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Just for fun,

here is how Aldi Sued do their "Very British" week:


They registered the trademark for "Taste of British Isles"®. They invented a little logo with a coat of arms that features a rose, a dragon, a thistle and a clover which looks like it is printed on a postage stamp with the words "Taste of British Isles" on it. Yes, obviously that is their way of getting away with selling products from the Republic of Ireland, too. Still, I could see why actual British and Irish people might not be very happy about this.

So, what do they sell to the good people of Germany wanting a taste of the British Isles?

Fish & Chips, Baked Beans and Irish meat (lamb and beef) feature on the first two pages.

The next page shows you Traditional Chips wth the flavours Sweet Chili and Salt & Vinegar - guess what, they mean crisps, but as we call them Chips in German they opted for the American term and bottled Buck's Fizz which is described as a spritziger Cocktail.

When selling British food in Germany this happens:  We call t... on Twitpic

Then it's time for sweets:
You get three different kinds from the Toffee-Sortiment: Peppermint Crémes, Chocolate & Toffee and Chocolate Caramels; Winegums, Scottish Shortbread Fingers and ice cream that is modelled on after-dinner mints.

Then you get Gallantry Irish Whiskey and on the next page English Tea in German-style teabags in three varieties: English Breakfast Tea, Five O'Clock Tea and Black Tea Clotted Cream - apparently that is black tea with cream flavour. *Shudders*

That same page also has Brotaufstrich: Bramble Jelly, Fruity Orange, Lemon, Old English Orange and Blackcurrant Preserve.

Everything in italics is a direct quotation from the leaflet. The website already has next week's specials, so you can't see bigger pictures there.
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Yesterday the heating broke - on a public holiday, of course. Emergency guy tried to fix it, but couldn't. Spare part has been ordered, but probably won't arrive before Monday. Not having central heating is one thing - wearing an extra-layer of clothing helps with that, but the heating system also provides us with hot water. So, no showers for us. The electric kettle gives us water for the washing up (which is still being done in the bathroom sink) and for other necessary purposes.

Like making hot tea. Tonight's meal is soup. We've replaced our energy-saving light bulbs with spare conventional ones, because they generate much more warmth.

Tomorrow the in-laws are coming over with fan heaters.

In the meantime, we plan on spending quite a lot of time snuggled up in bed.

And, yes, currently we've got a cold spell - courtesy of the Ice Saints.

Also, civilization is great. To put things into perspective: we've got water on tap and electricity, so much more than most folks on this earth.
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On Friday I was offered a spare ticket to the theatre - someone's misfortune, a broken leg that prevented him from attending the performance, meant that on Sunday night I sat inside the Neuss Globe and got to see some live Shakespeare.

There's just no substitute for seeing a play on stage.

I don't feel qualified to write a full review. Let's just say that there were things about the production that I liked and other aspects that fell slightly flat for me.
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In a way this is pointless, because I should just direct you to a website that shows you the same and more statues without the netting and in better quality. (All the pictures there can be enlarged by a click and there's more to see if you follow the links next to the picture of Mary with the baby Jesus.)

Portail details - the big picture )

On stage?

Mar. 18th, 2007 09:13 pm
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On Friday, I went to the theatre in Cologne to attend "An Evening About Sam" which was basically three well-known actors plus Germany's favourite television intellectual reading texts about Samuel Beckett. Oh, and Beckett's "Breath". That was nice, but the interval was something else. Surreal doesn't quite cover it and I still don't know what exactly happened.

We got something to drink and it was packed where were standing and the noise was unbearable, so we decided to go up the stairs where we spotted a room with the sign "Erfrischungsraum", literally refreshment room.

The door was open and we wandered in. Two couples, with glasses in their hands. There was a bar at the far end of the room, a piano and some tables with a couple of old ladies sitting at them drinking wine and eating tomatoes and mozzarella. We registered that the light was unusual and that there were wooden pull-down theatre style seats on the other side of the room. I think there were some people sitting there, but they got up and went out while we were walking in. We looked at each other and before we were able to decide that we weren't quite supposed to be there, one of the old ladies came up to us and told us that they had been hired as some sort of Schtantmän and that they came from an old people's home and one of them was already quite fed up with the whole thing and wasn't it strange to have them sitting there? They could hear from outside that the play was quite serious and why would they have them come in to drink and eat? The boyfriend told her it was absolutely fitting and she kept talking to us about her theatre group and she asked us if we were from the theatre, too. Then someone started closing the door and we raced out.
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We finally got our thunderstorm at 2.45 in the morning and then ran to close all the windows. Now it's a fairly humid and overcast 29°C with the occasional bit of rain. Much better.

My job has now been officially characterised as 'the least boring' according to a recent survey. I agree wholeheartedly, apart from some boring administrative duties.

I love all those cultural oddities and sometimes you can even get answers on where they come from: The two taps mystery or why we continental Europeans think that British bathrooms are a bit behind the times (see question two). Several other continental concerns are addressed as well by this open letter from the Guardian to Polish plumbers. But some puzzles remain: The 99s question left unanswered.

Here be a meme )

Down.

Jul. 11th, 2006 07:35 pm
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I'm sitting here and pondering what I want to write about in this post.

small violence )

It's very humid here which makes breathing difficult and I can feel a headache coming on. In line with the weather things seem rather oppressive at the moment.
big violence )

Young Adam )
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Guess what I watched on telly last night?

Yes, you're right, of course I watched the Grand Prix de la Chanson. It's become a bit of tradition in this household as it has in countless other homes in Europe.

This is how we've done it for the past four years: We watch, drink, snark and make notes on the various performers. We've even got a system of doodles - a trashcan for blatant Eurotrash, little ears for disharmony, skulls and hellfire (a small bonfire and a picture of a little devil with his fork) for particularly terrible offerings, pianos, violins and so on.

Here's my write-up of our notes )

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