While pornography treated flowers, emptiness remained as little as possible

I’m doing what I never do, thinking about furniture and housewifey things, which is kind of a nice break. I’ve always liked art history, so I’m reading up on German design through the ages. The stinger so far was this online description of Biedermeier on a Russian website:

Biedermeier style, brought to the bourgeois world of housing modest clothing with light bloom sentimentality. Later, arrogant style of the era gave this tongue-in-cheek nickname “Biedermeier” (the word “Biedermeier” – “Mr. Meyer bravy” – as a synonym for philistinism introduced into use Eyhgodt poet).

From the cold, aristocratic Biedermeier Empire inherited the basic principles of building and laconicism. Bourgeois consciousness meet such style format in which the emphasis was on practicality. The measure of household belongings, furniture, considered, above all, the qualities of strength, sound, comfort.

In the era of Biedermeier furniture, we can already find most of the modern types. Never before has the furniture was not so “furniture” in nature, that is free of architectural forms and alien decor. The measure of quality furniture now considered forms of comfort and impeccable carpentry work.

Ease of furniture offset by bright colors and obivok curtain, ornamented motives pornography treated flowers. In this era emerged and the so-called “clean room” (living). The space forcing a large number of rooms of furniture, which seek grouped in the center and besides, so that emptiness remained as little as possible.

There’s nothing like a translation program to mangle language – and to produce an entirely new and exciting pornographic era of design inherited from the cold, based on strength, sound and comfort! Yes! Man, those Biedermeiers must have known something.

Coming up: A Business English/ ESP blog carnival

As announced by Larry Ferlazzo, coming up on 1 November, there’ll be a blog carnival – that is, a round-up of posts submitted by bloggers for the purpose – dedicated to the teaching of Business English and English for Special Purposes, here on this blog.  If you’re a blogger, please use this form to submit your post. If you’re not a blogger (yet) but would like to write an article to share, I’d be most delighted to have you guest blog here.

This particular blog carnival came into being when Carl Dowse was rounding up blogs dedicated to Business English in a links list for BESIG, the Business English Special Interest Group of IATEFL. The conversation brought to light that there are just a few blogs that focus completely on business, like Evan Frendo’s “English for the Workplace“, Jeremy Day’s “Specific English“, the Business Spotlight blogs by Deborah Capras, Helen Strong and Robert Gibson, or Jeffrey Hill’s “The English Blog: Business“. But even writers for and teachers of Business English will treat non-business topics in their blogs; just think of Vicki Hollett’s “Learning to speak ‘merican” or Karenne Sylvester’s “Kalinago English“. Then, teachers of general English are highly respected and much read in the BE/ ESP community, like Alex Case of “TEFLtastic“, Larry Ferlazzo of “Websites of the Day” or Jamie Keddie,  etc. etc. Plenty of teachers – including many readers of this blog! – cross over on a daily basis between teaching young learners, giving general English classes and handling business English groups, and they must have interesting lesson ideas to share to introduce themselves to a more specialized, business-focussed readership. The round-up of blogposts will also be published on the BESIG website – so new readers are guaranteed!

So I’d like to extend a very warm invitation to all of you, from the specialist to the generalist, to contribute to this upcoming event. Just make sure that your entry is indeed geared to Business English or ESP, that is: the English people need at work. Have a look at the form, please, and let me know whether you’ll be joining us.