DEAR READER For me, traveling is the most important thing in life. I was lucky enough to see parts of the world that many people can only dream of, during a five month road trip across the United States. On my journey, I hiked through the deserts of John Wayne’s Wild West, swam in the swamps of Louisiana, felt the mists of Niagara Falls, and fished in the vast wilderness of Alaska. In these five months, I experienced that taking the “road less traveled” can make “all the difference”. Discovering more of the world, and learning about different cultures is a lifetime goal for me. That’s one of the reasons why I joined eMAG three semesters ago. Through the world language of English, we are able to connect many different cultures and work together as one international group. This year’s team of writers consists of people from all over the world: Vietnam, Sweden, Croatia, Great Britain, Russia, and of course Germany; many of whom have traveled all over the globe to places like Brazil, Australia, and the United States. The result of our collaborative work is eMAG 22, which takes you on a journey around the world, to “Discover the unknown”. As you might have noticed, there’s another big change at eMAG. After 21 issues in black and white, this term, for the first time ever, we are stepping into a new world of color! Without the hard work and dedication of the entire eMAG team, none of this would have been possible. Enjoy the read, and follow the road wherever it may take you! Your editor-in-chief
eMAG is an independent non-profit magazine published twice a year, by students, for students. It is part of a University of Augsburg Language Center course, as well as the Begleitstudium Problemlösekompetenz. Everything related to the production of the magazine is conducted in English. The aim of eMAG is to entertain and inform the university community about international, intercultural and local topics in the English language. As part of its philosophy, every semester eMAG donates a full-page advertisement to a local charity. The content of individual articles does not necessarily reflect the team‘s view and opinions. print run: 1,200 price: for free published: July 4th 2013 printed at: Senser Druck GmbH copyright: 2013 eMAG. All rights reserved. www.eMAG-augsburg.de
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WHOLE WIDE WORLD
DISCOVER THE UNKNOWN
Table of contents
Unfurling a lotus blossom
On the other side of the track
Unknown roots of well-known books
Being nice is actually nice
Pirates, vikings, astronauts
Sex, drugs and Northern Soul
A hard night‘s day
Sightseeing with a twist
Bound to the elements
Vodka, Putin and Matryoshka
KEEP IT LOCAL
“You underestimate the power of the dark side”
An academic career from Iran to Augsburg
A cup of coffee that makes a difference
111 things to do in Augsburg
Horse Scoffing Men
Minimal input - maximum output
9 pm to 6 am
DISCOVER THE UNKNOWN
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost)
“You underestimate the power of the Dark Side.” - Darth Vader
The unknown side of the human mind “You will be destroyed!” – The emperor raises his hands and starts torturing the young rebel, Luke Skywalker. Darth Vader, the established villain of the movie, stands on the sidelines while his own son writhes in pain. Luke begs his father to help him, but the cruel, cold-hearted emperor ignores his pleas and tells him he‘s going to die. Suddenly Darth Vader seizes the emperor and throws him into the abyss.
the right path is tempting. Rage, the lust for revenge, or the desire for money and fame are possible motivations. And even if the hero does the right thing in the end, there is always a little part in him or her which wanted to just take the money and run or take over and rule the world. Interestingly, it seems like it works the other way around as well. The bad guys have become funnier, smarter and more appealing. After they‘ve fought the hero of the movie, they go home and do normal-guy stuff, like call their mother. In the end, they sometimes even change allegiances, like Darth Vader, who becomes Anakin Skywalker again, his old self.
Wait! What did he just do? It‘s not just Luke; in 1983 the audience in front of the cinema screen was shocked as well. To some extent Star Wars VI - Return of the Jedi made history because of this scene. Nowadays, we‘ve got used to a storyline like this. More and more movies deal with ambiguous characters like Darth Vader; there are almost no stereotypical heroes or villains left. Modern-day interest is shifting to characters like the brutal, but charismatic Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds or the former role model Harvey Dent, who becomes Two-Face, one of Batman‘s nemeses.
