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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual naturalised German, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Porsche-driver, textbook-writer 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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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Napoleon's Boner Part

W hat, you may ask, was the most famous quotation attributed to Napoleon? Many people think of the palindrome he allegedly said when he was in exile on the Italian island of Elba :"Able was I ere I saw Elba".

However, there is another line of his, again when he was imprisoned in exile on Elba, when he insisted his guards take him for his postprandial walk along the shoreline at the same time every day. Napoleon spoke French, famously saying "A l'eaux, c'est l'heure!".

If you didn't get this terrible joke, try saying it in French out loud, then hearing what you just said as if it were in English ;-)

Comments (1)
Jenny (Ibiza) wrote "Napoleon did not say that first palindrome, because he spoke French , in which case it would be : J'étais capable avant de voir l'île d'Elbe, which is NOT a palindrome in French." So you don't believe that it was - Chosen by that scoundrel. (=Elu par cette crapule.) , which btw is the only palindrome I know in French (Google says there are eight).

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Fehmarn butterfly farm

One of the places we visited on vacation on Fehmarn was the butterfly farm. Here are some photos, taken when the insects were still, no flutterby shots.

It was a very tropical climate in the halls, hot and humid. But there were not only big butterflies there (these had wing spans of 4 to 6 inches), there were also pools of koi and trees bearing iguana in their branches.

The butterflies ate fruit; not sure what iguana eat (I think they are herbivores), but they didn't snap after the butterflies. The butterflies sometimes landed on us, to drink our sweat; we instinctively swiped after them though. None were hurt :-)

Finally, just as I am writing this, we had a partial eclipse of the sun around noon in Yurp today. Nowhere was there a total eclipse, although Britain did select a new prime minister at noon also. Better luck this time. ;-)

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Billions of Versions... wrote " I’ve never seen a butterfly with wings that big before. We have a butterfly house here that is part of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Maybe your post will give me the kick in the butt to go there… hmmmmm…. Maybe." Then see also here, almost 1 foot wingspan!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Fehmarn furniture

Last week we spent a week on vacation on the island of Fehmarn, in the Baltic sea. I liked the farmhouses where the farmer`s wife runs a cafe with her home-made cakes; this lady had such a spectacular old carved cupboard in her cafe´ that I took a photo. Isn`t that magnificent?

What was also magnificent were the home-made cakes. Look and drool!

I had a slice of the marzipan and poppyseed (3rd row up, centre). SWMBO the strawberry creamcake, 2nd row up, centre. Mmmmmm!!! Cake heaven!

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Cop Car wrote " I shudder, beholding such furnishings. I acknowledge that someone went to a lot of work making a piece such as that beautifully ornate cupboard, but I shudder at the thought of the toil it takes to keep it really clean. (I have the same reaction at seeing a bunch of knick-knacks sitting about or to seeing gingerbread on a house’s exterior.) Count me among those who really appreciate the simplicity of what was called “Danish Modern” in my day. Contrary-wise, our house is filled with an eclectic mix of whatever I got for free (from parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) or what was within budget and available at the time I looked for furniture. The cakes do look delicious!" I could never afford furniture like that shown here; but I can admire it :-)

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Sunday, October 9, 2022

RIP Phil Read MBE

7 times world champion motorcycle racer Phil Read MBE died on thursday, aged 83. He was awarded his MBE for services to motorcycle racing in 1979 by one of his famous fans, Queen Elizabeth II.

I raced against him (and Bill Ivy) at Brands Hatch (UK) in the sixties when they were on the works Yamahas; I was on a private 250cc Ducati (see left sidebar) and didn't stand a chance. I remember him as a very aggressive rider wanting to win at any cost I last met him a couple of years ago at the classic races in Schotten, Germany. Classic races were a good source of income for him he said, after his retirement. He'd mellowed somewhat by then, but still envious of Agostini's success & fame ;-)

Goodbye, Phil. Gone but not forgotten. Requiescat in pace.

