Personal · 4 September 2012 ·
This very moment, I am leaving Scotland for good, the country that has been my home for five years. I have left my flat in Edinburgh, packed all my belongings into cardboard boxes, ready to be shipped off to wherever I will be going next. Where that will be, I do not yet know.
Personal · 5 April 2012 ·
Most of István Örkény’s stories are short. Very short. In fact, shorter than what would be called “short stories”. On average, they take no longer than a minute to read.
Despite their brevity, Örkény is able to convey much more meaning than many other authors are able to fit into a 200 page novel. Every sentence, every word, even dots and whitespace, contribute to the overall interpretation of the novel. Örkény leaves away as much as possible without turning to an abstract minimalism.
I’m what you would probably consider a news junkie. Everyday I spend around two-three hours reading the news, coming in through various channels: Blogs, Twitter, the websites of the Guardian, Spiegel, Die Zeit, Heise and so on. From political commentary, election results, campaigns, protests, climate change, copyright legislation, immigration, the NHS, etc.—I read it all. I would usually be up-to-date and well informed. This has got to change…
Personal · 1 October 2011 ·
For years and years I have been planning on going on a cycle trip from my home village in Brandenburg, up to Copenhagen in Denmark. Right past my parents’ house runs the cycle track Berlin – Copenhagen, with a total of 630km. From Himmelpfort it’s only a little over 500km to Denmark’s capital. It’s all flat, and makes a perfect beginner’s tour. I had been to Denmark quite often when I was child and I was curious whether it would look different to me now, from an adult perspective. This year, finally, I decided to take the opportunity, grabbed my bike, and cycled to Copenhagen.
Personal · 30 September 2011 ·
The beginning of my MSc in Evolution of Language and Cognition here at Edinburgh marks not only the next logical step in my academic career, but is also a time of reflection. Where am I now, how did I get here and where will I be going next?
This arrived in my inbox today:
Dear Christian Kliesch,
I would like to inform you that your paper “Making sense of syntax – Innate or acquired? Contrasting Universal Grammar with other approaches to language acquisition” has been accepted.
Personal · 17 September 2010 ·
I am running out of puns on suns, but here are some final pictures of the refurbished Sun bike. It looked shiny, and almost as-new, when I picked it up from the Commonwheel Project on June, 28th. Since then it has accumulated quite a bit of dirt, but I have dug up a few old photos from the tour to Tyndrum I did with a few friends of mine shortly after.
Personal · 27 July 2010 ·
…has a translation of the Daisy-song into Turkish:
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do.
I’m half crazy for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage.
But you’ll look sweet-upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.
NEWS: New Console album “Herself” to be released on Nov 26th 2010 (Germany)/Nov 29th 2010 (UK).
I’m in love with Console. Apparently he (or rather, they) will be releasing a new album in Autumn. It’s definitely something to look forward to.