Monday, January 25, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #383] Berlin 2010.1 and the Inbetweeners

Short note here... first trip to Berlin of 2010 complete.  It was a whirlwind 48 hours in frigid weather (high Friday was -7°C, but it warmed up to a sultry -3°C on Saturday).  But, as I cheeseily said, "Sogar sie kalt ist, Berlin ist warm", which means "Even when it's cold, Berlin is warm", or some Gernglish approximation thereof.  The usual haunts were haunted, free pour drinks drank, and a few new little corners discovered.  My friend, Alexi, came with me for his second visit (but first real visit as the first was cordoned off at prescribed dinners and parties) and I am happy to say he is a convert.

Disapropos, I am not one to share TV scheduling announcements, but I wanted to make sure my American friends and family were aware of this.  The Inbetweeners is a gem of a show that I stumbled across switching channels last year and quickly loved.  It's the funniest thing I've come across in a long time.  I highly encourage you to dedicate a little space on your DVRs to it.  Special thanks to Darrin for the heads up.

Cheers,
Shaun 

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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Friday, January 22, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #382] Übung macht den Meister!

"Practice makes perfect!" (lit. "Practice makes the master!")  That is my German tidbit for today from my 2010 Living Language calendar.  And I am taking it to heart; I am off to Berlin again for the weekend with my friend Alexi.  Practice, practice, practice!

Cheers (und tschüss [Marco, ich lerne!]),
Shaun

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Friday, January 08, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #381] Frozen Britain seen from above

Though the local situation was mild by Northern clime standards, it was widespread, as this (pretty cool) pic from the BBC shows.

"This striking image taken by NASA's Terra satellite on 7 January shows the UK deep in the clutches of the current cold snap."

Current temperature: -2°C / 28°F. The cold continues...

Brrr,
Shaun
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #380] The Big Freeze

As I am sitting here at my desk, I am watching the third accumulating snowfall of this Winter fall on Shadwell. (I was sent home early because of the "blizzard".)

The news outfits are dubbing this "The Big Freeze". Though I still think this is the hyperbole* of a mild climatic isle yearning for drama, this is definitely the coldest of my five Winters in London. For weeks, the temperature has rarely gotten more than a couple of degrees above freezing (self-patting on the back on deftly avoiding °C/°F confusion there). Every Winter we've had a day or two like this, sometimes even the better part of a week, but this cold has just come and stayed -- and will continue for a couple more weeks, at least.

The clearest sign that it's a real Winter? I've been wearing my cold New York coat.

This better not be portending a real Summer...

Chilly,
Shaun

Pics: The snow makes it to Shadwell; Kelday Heights from the DLR and the DLR from Kelday Heights.


*Current BBC headline:

BREAKING NEWS
FROZEN BRITAIN
"Armed forces helped stranded drivers."



Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

http://www.nocirc.org
http://shaunism.blogspot.com