Bye Bye" and wouldn't even register with most. The tone and stress of the utterance are the significant factors in determining intent and emphasis. For example she may use a long drawn out stronger "Bye--------, Bye---------!) when we are leaving to come back to Japan.

    A strange one for me is the street-wise spiky haired 17yr old boys speaking in gruff mono-syllables to each other, and then on departure squeal out a high pitched "bai, bai" , destroying all the machismo points built up in one deft swoop.

    Posted in: Say sayonara to 'sayonara' – 70% of Japanese don’t use this word for goodbye anymore

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    browny1

    My high school daughter says "Sayonara" is only used for teachers as it has an air of formality and respect - a little old fashioned.

    She said friends never use it with each other because of it's finality or "farewell" nuance.

    But I do hear uni students use it with each other in the corridors some times, and I'm sure they will see their friends / classmates the next day.

    Perhaps it's a regional thing.

    Posted in: Say sayonara to 'sayonara' – 70% of Japanese don’t use this word for goodbye anymore

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    browny1

    Went to Old Navy today in a satellite suburb shopping mall here in regional shikoku and bought 3 items.

    A pair of stretch fit jeans marked down to ¥2000 from 4900 ; a pair of cool shoes for my daughter marked down from ¥4950 to 700 ; a top for my wife marked down from ¥3000 to 700. Also if you joined up there was a further 10% discount and today was the malls 5% off the total day - so bargains were had. Lucky timing I thought.

    Came home and saw the news - bye bye Old Navy. Going back tomorrow to add on a few more things.

    I like the casualness of many of their clothes - pity it will go. This branch here seems to be pretty popular, but i guess that means nothing when "All have to go".

    Posted in: Gap to close 75 stores outside North America, including all 53 Old Navy stores in Japan

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    browny1

    My wife's employer - a regional bank - recently decreased the salary gap between permanents & temps by giving a small raise to hundreds of workers.

    How magnanimous of them you may think. How did they achieve such?

    Simple. They abolished the meagre summer / winter bonuses and increased the hourly rate exactly that amount over the course of a year.

    So Abe is happy because the workers pay rate increased and the gap shrunk. Yeah!!!

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    browny1

    Wrist watch - I agree with some of your sentiments.

    But it's a bit hard to leave a legacy when you're still a young(ish) active performer and haven't died yet.

    Much of her fame is for her clothing design? Really? How about her designs are but 1 part of many, many aspects?

    And who's making rules for musical legacy? You? When have I ever mentioned "Musical Legacy" let alone the rules and conditions which are to be adhered to fit such a legacy?

    Lennon is known the world over These Days as much as for his Peace work as his musical brilliance. It would be weird to try and remove that from the Persona of Lennon because it doesn't fit his musical legacy.

    My initial response on this discussion was pointed towards the critical comments that folks like to bludgeon gaga with, often with little or no background knowledge of her or her work aside from some superficial media bites.

    That's all. Spend a bit of time researching her volume of work to date, get to know it, see how she is respected by world musical industry peers (not bloggers) and in general the stamp she has put on the industry to date.

    She aint over yet.

    Posted in: Lennon's lyrics, Cobain's letter and Gaga's piano up for auction

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    browny1

    Kobe - thanks.

    I agree - Lennons talent has been proven over the ages - I never said anything to the contrary.

    Gaga - yes performer, composer, songwriter, outstanding musician, outstanding singer, artist, choreographer and more.

    Whether one likes her style, music, personality etc is subjective and rightly so - we all have differing preferences.

    But I need something concrete for me to accept she is over the top, never done anything musically ground breaking, fits into a genre???, and deserves a Boooo.

    If you don't really know about her, research a little more and I think you may well be surprised.

    And I reiterate - as big a fan as I am of Nirvana and K. Cobain - I don't really know what he has contributed to be elevated to Lennon status.

    Posted in: Lennon's lyrics, Cobain's letter and Gaga's piano up for auction

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    browny1

    Kobe - thanks for the reply.

    Well if you were "just giving your opinion", it was Blunt in the least - you even threw in a "booo". And the lameness I was referring to was not the right to hold an opinion, but why people diss on gaga.

    So could you give me your honest opinion re why gaga doesn't rate in the slightest.

    I gave you my opinion with some very brief factual information to lend a bit of substance. And ironic to this I believe she was awarded the Lennon Peace award - shared with pussy riot if I remember correctly.

    So a little more please.

    Posted in: Lennon's lyrics, Cobain's letter and Gaga's piano up for auction

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    browny1

    I agree with many here. What is the actual law re exchange of potential imagery via computer codes?

    As there was no distribution of depictions of "actual" genitalia , merely the means to recreate an image, what then is the crime?

    It all appears to be a classic case (read normal here) of the prosecutors can't be wronged. Too much face to lose.

    Posted in: 'Vagina kayak' artist convicted in obscenity case

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    browny1

    Kobe white - I surely can understand Lennon being in the same sentence - but Cobain - what'd he ever do?

    Gaga has done more and continues to do more for the entertainment / social activist genre than ever good old kurt ever imagined could be possible.

    And don't get me wrong, I'm a Nirvana fan from the onset - BIG in fact - but those who deify KC after he stropped himself leaving so many hanging are the ones not on the right page.