But why is there an increasing interest in such indistinct, conflicted characters? One possible reason is the fact that the human mind is a mystery. There are many unknown dimensions of the human psyche and viewers can‘t wait to explore its hidden secrets. Both good and bad ones. After all, it‘s not just fiction; the real world isn‘t black and white either. Maybe we can relate more to characters who have difficulty with ethical questions. In the end, we‘re not stereotypes either.
The last example shows that the good guys aren‘t fail-safe. Just like Harvey Dent, Luke has to decide which side he wants to choose. Although Luke learns to control his anger and refuses to fight against his own father, the power of the dark side really never should be underestimated. Thanks for the helpful hint, Darth. Deviating from
Author: Evamaria Haas; Layout: Mira Kanehl; Picture: Max Diederich
Chocolate From dark to white, like dark to light
What type of chocolate do you go for? The strong dark one, the balanced milky one or are you a feathery light white? Let us briefly introduce you to these familiar flavors and also to some in-between possibilities that are hard to resist. Let’s start with the “dark side” of chocolate Dark chocolate. Some people like it; some think it’s too bitter. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on – let me convince you that even “dark” has some “light” spots to offer. Some sorts you’ve probably never heard of are the following: Manjari (this is a type of chocolate from Madagascar) with ginger and Equatoriale with fruit and nuts. Apart from that, there’s also “dark” chocolate with chili – which is now a classic flavor. So, it seems “dark” has more to offer than just a bitter flavor, doesn’t it? The milky-part: milk chocolate Milk chocolate seems to be the most popular type – but is it really? How about trying it with something different? Have you ever tried milk chocolate with cocoa beans from Cuba or the Dominican Republic with candied cranberries? No? You should try it, as well as milk chocolate with sesame brittle or with oranges and orange essence. Chocolate selection at Cafè Dichtl
Finally: white chocolate Innocent white? Not really. White can be very naughty if it’s surrounded by some delicious strawberries AND green peppers. Don’t believe me? Well, why not see – or rather try for yourself! And white chocolate can be paired with caramelized walnuts or cranberries and pistachios. Just let white chocolate surprise you and you might discover something you never expected… So if you decide to try some different chocolate flavors and end up widening your horizons, then I’ve accomplished my goal! Facts about chocolate: • •
It lightens your mood - chocolate contains endorphins that are responsible for our moods. This is why the consumption of chocolate can change your mood from dark to light. Dark chocolate (with more than 70 % cocoa) can – if not eaten in huge amounts – help you lose weight. You still have to exercise and change your diet – but since there is a higher percentage of cocoa in dark chocolate, you are “fed up” with eating it before too long. There was a movie made called “Chocolat” – and if the chocolate in it (which looks sooo delicious and made almost everyone in the story addicted to chocolate) doesn’t satisfy you, our female readers might at least find Johnny Depp very hard to resist… Yummy! Author: Susi Vogel Layout: Susi Vogel Pictures: Susi Vogel
Unknown roots of well-known books Fantasy and mythology
You don‘t have to be a huge fiction fan to have heard of dragons, elves, dwarves and many other magical beings in the huge list of popular literature. A range of mystical creatures continues to live through modern manifestations and still captures the human imagination. Some of them reoccur in many books and the question that intrigues us is: where do all these ideas originally come from? J.R.R. Tolkien The master of fantasy literature was highly influenced by old Scandinavian mythology. Hobbits — were completely invented by Tolkien himself, but they were inspired by a children’s book from 1927 written by Edward Wyke Smith. Smith made up a similar looking character and named it The Babbitt. Dwarves — are entities associated with craft, metal work, wisdom, and greed. The names of the dwarves Tolkien took are mainly from an old Scandinavian poem called the Völuspá. What surprised me is that Gandalf appears as one of the dwarf’s names in the poem. Tolkien must have liked it and given it to what has become one of the most popular wizards of all time. J.K. Rowling In the seven Harry Potter books you can find a very wide range of mystical creatures. Witches — are probably the bestknown and the most controversial ancient mystery. In the 14th century the word witch was introduced by the Catholic Church to label those people who practiced old religions; witchcraft was viewed as evil, and witches were hunted and persecuted. J.K.Rowling gave the traditional view of a witch an interesting twist: they became normal people
