Year: 2012

About that EDL Newtown tweet

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A note before anything else: I’m no fan of the EDL. I’d be happy to see them disappear entirely from the UK’s political discourse, because I think they add nothing of any benefit. But I firmly believe that facts, and fact-checking, are important. So, here’s something we should discuss. The other night, screengrabs started circulating of a pretty disgusting tweet from the EDL about the Newtown attack. The EDL claims that it was faked, and […]

The best iPhone apps for learning Japanese

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Japanese / lists / reviews

Ever since I started to learn Japanese, I’ve done a lot of studying on the train to and from work. At first this meant carrying around home-made paper flashcards and a big English to Japanese dictionary, but these days an iPhone can replace both of those and help you do much more – there are apps for flashcards, for learning the stroke order of kanji, and even fully fledged dictionaries. I’ve downloaded and tried loads […]

Japan on a Budget: Fukushima-ken

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Japan on a Budget / Japanese / travel

Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima-ken Three years ago, most people probably hadn’t heard of Fukushima. Today everybody has heard of it, but very few people are visiting. This is a great shame, for many reasons. The name itself is something of a problem. Fukushima is the prefecture, a city within it, and also the namesake of the nuclear power station that suffered a level-7 disaster after the earthquake. Both the city and the majority of the prefecture (pretty […]