Friday, 24 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Please don't take this the wrong way, but the game's nearly up and you've gotta move on.
Now, granted, if you are reeeeally old school, you no-doubt cannot fathom this despite Our Man getting the girls in the typing pool to copytake directly from Our Man's mouth, but Our Man is hoping maybe the tea lady can explain the message that's in the leaves:
If Granny Press thinks all you have to do is give the journo kids a corporate blog, a company twitter ID, a digi cam and a stylebook and the THIRST for quality news will bring the good times back, she (granny, remember?) is WRONG. Here's why:
1. The public doesn't respect journos. Largely never has, and never will, so why dya think your mainstream media name carries any cash cache?
2. The only qualification you as a journo have over bloke/blokette on the street is that you saw/understood something that happened and he/she didn't.
3. If my mate/twitter buddy/bloke in the pub saw/understood something, I'd rather hear it from him/her/it than some puffed up journo organisation.
4. Now I can, thanks to blogs and Facebook and Twitter.
5. And I can talk back to the puffed up tossers.
6. Are you a puffed up professional tosser who thinks I need your patronising, unoriginal DULL prose?
7. Yes? Then you will die.
8. No? Got something to say, and you want me to listen?
9. Here's whatcha do: Tell me shit I didn't know, link to folk who know even more than you - even if they are unpaid (and especially if they are unpaid). And do it all on twitter (or Facebook if you must) because blogs are not where it's at anymore, because because because in the age of twitter...
10. We're all journos now.
Don't believe Our Man? Then check this guy out who says the same thing, only better. (Secret handshake to @Robertodevido).
Edited for your pleasure at 23.21: sorry this is a dog'sdinner of a post, the editor is on the computer and Our Man didn't dare disturb her, so did it all by iTupewriter (pictured above in Norwich Castle museum, can you believe?)
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Okinawa residents who were selected to study abroad before the island prefecture was returned to Japan's sovereignty in 1972 formed a friendship group called Kinmon (Golden Gate) Club. They named their friendship group after the symbol of San Francisco where they entered the United States.
Former Okinawa Gov. and former House of Councillors member Masahide Ota is one of them. He was able to make straightforward assertions about the concentration of U.S. bases in the prefecture and visit Washington to hold negotiations with top U.S. officials apparently because of his experience of studying in the country.
It is exciting to learn something in an unknown world and use that knowledge for the benefit of society. The youths of today should be more proactive about studying, even if they do not have any particular sense of mission. (By Kenji Tamaki, expert senior writer)
That is to say,
study abroad so that you can shaft the Yanks in words they understand.
So that's what globalisation means, eh readers?
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
In short, Carter v Nixon (secret handshake to @Durf for that observation).
Well, the vote is hours away, so there really is no point in speculating. So, I think if Ozawa wins, and Kan manages to also win, it will be a win-win situation. However, if one or other of the two heavyweights fails to win, the true losers will be the people of Japan.
Don't worry readers, whoever wins will be out on their arse in less than a year.
Monday, 13 September 2010
They are fixing up their 1960s high-rise bomb shelter of a building in Otemachi into a des res more befitting of their status (an old-folks home?)
The new HQ will be complete in 2014. Like the thought chaps, but are you fellas sure there will still be newspapers then?
Hope they keep the metal railings at the back door where Our Man used to tether his bike.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
BREAKING: Ooh, here it is thanks to the power of twitter.