22 February 2007

100 Jobs

Warning! The blog featured in this post is highly addictive and may well waste a good deal of your time.

Now this makes an interesting and highly entertaining read. Oliver Davies created this blog in September 2006 after having been turned down for numerous jobs he applied for. Well, having applied for jobs he was perfectly qualified to do, he decided to up the ante and apply for jobs he quite clearly is not qualified to do and see if this is anymore successful. The amusing results of his experiment can be read here .

100 Jobs

14 February 2007

12 February 2007

Bill Walker

A very sad day for me personally and the University of Bochum. Bill Walker has died having been seriously ill for some time.

Bill was the man who first aroused my interest in linguistics and without his introduction to linguistics peppered with his dry wit I never would have studied linguistics or would have worked at the University. Later, when he became a colleague of mine -well I should say when I became a colleague of his- I have always known him to be helpful and willing to give advice to the new member of the department. We never did work out how much beer you'd need to fill up the seminar room up to the window sill and we never went out for that drink. I wish we had...

08 February 2007

Web 2.0

For all of you who want to know what web 2.0 is all about here's an excellent video giving a brief but thought-provoking introduction by Prof Michael Wesch ...

07 February 2007

Get Your Coat - You've pulled!

To all you gorgeous, slim yet curvaceous, intelligent women out there. My brother in law Sebastian (not yet 30, fit, handsome, virile and a medical doctor) is still available.

Any fit girls with a serious interest please leave a comment and I'll make sure to pass it on.

02 February 2007

More Tea, Vicar?

When walking past this tea shop in Essen it occurred to me that considering that tea is Britain's most favourite drink, there do not seem to be many specialist tea shops around.

In Germany several chains operate tea shops selling your ordinary breakfast blend and Earl Grey, but also specialist teas such as white tea, green tea and a multitude of fruit infusions.

The main difference between tea drinking in Germany and England seems to be the ceremony involved with drinking tea in Germany. "Want a cuppa?" , wouldn't do for an offer in Germany. You'd have to list the different teas you have and don't you ever think of using tea bags. It has to be loose tea. That's why we own the contraption shown in the second picture. Admittedly, it is the Rolls Royce of tea pots but something similar can be found in most German households.

Don't get the wrong idea though, the majority of Germans (me included) will always choose coffee when offered a drink. In fact, I suppose coffee is the German tea. Whereas having proper coffee is still something special in England, the ceromony involved in having tea in Germany suggests that German coffee is English tea and vice versa.