Comments (1)
Old uni friend Peter (UK) wrote " Hi Vic and Stu, Brings back memories of the two of you (Bikers) in the 60’s! Phil Read obituary. " Thanks for the link Peter

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Oktoberfest 22

In 2020 and 2021 the Oktoberfest in Munich was cancelled due to Corona, so many were pleased to hear that it would take place in 2022. This despite the fact that Corona is by no means conquered; indeed you can get it even if you have had the jabs. Thus SWMBO and I, (with both jabs and both boosters) are still cautious, so we didn't fancy 5 hours in a crowded train to get there let alone boozing in an overfilled tent with 6998 other people (unmasked & ) smashed out of their brains.

Instead we went with friends to a local ancient pub/restaurant just 20 minutes away with their version of this Bavarian extravaganza. Frank drove so I got to partake of the ale :-)

As you see in the photo, the beer comes in a Mass (= 1 litre glas or stein = 2.11 US pints) and is a stronger than usual. Indeed at the Munich festival with American and Japanese tourists both used to 2% beers (this one of mine had 6% alcohol) the first Bierleiche (= totally passed out drunkard) was found under the table only 14 minutes after opening, a record.

The pub also had some of the traditional Oktoberfest food, Haxen (a roast leg of pork), duck, grilled Leberkaese (a meat loaf containing neither liver nor cheese), etc etc so the ale doesn't immediately go to your head. In the real Munich tents they also have whole roast oxen!!!

All in all, a very pleasant evening, worth repeating next year :-)

Comments (2)
Cop Car corrects me on US beer strength: " You find your own enjoyment. Good for you! Caveat: I don't drink beer. Forty-four years ago, on my 40th birthday, I had two swallows of beer - enough to last a lifetime. Ugh! I find the smell of it off-putting. That said, I must admit my surprise at reading that American tourists to Germany are accustomed to 2% beer. I didn't know of its existence. In my youth, the beer-buying minimum age was 21 years in most states. Living in Missouri, some of my friends drove across the line into Kansas where it was legal for an 18-year-old to buy 3.2% beer. "Normal" beer, as I recall was 5%. These days, one (in Kansas) may buy beer in grocery stores that is up to 6% alcohol by volume. More info about beers in America (including 2% through 12%) may be found at Alcohol Content of Beer Brands (% ABV) . P.S. For a few years in the 1960s, I brewed beer for Hunky Husband. Want a brewing crock?" Haven't been in the USA for a long while, so I may well be wrong. But I found the beers there weak,I remember. However I cede to your data, and still prefer the US Framminghammer over Miller.
Billions of Versions... wrote re Covid " I still wear a mask unless I know I can social distance (times two)." Good idea, Mike, stay safe!

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Monday, October 3, 2022


My old university friend Derek, who resides in Canada, sent me these jokes last week, so all credit is due to him today. I'm taking today off, as it is a public holiday here (Germany Reunification Day).

FYI a paraprosdokian is a sentence or statement with an unexpected ending. It means “against expectations” in Greek.

Will glass coffins be a success? Remains to be seen.

What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One is really heavy and the other is a little lighter.

I went to buy some camouflage trousers yesterday, but couldn't find any.

What do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind? A maybe.

I tried to sue the airline for losing my luggage. I lost my case.

Is it ignorance or apathy that's destroying the world today? I don't know and don't really care.

I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.

Which country’s capital has the fastest-growing population? Ireland. Every day it’s Dublin.

I saw an ad for burial plots, and I thought: “That’s the last thing I need!”

You’re not completely useless, you can always serve as a bad example.

I broke my finger last week. On the other hand, I’m okay.

Don't spell part backwards. It's a trap.

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink.

To the mathematician who thought of the idea of zero. Thanks for nothing!

Son: "Dad, can you tell me what a solar eclipse is?" Dad: "No sun.”

God gave us all the laws of physics, then went on holiday?

Comments (2)
Big Al (USA) asked "What is Bigfoot's sleeping position?" Feet, Al.
Anna (D) asked "What is the roman Numeral for 99?" I see ;-)

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