Category Archives: current events

#BP18Conf

I just attended my first translator’s conference, the BP18 Conference, held this year in Vienna (The letters “BP” stand for a number of things at once). Being part of this event made quite an impression on me, with lasting after-effects.
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Posted in Austria, current events, translation, travel

The MS Utting

The Ammersee in southern Bavaria has summer passenger boat service provided by two paddle steamers, the Dießen and the Herrsching, the smaller motor-powered MS Augsburg and, until recently, the MS Utting. Because we have connections to Utting, I was always … Continue reading

Posted in Bavaria, current events, Germany, tech, travel | 2 Comments

These Interesting Times

Lately I have been affected by a certain variety of writer’s block. It goes like this: I get an idea, find a few nice pictures, write up a few paragraphs to go with the pictures, and then read about the … Continue reading

Posted in America, Bavaria, culture, current events, Germany, history, lives of others, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Happy Easter

Seen on Easter Saturday: Jesus is indeed down off the cross (but just for renovations by the Innsbruck Beautification Association.)

Posted in Austria, current events, holidays, Innsbruck, travel | 1 Comment

We’re Doomed

Sure, the refugee situation is grabbing all the headlines, but what are we going to do about the Giant Ant Infestation currently spreading over Tyrol? They’ve already reached Hochzirl!

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Rooftop Blogging: Final Edition

When I began the blog nearly 8 years ago, I wanted to do some kind of photoblogging that could be done on a regular, perhaps weekly basis with ease. A lot of people were doing “Saturday cat blogging”, which I … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, current events, history, Innsbruck, Life Abroad, memory | 7 Comments

Note to self: find more cheerful subjects for blog…

Over two weeks have passed since that Germanwings pilot deliberately crashed Flight 9525 into the French Alps, taking 149 passengers and crew with him. The news cycle is mostly done with the speculation over the pilot’s illness, motives, personality disorder, … Continue reading

Posted in current events, Germany, lives of others, opera, singing | 2 Comments

A Chapel in Axams

A free Sunday afternoon and it happens to be Tag des Denkmals in Austria. This is a day for  cultural and historical monuments across the country, and often there is the chance to see something not normally open to the … Continue reading

Posted in archaeology, art, Austria, culture, current events, history, Innsbruck, memory

The First Hours of the War of 1914

(The following is a chapter from Die Welt von gestern, or The World Of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig. It captures perfectly, even in translation — not mine, except for some minor changes — the feel of that time, that evening, … Continue reading

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“Nazis Charge From Every Orifice” / Nazis, bis es einem aus den Ohren staubt

Simon Jenkins at The Guardian writes an apology to Germany for the imminent “orgy of recalled hatred” already being celebrated in the English media, as the World War I anniversaries loom.   Simon Jenkins schreibt im Guardian eine Entschuldigung an … Continue reading

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