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lucabrasiDec. 22, 2015 - 10:06AM JST
It's true that there's more caffeine in tea than coffee, weight-for-weight, but it requires a lot more coffee to make a cup.
I remember the salarymen in Brazil stopping off at the corner bar on the way to work for a tiny, thimble-sized cafezinho; they' d walk out eyes glazed and shaking. Strong stuff.
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 06:02PM JST
She got through to the "last ten" of the ridiculous cattle market. I'm by no means overly- PC, but this kind of stuff is just stupid.
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 05:38PM JST
That's a custom which has very little to do with road-traffic and a lot to do with buckets of effluent being thrown from top-storey windows.
Still, you're a gent.... : )
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 05:09PM JST
Yours is a good comment, but if I cast my mind way back to England, twenty-five years ago, then I suspect that the newsreader would have specified "Iranians" or "Persian-speakers" (not all Persian-speakers are Iranian).
"Foreigners" as a generalization, sounds odd in English....
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 04:55PM JST
"translations of 10 questions... to understand foreigners."
Well, there's your first problem.
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 03:17PM JST
As a Cov fan, I never thought I'd ever find myself cheering for Leicester, but if they can hold on, then great!
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 02:49PM JST
I know the feeling. I once had to stand on the Fukuoka subway from Hakata to Tenjin (admittedly only five minutes) on crutches and with my right leg clearly in a plaster cast. Everyone was suddenly asleep or absorbed in their diaries (before mobile phones).
I don't thing it's a sign of ill-will, though. Japanese people are just reluctant to create a stir of any kind....
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 02:06PM JST
Just the other day, a woman standing behind me on the railway platform tucked the label on the back of my sweater back in for me, without a word.
It was a funny kind of karma; I did the same thing for a woman I didn't know a year or so ago.....
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 11:50AM JST
Of course, as a soldier, you don't get to choose which wars you fight, do you?
Of course, as a soldier, you don't get to choose which wars you fight, do you?
Exactly why I decided not to join the police....
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 11:32AM JST
I think I can see how it works.
If a Japanese person asks me where I'm from I'll say "イギリス". (UK).
If a native English speaker asks me I'll say "England."
An Englishman in my heart but UK by passport....
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 11:25AM JST
"Farsi" isn't the word, whatever your dictionary might tell you. It's like calling Spanish "Hispanic", or German "Teutonic".
Please trust me this time, Mods, the language of Iran is properly called "Persian".
Wiki/Google it if you don't believe me....
Moderator: Either is fine.
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
"Police have so far not released the identity of the victim...."
So how do we know he was foreign??
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 11:06AM JST
Other way round in my experience. Telling an Okinawan they're not "really" Japanese is asking for a punch in the face.
I wonder if it's because they're in Kyushu? Maybe they'd feel differently on their own islands....
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 10:44AM JST
Agree. I've talked to quite a few US sailors here in Kyushu and they all seem to have three things in common:
1) They joined in order to get through college free.
2) They hate the navy and they're homesick.
3) They're very respectful of, and very curious about Japan and the Japanese.
The reputation they have of being drunk and lecherous is entirely undeserved.
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
One astute reporter pointed out on the TV this morning that the Japanese spectators were behaving just as raucously and ignoring police instructions to calm down.
"Ah, that'll be because they don't understand English." explained some idiot guest commentator.
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lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 10:26AM JST
Well, then, I certainly hope you've never been heard to laugh out loud, which was the height of bad manners two hundred years ago.... : )
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 09:41AM JST
You paint a lovely, romantic picture of the armed forces. I know Americans who have "served" (more on that word later) as well as Brits. The Americans joined up because they knew they'd get their college fees paid, the Brits because they were knuckleheads, unemployable in the normal world.
I'm not knocking the armed forces in general; my father did important surveillance work for the Royal Air Force and my mother was an Air Force fitness trainer, but the idea that there's something sacred about working for the military is just wrong.
I believe I'm "serving" my country by living in Japan as a civilised human being and showing the locals that English people are valuable members of society. I might not be machine-gunning any Muslims, but I think I'm doing okay. I'd rather be a heart surgeon than a fighter pilot. Wouldn't you?
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 08:45AM JST
I'd be very wary of giving up a seat to a woman at the risk of suggesting she's "elderly" or, even worse, pregnant, when she's overweight.
And surely nobody "holds" a chair; you remove it from under the table for the sitter. It's not going to run away.
Anyone who doesn't hold a door for the man or woman behind them is an ape.
lucabrasiDec. 21, 2015 - 07:42AM JST
The rules are very simple. Handball must be intentional. If the ball "hit" Messi's arm on the way to the goal, then so be it. No intention, no foul.
It's amazing how many "experts" forget the rules when giving us the benefit of their opinions.
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lucabrasiDec. 20, 2015 - 05:56PM JST
Not really "losers". They get out ther and demonstrate. They don't sit at home with their Gameboys or in front of their laptops, posting inane comments. And yes, I appreciate the irony of my own post ; )
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