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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, geocacher and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours.

Oh, and after the death of his old dog, Kosmo, he also has a new bulldog puppy, Clara, since September 2018 :-)

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Suffrage Centenary :-)

Haven't been able to blog for a week because my laptop died (the SSD fried itself). It has taken until now to get everything (almost) working again. So today's blogpost should have appeared on thursday, the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote here in Germany.

The photo above, originally B&W then subsequently hand-coloured, shows German suffragettes campaigning for the rights (active and passive) to vote. In 1919, with the advent of the Weimarer Republik after WW1, women got these rights. The B&W photo below shows the first female parliamentary representatives in Weimar in 1919.

The German post office and the national mint are celebrating this with a special memorial stamp (letters, 70c) and a 20 Euro memorial coin.

But don't think women had it easy to get to where we are today! Up until 1958 married women required their husband's permission to work. He could withdraw this permission with zero notice :-( Up until about 1960 he could deny his wife permission to get a driving licence. It was not until 1962 that married women could have their own bank account. And it took until 1969 that married women could operate in a legal capacity, spending larger amounts of money to buy stuff, without his permission.

Rape in marriage only became a crime in 1969, against the will of 138 parliamentarians. Not until 2001 could women serve in the armed forces with weapons, since 1975 they had only been used as nurses and secretarial staff.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Puncture :-(

Childhood bicycle aside, this is only the third puncture I've ever had. It's been forty years since the previous one! Luckily, never on a motorcycle, always on a car.

So yesterday during my morning walk-around the car, it turned out there was a (wood) screw in the front left tyre; I wonder where I got that, hadn't driven on a building site, so where? Thus I drove SWMBO's car yesterday.

This was a used car I'd bought last year, turns out it had no spare tyre nor an inflation set :-( But the tyre dealer from the neighbouring village (Atteln) came by at dusk, removed the wheel, found the puncture, took the wheel, vulcanised the tyre and remounted the wheel all within a half-hour. That's what I call service! So I tipped him generously :-) Thankyou, Mr. Koch!

Comments (7)
Ed (USA) wrote "We call that 'a flat' here." In proper (UK) English, a flat is a single-storey apartment.
Engrumpled Curmudgeon (Canada) wrote "Back in the late 70's the rear tyre on my CB650 blew out just north of Laguna Beach CA (I was there for the superbike races.) Fortunately I kept control." Scary!
Schorsch (D) wrote "Punctures are rare these days. So cars have no spare tires. Just inflation kits (like we good bikers carry)." Saves weight too.
Petra (A) asked incredulously "You do a walk-around check of the car daily?" A habit from my days as a flying instructor. Turn on the lights, walk-around check to confirm they're all working, no punctures (sic!), look under the car for any fluid leaks, that's all. Similar for the motorcycle, but check the fuel tank level too, no loose bolts etc. 15 seconds for my peace of mind.
Petra (A) asked further "No oil check then?" When I fill the tank, so about every 400 miles.
John (UK) said "Boring, boring, boring! AND anal-retentive!" Sorry.
Liz (UK) wrote " Only three punctures? You must be lucky or have very good roads. Mini has - I don't know what they call it but if you get a puncture you can still drive." Run-flat?

Chews-day, January 8, 2019

Eating in Church :-)

As a young lad, I was told that eating in church was a sin. So SWMBO and I sinned last thursday when we went for lunch in a church; well, a deconsecrated redbrick Russian Orthodox one, in nearby Bielefeld. It has now been converted into an upmarket restaurant and event location.

We sat in the nave where SWMBO had a good view of the original stained glass windows. The chancel held comfortable chairs where you could sit to read or take a drink. Sometimes musical events are held of an evening, we were told, and there is e.g. a concert grand piano in the chancel, for classical music while you are dining. I believe the organ had been decommissioned.

