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  1. Let's have a look at how well the tournament is going for the current (continental) champions.

    CAF / Africa
    Kameroon: Did not qualify

    OFC / Oceania
    New Zealand: Did not qualify

    CONCACAF Gold Cup / North-, Middleamerica and Carribeans
    USA: Did not qualify

    Copa América / Southamerica
    Chile: Did not qualify

    AFC / Asia
    Australia: Out after group stage

    UEFA/ Europe
    Portugal: Out after octofinal

    And the still *sigh* world champion Germany out after the group stage, too.

    Not a good place for champions… o_O

  2. 1 minute ago, Yamanashi said:

    Ah, yes, I forgot about that one. Named for that little fishing village where they make all those chopsticks :-)

    Yes, exactly. But I forgot about the chopsticks… :-D

  3. 12 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

    There don't seem to be any non-Asian surnames I can think of that would "pass" as an acceptable Japanese surname, let alone pass the test of sounding and looking "Sumo-like".

    The name of the last president of the US would have qualified perfectly well, don't you think? ;-)

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  4. 4 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

    But how do we know if such a girl might not boast in school later: "I got that scar from a fight against Mitakeumi."

    I wish I had this childhood scar from a fight with… errr… perhaps Kitonoumi at my age. Much better story than to say that I just fell off the bicycle… o_O ;-)

  5. Curling is a bit like Snooker on ice. I like both.^^

    My moments so far:

    - The first Pan-Korean Ladies Ice Hockey goal ever

    - The guy from Tonga for not beeing the last in his competition

    - 2 shared gold medals in the bob sleigh

    I think in a sports world full of doping an corruption such stories from the 'second' row weigh much more than ever…

  6. I live in the city centre of Berlin.

    From my writing desk I usually can watch some magpies, also doves, common starlings and some species of black crows.

    Some time ago when I enjoyed a warm summer evening outside only a few houses away a hedgehog passed by. An animal I didn't expect in the centre of such a big city. In a park close by I once saw a common kestrel.

    At a friends place not far away there's a squirrel family living (this fluffy european red squirrel, not the big grey ones that konquered England from the States). Once one of them came into the house over the balcony and tried to steal a ball of wool. It failed because one end was stuck at the basket. In the morning we could see a long thread of wool going through the living room, over the balcony and along some trees. :-D
    At her place you sometimes can also see and hear a Great spotted woodpecker. A beatiful bird I think.

    Who has never seen a fox up close?

    Never or ever? I saw one a few years ago at very unexpected place. It was on the Museumsinsel right in the heart of the city centre. It was on the lawn which was there at the spot where the Palast der Republik stood and where they now build the Humboldt Forum museum. It just passed by a few meters away in a warm summer evening. The fox seemed to be completly unimpressed by all the people arround.

    Wild boars are said to be frequent in the outer city districts, but I've never seen any of them myself.

    If you look close enough there is quite a lot of wildlife here in Berlin… :-)


  7. Thanks for this entertainig insight of our dayly struggles on your side.^^

    If my Minister of Finance knew that Greece still holds money to fund a cultural event, he would probably flatten the theatre with his wheelchair… :-S



  8. 3 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

    I wonder which type of reaction icon people will opt for...

    Do we really need an icon or smiley for 'that f*** hurts by just watching at!'?

    I personally don't feel any pleasure for lookig at broken limbs or bleading eyes… Perhaps I'm too sympathetic…

    A basho, where 'half' of the sekitori is already in hospital and we still cheer for a bleeding eye… #WackyAki



  9. 1 hour ago, Churaumi said:

    but shikoma aren't really meant to always have meaning. In Japan, sometimes a name is just a name.

    I dare to disagree. Shikona always have a meaning! It's just not always a one to one dictionary translation word meaning.

    Usually shikona are chosen with a lot of consideration. 大砂嵐 (Ōsunaarashi) is a good example for such untranslatable meanings. Prima facie it translates to 'big sandstorm', but there is more behind it. The 大 is a stable Kanji. that links him to 大嶽部屋 (Ōtake-beya) and the late Yokozuna 大鵬 (Taihō). 千代 (Chiyo) links a rikishi to Kokonoe-beya and 琴 (Koto) to Sadogatake. This link in tradition IS a meaning!

    If you read 'sunaarashi' with its chinese reading you get 'sharan'. It's no coincedence that Osunaarashi's real family name is Sharan. ;-) For other rikishi a Kanji can be taken from their home town, home prefecture or the like. Maybe that's where your 'chestnut' comes from? With such personal links a shikona conveyes a well thought of meaning. Alas, a meaning that is not always translateable to a single word; but meaning is always there!

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