Month: July 2015

Faces and Names, the Europa poem

Ok, I never have been and never will be a poet. But this post, for some reason came out as a poem. I think of it as a kind of encryption. Maybe because these are somewhat private thoughts even if recognizable ones, and also maybe because I wanted it to be brief, it had to come out this way. Thank you for reading! Faces and names, nations and fames Matter over mind, in the old world   Races and games, further we part The miseries I know, do consume your heart We travel together, but the closer we get The more you pine for an older time   The cream of the room, did cede his own But I had no fear, to yield my soul Trial by ire, trial by fire We stand yet, with our own   I learnt from a child, to seek for more And the thoughts that made, the men we are I know the folly that broke a heart Rue not the toil, for it was how we...

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German music in Germany, and FC Bayern

Weird thing #1 about Deutschland: lack of support for local pop bands Everything you heard from Lonely Planet and countless American and British travelers about the loss of nationalism in Deutschland is plain wrong. The German people have a quieter way of expressing their patriotism, and for the good old jingoists among them this can often be quite passive-aggressive, given their reserved manner. For the most part however, they are like people are everywhere else – they have pride in German everything, and the sense of German nationalism is well and alive. For these people, the constant reminders of WWII are unfair and get tedious. The hostility toward non-Deutsch speakers in this country, while lower than what you would face in France, is still far higher than what you would see in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. The Germans themselves tend to speak better English than their neighbouring nations, and that is a tribute to their education system as well as the controllability of the population (the nation decided at one point that they would need to speak English to remain competitive, and so they all learnt it with sincerity). You will have waiters being very rude to you for not speaking Deutsch but with Katy Perry’s drunken voice filling the restaurant, you find yourself exchanging amused glances at your colleagues instead of getting annoyed. I found it very unnatural though, that this country...

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Scent of a woman, brilliant speech

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXfeTBXO-So Wanted to watch this all over again today…. it is just a movie scene of course. But would you stand up for a younger bullied colleague at your workplace? Call your management on their bullshit? Quit like a...

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