The following is an A-Z Bestiary of the kind of Animals one sees in Germany, from zoos, to in the wilderness, to in the tourist areas, over Easter. Hope you enjoy. A shrewdness of apes, A sounder of boars, A pounce of cats, Our week here in Gutenberg land has been busy plus. Easter is … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: A Bestiary of Easter Animals.
In the spring, a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of.... hay fever. Or actually, as it is here, hazelnut pollen season poisoning. Which is a real bear normally anyway, but when, as at the moment, the temperatures suddenly shoot to sixty, drop to minus twenty, shoot to seventy.... the result is a pollen count … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: When The Ides Of March Meet The Tides Of Spring, Birdies Tapdance
Spring has sprung here: Above four degrees Celsius, Snow melted, for the moment, and Carnival (German Mardi Gras) has taken over the city. (Time to rent out the apartment for a bazillion pblslozies per night and go on vacation) As everyone writing a blog at the moment, especially the travel blog people, apparently, are making … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Sunshine Blues And Notable Math Transit
I'm a little late writing this blog on the first of firsts since.... Well, let's just leave it to "My GPS Navigator Ate It" until I have time to tell you all the gory details. For the moment, though, the first in our household was truly a first. As in... We have spent Sylvester, as … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: A Unique First Of January In A Series Of Unique First Of Januaries.
Ok, this is going to take a bit of doing, so hang on, and watch, if you will, a slightly out of practice literary comparatist work: what do James Herriot and German National Unity Day have in common? James Herriot, the creator of All Creatures Great And Small, All Things Wise And Wonderful, and the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: James Herriot And German National Unity Day.
"No man is an island..." Unless you live in Gutenberg Land. Where, at the moment, Harald and I, having just gotten home from Pitlochry, washed about 16 loads of still rain-damp laundry, and having a marvelous time looking at pictures we snapped while pretending not to be tourists- fat chance in a German southwester and … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Believe It Or Not, We Are Walled Off Due To German Unity Day.
Several years ago our clique, picture "Friends" on a much larger scale, was discussing God and the world, like we always do, when the math and history types suddenly closed ranks, and decided the only thing to do was sing mathematical songs, followed by the courtly songs of the worshipful high Emir of some place … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: What Age Is My Architecture?
I get a truly wonderful info page regularly, called Geek News- great fun over breakfast, especially if you are married to a scientist whose comments are usually along the lines of "they say what,,,? as they hold you a lecture on why Isaac Newton would not be amused. And you retreat into a wonderful joyful … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Chariots Of The Pods.
This is the time of year when the choristers of the state supported churches here in Gutenberg Land- Catholic and Lutheran, go through a sort of mental checklist- have we got enough books? do we have a budget? if we ask to practice before the church festival, will they make us clean and paint the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: On The Eerie Stillness of Choristers, Kir Royale, And Talented Organists On Their Day Off.
In a recent "And Gutenberg Lived Here" blog, I talked about Sunday morning in the land of Celts and Teutonics. We have a huge population of celtic ancestry here- Stonehenge-like builders from way back, (they were here before they went to GB or Ireland) and the result on the populace is visible. Those Gutenberger descended … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Sunday In The Land Of Celts And Teutonics