with extraordinary powers; something a lot of children wish to be (I still hope my Hogwarts’ letter got lost in the mail). Dragons — everybody knows this one! Dragons are the one creature found in the legends of almost every human culture that has ever existed but its origins can‘t be traced to anywhere in particular. Even the Inuit, who live in the frozen tundra of Alaska where no reptiles are found, have stories of this animal. That makes me wonder if there‘s any truth in the existence of these fire-breathing creatures... Philip Pullman
If you dare to believe, you should check out Discovery Channel‘s film The Last Dragon
Dæmons — a dæmon (not a demon!) is a type of fictional character in the Philip Pullman fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. These creatures originate from Greek Mythology and are supposed to be an incarnation of a guardian Angel. Each human being in this world has a constant animal companion, called a daemon, which is a separate living being, and an external projection of their soul and emotions. You can read more about Philip Pullmans work in our Watch. Read. Listen. section. There are many people who believe that there is a grain of truth in all mythical creatures and legends. Most often it is absurd - but it’s nice to believe in something so magical in this everyday, normal world of ours. And what better way to escape reality than with a good book? So sink into one and let the magic take over.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.“ - Neil Gaiman
Author: Martina Orlović; Layout: Mira Kanehl; Pictures: Mac m 13; Art Renewal Centre/commons.wikimedia.org
Dark matter An attempt to unravel a scientific mystery
Concentrating on the Wimp theory, scientists have come up with exotic scenarios as to what this actually means for us. There are theories in which dark matter forms a shadow world behind ours, a kind of mirror world that’s like ours but doesn’t interact with our world. To many scientists this seems plausible; I just think it’s awesome.
I’ve heard that they’ve discovered a thing called dark matter. And it supposedly makes up more than 95 percent of our universe. That’s a lot of matter we humans didn’t even know existed. Good morning, your universe is 20 times larger than you thought, but no worries you can’t see it anyway. But what is this dark matter then? How ‘dark’ is it? Well, I’ve solved the mystery for you; it’s simple, as shown by these illustrations:
Not dark matter
Just kidding. I’m not a “real” scientist after all. But I was able to get some facts on the table for you. Scientists love hypotheses, so they’ve been very creative about this one. And it’s quite obvious why; it’s the charm of the unknown. What kind of a scientist would be content with the conclusion, “We cannot see it; let’s just leave it at that?” There are theories which claim that dark matter is made up of Wimps – Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. These particles are impossible to find, however, since the atoms – which are believed to be similar to visible nuclei (the centers of atoms as we know them) – bounce off each other instead of interacting, meaning chemically reacting or forming clusters of atoms. Whew – that was a lot of information. Simply said, we can thus assume they are, in fact, wimpy. But this also means they travel through the matter we see. To identify just one of these particles, some scientists have dug themselves into mountains, where radiation from the universe is comparatively small, and others have tried cooling down visible matter to almost absolute zero (-273°C) to find movements in these atoms which indicate that invisible particles bump into them. Yes, that’s how desperate we’ve become.
Imaginary shadow world
Another theory which believes the atoms have a bit more dignity than wimps refers to dark matter as Machos - Massive Astrophysical Compact Halo Objects. According to this, these particles only differ from the matter we see in that they happen not to emit or absorb light or other detectable radiation which would make them in any way visible to humans. They react a lot more strongly than Wimps, and this supposedly leads to the high energy protons, particles in the center of atoms that speed through the universe when they’re separated from each other, which have been detected everywhere. I suppose for these Machos it’s a rather unfortunate coincidence that they remain entirely unseen.
