Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
> And here they are. Our Man would love to meet them on his mission to do sod all on the beach tomorrow, but they are probably 120 years old or more. But still with all their own teeth. And pension books.
> Must be something in the water.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
1. Americans are stupid, British are conniving bastards, but democracy kinda works.
2. He may seek to overthrow the currently unelected prime minister to replace him with, er, himself.
Now, he may be right on the first point. And incidentally, Our Man's army of twitter followers with decent Japanese reckon he was badly translated, but the gist was there.
In fact, he's a lot more interesting than your average unelected prime minister (and believe me boys, they are all average), so Our Man says:
Ozawa for PM! Abiko can't get enough of you.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
It's been a week since Our Man got back from his de-briefing in Blighty, and he can now fill you all in on his reverse culture shock after being away for three years.
1. Britain has whole trees that shed leaves on to the street and everything. Seeing leaves around, just lying there serving no use other than for kids to kick, offended my Japan-accustomed eye. How come all the top branches weren't mutilated to prevent leaf pollution?
3. Everyone is about to get laid off. This is no doubt part of the brilliant economic plan.
4.5 There are a lot of fatties in the UK. Maybe there always were, but there are so many really obese folk waddling about it makes Our Man think he is svelte. In fact, if you want to loseweight, don'tbother, just go to Britain for a holiday, you'll feel better about yourself immediately.
5.7 By the way, the pic is of the back of a toilet stall door in Birmingham airport that was, as the graffiti implies, missing a coat hook.
6. That's about the sum of Our Man's British knowledge, though he was somewhat chuffed to have a free and frank exchange of views with the pre-eminent Conservative Blogger Iain Dale on Twitter last night, who once kindly listed this dog's dinner of a blog on his genuinely popular Total Politics site and even more well-read Diary blog a year or two ago. Sadly, don't think Our Man made a friend.
Exhibit A Our Man's Twitter feed:
Maybe Our Man was being a tad harsh. And a teensy bit jealous? Probably.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
1. Can you trust the opinion of a bloke who believes good people go to the good place in the sky and bad people go to a bad place and all the rest of it.
2. As Our Man's (Scottish) host said, he'd have more sympathy for the US position if he thought the bomber was remotely guilty as charged.
3. It's comforting being able to understand what everyone is saying again, but still not understand what's going on.