Monthly Archives: March 2012

Australia 2012 Pt II: F1 Australian Grand Prix

The 2012 Formula One season got under way at Albert Park in Melbourne a couple of weekends ago and I just happened to be in town to see my first live race. I’ve often had slight regrets that I didn’t … Continue reading

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Australia 2012 Pt I: Family Affairs

The idea of returning to Australia for a holiday was far from my mind until six months ago when my parents told me that they would be visiting my sister and her family in Melbourne this month. That got me … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ (2006)

As someone who can’t drive and has no interest in cars I had no interest in this franchise for many many years and just assumed it was dumbed-down, brain-dead, lad-popularist titilation designed for people…..well people like me who have a … Continue reading

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London Filming Locations: Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

What’s going on here then?! Basic Instinct filming locations!! In fact these aren’t even from the 1992 thriller but the hilarious sequel which actually is funny but not in the conventional way as its the ludicrous plot which is seemingly treated … Continue reading

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London Filming Locations: Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

The film that put director Guy Ritchie’s name on the map starts off in Shoreditch with Eddie and Bacon on the run from the cozzers having had their street stall scam rumbled. Its the films opening scene and is accompanied … Continue reading

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London Filming Locations: Goodnight Sweetheart (1993-1999)

We take a little detour from the usual filming locations to take a one-off look at a few pivotal shots which were used in this popular 1990’s BBC sitcom featuring Nicholas Lyndhurst. He played Gary Sparrow who became an accidental … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘Gung Ho’ (1986)

Michael Keaton plays a cocky, obnoxious, arrogant and disrespectful American called Hunt Stephenson whose big car manufacturing company in Pennsylvania is on its knees and needs buying out by Japanese firm Assan Motors. He goes to Tokyo to convince their bosses to … Continue reading

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Reasons To Like Living And Working In Japan

The inevitable response to my two Room 101 posts was “well, if you don’t like it then you should move” but that really is missing the point. People have a right to moan about wherever they live or the situation … Continue reading

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Room 101: Japanese Cyclists Special

As promised in my Room 101: Japan Special blog entry I would expand upon the number one annoyance for me living in this country. Now firstly I should say that I have also been guilty of doing most of these … Continue reading

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Room 101 – Japan Special

One of the most common questions I get asked is what I like about Japan and though there are many things they are quite hard to define. What is far easier to answer is what annoys me about living in … Continue reading

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