But some scientists cannot cope with the idea of so much invisible matter. They have created other theories which claim that dark matter isn’t in fact matter, but blame gravity for the universe’s ‘abnormal’ behavior. Other scientists believe that one should combine the theories, claiming that dark matter is far more complex than one theory, so far, can explain. Some even claim it’s the missing link between astrophysics and quantum physics. In any case, none of the theories have been proven right or wrong. The reason why the mere existence of dark matter is so debatable is because it’s a question with potential to revolutionize science at its core. If Einstein’s theory of relativity is valid everywhere in the universe, then dark matter must exist. But verifying the rules of physics, especially because this is unknown territory, is impossible. It‘s made even more difficult when considering potentially different rules of physics which may apply to this new form of matter. For now, the real nature of dark matter lurks behind a black veil which scientists will tug at until the true visage of the universe is revealed.
Part of the universe unveiled
Author: Mira Kanehl; Layout: Mira Kanehl; Pictures: NASA, Ingo Merbeth/pixelio.de, Mira Kanehl
Pirates, vikings, astronauts 3rd person on the Moon after Neil Armstrong and Alan Bean. His first words on the moon were: “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me” (he was not a tall man).
A quiz about great discoverers Link the information boxes on great discoverers to the right dates on the timeline. To get the solution word, arrange the letters next to the boxes according to the chronological order of the events. Good luck!
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Discovered the element radium. Some of her notebooks are still too radioactive to be handled safely.
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Author: Adina Mutter; Layout: Adina Mutter; Pictures: Arne List, Jarfil, Luestling, Darkone, Fastfission, Zaphod /commons.wikimedia.org
He actually beat Columbus by discovering America first
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A hard night’s day An introduction to hangover remedies
Who can't relate? You open your eyes. Your sight is blurry, your head lies heavily on the pillow and you instantly regret having woken up at all. The sun is stinging your eyes and your head feels like it could explode at any moment. With a sigh of pain and remorse you leave the bed. Suddenly, the world around you starts spinning; your hand tries to grab hold of what appears to be a writing desk. As soon as you've recovered, you venture a quick look around, a few essential questions arise in your aching, horror-struck head: Where am I? Who else is lying in this bed? Where are my shoes? Where’s my phone?? And most importantly: What did I do last night?! To be honest, these are crucial questions to be answered, but you won't be able to answer them without having become clear-headed beforehand. You might find the following helpful, although after the night you've recovered from, you might never want to touch a drink again. Searching for reasons… Unfortunately, I have to tell you now that there is no unified explanation for the aweful state you've found yourself in, so you'll have to fight a kind of multi-front war. There are scientists who claim the process of breaking down alcohol causes your poor body to produce a substance which makes you feel sick. Others say it's the loss of fluid. Still others consider the loss of minerals and vitamins the root of all evil. Anyway, in your present situation you certainly won't mind any of those reasons; all you need is salvation, so go in and win! Fluids, vitamins and anything else In order to compensate for your lack of fluid, you might need loads of water to get your ill-treated body going. Be careful with fizzy water, though: I don't suppose you'd like to irritate your stomach more than you have already.
Also, this is a reason why you should keep your hands off aspirin if you're feeling sick; the last thing you need now is an even more upset stomach. But in case your headache starts going off the charts, try peppermint oil: massage some of it into your temples. Its essential oils will make you feel better in no time. To restock your vitamin and mineral reservoir, eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Some also swear by one or two pickled herrings, also known as rollmops, but if this is too much for you, you might like to go for a banana milkshake instead. One banana, half a cup of milk and some ice cubes will be enough. The yellow crescent-shaped fruit will help you regain vitamin B and at the same time soothes your stomach. If you think you can walk without tripping over your own feet, your best bet would be to do so outside and enjoy some fresh air. International cures In case your desperation has made you adventurous (but I suppose you’ve felt sufficiently adventurous all night), maybe you'd like to try some more international remedies for your hangover. In Canada, for instance, there are people who swear by ginger ale. Its success might be proven by it having been a bestseller during Prohibition... In Japan, dried plums are said to help your liver come to terms with all the stuff you drugged it up with last night. If you’re still in the mood for mixing cocktails (come on, we all are!), go for some Namibian buffalo milk. The ingredients needed might even be found at the very scene of this devastating event you casually call “yesterday’s party”: all you need is ice cream, dark rum, cream liqueur, spiced rum, and whole cream (no buffalo milk).Be careful, though: alcohol is said to inhibit the process of it being broken down by your poor body. Never mind, it sounds delicious!
