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from Oddly Enough Blog:

You’ll have to wrestle me for the check

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Well, Lamar, I have to tell you I'm excited. It was a big decision putting you totally in charge of every aspect of our new restaurant. Millions of dollars are riding on this, but I thought you deserved your chance.

Gee, thanks, Boss. I think you'll be very glad you did.

So, talk me through it. Looks like the opening day lunch crowd is starting to arrive at Lamar's.

Okay, Boss, so the idea is...

Excuse me, Lamar, I don't mean to interrupt you, but these customers all seem to be enormous! And they're just wearing loin cloths. Don't we have a dress code?

Those guys are sumo wrestlers, Boss. They have a training camp across the street. They're gonna love the place!

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures September 26, 2010

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A tough week for India as athletes began arriving  for the start of the Commonwealth Games. On September 21, a pedestrian walkway outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi collapsed; the very next day a portion of the ceiling in the weightlifting arena also collapsed. Social and mainstream media showed pictures of blocked drains, dirty bathrooms, soiled matresses and unfinished work in the athletes' accommodation.  Team members started to pull out of the games, undermining the status of the event. The enormity of the clean-up task seemed insurmountable, this concern beautifully illustrated by Parivartan Sharma's picture of a man sweeping dust in the streets with a hand brush - a seemingly pointless task when CWG president Fennell said that there was still "considerable work to be done". Have a close look at Reinhard Krause's picture of the roof of the weight lifting arena and make your own judgement on the workmanship of the construction.  As someone who has not got a great head for heights I fear for the safety of the workers walking on the roof of the building.

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A man sweeps under a flyover in front of the Commonwealth Games athletes village in New Delhi September 25, 2010. Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell said on Saturday there was still a considerable amount of work to be done and there was great concern about the security and safety of athletes and officials. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

from Photographers' Blog:

Asia – A Week in Pictures September 26, 2010

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Original Post Text:
A tough week for India as athletes began arriving  for the start of the Commonwealth Games. On September 21, a pedestrian walkway outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi collapsed; the very next day a portion of the ceiling in the weightlifting arena also collapsed. Social and mainstream media showed pictures of blocked drains, dirty bathrooms, soiled matresses and unfinished work in the athletes' accommodation.  Team members started to pull out of the games, undermining the status of the event. The enormity of the clean-up task seemed insurmountable, this concern beautifully illustrated by Parivartan Sharma's picture of a man sweeping dust in the streets with a hand brush - a seemingly pointless task when CWG president Fennell said that there was still "considerable work to be done". Have a close look at Reinhard Krause's picture of the roof of the weight lifting arena and make your own judgement on the workmanship of the construction.  As someone who has not got a great head for heights I fear for the safety of the workers walking on the roof of the building.

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A man sweeps under a flyover in front of the Commonwealth Games athletes village in New Delhi September 25, 2010. Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell said on Saturday there was still a considerable amount of work to be done and there was great concern about the security and safety of athletes and officials. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

from Left field:

Former Estonian bouncer adds Baltic spice to sumo

Baruto throws his weight around

Baruto throws his weight around

After the nightclub fracas that toppled a Mongolian grand champion from grace who would have thought it would take a former bouncer from Estonia to help clean up the mess in the troubled world of sumo?

The soft-spoken giant Baruto gave the ancient Japanese sport a shot in the arm after sealing his promotion to the sport's second highest rank of "ozeki" with a 14-1 showing at the spring grand sumo tournament less than two months after "yokozuna" Asashoryu quit in disgrace amid a "booze rage" probe.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Sumo-size me!

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Ladies, welcome to our show! You're in for quite a treat tonight!

JAPAN/Those of you who have seen our Chippendales Dancers perform in the past probably noticed they were great-looking guys, but were a little too thin and buff and muscular.

Many of you complained about this, so we went ahead and increased their meal rations to 4,000 calories a day, most of it deep-fried.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Ew! No more oatmeal for me, Ma!

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I apologize in advance for this one, since I know a lot of readers, even entire families, enjoy my blog while at the breakfast table.

Still, my logic is this: Nobody shields ME from this crap, so you all may as well see what's going on in the real world, the same as I have to.

from Raw Japan:

Sumo “porky” tab a low blow

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Bad boy sumo grand champion Asashoryu has been called many things, but it’s unlikely whether being dubbed “porky” will cause the Mongolian star to lose much sleep.

When a former wrestler, now working as a television commentator, accused the “yokozuna” of being flabby, it marked a new low in the hounding of one of the greats of Japan’s ancient sport.

from Raw Japan:

Mummy’s boy turned sumo powerhouse

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Mongolian sumo wrestler Harumafuji, the latest loin-clothed giant from his country to make his mark on Japan’s ancient sport, has a unique way of preparing for his bouts – listening to soothing Buddhist sutra music.

harumafujiThe method helped the 25-year-old ‘ozeki’ win his first major tournament last month and he is already being tipped to join compatriots Asashoryu and Hakuho at the elite rank of ‘yokozuna’ following his surprise Emperor’s Cup triumph.

from Raw Japan:

Japanese sumo wrestler fired over marijuana

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A sumo wrestler was expelled from the ancient Japanese sport on Monday following his arrest for marijuana possession and just a day after U.S. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps apologised over a photograph purportedly showing him smoking the drug.

The expulsion of Wakakirin, 25, comes after three Russian wrestlers met a similar fate last year over marijuana use, reflecting both Japan's zero tolerance for the drug and the high standards of behaviour the Japan Sumo Association prides itself on demanding from its members.

from Raw Japan:

Sumo bad boy Asashoryu melts hearts

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Mongolian sumo grand champion Asashoryu is the self-styled bad boy of Japan's ancient sport, a man who once yanked a rival's hair before picking a soapy bathtub fight with the same opponent and later being accused of smashing the same wrestler's car mirror.

To many seasoned sumo observers, he lacks the dignity required to hold sumo's elite rank of "yokozuna". To others, he is simply eccentric.

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