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I’m sure you all know the situation: you get off the plane, head towards the luggage collection, and wait whilst the baggage handlers have a drink, a quick smoke and occasionally peer through those little plastic slats to watch you

Posted in Day 2 Day, Just Don't

Going Postal (Or Not)

For reasons beyond my ability to comprehend (so not that far), a kind and generous reader of this blog, who is surely handsome, witty, intelligent, caring and woefully ignored by the scientific publishing world, decided to send me a Christmas

Posted in Just Don't, Ze Tjermans

Out Of The Frying Pan…

Right, that’s it. Enough is enough; I’m getting the hell out of here. Germany is a pleasant enough country, I’ll begrudgingly admit, but I’m planning to move back to Blighty. Or at least I think I am until I start

Posted in Just Don't, Stupidity / FFS

Socialism, Taxation And The Redistribution Of Wealth

Note: This is a rough working draught and merely reflects my state of mind at the present; it may be subject to change. Actually, I’m not changing it, the next paragraph is perhaps the most eloquent I’ve ever written. You’re

Posted in Just Don't

Whiney Expat Blogger

Today is the 1st Whiney Expat Blogger meet-up in Marburg – a smallish University town in the north of the state of Hessen. I’d arranged to go by train, it’s a fair distance and by booking in advance I’d managed

Posted in Day 2 Day, Just Don't

Genetic Engineering for Beginners

Okay, that’s the first project of the day finished (actually I started at 11 last night – there are some people who work better under presure and others who are just plain lazy). I’d been making a powerpoint presentation using

Posted in Just Don't

Ms. Twelve Percent

So London. Job Interview. Third round job interview, down to two candidates and actually a quite intense, competitive affair, with many of the interviews/events being head-to-head against her. Her being the other applicant, an intelligent young lady, about my age,

Posted in Just Don't

Gosh, yes!

Emily, an American, over at “It Comes In Pints?” has a massive list consisting of “things I like about Britain, Fuck Yeah!” As someone who on Thursday night listened to a German acquaintance patiently explain to me why London “deserved”

Posted in Just Don't

EU Bans Phthalates In Toys

No, it’s not Swabian, but it does contain the word “phthalates” and some EU-speak. It must count as a foreign language to at least some readers. The EU, or quality of BBC Science reporting. Which is worse? First off, this

Posted in Just Don't

ID Cards Revisited

So, the illiberal swine managed to pass the second reading of the Bill and I have a couple of points to make. First, Charles Clarke seems to have bought off some potential rebels by saying the cost will be capped

Posted in Just Don't, Politics, dreary