Some well-intentioned closing words I genuinely hope these facts and tips will help you get over your hangover as soon as possible, so that you can go back to enjoying life with all its ups and downs. Of course this little guide it not meant to encourage you to go on rowdy drinking sprees. But in case you do, you might like to fall back on this edition of eMAG and try some of the potential remedies I’ve listed here. Maybe you'll see the light at the end of your dark hangover a bit sooner! And don't feel ashamed... we all know that bad decisions make good stories!
First aid hangover kit Eat lots of fruits and vegetables Drink lots of still water Take a walk outside Don't take Aspirin if your stomach is upset Use peppermint oil to get rid of headaches
Author: Lena Schlund; Layout: Tina Myllyniemi; Pictures: Edwin Land/piqs.de, Ioana Golzke/piqs.de, Frank Juarez/everystockphoto.com, Languitar/everystockphoto.com MEPHISTO BUCHHANDLUNG AN DER UNIVERSITÄT SALOMON IDLER STRASSE 2, AUGSBURG (GEGENÜBER DER STRASSENBAHNHALTESTELLE)
Bound to the elements Wind, water and rock
nature, which is unpredictable. Being in constant combat or in harmony with the power of nature is part of it. Perfect wind and weather conditions make sailing even more amazing!
We all have a favourite sport, but maybe you want to try something new. The only problem is knowing which sport is the right one for you! So coming from a different perspective, here are two recommendations for you. They‘re about socializing, getting to know yourself better, and being risky but responsible at the same time. Who knows, you may even fall in love with one of these sports! Let’s start with our summer sport: Sailing Finally, after a prolonged winter, you can feel the first light and warm breezes of air caressing your skin, asking your body and soul to wake up. Eventually, you realize that it is time to overcome the winter-blues and go out and discover. A lonely bay in Croatia You might feel a bit sluggish, though, as the cold has kept you from going out and doing some exercise. How-ever, one thing that also needs to come out of hibernation is that one and only friend, with which you will experience pure action or calmness, imaginary control or uncontrolled adventure all at the same time – your snug sailing boat.
Sunset in Croatia
To give sailing a first shot you may want to head out to Lake Ammer or Lake Starnberg on a sunny weekend day, as it’s only an hour away from Augsburg. You should have an experienced friend with you to control the sailing boat. Now grab a boat and enjoy yourself as the wind quietly carries you along the lake to wherever you wish. To top off your first day, the boat will also serve as a bathing- and sunbathing platform.
If you take pleasure in sailing but don’t have a clue where to go for your next holiday, the offshores and beautiful bays of Slovenia and Croatia are the right places for you to enjoy sailing. You can book a sailing trip on the internet, hire a skipper (captain) and have fun sailing on the open sea with a yacht up to 40-feet long. Visiting seaside towns, anchoring in hidden bays off the beaten tourist tracks and — if you are lucky — even observing dolphins as they pass by, is standard. “A week in Croatia on the sailing boat is definitely as much fun as a month in… hmm, abroad” is what I’ve heard excited people say after their sailing trip.
Sailing is full of extremes that ultimately make it an exciting adventure. It’s an adventure that takes place in and with
In the end, you might love it or hate it, but that’s what you have to find out for yourself. In any case: always have a hand’s breadth of water under the keel!
Let‘s continue with winter sport: Climbing
Facts about climbing
Climbing on the other hand – if it’s in a climbing hall – is a kind of winter sport, or for rainy days when you want to have some real fun instead of just going to the gym. It really doesn’t matter if you’re male or female: in this sport both sexes are equal.
