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Monster Parent (モンスターペアレント)

This one is rather hard to understand and I think I haven’t been able to figure out what this will lead up to in the end yet. Yonekura Ryoko plays a successful lawyer who works with big shot clients at a huge law firm. She gets a notice from her boss that she is supposed to help out a friend who is working for the School Board. What she ends up doing is helping the School Board with cases of so called “Monster Parents”, (more…)

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I haven’t been to a hardcore show like this in a long long time, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Usually Cologne doesn’t host shows where people do the kickboxing dance moves, it never has. Cologne always was more of a punkrock city, hardcore was done by the guys slightly up north. Though strangely enough in the middle of the 1990s someone tried to set up hardcore shows at the BüZe Ehrenfeld. Name some New York hardcore band, they surely must have played there. (more…)

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Hamburg based indie label Grand Hotel Van Cleef might have been the biggest success story in German indie music over the past few years. If I remember it correctly it arose from the ashes of B.A. Records, the band-owned label which put out the records of German punkrock legend …But Alive in the 1990s. They also released some other bands, most notably The Weakerthans first two full length LP versions. (more…)

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There has been a lot of talk over the past few months about how the coverage of the German Bundesliga was supposed to be set up for the 2009/10 season. The threat of a torn matchday were dangleing in front of the fans’ eyes, “British circumstances” where you have games starting at various times of one day, some at noon, some in the evening, some in the afternoon. (more…)

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While browsing through the listings at WordPress I came across an article dealing with the prelimenary stages of the Summer Koushien Baseball High School Tournament. A very interesting one. I had read a few articles by the same author on another blog called East Windup Chronicle, a great site if you are interested in Asian baseball and Asian culture. I always enjoy reading the articles there a lot. (more…)

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This was a very pleasant surprise. I was searching for music and stumbled across a Greek website which offers free downloads of some long out of print or not very well known Greek bands. Now the reason I found this site is because I was looking for the records of Free Yourself. I own all their stuff on vinyl but while moving with the flow of time it’s rather inconvenient to carry around a portable record player. (more…)

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Because of all the hype around the German national football team people tend to forget or not realize that there is a whole age group missing at the party. If you look at who played during the last Euro championship there are players who are in their early twenties and some who are already in their thirties. What’s entirely missing is the generation/age group of players around the age of 27-29. While this is something that is of no importance to the German team at all it is still somewhat interesting to see that this generation is not nominated to the national team.

Why is that? Is it because there is noone playing professional football who is a member of that generation? Is it because the players in that generation are simply not talented enough to be nominated to the German national team? (more…)

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