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Once in a blue moon

Posted by Anne on December 31st, 2009

Once in a blue moon This “Year of Astronomy” is coming to an end with a lovely event, a blue moon. The lunar month is between 29 and 30 days long. Every two or three years there are two full moons in one month, and the second one is called “blue moon”. A rare occasion. […]

Dinner for one

Posted by Anne on December 31st, 2009

James: The same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie: The same procedure as every year, James! The same procedure as every year: 11.500.000 hits on Google. 57.200 hits on German pages, alone. A sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie in the 1920s, the German TV station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded “Dinner for […]

Le Carré: A Most Wanted Man

Posted by Anne on December 30th, 2009

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. John Ray (1670) cited as a proverb “Hell is paved with good intentions.” Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153): “Hell is full of good intentions or desires.” On Christmas Day the 23-year-old “Underwear Bomber” tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Priviledged, rich, well-connected, educated, and […]

Björk: Cocoon

Posted by Anne on December 30th, 2009

Björk’s most explicitly erotic song on Vespertine (video: Eiko Ishioka). The lyrics on this album were inspired by the poems of e.e.cummings. Excellent song review here. Björk Cocoon Who would have known : that a boy like him would have entered me lightly restoring my blisses Who would have known : that a boy like […]

Björk: Unravel

Posted by Anne on December 29th, 2009

This quiet week there’s hardly anyone spending time online visiting this blog, so I’m just going to post some stuff connected to my choice of album of the decade (drumroll:) Björk’s Vespertine. While you are away My heart comes undone Slowly unravels In a ball of yarn The devil collects it With a grin Our […]

Grammar Guru: If Congress will pass/ passes/ passed

Posted by Anne on December 27th, 2009

If Congress will pass/ passes/ passed the health care bill, US citizens will finally have universal access to health coverage. The same health care bill (Gesetzesvorlage) has to be passed by both the House and the Senate. Right now the two chambers are still working on separate bills: “Now that the Senate has caught up […]

Z is for zen

Posted by Anne on December 26th, 2009

Lovely snowflakes, they fall nowhere else! No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. Two Zen sayings, or two translations of one saying? When I was a little girl, taking ballet lessons at St. Mark’s, my parents would take me to see the Nutcracker around this time of year. And like most girls, I would […]