A WANNABEE superhero has won a seat on a municipal council. But members refuse to let him into meetings unless he takes his mask off and reveals his secret identity. The man, known as Skull Reaper A-Ji, refuses.
He goes everywhere in a black and red full-face mask bearing the stylized Japanese image of a skeleton face. “If I take my mask off, I'm an entirely different person,” he told the Nikkan Sports newspaper.
Members of the council in the Japanese city of Oita have banned him using a “no hats” rule, which stinks, since a mask is not a hat.
I like the idea of having working superheroes on public organizations, but after examining the cuttings in this case, kindly sent in by a reader in Japan, I suspect Skull Reaper A-Ji is not going to be the one who changes the status quo.
First, he is a 44-year-old politician who wears a boring suit on the rest of his body.
More importantly, he has responded to being banned by moping outside the meeting and whining to reporters.
A REAL superhero would fly off with the whole building and threaten to throw it into a core of the sun, etc. Has he not read the source material?
IN ITS LATEST bid to cultivate hatred of outsiders, the Chinese government’s CCTV television station arranged for celebrities to send out Weibo tweet messages attacking Apple.
But two things went wrong. First, one of the airhead celebrities posted his message along with the instruction he had been given: “Publish this at 8.20 pm” (that’s the message in the pic above, from Peter Ho). So everyone knew the whole thing was a set-up. Second, pretty much ALL the pinhead celebrities posted their hate messages using Apple devices. So each came with an automatically added tag which said “Posted from my iPhone” or “Posted from my iPad” and thus became celebrity endorsements.
Way to go, CCTV. A few more attacks like this and Apple-mania will be even more popular.
A POSTMAN found a burning house on his route and rescued the residents. Jeon Ho-jin, aged 35, ran back into the house to remove gas tanks before they exploded. The blaze in Chungcheong, South Korea, was mostly under control when the fire department finally arrived. But Jeon had hurried off to complete his deliveries, said Nate.com, a Korean news-site.
This is why I hate awards shows like the Oscars and their local Asian equivalents. People who do minimal work for huge amounts of money and glory gather at regular intervals to award themselves MORE money and glory. While unnoticed in the distance, a postman is saving their homes AND delivering their mail.
HAIRS ON a young man’s head should be five cm long, the North Korean authorities announced. It should be cut every 15 days to stay the right length. Older men may have hairs up to seven cm long, the decree added. I’d love to have hairs five cm long, Mr Kim, but have no choice. Wait till he gets old and bald.
Incidentally, an investment banker friend says his boss seems to take his mantra from Kim Jong Un: “I am very easy to get on with once people realize I demand nothing except blind worship.” I tried the same stance with my family but it didn’t work.
THOUGHT FOR the day: If it’s stupid but it works, it’s not stupid.
IN COMMENTS under the previous posting, TS recommends the new British series of Sherlock Holmes. In UK, they seem to remake the Holmes stories every couple of years—I remember the Jeremy Brett remake getting rave reviews (he played Holmes as a deranged genius).
The new British series (pic below) sets the stories in modern times and is very slickly written and directed. It means that Sherlock can mix science with sleuthing, which can be fun.
It’s odd how the Americans with their huge TV budgets and massive teams rarely reach this standard…
Grandpa, I would love to hear more stories about your crazy airport, which is also in a beautiful location, right?
Reader Abdul asked which resort in Kota Kinabalu I went to. The pics were taken from the Shangri La Rasa Ria. It’s a wonderful place, with its own bit of orang-utan-filled jungle actually in the hotel grounds.
On the downside, meals and things are very expensive, same price as in Hong Kong or Tokyo—about US$20 for a bowl of noodles or a burger, which is extremely high by south or southeast Asian standards. Yet the hotel is totally isolated from the rest of the city (see pic below) so you have to trek a long way or just pay it.
Abdul recommends the Perhentian islands, which I have never heard of but look pretty good on Google (below).
IN THE MEANTIME, deadlines are looming and I have to get back to writing columns for the newspapers and magazines. It’s odd, after a week thinking and writing about crime, murders, etc., it’s hard to get back to writing my normal columns. I start off doing a write-up about what some wacko in Japan has invented and then feel this powerful urge to insert a knife-wielding slasher manic in there….