3. May 2013 in Blog Tools
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2. March 2014 in Uncategorized
Every now and then everything is being mixed up at 24.com.
Or is it only me losing the avatar image?
I tried to comment on a blog post, but I all got was a “Cannot read captcha” error.
My dash board has turned black. I guess these are the fnal moments of blogs.24.com !
2. February 2014 in Life in Europe
| I went to the Supermarket for some weekend food shopping. Examining the scavenge table I found a nice object:
A plastic bag package with some piece of clothing inside. It is titled “SWEATHOSE”.
Now since German discounters ALDI and LIDL are spread all over Europe they distribute their common products abroad as well. I wonder if they have different packaging in England or Ireland for example!
Germans do not care about their language anymore. It is infiltrated by mostly English words. But the mixed up vocabulary often loses its original meaning. People speak of “shopping”, “realisieren”, “Coffee to go”, not to forget the everlasting rediculous “Handy”.More and more often you find words mixed from a part of a German word and another part of English.
So the package you see does not contain a HOSE filled with SWEAT. The “sweat” is taken from the sweat in sweater which is a warm pullovers – and the hose is the German part: The German “Hose” means pants or trousers. In the end that explanation goes well with the picture in the plastic bag.
I often think about setting up a collection of terrible German language examples. I have taken a few pictures in public places already. (There is not only one sanitary business having the sign saying “Bad Shop” on the front door…) But very often I just don’t have a camera at hand when I see mad constructions like the one above…
30. December 2013 in Life in Europe
I went shopping to get some food for the New Years celebration tomorrow. The guests are expecting some fish rolls. (Maybe I post an image later to give you an idea). But I did only find over crowded parking lots at the supermarket so I drove off to the next ALDI store. I got my car parked there but I did not find any fish in the shop. I can hardly imagine it could be sold out… But I will have to go there again tomorrow.
What I saw was the desk with the fireworks on offer. People buy the cracker batteries more often as you only have to light them once and the fire works then run automatically. This year these batteries have names of major world cities. Not only Berlin or Toronto are on offer. There is also Bangkok and even CAPE TOWN (Kapstadt) as you can see in the image.
Please compare the prices at ALDI web site. How much money are you going to spend on fire crackers?
(I don’t buy any – I’d rather invest in booze)
Now Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve before the door.
But what does the city look like? It is like early spring or some time in the autumn season. We have 6~8°C outside. No snow in sight. Driving in the car I still wear my summer sandals for being to lazy to fasten the laces.There was only one day in early December when we had a rainy day with a few snow flakes mixed in. But there have been no snow men around so far. The sun is just above the horizon but it is not “cold” as we know it.
The good thing is: There were no weather conditions causing trouble on the roads. But some kids had not much fun with their Christmas gifts if that was some winter sports equipment. On the other hand many got smartphones or other electronic toys independent from the weather outside.
Still there are a few traces of the Christmas days just passed. The pubs in the “Innenhafen” don’t have much business to do on a Monday morning. But I’m sure there will be some more to do tomorrow evening as it will be the last occasion for a party in 2013!
There’s a big problem in town: An overload of people from Romania have settled down in a block of flats in the middle of a housing complex.
|They are citizens of the European Union and have the right to live anywhere in the EU.
They still have no idea of central european social life. They throw their rubbish from the balkony and go outside to shit in the bushes along the street.
These people have no money, not enough professional skills to work here and do not understand any German.
|The building is 4x overcrowded.That means in some apartments live more than 20 people. The owner of the house is happy to have tennants for this ruinous hulk.
But the neighbors fear about their lives and the loss of value of their houses. Some have already decided to move to another town. But the authorities “can not do anything about it, as the German law is not prepared for something like this”.
|What those migrants know is that they get no jobs here. But they know about crime. They teach their children how to steal – and do a few things themselves, of course. (That’s at least the reputation of the people that the Germans don’t dare to call Gipsies, but call Sinti & Roma instead.)
There are a number of even international warrants of arrest related to people with an address in this block of flats.
What migrants can do here legally is: Apply for public child support in Germany.
The families have mostly more than 3 children. So they get more welfare money here then they ever would earn in Romania. People were heard saying: “After a few months I’m going to buy a house in my home town.”
|Now as national elections are in sight, some left and right wing parties take the chance to spread their propaganda against migrants.People from poor countries come here and get social benefits while German citizens have to stand in line, have to fight with bureaucracy and have to spend almost all their savings before getting support.
Today manifestations took place, held by the rather national orientated “Pro Deutschland” who just focus on this problem and target on the neighbors suffering the recently changing conditions there. They want to stop the increasing number of migration.
On the other hand all those left wing guys, living in the illusion they were communists – but without experience of that form of society – want to be tolerant and want to integrate foreigners.
As amazing: The government parties CDU and FDP were not seen there at all…
The right wing party came in a group of maybe 30 people with a loudspeaker car and held some speeches. On the other side of the street were about 900 left wingers shouting “Faschists get off”. In between 500 police guys with maybe 100 vehicles and 100 journalists.
In the end all this effort was only useful for Pro-Deutschland as they were just a small group of people but attracted a huge crowd – still not all supporters – and got reports all over the news.