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The Bull in the China shop

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity on January 31, 2012 at 12:54

Der Elefant im Porzellanladen or the bull in the china shop, both phrases describe a person that is not very sensitive when it comes to their environment and surroundings. This however, is the impression the German chancellor Angela Merkel is giving during these troubled times. Read the rest of this entry »


Funny Language

In Germany, History, Identity on January 27, 2012 at 12:22

The blog post in this link describes some of the idiocies of the English language, which is short but insightful. This post however, will have a look at some phrases in German that are funny and not always easy to understand nor easily translatable. Read the rest of this entry »

Sport in History

In Academia, Britain, Germany, History on January 20, 2012 at 13:23

Dilemma for young Historians of Sport

A generation of aspiring sports historians are facing a dilemma: on the one hand, the discipline has been recognized by the wider scientific community and as Dilwyn Porter has pointed out: it has arrived and is ‘taking itself seriously’. (Porter, 2011) No longer will writers about sports be considered as ‘fans with typewriters’. The amount of literature that has been published over the last three decades or so is vast, so much so that it presents an almost insurmountable task to grasp the whole width and depth of the literature. Douglas Booth, whose work The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sport History pointed out that the discipline had made a ‘so-called “cultural turn”’ in order to lay bare ‘its multidimensionality, and its relationship to the wider context of discourse.’ (Booth, 2005) Read the rest of this entry »

Fairy Tales

In Germany, History, Identity, Literature on January 18, 2012 at 16:28

The Germans are masters when it comes to fairy tales. Not just have the Grimm brothers provided generations with reading material to nurture their fantasy, they have also created a dictionary for the German language. Their contribution to the German language, philology as well as the study of German literature and language is immense; so much so that they are considered the fathers of any intellectual occupation with German. Read the rest of this entry »

Es lebt sich gut in Deutschland

In Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on January 13, 2012 at 12:00

This is the summary of a lengthy article in Germany‘s left(ish) daily die tageszeitung, taz in early October to commemorate the unification of Germany on 3 October 1990. The author compares the food of several European capitals with that in Berlin and muses about how the people in Paris were dressed better than the inhabitants of Germany’s capital, while the water in Berlin was not smelling and tasting of chlorine. Of course, after living abroad the author returns home with a different vision of Germany that is not shared by his compatriots who had not the chance or did not want to live abroad, whatever the reason. Read the rest of this entry »

How to make things

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on January 4, 2012 at 12:00

Britain looks at Germany with envy when it comes to its productivity, this article in The Guardian newspaper suggests. There is a certain truth about it. However, the whole truth is somewhat different, of course. While the Germans can be proud of their car and other branches of industrial production, other areas are seriously struggling, education for instance. Industry and production have always been protected by the government unlike in Britain where a certain ‘Iron Lady‘ privatized many British industries such as Leyland and the country is still suffering the after effects of Thatcher‘s policy today. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 in review

In Britain, England, Germany, History, Identity on January 2, 2012 at 08:33

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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