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There are severe weather warnings for the east and south of England for tonight. Means we'll have about 3 inches of snow. Or something like that.

I know, my family in Germany is laughing their arses off at that and so are probably all of you in certain parts of America.

I wonder whether my daughter's school will be open tomorrow, and if not, what I will do. How much unpaid 'vacation' can one family afford??

***

Besides that, no, I am not actually waiting for sheep to fall from the sky, I am reading Glennkill.

Sheep investigating the murder of their shepherd.

Yes. Sheep.

I just only started but it's already hilarious.

Lambs asking their mothers whether the shepherd will come back as a ghost to haunt them and the mother sheep explaining that this is unlikely, because everybody knows that humans don't have a soul.

Or the local priest coming to pray with the mourning widow. Afterward the herd wonders, whether this Mr. Lord is going to be the new shepherd...

One of my best friends gave me this book for Christmas and it is also quite interesting because of the author. She is German, in her 30s, this is her first novel and it has been sold in 28 countries. I'd like a detailed account of how she managed that feat.

Here the English translation:

www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Bags-Full-Leonie-Swann/dp/0552774006/ref=sr_1_2
lady_of_clunn: (Default)

There are severe weather warnings for the east and south of England for tonight. Means we'll have about 3 inches of snow. Or something like that.

I know, my family in Germany is laughing their arses off at that and so are probably all of you in certain parts of America.

I wonder whether my daughter's school will be open tomorrow, and if not, what I will do. How much unpaid 'vacation' can one family afford??

***

Besides that, no, I am not actually waiting for sheep to fall from the sky, I am reading Glennkill.

Sheep investigating the murder of their shepherd.

Yes. Sheep.

I just only started but it's already hilarious.

Lambs asking their mothers whether the shepherd will come back as a ghost to haunt them and the mother sheep explaining that this is unlikely, because everybody knows that humans don't have a soul.

Or the local priest coming to pray with the mourning widow. Afterward the herd wonders, whether this Mr. Lord is going to be the new shepherd...

One of my best friends gave me this book for Christmas and it is also quite interesting because of the author. She is German, in her 30s, this is her first novel and it has been sold in 28 countries. I'd like a detailed account of how she managed that feat.

Here the English translation:

www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Bags-Full-Leonie-Swann/dp/0552774006/ref=sr_1_2
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I know, there has been some serious debating going on regarding health insurance systems, this year, because of the reforms happening (or not happening? *shrugs*) in the US. I did not join in because

a) I do not understand the American health system. I didn't even when I was attending A US high school and had to take health classes. I just memorised like mad and hoped to put sentences in the right places when it came to exams.

b) As I do not intend to live in America any time soon, this issue is really too complicated and too local to get into right now.

Basically I was just highly amused when somebody (a politician??) stated that, would Stephen Hawking be British and live in the UK, he would not have survived. Well, Stephen Hawking is very English and lives about 20 minutes drive from my home. Last thing I heard, he was still alive.

I am on a repeat prescription for thyroid hormones and managed to remember to bring my prescription to the surgery with adjacent pharmcy in time. I was supposed to pick up my medication on Friday morning.

Then snow happened. About 2.5 centimetres of it and the town went crazy. I was so preoccupied with finding out whether the teachers were braving the weather and coming to work on the last day of school before Christmas break that I completely forgot to pick up my tablets. Only when I was walking past the surgery at 6:30 pm on my way to pick up Tania from the after school club, it hit me that I was out of tablets, the surgery was already closed and I was going to Germany on Sunday!

I panicked slightly, picked up Tania and went straight to the new walk-in health centre that is open until 8 pm every day.

Ten minutes later I was sitting in front of a doctor, who handed me an emergency prescription for the duration of my holiday, told me not to worry, 'these things happen' and sent me off to the late night pharmacy.

Say what you will - the NHS is great!

***

On another note, I received a lovely review over on GE reminding me of how much I love opera and how long it's been since I've seen a production.

I called my husband and gave him a not-so-subtle hint that I would love to go to the opera while in Berlin. I hope there are still tickets left. After all, it is Christmas time and people buy tickets as presents AND actually have time to go out.

I would prefer the Unter den Linden Opera House to the Deutsche Oper (don't like their take on stage design) but I will take whatever I can get. La Bohème if I am lucky, The Magic Flute for the fifth time if I am less lucky. At least I could inwardly sing along...
lady_of_clunn: (Default)
I know, there has been some serious debating going on regarding health insurance systems, this year, because of the reforms happening (or not happening? *shrugs*) in the US. I did not join in because

a) I do not understand the American health system. I didn't even when I was attending A US high school and had to take health classes. I just memorised like mad and hoped to put sentences in the right places when it came to exams.

b) As I do not intend to live in America any time soon, this issue is really too complicated and too local to get into right now.

