Greek Thoughts

All the prices here have gone up to EU standards, even on local things like fruit – but people still have approximately a third of the income. Isn’t the EU a wonderful thing? The amount of cool and exotic animals – from water turtles to colourful lizards to wild jackals …

Going for the Hitler thing…

Berlusconi has been in power for just two months, and already he’s going for the full-on Hitler thing. It’s amazing to see fascism spread its wings over Europe again, and most people not even reacting. This why shit happened the last time, you’d think someone would get that this is …

George Carlin

As most of you probably know, George Carlin died a few days ago. I’m still shocked. I mean, it’s George Carlin . He wasn’t old, right? Not possible. The guy was so alive. So present. But since when has that meant anything? A lot of people I admired died a …

Forwarding…

URGENT: Greenpeace whale activists arrested in Japan Two Greenpeace activists who exposed a whale meat embezzlement fraud in Japan — Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki — have been themselves arrested — for allegedly stealing the whale meat that they turned over to police as evidence. This is the backlash. We’ve …

Wer hat uns verraten? Part Two

Marc-Uwe Kling returns with a new version of his brilliant song, with even better lyrics – which he proceeds to sing to an audience which is, as my friend Julian put it, visibly not amused. Ah, the joys of telling middle-class pseudo-progressive Germany the truth about the consequences of its …

Believers

Peter David has an intelligent and eloquent post about the Christian family that let their young daughter die of diabetes because they thought God would save her. It is profoundly depressing to see how deluded people can be (and I’m not referring to their religiosity per se; read David’s post). …

No such thing as Global Warming, eh?

In the summer, most of the time it just rained. In January and February, we had days where it was so hot that you could go out in a T-shirt. (Not just one or two freak days, but quite a few.) And we’re talking about Germany here. We didn’t see …

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke is dead. Literature has lost one of its greatest visionaries and humanity has lost one of its most dedicated and positive proponents. He will be missed. The good thing, however, is that as long as we’re around – and by “we” I mean our entire species, the …

Finally someone who *understands*…

Stephen Fry is not only one of my literary heroes (and someone I hugely admire in general), he’s also a blogger (or blessayist, as he delightfully puts it). And since he recently broke his arm and can’t blog all too well, he’s now posting podcasts (or Podgrams, as they are …