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  1. Let me think... Germany East Germany (GDR/DDR) Denmark Norway Sweden Finland Latvia Netherlands Belgium France UK & Scotland (does Northern Ireland counts extra?) Ireland Andorra Spain Portugal Morocco Monaco Switzerland Liechtenstein Austria Czechoslovakia Italy Vatican Yugoslavia Greece Cyprus Turkey UAE China Macau Hong Kong Taiwan Singapore Malaysia Indonesia Thailand Cambodia Vietnam Korea (S) Japan Philippines Australia Maldives Sri Lanka Russia USA
  2. I hope a kind Auction Yahoo member can help. I sometimes use that site to buy stuff, but I use a bidding agent and can't ask the seller any questions. And on top, I don't know Japanese. I hope a kind yahoo auctions member can help me and ask the seller a question. It's about a camera I saw and I like to request a few more details, or pictures. Please message me if you like to help!
  3. Originally Posted By: norcal Use a blow drier Better a blow torch. Whatever sticker/tape you buy, buy branded, 3M, Scotch or so. It's a bit more expensive, but you can remove the carrier AND the adhesive in one go. (I think there are special tape residue removers, get those, nothing else works, I tried it)
  4. Natsuo Kirino - "Out" (English translation) I finally finished it. Four JP housewives that had to get rid of one of the husbands bodies and do get in unexpected trouble with a few extra twists. Quite a nice crime story. Could be much longer for my taste.
  5. Originally Posted By: RobBright Thank god I am not 50m tall then. And also did you even look at the map? It's going round to Chiba, and then Shizuoka. Nope, I don't know were Chiba and Shizuoka is. Just think that the change in wind direction is not really a good development.
  6. The change in wind direction doesn't look good for Tokyo: http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/trajectory/fukushima/trajectory_e.shtml The Iodine-131 level reaching Hong Kong is interesting: http://www.hko.gov.hk/radiation/ermp/rmn/applet/map/iodine131_e.htm It went up quite a bit lately. The dangerous level, they say, is 661.38 Bq/m3 - highest on the chart is 828 µBq/m3 Danger: 661.38 Bq/m3 - or - 661,380,000 µBq/m3 Highest in Hong Kong so far: 828.00 µBq/m3 - or - 0.000828 Bq/m3
  7. Relax, it's just a catchy headline! Fukushima 'much bigger than Chernobyl' But in the article it said: Fukushima, could be "even higher" on the INES scale, said Mironova. To me "could be" implies that it ain't yet. I think correctly the headline should have been: Fukushima much bigger than Chernobyl? And then anyway, what's bigger? The plant? The radiation leakage? The effected area? The people effected?
  8. Originally Posted By: Ezorisu Doubt any of those (or any subsequent) imports came from the tsunami ravaged regions or areas affected by the nuclear accident. Hong Kong banned imports from 4 JP prefectures, which probably don't export anything right now anyway. I think it good to test everything, but as long as its just traces I am not interested to hear.
  9. Originally Posted By: Mr Wiggles It sounds like a number of airlines are starting to cut flights to Japan. Lets hope this is just a short term measure. Lufthansa did cut some flights to JP but is resuming most services now. I did a quick online check on lufthansa.com for Tokyo-London-Tokyo next week. Would cost HK$ 17308.00 that's ¥184,620 The leg to FRA is handled by ANA. Maybe there are cheaper dates or options. Same with Emirates is ¥112,860 All ¥ include tax.
  10. There was a rumor in Shanghai that due to the (your choice of disaster) in Japan the detergent prices will raise - detergent sold out quickly! http://www.chinasmack.com/2011/pictures/...ing-prices.html
  11. Found that: Tepco vize president Sakae Muto said that they don't know how many month, or years, it will take till they have the Fukushima reactors under control. And gov speaker Yukio Edano said that reactor 2 had a partial meltdown. If a technologically high advanced country as Japan struggles, I wonder what will happen if a reactor in China gets damaged by a quake...
  12. yep, found the link. But wonder why one has to input an email address and why the system isn't simply using the logged in ID. There is some talk about melt down in the news now. Seems the stream of bad news is never ending. Just hope they solve those issues.