The bar runs the length of the nave and serves devilishly delightful drinks ;-)

The nave has tables instead of pews. But they are a bit too close together, making access for servers and diners slow. No crosses left on the walls, so that Jews and Muslims and, yes, we Atheists all feel welcome here too :-)

The food was excellent. A crossover menu, asian / european. We had beetroot soup for starters, but it was a bit too sweet for me, who had been expecting to get it Russian style. For my main dish I had Surf and Turf, Shangai style, which is very spicy. No chopsticks offered though, just the usual cutlery. The vegs were all al dente, very crunchy indeed :-)

We were so satiated from this that we skipped dessert, but also because my favourite desert was not on the menu here :-(

So yes, eating in church was also gluttony, a delicious sin. But this is a church that even I, a militant atheist, can recommend ;-) Expensive though.

Comments (5)
Barbara (UK) asks "That first sentence sounds interesting; do tell us the story behind it!" In another blogpost, OK?
Ed (USA) opines "It would be great to have an organ jazzing when U eat!" There used to be a pizza place in Portland, Oregon, called The Organ Grinder, with a 4000+ pipe Wurlitzer organ in the centre , dining on 3 storeys. I once heard Jimmy Smith(?) playing there. Still have the LP. Did you know that multi-talented Donald Knuth has a pipe organ at home, going through all storeys?
Petra (A) grinned "Bacon cookies? Wow! I'll bake some right now!" Mmhhh!
John (UK) asks "Haven't you mentioned this church before?" No. That was St.Aegidious in Hannoverisch-Munden, a much older ex-catholic church with the grave of the travelling surgeon Dr. Eisenbart (=iron beard) in the graveyard. We often stop there for breakfast when on a sunday motorcycle tour eastwards. A much simpler menu, other than cold breakfasts they only do soup and Alsatian tarte flambée. Cheap though. However, turns out they are moving the cafe´ to the old bridge over the Werra in the spring of 2019, so no longer in the old church there :-(
Liz (GB) wrote " One of the chapels here has been converted into a curry house. Good food but always cold there as impossible to heat up. I think God would have preferred people to eat in there rather than go and watch x-rated films which is what it was showing before it finally closed as cinema. That one looks very lovely though." So, not just the curry was hot ;-)?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Watt a great idea, condensed version

On this very day 250 years ago (1769), the great scottish inventor James Watt was granted his patent for a steam engine with an energy-efficient separate condenser, a significant improvement over Newcomen's steam engine (which didn't have a separate condenser). This is regarded as the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Photo of Watt's first condenser, now at the Science Museum in London, UK

A Watt's Beam Engine can be seen at Loughborough university, UK

Comments (1)
Cop Car wrote " Here in Kansas, we watch beam pumps out in wheat fields or rangeland pumping out oil. Similarly, I could watch them working in small plots (with lots of storage tanks) in the Los Angeles environs. It was quite a sight from the road: ocean in one direction, oil pumps in the other." The one shown above is afaik 200+ years old.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A New Year Resolution for all of us

Actually, this was the same New Year's Resolution that I made for 2018. Maybe I'll be able to achieve it better in 2019 (fat chance!). It should, of course, apply to all of us, especially that tiny D. in the last photo.

My other - more minor - resolutions for 2019 are :-
2) Lose 8 9 10 kilograms weight, get fit again with more stamina.
3) Ride my motorcycle more again; health issues interfered in 2018.
4) Live this year as if it were my last (more adventures), and fifthly
5) Don't make resolutions I can't keep ;-)

What are YOUR new year resolutions 2019? Mail me with a comment please.

Comments (1)
Petra (A) has "Two resolutions : 1) Waste less time with my mobile phone, and 2) Use less plastic, as you suggested last year." Both good ideas :-)

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Suffrage Centenary :-)
Puncture :-(
Eating in Church :-)
Watt a great idea...
A New Year Resolution
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The Bethlehem Myth
Ideal Xmas present...
Spiegel-gate :-(
Santa's little dears
Censored in OZ :-(
... Interesting Times
This pencil...
Blogroll changes
Galileo saw Neptune!
Bar bet questions
Attractive numbers
InSight on Mars :-)
Bigger than you'd think
"I am a jam donut!"
Marriage made in heaven
Hessen's election :-(
9/11, a fateful day
The Hill of Crosses
The centre of Europe
Space museum, Moletai
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Cop Car
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Greg Laden
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