1. Be instructed by an experienced climber – you really have to pay close attention! 2. Go climbing with a partner you really trust! 3. Make sure you have the right equipment: climbing harness, climbing shoes, belay device, a rope that is long enough and has no weak spots, magnesia bag (if necessary!) 4. If you tend to hurt yourself – just like me – you better take some first-aid stuff with you, e. g. some plasters! 5. For climbing outside: You could risk getting a really bad sunburn → so don’t forget your suncream!
From my own experience, it seems frightening for a lot of people to try climbing. But it is something that humans are genetically able to do. We descend from apes and apes are professional climbers. So, if you’re afraid of heights, just overcome your fear, call some friends and get inspired by experienced climbers. Imagine the following situation: You’re standing, for the first time, in that huge hall with those ceilings about 6-8 meters high. You might be a bit afraid of falling – if you ever make it to the top in the first place.
Even if you‘re unexperienced, don‘t worry: there are some simple rules to keep in mind that will make your trip enjoyable and exciting.
If you‘re climbing outside – whether it’s on a rock or outside the climbing hall – just take a look around when you’re at the top. You won‘t believe what a great view there is up there!
Climbing… … is a sport that requires a lot of technique → If you’re taller, you might have an advantage in the beginning but be aware that the smaller climbers will quickly improve and out pace you! … is very healthy and a balanced training method, e.g. if you have problems with your back … has already become even more than a trend sport … can be inside the climbing hall or outside on natural rocks … requires some skills, but you‘ll acquire them while climbing
So, hopefully we’ve widened your horizons when it comes to sports, and given you ideas for your next holiday, a different approach to winter laziness or a first summer sailing success. Go for it and enjoy!
Author: Frank Ziesing, Susi Vogel Layout: Leila Vaziri Pictures: Frank Ziesing, Susi Vogel
KEEP IT LOCAL â€œEvery traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.â€? (Charles Dickens)
An academic career from Iran to Augsburg Interview with FIM research assistant Tira eMAG: Tira, you were born in Iran. When and why did you move to Germany?
Tirazheh Zare Garizy
Tira: I got my bachelor‘s degree in computer science in Iran. After that, I started working for a consulting company. At first, I worked as a programmer and later I moved to the project management department. After a few years, I realized it was necessary for me to broaden my knowledge in the field of management. At that time, the opportunity for an internship in Germany opened up. The experience I gained there motivated me to consider Germany for further academic education. Germany is known for its management competence and the living costs and tuition fees are low, compared to other countries. Therefore, in 2010 I decided to move to Germany to continue my studies. How did you become a research assistant at the University of Augsburg? During my master course at the University of Emden, I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in a project which motivated me to get more involved in research. So I decided to look for PhD positions and found one at FIM in Augsburg. I really liked the multidisciplinary research concept of FIM as well as the opportunity to work in industrial projects besides the research. After two telephone interviews and a presentation of my master thesis to the professors, and my future colleagues, I received a call saying that I‘d gotten the position. I was very happy, since FIM was my first choice.
What’s your field of research? What else do you do at the FIM center? I am doing research in “Strategic IT Management and Sustainability”. At my current project, we want to answer the question, how can the risk of supply chains be analyzed with IT support? This is challenging, since companies within the supply chain don’t want to share their data because it’s their competitive advantage. Therefore, we encrypt the data with secure multiparty computation algorithms. Other than that, I‘m part of the personnel marketing team of FIM, I assist with the teaching of our “strategic IT management” lecture, and I‘m involved in an external project with a bank. At the project, we are building a new IT-system for their risk management and controlling department. Do you need English a lot in your career as a scientist? As a scientist, I definitely need to be able to read other research papers and publish my own findings in English, because the research community in the area of Business and Information Systems is international. Furthermore I participate in international conferences where the common language is English. Knowledge of German is also necessary, especially since there are still many publications which are only available in German. Also, as a teaching assistant and advisor I need to be able to communicate with students at the University – both, in English and in German. Tell us about your plans for the future. Will you stay in Germany, or go back to Iran? My plans are to stay in Germany, to carry on with my research, and to finish my PhD. After that I want to continue as a post-doctorate in order to become a professor. I will always keep my contacts to my home country, because I am Iranian and my roots are there. But from a quality of life and research perspective, I would rather stay in Germany long term. For further information on career options at FIM see inside front cover.
