The easiest UK politics joke to make is:


So, the leaders of the ‘four most important parties in the UK‘ will meet in television debates on BBC, Channel 4 and ITV…obviously someone mixed up the invitations and sent one to the Liberal Democrats instead of the intended receivers at the Official Monster Raving Looney Party….no, wait….turns out UKIP were invited….

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Photos of Japan: Gokurakji Temple, Yamato

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A few pictures from a local Buddhist temple, hidden snugly in a pocket of land between a busy road and apartment blocks. You wouldn’t know it upon entering the grounds, though. Surrounded by trees, the temple has a feel of … Continue reading

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Japanese barbershops celebrate halloween too…

A local barber’s is getting in on celebrating halloween, which is apparently a pretty recent arrival in Japan by…well…no, the picture speaks for itself:


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Photos of Japan: Welcome to the hood

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Yamato in the Kanagawa Prefecture might be considered part of greater Tokyo, but there are miles and miles – both figuratively speaking and literally – from down-town Tokyo to this place, my new hood. Located to the west of Tokyo … Continue reading

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Homer on the Bayou – When songs meet philosophers

Photo by: brewbooks

Photo by: brewbooks

I do love me a good pun, yes I does. Any even more than a good pun, I loves me some really, really bad puns. Even more so if they mix two things I love: philosophy and music.

So I tip my head to McSweeney’s for creating the Canon of Philosophy Student Karaoke Songs.

This smorgasbord of hit upon hit upon hit include evergreens like ‘Total Eclipse of Descartes’, ‘Get the Party Sartred’, and ‘U Kant Touch This’.

Other personal favourites include:

‘Love Voltaire Us Apart’

‘I Kissed Hegel (And I Liked It)’

‘Forever Jung’

Five points for the first to find one with Aristotle :-)

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Photos: Japanese living #1

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A gallery of photos from the flat – not much to go on, so can’t say it’s typically Japanese….but it’s definitely different from the previous places I’ve lived.

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First signs of Japan – The joy of lost in translation

I have a feeling that Japanese signs are going to be the foundation of a very large part of the coming year’s guffawing. Takes these three for example, which are funny if you, like me, have part of your brain that’s always stuck on age 13:




This is likely to be the first of many…consider yourself warned :-)

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