Category Archives: Death

Easily Confused (33) Erasmus students

Young Europeans wasting their lives in 1914: Young Europeans wasting their lives in 1944: Young Europeans wasting their lives in 2014: As much as I question what Erasmus students do during their time abroad, in light of the above comparison even I have … Continue reading

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Symmetric Cemetery

“We need to build a new cemetery in Palermo,” ordered King Ferdinand II. “This bloody cholera is killing people faster than we can dig graves.” Chewing tobacco and speaking in his typical mumble, the king pronounced it “cemet’ry”. The architect, … Continue reading

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Arafat poisoned with Polonium

The news that Yasser Arafat was poisoned with polonium should not come as a surprise for those who know what his favourite restaurant was. Well, Polish cuisine is not for everyone.

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“For the Rest of my Life”

He closed the heavy door behind him as he left the grand house on Westbourne Terrace. It had become too late to catch a bus and anyway, it was still warm enough to walk. After midnight, London was at its … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Does it really matter if Nelson Mandela dies, as long as Morgan Freeman is still alive? And what does this say about the line between reality and film? Before you criticize me for publishing this now, keep in mind that … Continue reading

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James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the political satire In the Loop, with James Gandolfini as General Miller. And for those who have already watched it, enjoy my favourite scene again:

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Who Kills all the Old People?

I usually dismiss all conspiracy theories. I don’t believe in large groups of people getting together and controlling everything else and nobody, except some blogger in his pyjamas, finding out about it. As a methodological individualist, I generally have a … Continue reading

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Google Reader, 2005-2013

Google Reader was probably the best invention by Google (much better than Google Glass, and in my mind also better than the search engine which turned billions of people into lazy students without proper research skills). I used it almost … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Night in Vilnius

For All Saints’ Day (1 November), which is something like the Christian version of Halloween, it is customary to visit the cemetery and leave flowers and candles behind for the deceased relatives and friends. The custom seems to be respected … Continue reading

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Women and Children First

“Women and children first” as practised around the world: “Women and children first” as practised by President Bashar al-Assad of Syria: (Zur deutschsprachigen Version dieses Artikels: Frauen und Kinder zuerst.)

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