Author: Manfred Schoch; Layout: Nicole Gifi; Pictures: Tirazheh Zare Garizy
111 Things to do around Augsburg Discover inside tips and classics in and around Augsburg
In the summer, we all want to go outside and have some fun, right? But what are we going to do? In order to solve this problem the “Augsburger Allgemeine“ has published a book called “111 Ideen – Geheimtipps und Klassiker in Augsburg und der Region“ to give us some ideas about how to have a great time in Augsburg. So…I’ve tested some of these ideas for you… Jumble sale What? It‘s a multicultural jumble sale where sellers from all over the world offer... well EVERYTHING! From Russians who are selling electronics, to Turkish people selling fresh fruit and vegetables, to well-established people from Augsburg who are moving house, their wordly possessions packed in thousands of boxes and car boots. If you have some time and business sense, you can find some hot deals. Where? Near the Jumble sale Plärrer When? Every Saturday from 7 a.m. How much? From ¤0,10 for a button to about ¤200 for electronics Who for? Bargain hunters who are looking for antiques or just want to buy some fresh food at a good price. Plus, you can always find a cheap bicycle here and sometimes they may also offer you a glass of Turkish chai tea. Café Dichtl cake buffet What? A sea of sweets, cake and torte. Where? Café Dichtl, Schrannenstraße 2 & Maximilianstraße 18 When? Every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. How much? ¤4,30, plus drinks Who for? People who really Yummy!!! have a sweet tooth and have problems deciding what to try first.
Augsburger Kahnfahrt What? An idyllic, quiet place far from the noise of the city, where you can hire rowing or electric boats to navigate urban canals! Afterwards, you can have a bite or a drink in the traditional restaurant where they offer fondue in all its variations. Where? Riedlerstraße 11 When? From Easter to October from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. How much? Depending on the type of boat and duration between ¤4,50 - ¤15 (half price after 8 p.m.) Who for? Nature lovers who want to relax in a quiet paradise with a beautiful historical ambience, as well as friRelax in a quiet paradise ends who would like to spend some time in good company. Love-struck couples who want to be together will get their money’s worth as well. The romantic boat tour in the evening with candlelight, sweets and chocolate, sparkling prosecco and a cuddly blanket will definitely create some special moments. Domsingknaben What? A choir which is rich in tradition Where? Augsburg Cathedral When? Every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. How much? It‘s free, but donations are welcome Augsburg Cathedral Who for? People who are interested in classical music or just want to escape the stress of everyday life and have a thirty-minute breather. Author: Anne Woyciewski; Layout: Anne Woyciewski; Pictures: Anne Woyciewski, Caroline Lang/pixelio.de, Marianne J./pixelio.de
Minimal input, maximum impact Three easy ways to help save the environment Over the last few years, climate change has become a constant topic in the news and political debates. Have you ever found yourself wanting to help, but didn’t really know where to start? You’re in the right place here, with 3 quick tips ideal for students who just don’t have the money to drive a hybrid car. They are little actions that take you almost no time, but if we all work together, we can make a difference.
mon juice and baking soda can replace chemical cleaners; and sometimes, fewer chemicals and more scrubbing with your own hands can do wonders. This way, you can save money and prevent harmful chemicals from getting into the water. So when it’s time for the next spring cleaning, rummage through your (or your parents’) kitchen cupboard and you’ll find everything you need. 3.“Bio-Google” Have you ever thought about switching your preferred search engine to one dedicated to saving the environment? For example, Ecosia (http://ecosia.org/index.php) or Znout (http://de.znout.org/). Their concept is simple: they donate 80% of their revenues to projects that save the rainforest or buy CO2 emission certificates. About 13 cents per click go directly to saving trees. Even if you’re not that good at math, imagine for a moment how many people use a search engine every day and how many clicks that is.
