I needed a goal whilst attempting to learn the Japanese language and so decided to take an exam, and get some recognition for my efforts. I haven't studied so hard for years and refused several tempting nights out. The exam itself was quite an experience with all instructions spoken in Japanese. Whilst I'm sure most of the examinees like me, weren't entirely sure what was being communicated, we were left in no doubt when the test supervisor demonstrated yellow and red cards. Just as in many sports, two yellows equalled a red. Offences included chewing gum, phone ringing and drinking.