  13. Having just one oversee-able info page is great! But since "Private messages are disabled" it's hard to suggest more links without posting them here.
  14. Originally Posted By: RobBright While that is true, people do need warm items, sending items that may have lice or infestations is not the best thing to do is it? I'm not sure how much cultural issues play a role here, but in many parts of Asia 2nd hand stuff has a very low value. I also believe for some issues there is no real shortage seen overall, it's just that the goods are there, but in the wrong place. It's often a logistical issue in moving them. From my workings with JP companies I know that they work very strict "just-in-time", which works well in a perfect system. But o
  15. Originally Posted By: snowhuntress I would like to know. We have donated money BUT where and how can we help out by sending food to these affected areas. Surely in Japan places shouldn't be running out of food. We would also like to get together blankets - clothes and toys for displaced children. BUT WHERE DO WE SEND IT!!!! You can contact a few places to ask those questions: Nearest JP consulate/embassy Red Cross Médecins Sans Frontières Oxfam I don't think they want any direct food donation though, I am pretty sure that will be rejected. Make sure there is really a need
  16. Originally Posted By: VeryNice FCP and imovie. Did you use iPhone to film it?
  17. Originally Posted By: Tubby Beaver another good read is Bolivian Marching Powder, about a British guy who got caught trafficking cocaine from Bolivia and did time in La Paz prison I once read "The Damage Done: Twelve Years Of Hell In A Bangkok Prison" about an ozzy that did time for drugs in Bangkok. Not the greatest story. I started now "Out" by "Kirino".
  18. Ezorisu It's not that Japan has totally shut down. There are still plenty of exports. In a news from yesterday: In Hong Kong, Undersecretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said that up to 2pm yesterday the Customs and Excise Department had screened 5,870 consignments of goods imported by air and 15 containers shipped by sea. None had abnormal radiation levels. >Source< Schneebored I wonder what's wrong with monitoring radioactivityJ Japan does it too. Why is that stupid? And why isn't it stupid in Japan? At least some sanity came back to Hong Kong - my local sup
  19. Originally Posted By: Go Native Still I reckon to leave Niseko because of fears from the reactors is incredibly stupid. Maybe they left for other reasons. Maybe some left to volunteer support? For some I guess it would not feel right to have fun in the snow with tragedy so close.
  20. Salt is in short supply in Hong Kong and China due to rumors that salt can ward off radiation. http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detai...&con_type=3
  21. Originally Posted By: Mantas I'm on the third book of Stieg Larssons trilogy. A very popular best seller at the moment. I don't normally read fiction but this is very good. I read all 3 and loved them. One of those books you can't stop reading. Pity he died so early. After that I got "Natsuo Kirino" "Real World" - a crime story about Japanese teenagers. I didn't like it at all. Way too dark and depressing for me. You will feel sad for every single character in the book. Will still read "Out" though.
  22. Originally Posted By: Ezorisu Like China on Tuesday and Singapore a couple of days before that, all this talk of banning or inspecting Japanese goods for radiation is all BS... I can't really agree. To inspect them is certainly absolutely reasonable. And not wanting to get stuck with radioactive waste in the target country is reasonable too. That said, this could be simply done with a check at source before export though. An organization like SGS could do that easily.
  23. Originally Posted By: Jynxx You have neglected one important isssue and kept on with your crap. This type of slur happens when people run out of arguments. You aren't there yet, or? Can you explain why it does not make a difference to learn 1000+ characters vs. just 30+? Even Kato Lomb said that any character based language will takes 3 times the time to learn. I agree there. There are different approaches to acquire a new language. My approach would be to learn a basic vocabulary to be able to have some simple conversation. For the correct pronunciation I don't have difficulti
  24. Originally Posted By: Jynxx Less characters makes it easier. Reading is one big key to language acquisition. There is also no doubt that a character based script such as Kanji is way more difficult to tackle then a phonetic script such as English, Korean, Hiragana etc. At least I can read it phonetically after a short time of learning. I never learned Russian, but I learned the Cyrillic alphabet before I went to Russia on Biz. With that it was easy to work out the restaurant menu since they got many loanwords. There are also people that believe Chinese is more difficult to learn if
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