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Breaking: Pope Catholic

Shocking headline of the week, courtesy of Yahoo news and Reuters: Beer popular at World Cup.

And on page two, "Pope in Catholicism Shocker". Also be sure to check out the earth-shattering "Bear Caught Shitting in Woods" on page four.

Posted by chris at 06:10 PM | Permalink

Smashing orangey bits

Oh for heaven's sake. Jaffa Cakes are clearly neither cakes nor biscuits. They are a food group in their own right and ought to be completely exempt from tax along with books and children's clothing. I just hope that local Japanese shopkeepers get into the spirit of things and start stocking them over here... I haven't had any for months.

If I remember correctly, my spies in the UK reported a while back that genetic tinkering had resulted in lemon and lime-flavoured jaffas... these are clearly abominations and must be removed from the face of the planet, preferably one by one. Orally.

And, on that note, a quick shout to the friend of mine (he knows who he is) who once managed to convince an Australian girl we met in a Shinjuku club that his name was in fact "Jaffa", due to a ficticious Arabian mother - despite his thick northern accent and unmistakably caucasian features. Mind you, I hope he won't mind my saying that he definitely has something of the look of a camel about him, in bad light at least.

Posted by chris at 01:55 AM | Permalink

Obscure Desire of Bourgeoisie

A recent stroll around the backstreets of Harajuku yielded some marvellous Japlish shop names.

I have to go back and buy something from each, just for the bags.

Posted by chris at 03:03 PM | Permalink

Get your collective groove on

Cool T-shirt spotted in a dive-like ramen joint in Shinjuku:

OUR FAVOLITE collective groove: monkey people
the main reason is, we are all people
Well whaddaya know? The monkey people are *my* favolite collective groove, too. I should have introduced myself.

Posted by chris at 01:16 PM | Permalink


Ah, that's *so* much better. Take all the frustrations and stress points of the last week, roll them up in a tight little ball, take that ball clubbing and leave it somewhere in the midst of 900 sweaty, heaving bodies dancing themselves witless to the sounds of three relentlessly full-on drum'n'bass DJs.

Works for me, anyway.

Posted by chris at 04:57 AM | Permalink

Moaning in the rain, just moaning in the rain

It's been raining steadily since yesterday, which I don't normally mind so much. Unfortunately at the moment I'm wet, cold, tired, agitated after a stressful week at work, pissed off with myself for finally giving in and *buying* a frikking umbrella (when did that happen? when did I suddenly become the kind of person who buys umbrellas?) and even though it's Friday night, all I want to do is curl up in a ball on my sofa and give up.

For christ's sake. Anyone got a feelgood mantra they could lend me? I don't need it for long, I'll give it straight back, I swear.

Posted by chris at 11:50 PM | Permalink

Busy as a one-legged man at an arse-kicking contest

Busy, busy, busy.

How're you?

Posted by chris at 12:35 AM | Permalink

That's no moon

I've just missed most of Star Wars... the first thing on Japanese TV I've *wanted* to watch in four years, and I come in with five minutes to go. For christ's sake.

Chewie sounds very similar in Japanese. Some things you just can't translate.

Posted by chris at 11:45 PM | Permalink

Golden Weak

So it's been Golden Week for the last, er, week. I had, theoretically, ten continuous days off to look forward to. I've been celebrating by going in to the office for the last four days straight, and working up-to-11-hour days. Not... sure... why...

So now it's Friday night, and I have three golden days left. I don't have any grand travel plans - it's far too late for that - but I plan to make the most of not having anything to do for the next 72 hours. Golden Week starts here - seven days late, but moving fast.

(Hmmm... it seems I've been here before...)

Posted by chris at 11:22 PM | Permalink

Thicker than water

I'm no expert, but it strikes me that the main reasons for having a hot shower after going for a run ought to be:

a) to get rid of all the sweat, or
b) to relax and loosen your muscles
but not
c) to wash the dried blood out from under your toenails.


Posted by chris at 01:42 AM | Permalink

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