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a big hairy ox

As the sun sets on another year, it means that back home in England, on the eve of 2009, there'll be a fair bit of this going on....

British brawlers seeing in the new year in traditional fashion.

....mainly because of the influence of this....

....even the beered-up bears in the Arctic will be at it....

....fortunately, in Japan, alcohol only causes this....

A man not looking for trouble.

At the turn of the year, the main concern in Japan isn't alcohol; it's the traditional soft sticky mochi rice cakes that get stuck in elderly people's throats, causing them to be rushed to hospital looking like this....

Hospitals across the nation are on standby for victims of mochi.

2008 was the Year of the Rat, a creature just like this cute little disease-ridden rodent....

Beware - rats have recently learnt to swim to their destination.

2009 happens to be the Year of the Ox - and if the cuteness of the year's animal gives some indication of how the coming year might turn out, then I'm not holding out much hope for the next 12 months....

2009 could be ugly (and rather hairy too).
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On Monday, 29 December, 2008, Blogger Tornadoes28 said:

That Englishman is drinking Newcastle I think.  

On Monday, 29 December, 2008, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

What a load of bull...  

On Monday, 29 December, 2008, Anonymous ThePenguin said:

He's milking this one for all it's worth...  

On Monday, 29 December, 2008, Anonymous TheAndySan said:

I was born the year of the ox! Things might be looking up for me!!  

On Tuesday, 30 December, 2008, Blogger t i m said:

we don't all drink & fight in england - its only those that live oop north :)  

On Tuesday, 30 December, 2008, Anonymous billywest said:

The year of the ox should be a good year for those fighting guys in that second picture. I could see one of them, next Christmas, unwrapping a book received as a present from an Uncle or cousin, looking up at the presenter of the present and then dealing a leg-buckling right hook to the chin.  

On Tuesday, 06 January, 2009, Anonymous Frau Sarah said:

Haha, your blog is awesome.
BOOKMARK! Also, happy new year! ;)
Greetz from Germany.  

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