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    Has a sumo wrestler ever been to space?

    Perhaps Roho and Hakurozan back in the day were getting close to space, given their habits. Swami
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    Konnichiwa from Cologne

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    E a

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Hi! / Why do you like sumo?

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! I first got into sumo in the late 1980s when the UK's Channel 4 took a bold leap in showing highlights from usually the Aki Basho - albeit with hindsight for a far too brief period of time. I could never understand why they lost interest all of a sudden, especially after the successful London Koen in 1991. It was a great era of sumo with Chiyonofuji and his awesome technique, though generally the standard of sumo was much higher than at any time in the 15/20 years. With the exception of the relatively few lightweights now, what used to be fairly common techniques (utchari, tsuridashi) have all but gone. Far too much use of henka for my liking. Swami
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    He showed some promise on his way up to juryo, but not to the degree that had some thinking he was the next big hope. Unless he improves dramatically from that first day showing, I don't see him going much higher. Quite enough some ex-college rikishi breeze through the ranks and then hit the wall, either at juryo or at makunouchi, so Hokuseiho's case is slightly different. Someone previously compared him to a young Akebono but I disagree. Akebono worked very hard to keep his hips as low as possible, arguably that was Akebono at his best between 1990 and 1993 before injuries and too much weight on top affected his balance adversely. Swami
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Hokuseiho looked absolutely pathetic and clueless. For all those claiming he's the great hope, I'd be amazed if he goes much higher in juryo. Gawky, no technique and cumbersome. Swami
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    Greetings from Italy

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
  8. Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    What we do in our off-time

    They weren't the day I bought them! Swami
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    What we do in our off-time

    Yes, that's the drawback with hard copies. I got excellent bookcases from IKEA a few years ago, and they're full - I didn't expect them to fill so quickly! Swami
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    What we do in our off-time

    Hard copies still have their place, though. I have a very good book collection, even if I say so myself. Swami
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    What we do in our off-time

    For me it is a game called SongPop on my iphone. Swami
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    A belated happy birthday Sumojoann....

    Happy birthday and hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Hearty congratulations from the Swami! Swami
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    What we do in our off-time

    Only Fools remains my favourite, though I do have a collection of some great comedies: 'Allo 'Allo; Are You Being Served?; Blackadder; Dads Army; The Detectives; The Fall and Rise Of Reginald Perrin; Fawlty Towers; Going Straight; Grace & Favour; The Green Green Grass; Keeping Up Appearances; Last Of The Summer Wine; Mr Bean; On The Buses; One Foot In The Grave; Only Fools and Horses; Open All Hours; Still Open All Hours; Porridge; Some Mother Do 'Ave 'Em - also The Two Ronnies. You can't go far wrong there! Swami
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    What we do in our off-time

    Currently working my way through "The Green Green Grass" by way of tribute to the late great John Challis aka Boycie. Swami
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    Happy Birthday, Fujisan!

    Happy birthday and hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Hello from the American Midwest

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! I agree, Chiyonofuji was the man. Swami
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    Happy Birthday, Asashosakari!

    Happy birthday and hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
  20. I see Chris Gould has posted a video with more Takatoriki silliness, though it started off seriously by announcing the apparent death a couple of months ago of ex-Kasuganishiki, one of those dismissed in 2011 for match-fixing. I checked Wikipedia and no mention of death yet. However, Takatoriki does not stop at that, he is now alleging, quite randomly, that the winner of the Makunouchi yusho of his Makunouchi debut basho is guilty of fixed bouts - not hard to work out who he's accusing. Sounds like a classic case of sour grapes and someone very much with an axe to grind against the Kyokai, and clearly the poster of the video is anti-Kyokai so it fits in well there. Swami
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    Hakuho retires

    Finally Hakuho's non-stop hokey-cokey in and out of tournaments over the last three years seems to be coming to a close. Hideously overrated and for all the anti-Kyokai bilge that appears, notably on Chris Gould's channel, he has been treated extremely leniently for treating the yokozuna rank like a public convenience. Swami
  22. Never heard of that one. For me The Detectives (Jasper Carrot) was in that vein. Swami
  23. Surely Orora is worthy of mention too? Swami
  24. Also watch their serial "The Worm That Turned": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhVrtQMy0Og Swami
  25. Don't like "The League Of Gentlemen", doesn't do anything for me. Ronnie Barker was our best ever comic actor - the work in The Two Ronnies was possibly the best ever this country produced. Swami