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Deutsch Direkt

Deutsch Direkt was a teach yourself a foreign language series on BBC TV in the eighties.

It’s also the way this Teutonic race speak.  We Brits use understatement all the time. 544 more words

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Do you speak Denglish?

The German language, that strange Teutonic beast, has changed greatly since I passed O-level German in the mid 1980’s.  Now it’s packed full of English loan words. 57 more words

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One, two, twee, four...





  1. excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.

No, it’s not a typo.  It’s rant time.

The answerphone.  When it first came out in, I guess, the early eighties, till generally being replaced by voicemail towards the turn of the millennium, the device was a big novelty for some people. 194 more words


Should children be seen and not heard?

Let me make a confession.  I have no children of my own.  There are 6 billion people on this planet, so I don’t really feel the need to contribute to efforts to ensure there are future generations.   639 more words

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Last weekend 30 friends made the looonnnnnggg journey to Wales to celebrate a 30th birthday.  We were headed to Plas Dinam, a large manor house known locally as The Big House (you have to love the Welsh for their imagination).   149 more words

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Are you a Nightowl?

Nightowls: a legandary phone-in show on Metro FM Radio in the North-East of England.  I used to listen to it till 0200 Sunday night to Thursday night in sixth-form (Oberstufe) days in the late 1980’s.   373 more words


I've had 40+ years' experience: time to learn theory

The Empathy Trap

Well, after 40+ years of dealing with Sunray and his “anger management and other issues” which have failed to endear him to so many people (good old British understatement), I decided to go order a book on Antisocial Personality Disorder.   67 more words

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