Monthly Archives: December 2012

Between the Years Linkdump

At The Guardian, Emma Brockes rants about the flood of Fifty Shades of Grey knock-offs. Personally, I don’t mind the Fifty Shades style covers at all. At least they look classy, which is a big step up considering what erotic … Continue reading

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On the Road with an Oversize Load Truck

Yesterday evening I had something of an unusual adventure, because I found myself travelling with an oversize cargo truck. The background is that over the past few weeks my Dad was very busy overseeing the building of a heavy cargo … Continue reading

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Christmas 2012

Our Christmas was wet, mild and quiet. My uncle came for lunch on Christmas Day, otherwise we were among ourselves. We had a minor uproar, when my Dad incinerated a mincemeat tart. My parents had bought a package of mincemeat … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey hits Germany – with an embarrassing mistranslation

Over Christmas, the British series Downtown Abbey has finally come to German TV. Now I am very definitely not a fan of the show. Nonetheless, the German public TV channel ZDF has once again proven its track record of buying … Continue reading

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Decorating the Christmas Tree

I’m at my parents and spent most of tonight decorating the Christmas tree and wrapping presents. Since there are a lot of ornaments, some of them dating from the 1960s, that took a while. And even after I was finished, … Continue reading

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Two new releases for the holidays

Christmas is almost upon us and in order to celebrate I have not one but two new releases to announce, one in English and one in German. Let’s get started with Flights of Madness, a collection of aviation themed short … Continue reading

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The Mayan Apocalypse fails to appear, so here’s a non-post-apocalyptic linkdump

So the Mayan apocalypse failed to appear today to very little surprise. Though since the Mayas did not specify the exact time the world is supposed to end, we may not be out of the woods yet. However, today school … Continue reading

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales at 200

Today, December 20th, 2012, marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen – Fairy Tales for Children and for the Home by Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm. Like so many books destined to become classics, it was … Continue reading

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Bremen Photos: Böttcherstraße

During my stroll through Christmassy Bremen yesterday, I also made a detour through the Böttcherstraße (the name means barrel maker street, because this was where the barrel makers were situated). The Böttcherstraße is one of our main tourist attractions. And … Continue reading

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Bremen Photos: Christmas Impressions

Today, I drove into Bremen for some shopping and to take a stroll across our Christmas market, supposedly the prettiest in North Germany, and soak up the Christmas atmosphere. I had my camera with me and so I took some … Continue reading

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