Monthly Archives: December 2011

Emergency Carpentry and Good to be Back: Friday 30th December

And so I found myself at 20,000ft, slumming it in economy with only plastic cutlery and a non-moveable headrest for comfort. As the captain was making his introductory remarks, he mentioned that at about 2-3 hours into the journey we … Continue reading

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The Most Inappropriate 2am Public Telephone Call in History and Back in the Bosom of the North: Friday 16th December

It was to be a day that was, almost inevitably, dominated by snatched clutches of half sleep in unnatural environments and uncomfortable surroundings. I managed to get around 3 hours sleep at Haneda airport, it may have been less, but … Continue reading

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The General Well Being of My Fellow Commuters and The Dangers of Abbreviation: Thursday 15th December

Tomorrow I fly back to England, yay! On a 06:25 flight, boo! My neuroticism dictates that I must arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to boarding, meaning another night spent sleeping rough in Haneda airport, wahoo! In … Continue reading

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The Price of Batteries and Morgan’s Organ: Wednesday 14th December

The random prices of Japanese commodities continue to astound me, today’s case study being the cost of batteries at the Lawson ¥100 (actually ¥105 with tax) shop. Why is it that 4 ‘Own Brand’ batteries cost exactly the same as … Continue reading

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An Archaic Immigration Policy and the World’s Most Oppressive Waiting Room: Tuesday 13th December

After being given the day off from work, I was ‘busy’ flicking through my Facebook newsfeed when I saw that one of my friends was currently at the immigration office in Shinagawa. ‘Unlucky’, I thought to myself. ‘I can’t think … Continue reading

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Costume Changes and in the Dark: Monday 12th December

Today’s ‘Dance your Presentation’ was a resounding success, as not for the first time the students surprised me with their engagement, commitment, and above all their enthusiasm. All of their efforts were superb, but a special mention must go to … Continue reading

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A Re-enactment of the Nuremberg Rally and Asleep at the Bach: Sunday 11th December

A sunny Sunday morning in Higashimatsubara Park is truly a wonderful sight. Dogs are running around with careless abandon, joggers are very carefully trying not to get bitten, and the caged doves (which have mysteriously replaced the park’s chickens) are … Continue reading

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