Friday, July 31, 2009

which or that?

This BBC Learning English article sheds some light on this issue.
Thanks to Jacqui Birnie for providing the link.

Mathe 4, Französisch 5, Englisch 4, Chemie 5

Interessanter Artikel in der Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung.

Cyclist beware: don't stray from the towpath

Hilarious article in the Guardian today.

Call for end to phone books

T Wright complains about being ripped off for paper-based phone and broadband bills (Mailbox, July 21). I think it is all a matter of perspective and/or marketing angle.
When paperless bills were first introduced, companies offered a discount for customers such as myself who opted for the more environment-friendly and surely more economic paperless billing method.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that some customers aren't amused if they are suddenly charged extra for a paper bill, rather than receiving a discount for paperless billing.
In any case, when it comes to telephone services, it seems to me that a very environmentally and economically sensible way forward would be to confine the annual ritual of distributing paper-based phone books and Yellow Pages to the scrapheap of history.
Herbert Eppel, Leicester.

Published in the Leicester Mercury.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Vestas is too vital to lose

For Guardian article and my comment click here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

One giant leap for a greener Britain

For Guardian article and my comment click here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Deutsche Mondlandung 1929

Spiegel-Bericht zum Fritz Lang-Film "Frau im Mond".
See Wikipedia for background in English.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Senioren fit am Steuer

Not directly translation related, but here is part of a message I just sent to my brother, with "süddeutsche Reisegruppe" referring to my mother and her cousin:

Anbei die Titelseite der aktuellen VDI-Nachrichten mit einem Leitartikel, der insbesondere für die süddeutsche Reisegruppe von Interesse sein dürfte, aber auch für Zeitgenossen mit Midlife Crisis-Risko interessant sein dürfte.

Swinford inquiry underway

Exciting times - the Swinford wind farm inquiry is underway.
Here is a link to an article and plenty of comments in today's Leicester Mercury.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The £4,000 Eco Home

Puublished in Metro,
8 July 2009

Britain's green revolution will power economic recovery

Great stuff, I just wish they would stop portraying nuclear power as green!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tool Kit Newsletter

The 144th edition of the Tool Kit newsletter arrived today - interesting and useful as ever.

Naturwunder in Deutschland

Ich war überrascht wieviele dieser Naturwunder ich bisher noch nicht kannte.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Duden Newsletter

Der neue Duden Newsletter kam heute an. Wie immer sehr interessant.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Lucky Strike

Brilliant photograph on the front page of today's Leicester Mercury showing lightning striking the Seventh Day Adventist Church in London Road.

Climate denial 'astroturfers' should stop hiding behind pseudonyms online

I have been thinking along similar lines for some time, i.e. the media should find some way to stop anonymous blathering on comments pages.

I rarely read comments pages because I usually regard them as a high blood pressure health risk.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Dinosaur v. High-tech Windmills

Ken Whiton, President of Republicans for Environmental Protection's New Mexico Chapter, hit the nail on the head by saying "I believe the solution is to phase out the dinosaurs of the past and embrace the technologies and solutions of the 21st century". Quite right!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Paying tax by direct debit

Having recently discovered that one can set up a direct debit with HMRC I did this right away, (perhaps somewhat naively) assuming that I would no longer have to worry about/bother with six-monthly payments.

However, as it turns out, the six-monthly payment liability doesn't go away (although the amount to pay is reduced by whatever DD payments have been made in the preceding months).

Sorry if this is obvious to others - it wasn't to me until I spoke to HMRC this afternoon.

On further reflection, their so-called Direct Debit is in fact more like a Standing Order (they also refer to it as budget payment plan), i.e. the tax payer specifies the amount he or she intends to pay.

Why they call it Direct Debit is a mystery.