Headaches, sleep habits and unintentionally funny obituaries

I was going to write a longer post today, but I’m tired, I have to get up early tomorrow morning and the thunderstorms that are supposed to reach us tomorrow in the late afternoon/early evening have decided to announce themselves by giving me a nasty headache.

So the long post has to wait. Instead, have some links:

At the Guardian, Peter White tears into all of the so-called experts who know exactly when, how and how much people should sleep. As someone whose natural sleeping patterns have always deviated from the norm, I heartily agree with this.

German actress Rosel Zech has died of cancer aged 69. Rosel Zech is probably best known to international audiences for starring in two films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lola and Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss. And indeed, Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss, which is loosely based on the life of 1930s and 1940s German film star Sybille Schmitz, is one of Fassbinder’s better films IMO. Coincidentally, the real life Sybille Schmitz starred in a very early vampire movie in 1932.

However, German audiences mainly associate Rosel Zech with playing a resolute nun in the popular TV series Um Himmels Willen (For Heaven’s Sake). I have never cared for Um Himmels Willen which is basically Don Camillo and Peppone, only starring a nun instead of a priest. But a lot of people are fans, including my Dad who is both decidedly unreligious and hardly ever watches fictional TV programming.

And indeed Germany’s biggest tabloid Bild decided to commemorate Rosel Zech’s passing with the unintentionally funny headline: “TV nun defeated by cancer”.

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