    Gaga is measurably, read measurably, more talented and has displayed genuine concern for the plight of others. She uses her elevated status for the betterment of many - including suicidal horse addicts.

    Sorry to be so blunt, but this dissing on Gaga ad nauseum is so lame.

    Posted in: Lennon's lyrics, Cobain's letter and Gaga's piano up for auction

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    browny1

    Growing up in Oz we used the terms Continental Quilt, Duvet, Duva, Doona and a few years ago Futon came into use also.

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    browny1

    According to the tv news the mother was weaving through the stopped cars and seems to have failed to check no one was coming from the other direction.

    Suddenly she appeared between cars and was struck - not so severely. The baby hit it's head when the mother came off the bike. The mother was basically uninjured.

    If these are the facts then arresting the driver is lame beyond reasoning and serves no purpose in this tragedy - at all.

    Sometimes the cops here just gotta throw common sense to the winds - because the book / senior says so.

    Posted in: 7-month-old baby killed after mother knocked off bicycle by car

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    browny1

    No order but the best I can recall - Adams family, Monty Python, Mash, Fawlty Towers.

    Posted in: What are your most fondly remembered TV shows?

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    browny1

    I know Onan town well. Beautiful place, lovely people.

    Been on many of those roads - never imagined a boulder rolling down.

    Yumi must have just began uni in neighbouring Yamaguchi and came home for the holidays.

    So Sad for all.

    Posted in: 18-year-old girl killed after falling boulder crashes into car on mountain road

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    browny1

    ghoneim - thanks for your reply.

    No I don't have a background in economics so I won't offer any insider suggestions. But I'm a willing listener and learner - so please tell me what you think Abe has got right (technical is ok - I like learning) and how the people of Japan are benefiting from his programs?

    I live in regional Japan - as do most Japanese - so what goes in Tokyo & major urban-opolises does not necessarily go for the other 80+,000,000 of us.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Posted in: Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy

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    browny1

    ghoneim - interesting comments.

    Could you elaborate a little on the success stories of Abe and his -nomics. Especially a few facts and data showing how Japan has improved markedly over the last 4 years and in particular how the ordinary good citizens of Japans lives have prospered?

    Posted in: Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy

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    browny1

    CH3 - nice try - but wrong.

    It clearly states in your own post -

    " Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf. "

    Nuff said.

    Posted in: Taiwan sends patrol ships after fishing boat seized by Japan

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    browny1

    presto - based on what?

    Of Australias total population, at the present, almost 30% were BORN overseas. That's right - 30%.

    In the decade to 2013, 140, 000 people were recognized as refugees and admitted to Australia.

    In the 35 years to 2013, humanitarian and refugee grounds were granted to almost 500,000 people.

    In addition the current permanent migration numbers average around 200, 000 per annum.

    As much as I dislike the severity and at times inhumaness of the "boat people" camps, Australia is one of the true multi-cultural societies in the world. It has its fair share of bigots to complicate the process, but it is way, way ahead of many other countries in it's resettlement / migration programmes, esp including this one.

    Posted in: Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers

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    browny1

    CH3 - I believe nitpicking over the definition of what is a rock, is not what was intended by the original law - article 121.

    I assume they never imagined countries arguing over rock or coral, and that the spirit of the law was that uninhabitable outcrops in the sea can not draw a 200 nautical mile eez.

    As in Portia's "pound of flesh" , I doubt that the Japanese govts view would hold up well in international court.

    And giving legitimacy to okinotori's status as an island must be comforting to China's claims in the south china sea.

    Simply as stated a myriad of times, okinotorishima is Japanese territory and has a 12 nautical mile surrounding zone. Just nonsense to suggest otherwise that a tiny outcrop of a few sqmtrs,can claim 100,000s of sqkm of ocean as soveriegn territory.

    Posted in: Taiwan fishermen protest seizure of boat by Japan

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    browny1

    Okinotorishima doesn't qualify for island status according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which Japan has signed.

    The "island" is a table top sized coral atoll which cannot sustain human habitation on it's own, hence doesn't attract an EEZ status(Exclusive Economic Zone) allowing it to claim territoriality over an area of 200 nautical miles radius from it's shoreline.

    But Japan claims otherwise and has been aggressively concreting for decades. That the atoll belongs to Japan is not in dispute, but as an uninhabitable atoll it can only claim status as a national territory, affording it a zone with a 12 mile radius (I think - I stand to be corrected).

    Regardless, the Taiwanese boat was not in internationally recognized Japanese territory.

    One reason Japan has not joined the public fray with China over it's development of reefs in the south china sea, is that it would attract attention to it's similar development of Okinotorishima. Also US is reluctant to comment because it views the sea / zone around Okinotori as militarily valuable aiding in denying access to China.

    Posted in: Taiwan fishermen protest seizure of boat by Japan

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    browny1

    A particularly despicable act made with intent.

    Now I'd like to see this carried further to the wider world of education and prosecute some of the teachers / caregivers responsible for causing grievous bodily harm to students in their care - esp in the torrid world of school sports clubs, where broken noses, cheekbones, bruised ribs, swollen ears etc are dealt with a "stern" warning if at all.

    Posted in: Nursery school teacher who forced boy to eat wasabi-laced chicken gets suspended sentence

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