Friday, December 20, 2013

Tourist walks off pier while browsing on Facebook

If you read the article that was published in the Guardian under the heading Tourist walks off pier while browsing on Facebook, you'll know why I tend to stay clear of Facebook ;-)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Zerstörung des Heidelberger Schlossses / Destruction of Heidelberg Castle

Interesting article in today's RNZ (in German), with link to video animation of the destruction of Heidelberg Castle (with English commentary).

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

HE Translations joins call on the Treasury to stop attempting to delay and undermine the 4th Carbon Budget

HE Translations joins call on the Treasury to stop attempting to delay and undermine the 4th Carbon Budget, in line with this morning's statement by the Committee on Climate Change that, if anything, the Budget should be strengthened, not relaxed. A full-page advert appeared in the Times today.

Hausboot auf dem Eilbekkanal

Das gibt was her!


Bin durch einen Artikel in der RNZ soeben erst darauf aufmerksam geworden dass heute ein besonders Datum ist!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Week in Germany

The German Information Center USA publishes a weekly newsletter, "The Week in Germany". According to the website, it provides a weekly round-up of German politics, business and culture every Friday. "TWIG" focuses on stories of value to American readers, from German-American business news to German heritage to the best innovations from German scientists. Although it says it is aimed at American readers, I find it quite interesting and relevant for non-American readers.

They also publish a weekly German-language newsletter, which is distributed every Monday. The website says: If you are a German living in America or an American who wants to keep up with Germany and practice your German, sign up for the “Deutschland-Nachrichten” to stay in touch. The content is somewhat different from the English version. I find it possibly even more interesting than the English version, and it is definitely not just relevant for Germans in America or American readers. The German website says: Unser Newsletter "Deutschland Nachrichten" bringt Ihnen jeden Montag Aktuelles zu deutscher Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur und Sport. Bleiben Sie über das moderne Deutschland informiert und halten Sie Kontakt mit Ihrer alten "Heimat", which sums it up nicely.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Nuclear Monbiot

Update 7th December 2013:
Excellent article by Jonathon Porritt under the heading "It can't be easy being George Monbiot" in the Ecologist.

See below for nuclear-related e-mail I sent to George Monbiot on 16 April 2009.

On a related note, see also

Subject: Let's resist the atomic menace
From: Herbert Eppel
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 13:44:53 +0100
To: George Monbiot
CC: ...

Dear George

I don't know whether you remember, but we met and had a brief chat at the Road Block conference in Birmingham a couple of years or so ago.

I regularly read your excellent, thought-provoking and indeed witty columns in the Guardian - today's hilarious statement "Carrier bags were so poorly represented in my sample that I am considering reporting the matter to the Royal Society for the Protection of Plastic Waste" followed by the serious message "Yes of course we should wage war on the plastic bag. But it should be our 1000th environmental priority, not our first and - in some cases - only one" is another classic!

However, in view of the fact that I having been campaigning (more or less actively and in various roles and wearing different hats) for energy efficiency and renewables and against nuclear power for 20 years, I am somewhat alarmed by the apparent U-turn by some environmentalists (including, apparently, yourself) who seem to see nuclear power as a necessary evil for solving the climate change problem, which I feel plays right into the hands of the nuclear lobby.

I strongly feel that nuclear power is not only undesirable for numerous, well-documented reasons, but also unnecessary, as demonstrated by Germany's nuclear exit strategy, for example. ...

Here is a good article, if you haven't seen it already:

Quote: "It's ambitious, but Germany can be running on renewable energy by 2050 if there is the political will."

No doubt Britain could do it too if it didn't keep getting side-tracked by climate numpties etc.

In summary, I strongly feel that [climate] campaigners should stand firm and united against the 'atomic menace'.

Best wishes

Herbert Eppel, wearing the following hats, among others:
Pro Wind Alliance,
Leicester FoE,
HE Translations

Friday, December 06, 2013

Nelson Mandela

Poignant/moving/momentous/historic front pages in today's Guardian, Independent, Times and others – even the Sun.