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    The Blood Brothers

    Sorry about not getting back before now. The Blood Brothers was made by Shaw Brothers Studio in 1973. It was released in the US as Dynasty of Blood. Hope that helps.
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    is this a historic chinese weapon?

    It is most definitely an historic Chinese weapon, but it is not a sophisticated one. It is a weapon of cheap and nasty manufacture (nothing wrong with that, so were the sten and PPsH 41 smgs) and is generally associated with levy or militia troops. The dadao came to greater prominence during...
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    Falling Crime Rates in Australia

    I saw an interesting piece on television the other day. A study has just been completed that demonstrates a general down turn in crime over the last ten years in Australia. On average it is about 15%, but in some categories it is as high as 28%. However, the same report found that violent...
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    The Blood Brothers

    During the last rest day of the Tour de France I was treated to a late night (early morning) Shaw brothers film - The Blood Brothers. This film is special for a number of reasons. First is the fact that most of the scenes are on top of hills so that anyone injured or killed can roll and...
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    Report: 'Batman' accused of assaulting mom, sister

    Heard something about this this morning. Apparently Bale was not arrested but surrendered to police. The incident does not appear, at the moment, to involve any physical violence and may be a case of verbal assault (a punishable offence in the UK and down here in Oz). The intereting thing...
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    question about forms

    Now my experience is mainly in Chinese martial arts where the forms tend to be quite long, so it is always a bit of a shock to me when I hear of styles with 50 or more forms, and those with numbers approaching 100 I find incredible. Of course it is very likely that the forms involved are much...
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    Jack the Ripper

    This is a very interesting case. There are so many strange things about it (and I'm not talking about the conspiracy stuff about Prince Albert). There are only five murders that are officially attributed to the ripper, but there are another nine or ten that are similar and contemporary...
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    The Relevance of the British Monarchy

    It must be remembered that the Monarchy is not just the royal house of Britain. All those Commonwealth countries with a Governor General also have Queen Elizabeth as their sovereign. Guess who their armed forces swear oaths too. The Monarchy and its representatives hold an important place...
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    Commonwealth quetion - what are the powers of the Governor General?

    Australia's situation in this regard is pretty strange. We have, in fact, a Governor for each state and a Governor General. All are supposedly appointed by the Queen but in reality they are suggested by the Federal or State governments and the Queen rubber stamps them. The Governor General...
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    The Crystal skulls

    At the time when the crystal skulls were being "discovered" authentication usually took the form of asking an expert their opinion. What do you do if the expert is the one presenting the object? You have to accept it as real because they have a reputation and you don't. Its all very annoying...
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    Signaller Sean McCarthy

    SAS Signaller Sean McCarthy was killed by an IED in Afghanistan yesterday. He is the sixth Australian soldier killed in that country.
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    The Myths and Truths of Female Martialists

    Good old sexual dimorphism, often the only appeal sexist bullies make to science. But take a close look at sexually dimorphic species. You tend to find fighting is not a cross gender activity - males fight males and females fight females. Its not that the females are not evolved to fight, but...
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    Instant replay

    Well, Terry, I'll give you my opinion (for what its worth), but I would also like to know how you feel about this sort of thing. In those sports where instant replay is used for adjuducation its not instant. It takes from ten seconds to a couple of minutes to come up with a decision. Is...
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    Hard decision

    Exactly!! You know I have been expecting something like this for a while given some of the conversations we have had. I honestly think that some of the seeming misgivings you have had regarding taiji of late have stemmed from your desire to do more with xingyi. And now you have a chance...
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    Movie based opinions

    I have to say I have not based an opinion of anyone on movies, but I have often wondered if the people making movies really give any thought to what sort of image they are presenting. I think that the most notable genre for this is the WWII genre. During the war films were made that were...