Japan channelling ‘spirit of James Bond’ in hopes of World Cup success

Japan’s footballers hope James Bond can inspire them as they bid to end their dismal away World Cup record.

Japan – who were drawn in Group E alongside Netherlands, Cameroon and Denmark – have never won a World Cup finals match on foreign soil but will be dressed to thrill in South Africa this summer after being sized up for special English-made ‘James Bond’ style suits.

‘The players will arrive in very cool travel suits,’ insisted Japan’s World Cup media officer Ichirota Fukushi.

‘They are a bit like the sort in the 007 movies. They even have cufflinks.’

http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/oddballs/820016-japan-channelling-spirit-of-james-bond-for-world-cup

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Japanese robotic skateboard combines two awesome things

Skateboards are awesome. Robots, equally awesome. So it’s surprising that it took so long for the great country of Japan to combine the two into an epic robo-skateboard.

It looks to be a bit too heavy to take to the half-pipe, but this bad boy can tool you around the streets without you breaking a sweat. You simply lean forward or back to get it to move, and it can truck along at up to 6mph. Lightning fast!

The makers are hoping to get the price down to about $1,000 by the time it’s released in 2013, which is a lot more than a normal skateboard costs, but pretty reasonable for a robotic one.

http://dvice.com/archives/2010/03/japanese-roboti-1.php

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A unique resort for dogs and cats

Arf, you need a holiday….

Dogs will be walked by Sinh’s staff everyday around this lake.

Bao Sinh is an eccentric Hanoian. He’s well-known for drawing portraits, writing folk poems and engaging in extravagant activities like engaging in a boxing match at the age of 70, putting a statue of himself in his front garden, and, for the last ten years, running a hotel and cemetery for dogs and cats.

Bao Sinh’s “Dog and Cat Hotel” is at his home, 167 Truong Dinh Street, in the capital’s Hoang Mai district.  He is building a “five-star” resort for dogs and cats.

Sinh says that the new hotel deserves five stars because it is built on 100 square meters of land, with five storys, air-conditioners, a lift, a swimming pool, a path for walking dogs and cats, and a surveillance camera, a bed, a wardrobe, a toilet and other furniture in each ‘room.’

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/photogal/201003/A-unique-resort-for-dogs-and-cats-899897/

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French team the winner at Da Nang firework festival

At 8.35pm the crowd burst into applause after municipal People’s Committee chairman Tran Van Minh declared the contest open to celebrate the city’s liberation day and the 1,000th anniversary of capital Ha Noi.
The water and sky were lit up by the magnificent fireworks representing “The Legend of Han River”, in harmony with a variety of music

the winners….  (Arthur how did you get in the photo?)

Five teams from France, Japan, Portugal, the US and host Da Nang-Viet Nam took part in the festival.

Competitors promised to bring something special to this years event with performances based on famous folk tales of dragons and ferries and they didn’t disappoint.

Audiences on Saturday were treated to a free and easy Portugal a Japanese philosophy of peace and hope and a Viet Nam full of vitality. Yesterday’s performances also displayed a merry US soul and a romantic France despite quite heavy rain.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/photogal/201003/French-team-the-winner-at-Da-Nang-firework-festival-901513/

by Arthur and Pip G.

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Good Humor

Good Humor is one of the best Articles of Dress one can wear in Society.

William Makepeace Thackeray

by The Punjapit Collective

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Teva Illum Sandals with a Built-in/Slapped-on LED Flashlight

 

Sandal company Teva has a new product, called Teva Illum. Features LED flashlights on the straps that lights up the path you’re walking on, good idea! And the LEDs can be removed and attached to a keychain as needed.

http://www.likecool.com/Teva_Illum_Sandals_with_a_BuiltinSlappedon_LED–Shoe–Style.html

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Japan’s unwanted dogs face almost certain death

It’s a dog’s life for a stray mutt in any country, but in Japan a canine that ends up in the municipal pound is far more likely to be put down than to find a new home.

A dog is seen through bars as it is herded to a metal container euphemistically called a “dream box,” where stray dogs are asphyxiated with carbon dioxide gas, at an animal welfare centre in Tokushima, about 600 km (373 miles) southwest of Tokyo, March 11, 2010. It’s a dog’s life for a stray mutt in any country, but in Japan a canine that ends up in the municipal pound is far more likely to be put down than to find a new home. While in some other industrialised countries the idea of “saving” a pet from a shelter is well-established, in Japan animal welfare activists say strays often fall foul of an attitude that prizes puppies and pedigrees as status symbols.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62S0KL20100329?type=lifestyleMolt

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