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If We Were Having Coffee… On September 19

Hello my lovelies!

Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share. How are you? Come on in and I make us a pot of coffee or tea, depending on what you prefer. It’s getting colder already and that even though summer is not over until the 23rd.

If we were having coffee today I’d tell you that I spent most of the week preparing for two courses at university. World Cultures and Communication & Human Relations. I’m hoping to get both done by the end of October.

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Disclaimer about reviewing Previews

Before I get into any more theatre reviews, I felt it was important to voice my view on reviewing previews.

Traditionally, it is seen as bad form for the press to review a show that is still in previews. However, I think as social media usage only increases, the review process will need to adapt. Several UK papers were criticised last week for reviewing the first few previews on Hamlet at the Barbican. It has been said that reviews should have been held back until press night on August 25, and that previews are not yet the fully polished, end product.

I think that’s a load of rubbish.

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ROW80 – Uni, Notebooks, Fairytales

Well, it’s Wednesday and it’s ROW80 time again!

I don’t have much to tell you at this point. I’m just working through all my coursework, which is going… much better than expected or hoped for, to be honest!

There had been issues with one of the courses, but they now seem resolved. A new professor has taken over, and the three assignments I submitted during February have all been graded by her within 24 hours of taking over.

And I got 2 A+ and 1 A! I guess this just goes to show that I am good at what I’m doing as long as I’m interested in it.

The urge to tell (most of) my grammar school teachers (the ones who deliberately failed me in tests, told me to just give up as I wouldn’t amount to much and generally thought I was good with languages but really stupid when it came to everything else) to kindly go and screw themselves, is definitely rising.

Martin Freeman as Dr. Jon Watson in BBC's Sherlock
Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in BBC’s Sherlock

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If We Were Having Coffee… On January 31

Hello, how are you? It’s great to see you at this week’s Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee today, I would probably meet you at the local café, simply because I need some fresh air and I need to get out of the house for a while.

I’d greet you with a hug and then I’d order a “Pharisäer” (engl.: Pharisee), a hot coffee with rum and whipped cream that’s a national drink from the Nordfriesland region of Germany (where I spent many a childhood holiday). The name does not derive from the Bible, though. It was the name of the homestead (Pharisäerhof) where it originated.

If you’re not into coffee, I would recommend a Tote Tante (engl.: Dead Aunt), basically the same, just with hot chocolate instead of coffee.

Pharisäer drink iwth hot coffee, rum and whipped cream. Delicacy from Nordfriesland. Photographer unknown
Pharisäer drink with hot coffee, rum, and whipped cream. Delicacy from Nordfriesland. Photographer unknown

It’s the sort of day today that warrants warming up a bit more – the windy is bitingly cold, and the weather changed from snow, slush and freezing back to snow. Needless to say, it’s cold and nasty out.

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Why I don’t lend out my books anymore

In March last year, a friend asked whether she could borrow my copies of The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes because mine are English-language versions.

Yesterday, I got them back.

I treat my books with respect. You can tell when my paperbacks are well read, through natural wear and tear, but I do not fold page corners to mark my place nor do I spill drinks over them or bend the cover or spine. In some books, I highlighted words I had to look up in order to improve my vocabulary, but I did so in the knowledge that they are my books and that this would ultimately simply show how far I’ve come as a reader and in learning foreign languages. I would never deface a book that is not my own.

My copy of The Hobbit is very precious to me (pun unintended, but quite fitting). It’s the very first book I read cover to cover in English. It’s the book I turn to for comfort. I read it once a year. It’s like a friend, sitting there on the shelf. The one that started my love for literature, that introduced me to J.R.R. Tolkien and some of my all-time favourite characters.

This is the condition it was returned to me in:

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ROW80 – Study trouble and troubling movies

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s ROW80 Update time.

I managed to write a little bit on Monday but didn’t get a chance to write a story yesterday or today.

My university work has kept me quite busy. It’s a lot of printing, sorting, highlighting at the moment. So far, I’ve been following my new weekly schedule and it seems to be working alright. I will get around to posting more about my binder organisation, agenda and schedule later this week, I just need to tweak a few things a bit beforehand.

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