- Sure, World War II had some bad sides to it.
But at least it got the Oktoberfest suspended between 1939 and 1945.
- Many times as I entered Israel, I was questioned thoroughly about the origin of my last name by the border guards. I never understood what was so special or suspicious about it. Until now.
- Vegemite fans all over Europe are rooting for the free-trade agreement between the EU and Australia.
- Thank to Plain Jain for sending Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet we made by Gaia Vince.
- – Turkey: The lira is falling because of an international conspiracy.
– Venezuela: We only have inflation because of an international conspiracy.
– Russia: The drop of the ruble is due to an international conspiracy.
=> I think I have figured out who is to blame for my empty bank account.
- John le Carré: “If I had known that most anglophone people pronounce it like ‘curry’, I would have chosen a different pen name.”
- My article about the personality cult in Azerbaijan was featured in The Armenian Weekly.
- Thanks to Edith Lorena Banda Cardona for Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood. This book is giving me some ideas…
- For fellow history students or anyone with an interest in historical maps, the whole History of Cartography is online and searchable. A treasure trove!
- Oops, I booked a flight from Canada to the UK in April 2019, not considering that’s after the effective date of Brexit. Let’s see if I will need a visa by then.
“He explained in great detail that in Romania, the best deals could be made with the public administration, and that if one wanted to save time and possible bribes, it was advisable to become a member of the public administration oneself.”(Varujan Vosganian: The Book of Whispers)
- Thanks to Ana Alves for The Rough Guide to Canada and for Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by David Green.
- Who would have thought that a former Al-Qaeda jihadist can be funny? I really enjoyed this interview with Aimen Dean.
- I am rather surprised that people are still surprised by revelations of Catholic child abuse. It’s long been known as a systemic problem, also in a parish near you.
- People keep saying that flights have gotten cheaper. But in 1992, I flew to Australia, which I couldn’t afford today. So something ain’t right.
I don’t like flies, and I am not a big fan of butter.But I love butterflies.(How to short-circuit “artificial intelligence”.)
- For my birthday party, I want a show like this. Nothing less will do.