people, rocks, sourland mountain

… in Japan, charcoal — real, serious, gorgeous, perfectly proportioned, cylindrical, rings-like-a-chime when you clank ‘em charcoal — is still very much a thing. Stop by one of the classic taiyaki shops in Azabu Jyuban or Kamakura and what are they cooking their anko filled pastries with? Charcoal. Why does excellent yakitori taste so good? Charcoal. When you hit up a grilled fish shop, where does that delicious bitter crisp on your kamasu or sawara or hokke come from? Charcoal. And when you’re at an inn in the countryside and they present you with a river fish impaled on a stick — when you shove it in the sand pit for cookin’ what’s sitting right below? Oh, yes, charcoal.

I enjoyed reading the “little note”,”End of an Era”, with its short story of the men and the meat and the dancing girl and a link to an article Craig wrote about “real” charcoal, which reminded me of the smell of West Indies breadfruit roasting on “real” West Indies charcoal in my grandmother’s “rustic” kitchen.

On the last day of Heisei I went on a little walk.

And I am walking. And a little girl dances. And the men eat gizzards. And the pizza toast is prepared. And the coffee is good. And the emperor abdicates. And Heisei ends.

Sebastian Vettel , Ferrari SF90, Formula 1, Barcelona, Spain, F1
Leclerc: Obeying team orders will depend on situation (

Asked if he would continue to obey team orders going forward, Leclerc said: “Depending on the situation.

“Obviously there will always be team orders in Formula One. But, yeah, it depends on the situation. In some situations I will.”

I understand that sometimes team orders are necessary. However, I truly believe Ferrari have not made the right calls in all of the races so far this year where they have issued team orders.

I think Charles LeClerc has been doing better with his Ferrari than Sebastian Vettel. I think he had a real chance to challenge Mercedes AMG and of completing many podium finishes including first place.

I also think Valteri Bottas is driving much better this year and is able to challenge Lewis Hamilton for P1 but also finish first place in the races.

Billionaires raced to pledge money to rebuild Notre Dame. Then came the backlash. (Washington Post)

For all of you posters below bemoaning a “bad reaction” to philanthropists, “it’s their money”, and there are billionaires in Brazil and what not.
I get it.

This article was TRYING to raise a big point, but failed to do so very miserably.

If you read French (and French news), if you even read European news in English – you would KNOW what the “backlash” was about.

It was not about a Brazilian Museum, or aid for Yemen, or even taxes on charitable donations.

The “backlash” in France specifically is about a handful of people raising $2 bln in two days. Just like that. 3 families raised $700 mln in less than 24 hrs.

France – until now – used to think of herself as a more-or-less egalitarian society. 75% tax on income etc.

Then comes a House of Jesus’ Mother burning – then BAHM. 3 families donate $700 mln within 12 hrs of each other.

THIS IS what France is aghast about.

Egalitarianism is a SHAM even in France.

The French just realized it. That’s what they are “backlashing” about.

I predict the Yellow Vests going truly mental any time soon – because NOW they know how much money there is in France that is denied to all of them.

While some people were “mourning” the loss of a 200-year-old religious building I could care less about, 10,000 people have died in Yemen.