Archive for October, 2008


October 31st, 2008

We had kids at the door today, but the cupboard was bare. Well not quite bare, all we had to offer were Oranges, Bananas, Butter Biscuits and 70% Chocolate, and Chocolate Liquors. No kid alive, and certainly not those lacking in Adult supervision, is going to accept fruit, biscuits are a no-no and Chocolate Liquers are a gateway drug. I don’t know how many 7-11 year olds appreciate 70% Lindt chocolate, but maybe a few mammies and daddies will raid the goodie bags later and be pleasantly surprised.

I wanted to tell the kids that today is Reformation Day and they should all be at home contemplating the state of their souls. Chuffy thought that was mean – and so naturally that I should do it, but my German isn’t that good yet and anyway Bavaria is Catholic so they can have Chocolate today and contemplate their souls later. Where’s the Soul Cake Duck when you really need it!!!

Не мога да живея

October 30th, 2008

Oh Dear!

Joe was there first so why not wander over to his blog for the follow up videos. Its the Internet. Of course there are follow up videos!


October 30th, 2008

The Zeugnis for die Prüfung arrived today, well I had to collect it and pay €10.

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The important bit says

Die damit nachgewiesenen Fertigkeiten werden im allgemeinen nach etwa 300 Unterrichtseinheiten erreicht, Sie entsprechen im rezeptiven Bereich der Stufe B 1 und im produktiven Bereich der Stufe A 2 des Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmens für Sprachen.

The numbers bit says

In den einzelnen Prüfungsteilen wurden folgende Ergebnisse erzielt:
Diktat:                     23 Punkte von 30 Punkte
Textproduktion:      19 Punkte von 30 Punkte
Leseverstehen:     20.5 Punkte von 30 Punkte
Grammatik:             79 Punkte von 90 Punkte

So 141.5/180 which is not too bad. 120/180 was the pass mark.

Peaches and Cream

October 28th, 2008

This article at the Register made me laugh! I didn’t even know Peaches Geldof was a writer now…

Well, for her efforts, Peaches immediately attracted hundreds of comments, few of them complimentary and most now pulled by Nylon. One survivor of the editorial hate cull notes: “i think they were right to delete all the nasty, bitter comments that were based on no more than ignorant and irrational prejudige. however, the person who posted the word ‘c*nt’ 11,000 times made a valid point, one that was based upon sound reasoning and enlighted argument. i see no reason why that should have been censored.”

In comparison, I don’t think Dan has anything to worry about. Unless Sunday Times readers are a lot meaner then they let on!

Lazy German Mondays…

October 27th, 2008

Today is a Bank Holiday at home, but not in Munich. Personally I tend to believe that ex-pats should be allowed off on all their national holidays as well as all local holidays, and of course their birthdays.

I have a day off because the next German course does not start until Thursday and even then I will not be allowed join unless I achieved a satisfactory result in the end-of-course test last Friday. Results are out tomorrow and we get diplomas on wed, assuming all goes well. We only have 3 weekdays between courses this time (last time we had 1.5 weeks) to allow the next 8 week course to be squeezed in before Christmas. Well they say 8 weeks, but the first week is only Thurs and Fri.

So as I still have two more days this week to do stuff, I am using today to not do too much at all. A bit of shopping, some domestic chores and so on and so forth. Just like a Sunday or a Bank Holiday Monday at home.

Direct Democracy

October 26th, 2008

Dan has a piece in today’s Sundays Times

The population could be afforded a significantly greater opportunity to be involved. For example, why not allow citizens to submit parliamentary questions or to have ministers address their questions in committee? Or even participate in the scrutiny of legislation?

I wonder if after this weeks protests and climbdowns TDs have had enough of direct democracy for now!

Die Prüfung

October 25th, 2008

Gestern war die Prüfung schwerig. Aber ich denke, dass es genauso schwerig als die Hausaufgabe den letzten Woche war. Ich glaube dass, ich OK sein will. Am Dienstag komme das Ergebnis


October 22nd, 2008

Don’t keep all your eggs in the one basket.

Baskets are for chickens.

As are pianos…

Deutsche Exercises

October 2nd, 2008

For the long weekend we got a lot of homework. And here it is, some of it anyway, for anyone who wants to try. Viel Glück!

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October 1st, 2008

PhD comics