Thursday, 26 April 2012

OZAWA: 'MORE OF THE SHADOW, LESS OF THE SHOGUN'


Now would be a good time to read Michael Cucek's piece on the meaning of Japan's leading political reformer (that would be Ozawa) being not guilty of whatever the latest attempt to bog him down with litigation was. Whether it makes any difference is another matter, one that you should read his brief article RIGHT HERE to find out.

And, while you are at it, you really should read Cucek's insightful essay on Japanese politics and 3/11 - Politics: Kan won in RECONSTRUCTING 3/11.

Carry on.

Pic ripped off from the Japan Times. Sorry, lost the link now...

Saturday, 21 April 2012

AMERICA AND JAPAN: THE BOOK SPINE POEM



Inspired by the eclectically excellent Brain Pickings latest BOOK SPINE POETRY, this is Our Man's attempt:

Under the Banner of Heaven
American Shogun
Presumed Innocent 

They are of course Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, American Shogun by Robert Harvey and Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow.

Can you do better?

(Yes, yes, Our Man is still working on his Half-Life novel. He got a bit sidetracked with RECONSTRUCTING 3/11 and an INTERVIEW of a self-pubbed authoressoress, but he is back on track now for the seventh draft of the novel. The plot's all done, but he's just perfecting the voice, killing exposition and the odd minor character or two).

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

SUM OF OUR MAN'S FEARS NOT NORK NUKES

Our Man is trying, but it's hard for him to give a damn about the Norks launching their satellite-ballistic-missile firecracker when, you know, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq are subject to daily death-by-droning, the British Prime Minister is in Japan to beg for pennies in exchange for British help re-arming Japan and decommissioning toxic nuke sites (keen students of English should note "decommissioning" is British English for "dumping in the Irish Sea") and all. No doubt the Yomiuri is salivating at the terror potential of the Nork rocket launch, but Our Man hasn't looked. In a land where 20,000 people have been swept to their deaths by tsunami, the Big One still hasn't hit Tokyo and the Abiko Burger King has been converted into a Lotteria, the North Koreans don't scare Our Man. Sorry.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

ABOUT SOME USELESS INFORMATION...




Our Man is indebted to Liam Dwyer for the link to this haunting version of Satisfaction. Sheer brilliance to drop the chorus and famous riff. Suddenly, what was once over-familiar becomes fresh and beautiful again.

There's hope for us all.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SELF-PUBLISHING...



Our Man didn't mean for the interview to be so long, but damn it, after three days of texting, Our Man had pretty much picked the brains of Japan self-published author Hugh Ashton and got enough material for a book chapter or two. Our Man even doodled an illustration as seen here. So, what are you waiting for? Toddle over to Abiko Free Press like the good free-thinker that you are. That is, if you want to of your own free will (er, click on the headline below):

Truth, self-publishing and the Amazon Way


Monday, 2 April 2012

FUKUSHIMA, WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR

Our Man has been thinking about writing about the folk who have been leaving Abiko and Kashiwa over fears of radiation. But journalist Sophie Knight has already written what needs to be said in FUKUSHIMA, ONE YEAR ON.