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Some time ago over a curry

Eddie Mair | 15:19 UK time, Wednesday, 25 April 2007

with our Tokyo correspondent Chris Hogg (sadly the curry was in London, not Tokyo), I mentioned that we'd love to have something from him on the Blog. He's just sent this:

"..it was posted on the front of a pottery shop in the street next to where I live this afternoon..."



  1. At 03:25 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Perhaps the Japanese lettering is as non-sensical as the English wording?

    To be fair though, everything is spelt beautifully, which is more than I can do.

  2. At 03:25 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Seems perfectly clear to me...

  3. At 03:44 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    Storekeeper have had same same Engrish teacha as honourable self.


  4. At 03:46 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Great Newsletter today, Edwina. I can't disagree with a word in it...

  5. At 03:49 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Has Chris been back since the reconstruction? I think we should be told.


  6. At 03:51 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Worf wrote:

    Alpaca to the sauce.

  7. At 04:00 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Well it reads better than most text messages these days (especially those sent by teenagers), and its awfully polite.

  8. At 04:29 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Mark wrote:

    It lost something in the translation. In Japanese it's sheer poetry.

  9. At 04:37 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Was there a Glass Box for Friday? I’d like to belatedly add my approval for your correspondence section, in which my own words were read out...

  10. At 04:39 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    知 者 不 言。 言 者 不 知。

  11. At 04:54 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:


  12. At 05:16 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Perky wrote:

    Is it just me, or if you squint a little do the red letters at the top spell "tosh"?

    If it's just me, it could be the gin.

  13. At 05:30 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Charles Hatton wrote:

    Using Google translate, an itty-bitty-bit of bard translated into German and then back to English.

    "Its or not its: those is the question: Whether one 'tis, which suffers the belts and the arrows of the impudent fortune in the understanding or arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, are more splendid terminate them takes? "

    Sheer pottery!

  14. At 06:12 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Perky (12), It looks more like "ROSE" to me.

    Hello Charles Hatton (13)! Long time no see!

  15. At 06:43 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Frances O wrote:

    So Shakespeare walks into a tavern. Bar wench looks up, sees him, frowns and says: "You're bard!"

  16. At 07:28 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Thank you for that Charles (13).
    And Frances!

    Off Topic?


  17. At 09:49 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Ed I, I think you're just showing off with your comment at 10!

    If we're doing Shakespeare jokes, today's Private Eye has a great cartoon. A woman (wench?) is propping up an obviously drunk Shakespeare. She is glaring at another wench who is staring at them both.
    1st Woman: "Oi - you lookin' at my Bard?"

  18. At 10:16 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Big Sister wrote:


    When o when are we going to see your name in Mandarin?

    You did say you'd show us sometime, didn't you?

  19. At 08:49 AM on 26 Apr 2007, Belinda wrote:

    "belts and the arrows"

    Sounds like a literary S&M club.

  20. At 09:20 AM on 26 Apr 2007, Gillian wrote:

    I suspect a comment which I posted yesterday has been sent to the Junk box again.

    I suggested that the word at the top of the poster was ''BOST''. I see my attemts to dumb-down the Blog last week have failed, and I need to remind the system that 'bost' is a Black Country dialect word....oh, here we go again....;o)

  21. At 09:58 AM on 26 Apr 2007, Charles Hatton wrote:

    Hello all you lovely froggers.

    Aperitif (14) - Hi there! Yes, my contributions have been few and far between. Time pressures due to blah-blah-blah-yardy-yah-yah have meant that I can only dip a toe in here and there, mostly only to read. Anyhoo, waiting for the weather to change and all that.

    Ed (16) - You're a eco-god!

  22. At 10:24 AM on 26 Apr 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Perky (12) Not sure if it reads tosh but look at the tv upside down with Derren (Look into my eyes) Browns and his trick or treat programme. The cards will reveal why every one will be a trick.

  23. At 10:55 AM on 26 Apr 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Ed (16): Those are some lovely photos, what camera do you use? [Not casting aspersions on your skill with photography of course].

  24. At 02:26 PM on 26 Apr 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Belinda (23),

    Did you know that if you click any of the pictures, it'll tell you the camera and exposure data?

    It's a Konica Minolta Dimage with 4M Pixels and 10x optical zoom with a further digital zoom for total 40x telephoto capacity. Less than £300 three years ago, and you can get better cheaper now of course from the same make. It's a good'un and does everything, but it ain't a pocket camera. Mich lighter than my old Nikkomat and half the size.

    It works beautifully on 'Auto', but can be controlled as much as you like on manual.

    More pics coming soon. The pheasant hen is doing fine, and gets meals delivered, so the eggs'll be well incubated.


  25. At 07:03 PM on 26 Apr 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Did you know that if you click any of the pictures, it'll tell you the camera and exposure data?

    Oh Ed, if I did, I wouldn't have asked! Thank you very much for the information.

  26. At 11:07 PM on 29 Apr 2007, Val P wrote:

    RE hand-reared pheasants, Limpy and his wife now both come to the back door, and feed from our hands. Whose minding the eggs, or aren't they laid yet?

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