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  1. farquah

    Cho-yummy things

    Had never seen before but had some Tabasco chocs over crimbo (got them in Seijo Ishii), and bloomin good they are too. Especially recommend with a nice smoky whisky.
  2. Been a while. 4 years old(?) and still going strong, thanks SJ! Spotted another one over the holidays in Yuzawa also. Anyone else still have theirs on display?
  3. I was involved with the filming of a few documentaries in Taiji and have been many times. The biggest problem is the fact that the dolphin meat is so highly contaminated with Mercury it is dangerous to eat. Due tot eh fact it is high up the food chain means that it is far more highly contaminated than other food from the sea. When consumed this can cause a number of illnesses including something called Arctic Baby Syndrome (reversal in normal ratios of male to female births- seen in Arctic and Northern Canada), Autism, as well as Non Hodgkins Lymphomas disease, and cancers. We were actually getting somewhere with our progress in halting the culls a few years ago until the "eco warrior" types turned up and put us back to square one. As with the Whale hunting, too much international pressure can paint Japan into a corner where they feel forced to stand up to it and defend themselves, we need to focus on the science not the emotional arguments to get anywhere. The only way to argue things in Japan like this are on scientific grounds not humane grounds. The fact is that dolphins aren't endangered true, but the way they are killed is barbaric and there are laws on how we slaughter our animals for consumption. Add to that the fact that eating the meat is tantamount to eating toxic waste then it just deosn't make sense. There are wharehouses full of dolphin meat as there is no demand for it and there is no economic value at all. Dolphin watching is a far more sustainable and profitable option. If anyone is interested I have a lot of data and info on this topic and would be happy to provide you with it if wanting to teach about it in schools or just simply know more about it. This isn't confined to Taiji either, also in Kyushu, Izu and Chiba. This is a behind the scenes short video I made while in Taiji during the filming of "The Cove" which I was involved in and you can see some of the crew here.
  4. this is pretty dangerous for guys Danger
  5. farquah

    Is Bing the new Google?

    Google Squared is very useful for work. Answers displayed in spreadsheet format. http://www.google.com/squared
  6. His restaurant in Tokyo is good though! Had a good meal there just the other week. As a person...not so bothered.
  7. and from the Economist... The Economist Group expands Apr 1st 2009 From Economist.com Explore a clickable map of The Economist's new theme park AS PART of a strategy designed to broaden the revenue base, leverage content over new platforms and promote The Economist brand to a young and dynamic audience, The Economist Group is delighted to announce the development of a public-entertainment facility that combines the magic of a theme park with the excitement of macroeconomics. After six months of negotiations with the British government, The Economist Group can confirm that Econoland will be built on a former industrial estate in East London, close to the beating heart of the City and thus to a large potential market of financial-sector employees. Thanks to issues relating to its previous use, the site has been acquired at an advantageous price. Most of the toxic wastes have been cleared and levels of carcinogens appear to have returned to normal. High unemployment in the area will only increase the facility's attractions, as former City workers seek to recapture some of the excitement they enjoyed in their professional life. Heavy investment in security and a landscaped moat and electric fence will neutralise any potential threat from the growing anarchist presence. Among the thrilling experiences Econoland will offer are: The currency high-roller: Float like a butterfly with the euro and drop like a stone with the pound! Chamber of horrors: Tremble at the wailing of distressed debt! Fiscal fantasyland: Watch the economy shrivel before your very eyes as you struggle to stop growth falling! Bankrupt Britain: Pit your wits against the government as you try to sink sterling and bring the country to its knees! The Severe Contest: Try your strength against a bear market! “Econoland will appeal to the kid in everyoneâ€, said a spokesman for The Economist Group, “although children themselves will not be admittedâ€. The park will open on April 1st.
  8. farquah


    No probs. Its a great tool and easy to get the hang of it after a bit of a use. Looking forward to your "tweets".
  9. farquah


    Originally Posted By: thursday could I possibly avoid the addiction bit. ..as a registered card carrying AA member, possibly not!!
  10. farquah


    I'd suggest a snow related search on Twitter and see who you want to follow. (Also suggest a chap called Darrell_Nelson ), then start to inform the world of all the best bits you post on Snow Japan site with links here!! After a few days you'll be addicted!
  11. farquah


    Any of you people use Twitter? I have gotten quite into it recently "tweeting" for work and private, great connector of different NPOs too. I find it a really useful way of staying up to date on various topics you are concerned with. Better than an RSS feed and more fun! Quite like this article in the FT FT on Twitter Quote: The blizzard of short messages on the service “extends peripheral awarenessâ€, he says, with the nuggets of observation and information flying by creating a richer “context†for online life. SJ- You guys not thought of "tweeting"? Imagine it would be a good thing for you guys to get into, quick and easy.
  12. Got around to buying a wifi station so I can dispatch with all the annoying cables lying around at home. Thought it would be a pretty straight forward process, but have been having major probs trying to get it all set up. Cables all attached correctly going through my original router and then to my mac etc. First of all couldn't actually reach the server for to change settings and register as it says to do. Just says the server is not responding. Tried rebooting it all, rebooting Mac, nothing. THen all of a sudden without actually doing anything, finally managed it once, but it still didn't register properly. I clicked on the right things as outlined in the instructions, it said it was set up but when I clicked on the wifi signal to join it it (at top of screen) prompts me for a WEP password, yet I haven't got a password, nor is it set for encryption yet?!?! Now I can't get back on to the site to change things or at least have a look at it. Any suggestions? I am literally banging my head against a brick wall!! For what it is worth it is a Planex BLW-54CW3. VERY FRUSTRATED!
  13. Oyuki- Good suggestion but I doubt it is in line with what they are looking for. As I am acting in more of a consultant form I don't have final decision, but I may do some research and see what groups are involved in that from Japan. To be honest though I think it would be too close to the bone for a Japanese TV company to pick up on. I have seen a documentary from the BBC I think in a similar vain though. Do you know of any groups involved directly with this at all? What projects are you involved with? I know you do things within Japan but any that involve other areas as well? Any other suggestions out there? No SJ activists/ philanthropists have causes they want to trumpet?!
  14. farquah

    Spending time in Tokyo

    Quote: Tokyo tower, you can see all of Tokyo and Mount Fuji clearly on a good day. And chances are as you are coming in January the sky will be clear. I recommend the Government Towers in Shinjuku over Tokyo Tower. It is taller and is free! Great views and you don't have people trying to sell you crap! Meiji Shrine is good for a visit to escape the hustle and bustle. Daikanyama is nice to saunter around as is Shimokitazawa for a more bohemian vibe. Also Korakoen is really nice huge garden/ park. Or do a day trip to Kamakura to see the massive Budah, (Daibutsu) only about 30mins from Tokyo. For bikes you can actually rent them in Aoyama (near Harajuku) not sure of the company but just do a google.
  15. Quote: A Japanese group educating on sustainable fishing methods....oh the irony!! haha. There are actually a few groups trying to change things both internationally and in Japan. Basically f they want to keep eating the ampount of Tuna they do, then it has to change!


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