Basically I was just highly amused when somebody (a politician??) stated that, would Stephen Hawking be British and live in the UK, he would not have survived. Well, Stephen Hawking is very English and lives about 20 minutes drive from my home. Last thing I heard, he was still alive.

I am on a repeat prescription for thyroid hormones and managed to remember to bring my prescription to the surgery with adjacent pharmcy in time. I was supposed to pick up my medication on Friday morning.

Then snow happened. About 2.5 centimetres of it and the town went crazy. I was so preoccupied with finding out whether the teachers were braving the weather and coming to work on the last day of school before Christmas break that I completely forgot to pick up my tablets. Only when I was walking past the surgery at 6:30 pm on my way to pick up Tania from the after school club, it hit me that I was out of tablets, the surgery was already closed and I was going to Germany on Sunday!

I panicked slightly, picked up Tania and went straight to the new walk-in health centre that is open until 8 pm every day.

Ten minutes later I was sitting in front of a doctor, who handed me an emergency prescription for the duration of my holiday, told me not to worry, 'these things happen' and sent me off to the late night pharmacy.

Say what you will - the NHS is great!

***

On another note, I received a lovely review over on GE reminding me of how much I love opera and how long it's been since I've seen a production.

I called my husband and gave him a not-so-subtle hint that I would love to go to the opera while in Berlin. I hope there are still tickets left. After all, it is Christmas time and people buy tickets as presents AND actually have time to go out.

I would prefer the Unter den Linden Opera House to the Deutsche Oper (don't like their take on stage design) but I will take whatever I can get. La Bohème if I am lucky, The Magic Flute for the fifth time if I am less lucky. At least I could inwardly sing along...
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It's snowing. Since last evening.

I had been told that this simply does not happen in England. Too close to the sea, basically everywhere you go. Being on an Island and all.

Now, here in Cambridgeshire we are talking 5 inches maybe? Nothing to get excited about if you are used to sink-in-up-to-your-hips kind of German-Austrian-Swiss kind of snow, but apparently this is the most snow England has seen in about 18 years.

Tania's school was closed today.

I found that actually funny, this morning. Schools closed because of two snow flakes on top of each other.

Then I had to wait at the bus stop for 40 (in words: forty) minutes, because the big bad snow flakes were obviously scaring the wee little cross country bus.

England is screwed.

***


Es schneit. Seit gestern Abend.

Mir wurde gesagt, dass soetwas hier einfach nicht passiert. Zu nah am Meer, wo auch immer man ist. Eine Insel halt.

Hier in Cambridgeshire handelt es sich um ca. 10, 12 cm. Nicht besonders aufregend wenn man bis-zu-denHueften-einsink Schnee in Deutschland/Oesterreich/Schweiz gewoehnt ist, aber dies scheint der meiste Schnee zu sein, den England seit 18 Jahren gesehen hat.

Tanias Schule war heute geschlossen.

Ich fand das sogar noch lustig. Schulen wegen zwei Schneeflocken uebereinander zu.

Dann musste ich 40 (in Worten: vierzig) Minuten auf den Bus warten. Die boesen Schneeflocken hatten dem armen kleinen Ueberlandbus wohl Angst eingejagt.

England liegt lahm.
lady_of_clunn: (WTF)
It's snowing. Since last evening.

I had been told that this simply does not happen in England. Too close to the sea, basically everywhere you go. Being on an Island and all.

Now, here in Cambridgeshire we are talking 5 inches maybe? Nothing to get excited about if you are used to sink-in-up-to-your-hips kind of German-Austrian-Swiss kind of snow, but apparently this is the most snow England has seen in about 18 years.

Tania's school was closed today.

I found that actually funny, this morning. Schools closed because of two snow flakes on top of each other.

Then I had to wait at the bus stop for 40 (in words: forty) minutes, because the big bad snow flakes were obviously scaring the wee little cross country bus.

England is screwed.

***


Es schneit. Seit gestern Abend.

Mir wurde gesagt, dass soetwas hier einfach nicht passiert. Zu nah am Meer, wo auch immer man ist. Eine Insel halt.

Hier in Cambridgeshire handelt es sich um ca. 10, 12 cm. Nicht besonders aufregend wenn man bis-zu-denHueften-einsink Schnee in Deutschland/Oesterreich/Schweiz gewoehnt ist, aber dies scheint der meiste Schnee zu sein, den England seit 18 Jahren gesehen hat.

Tanias Schule war heute geschlossen.

Ich fand das sogar noch lustig. Schulen wegen zwei Schneeflocken uebereinander zu.

Dann musste ich 40 (in Worten: vierzig) Minuten auf den Bus warten. Die boesen Schneeflocken hatten dem armen kleinen Ueberlandbus wohl Angst eingejagt.

England liegt lahm.

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