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cometh the hour, cometh the sand

Last Monday, most people living in Japan woke up covered in a light dusting of sand.

After picking grains of it out of their muesli, they would've gone outside to see their car covered in the brown stuff.

Having got to work and brushed their desk down, they might've had a conversation with a colleague that went something like this:

A-san: Did you see the sand?
B-san: Yes.
A-san: Lunch is soon.

It got everywhere - in people's hair, in their eyes, it even got into some people's brains.

The foul-smelling finger of blame is being pointed at China, already in Japan's bad books following their alleged foray into the unprofitable market of poisoned dumplings.

It seems that the sand may have blown in from the Gobi desert, a claim backed up by this recent photo of the desert which clearly shows that all the sand has been blown away, leaving only the concrete beneath....

Prime Minister Fukuda talks tough....

Mr Fukuda continues to mystify political commentators who can't for the life of them work out why he needs to lick ice creams while making speeches.
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On Sunday, 09 March, 2008, Anonymous Magnus said:

Those microphones made me oh so hungry for ice cream.  

On Sunday, 09 March, 2008, Blogger echomrg said:

man, that's the cleanest skate park i've ever seen!!! ;)


On Sunday, 09 March, 2008, Anonymous Scotty.vor said:

CBBC Newsround: An Englishman's most trusted source of news.

And Englishman, the quality of your speech bubbles is deteriorating at an alarming rate. Please report to a trained speech bubble therapist ASAP.  

On Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, Anonymous Yukirin boy said:

One of your best!
The concrete Gobi desert is hilarious. ffrom one covered in sand  

On Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's not the Gobi Desert. It's Stevenage.  

On Thursday, 13 March, 2008, Blogger Invader Stu said:

I think we got some of that sand over here as well.  

On Thursday, 13 March, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

"They're common in these countries from February to May.

People are getting more worried about them because China has many more factories than it used to, so there's more chance of the sand mixing in with poisonous dust."

That's some good vacation planning guidance there!  

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