Monthly Archives: November 2011

Hiroshima

So I go to an English Bookshop to try to buy a coy of the Economist. I somehow believed that the newspaper has a secret network of delivery gnomes who drop off copies in every bookstore in the world on … Continue reading

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An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s.

I have always admired the Economist. The people who work there, when our paths have crossed,  have always  been very bright, funny and  fast at writing stories. I lost sympathy somewhat during their backing of the Iraq war version 2, … Continue reading

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“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”

Not so here where November is delightful. Yesterday was a holiday: Labour Thanksgiving Day (kinro kansha no hi): A national holiday for honoring labour. Hooray. A beautiful warm day. Humidity has gone and the weather reminds me of Spring in … Continue reading

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Trucking

Trucks in Okinawa are highly decorated. Loads of chrome and individual styling. I found this one parked just by house. The tanks in the background are full of Awamori https://quietripple.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/awamori/

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Du Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau was a fad in the 80’s founded entirely on marketing, which preyed on the desire for sophistication. Thin sour wine. I think it has more or less disappeared in France but in Okinawa it is big time. This … Continue reading

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Phwew

So we had a very big week er last week. Meetings of governing bodies and inauguration of the university involving hosts of  celebrities in a scientific sort of definition i.e. no rock stars or talent show contestants but lots of … Continue reading

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Oooo-ooo-wee! Wild night is calling.

So off I go to Naha  as the band is playing in yet another festival. Okinawa is alive with music and the Islanders are de rigeur at any self respecting event. Naha is the main city of Okinawa and  a … Continue reading

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