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    What should I do in Japan?

    Takayama will also be very cold in December. Overnight low is typically below zero, day time high in single digits. GP
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    What should I do in Japan?

    I actually prefer to stay in Osaka. Kyoto is good for sightseeing by day, but I think Osaka is a more interesting city at night, and I'd sooner a quick return to my hotel from wherever I am late at night. I have stayed in Kyoto, and been there at night, but I prefer Osaka overall. Cheaper...
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    What should I do in Japan?

    I think Okayama is a great base for that area. It also gives access to Shikoku, although I wouldn't bother going there on a first 9-day trip. However, if seeing castles was a high priority, Matsuyama castle is good too and I think can be done as a long day trip from Okayama. Or stay there the...
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    What should I do in Japan?

    Get the one-week rail pass, base yourself in just two or three places (less accommodation to book and less travelling with luggage) then day-trip to the sights. Note that rail passes cannot be used on the Nozomi shinkansen. Try to get the Hikari Rail Star, as the Kodama ones stop at lots more...
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    Spelling on Forums

    Another view on language. GP
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    Any compelling reason NOT to use ING term?

    I have one such account and don't recall any particular issues. Opening any bank account is a PITA though. GP
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    Any compelling reason NOT to use ING term?

    Do you mean TDs specifically, or cash generally? I'm not sure what percentage is specifically in TDs, without working it out, but excluding our PPOR, I'm pretty much all cash at the moment. GP
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    Any compelling reason NOT to use ING term?

    My main TDs at the moment are with ING and RaboDirect (both business rather than personal). I just choose the best rate for the period I want from amongst the few banks I can easily do TDs with online (ie. those I've already done the 100 point ID thing with and allow quick online setup without...
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    Hang on to your wallets NSW

    Other good earners for the government: - Tobacco - Alcohol - Gambling Other areas with significant social problems and costs: - Tobacco - Alcohol - Gambling What's one more on the list I suppose... GP
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    Hang on to your wallets NSW

    Agreed. That's a matter of fact, not opinion. However, that doesn't mean the stated reason for the law is in any way correct or just, or even that the stated reason is in fact the real reason. It's not called politics for nothing. Again, you make the gross assumption that being "well over" the...
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    Hang on to your wallets NSW

    Or maybe not. This is admittedly a little old now, but a study around 1990 (PDF) on risk homeostatis concluded that increased fines for exceeding speed limits had no effect on the accident rate, while increased cost of accidents dramatically lowered the rate but had no effect on speed choice. GP
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    Hang on to your wallets NSW

    On the gross assumption that they were ever a problem in the first place. Totally irrelevant emotional propaganda. No one likes deaths on the roads or anywhere else, but this sort of rubbish doesn't add anything constructive to the debate. GP
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    Hang on to your wallets NSW

    A nice misrepresentation of the real situation: talk specifically about autobahns then give figures for all roads. But then, what would you expect from an organisation with a barrow to push. Also, those figures appear to be from around 2000, when the figures were 11.3 and 9.3 respectively. For...
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    Hang on to your wallets NSW

    The rort is about to step up a notch or ten - so much so that Macquarie Bank is getting in on the act. And these will have no warning signs, just Got-You-Sucker! signs after the fact. From an earlier article: If that's the impact of improved driver behaviour, then give me bad drivers any day...
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    17 year olds

    I left home when I was 17 (to go to university). And I was going out with school friends drinking when I was 15 or 16 (never parties at my parents' place though - it would have been wrecked). While I was never a huge drinker, there were a number of occasions that reached the vomiting stage...
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