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  1. Hello, all Forumers who remember me, I've decided to briefly resurface to say goodbye. My interests have drifted away from sumo, mostly due to retirement of rikishi I knew and loved, and partly due to general changes in life and interests. I'll probably still visit the Forum once in a blue moon to check on the gossip, but I probably won't post anymore.

    The Forum was a great place to learn about and discuss about sumo, and I hope you keep it that way for a long time. I wish to thank all the Forumers who made it so by their fun and erudite postings, their enthusiasm and good will. I won't even attempt to list you all, for I would surely forget someone and embarrass myself. It was a pleasure to be a part of it, but all good things must come to an end.

    If you wish to contact me for any reason, send me a PM (I won't be deleting this profile). If any of you old guard are passing through Zagreb, I'll buy you a drink.


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  2. On 1/18/2018 at 00:39, Flyric said:


    Now you guys are being mean --- I'm starting to think there actually is some weird sock rule for Yokozuna.

    Nope, there actually is a rule, although I won't try and dig out the mention of it.

    We're never mean when it comes to arcane sumo trivia.


    ps. OK, I lied. I did try and dig it out:


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  3. 'cause it's all Greek: skopein ( σκοπείν ) = to look (at)

    In English just "scope" can mean other things as well, for example.

    Scope in the meaning you list is pro'lly just an abbreviation of telescope.

    Cinema is an abbreviation of cinemascope, "looking at movement" or sth like that (all my Greek comes from scientific terminology).

  4. On 14. 06. 2017. at 23:38, Yubinhaad said:

    The irreconcilable Judah pupil has become a recognized star amount. 

    recognized star of sumo (suma = sum [of money] in various Slavic languages :-D)

    The Judah part is also probably wrong, but my Czech is... meh.

  5. On 10.01.2017. at 16:34, Kintamayama said:

    Terunofuji, losing to Takayasu: "I was really training hard, but it just doesn't show in the actual bouts.."

    He sounds just like my students... ;-)

    It also reminded me of this quote by Leopold Ružička:

    Enthusiasm for a course of study cannot be a substitute for talent, intelligence cannot be a substitute for knowledge, and good will cannot be a substitute for success.

    Tough guy, our Leopold.
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  6. I accidentally watched some ski-jumping after several years and was immensely cheered upon seeing Jane Ahonen still jumping. And Noriaki Kasai. Oh my.

    Slovenians have a new excellent jumper, not even 18 yet. I bet he won't still be jumping when he's 40... I guess I'll have to come back to watching ski-jumping in 2039 and see if I was right.

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    On 30.10.2016. at 00:25, Bumpkin said:

    I discovered my mother's mother's father was Anton Biscan, born in 1880 in Samobor, Croatia. Is Biscan a popular surname in Croatia? Have you been to Samobor?  Maybe we're related. Maybe not.

    It's probably Bišćan, with the diacritics. š = sh, ć = soft ch, vowels pronounced as they would be in Japanese, German, or other normal languages. ;-) There are a couple of footballers (ie. soccer players) with that surname - it's not uncommon, but it's not terribly common, either. Google also found a car dealership and a construction company with that name.

    Samobor is now almost a suburb of Zagreb, the capital (where I live), so of course I've been. It's a quaint li'l town. It's locally famous for kremšnite,  Or cremeschnitte, I guess.

    We're not related - my family's from the coast and only came to Zagreb in my parents' generation.

  8. On 22.10.2016. at 19:40, Bumpkin said:

    Manekineko: off topic but my maternal grandmother was from Croatia. No idea what her maiden name was, only that she married a man from Bavaria named Martin Maart. Maybe we're related. Maybe not.

    Pro'lly not, except in that way that about 6% of world population are descendants of Genghis Khan. [Googled it - 0,5 % of male world population. Not bad.] There are lots of grandmas from Croatia, early to mid 20th century was a high time of emigrations from these parts of the world. Our rugby team was started by importing all those retired Maori rugby players with Croatian grandmas.

    Anyway, that makes you Croatian sansei. Come and visit the old country sometime. :-)

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  9. Not going anywhere where you don't know the language would be quite limiting, wouldn't it? Although some knowledge helps, with some basic English and a lot of hand-talking you will usually get by. And there's google translate now, too. But now I think about it, I indeed only went to countries whose languages I sort-of knew. Hmm. Anyway, for better or worse, English is the lingua franca of today's world, and I see no reason for native English speakers to be embarrassed about profiting from the fact.

    Learning a second, a third etc language also helps you to better understand the grammar of your native one. Didn't grasp some things in Croatian until I started to learn Japanese.