1.Part-time vegetarianism Surely you’ve heard about the ill effects that meat and dairy production have on our environment. But you just love it too much to give it up? Well, you don’t necessarily have to. Why not try and become a part-time vegetarian or vegan (http://halbzeitvegetarier.de/)? All you need is to grab a partner (or let the website assign you to one) so you can decide who eats vegetarian/vegan on which days of the week. Just follow the website motto: two part-time vegetarians make one whole vegetarian. And together it’s always more fun. For inspiration, you can download a meal plan, or check out the blog or Facebook page for recipes.
The search results are the same as using ‘normal’ Google (Google provides for Znout, Yahoo for Ecosia), but the money goes where it’s needed. It’s just one simple click to make one of them your preferred search engine; you don’t even have to register. And you get a pretty green background.
Checklist ☐ search engine: http://ecosia.org/index.php; http://de.znout.org/ ☐ vinegar, concentrated lemon juice, baking soda ☐ one vegan/vegetarian day per week (http://halbzeitvegetarier.de/)
Or, if half a week is too much, you could also think about starting with one day per week. Our Mensa offers various vegetarian/vegan meals that are just waiting for you to try them. 2.Grandmother’s cleaning tips rediscovered Next time you notice your bathroom cleaner is empty, pause a minute before you go buy a new one and remember what your grandmother probably knows too: natural products like vinegar, concentrated le-
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9 pm to 6 am A journey through my night jobs It’s a normal day. A normal evening. About 6 o’clock. And I’m studying again. This time it’s the phonemic script chart and I just can’t concentrate. So I decide to turn on the radio. Who knows, maybe it will help me to learn it if I sing the sounds along with the hits on the radio. Suddenly, the anchor talks about a competition, a very special competition. A competition in which the person who does the most jobs in one night will win €100. As poor as a student always is I could really use the money and so I decide to take part. Challenge accepted!
Highly motivated I go to my first job. Serving drinks and food, especially beer and pork roast, and talking to the guests - easy-peasy. But after the first 50 guests my arms are getting heavy and my I’m starting to confuse the tables. Where was table 5 again and who ordered the Coke? And to cap it all I drop a tray with 10 glasses. Dammit. What an offday. Or rather: what an offnight. Thankfully my shift is over soon and I can go to my second job. 00:00 AM - Fighting with the drunks A security guard
First, I call my former boss at the Bavarian restaurant where I used to work as a waitress. I tell him the whole story about the contest and my need for a little extra cash. Finally he backs down and gives me a shift for the upcoming evening. Nice, the first job is secure. Afterwards I start to bug Josh from the Johanniter, where I’m a paramedic, to let me work his shift tonight. OK. Two Jobs in one night is a lot, but it’s not enough! So where do I get another job from? I decide to ask Bruce, my flat mate, who tells me that they could use some backup for their securityteam at a disco. Great, that’s job number three. Perfect! 09:00 PM – Fighting with the Bavarians At a Bavarian restaurant
Job number two will be better (that’s at least what I try to tell myself). After I go to the disco I see my flat mate running right at me. “Great you could make it tonight! Now get dressed quickly and then follow me.” I do what I’ve been told and I understand quickly, that at this time of the night this job is not about checking the ages of the visitors but rather taking care of a lot of drunken people. This involves trying to prevent them cracking their heads open while, at the same time, not getting bottles thrown at me. Well, I thought I was doing a good job when suddenly a girl, who was swaying uncontrollably, looks at me and then comes close to me as if she wanted to talk to me. Then I heard the sound I had dreaded would come and - … OK, I think we all know how this ended and how angry I am. Even though I put on fresh clothes I somehow feel dirty. What a stupid job!
A Parametic A paramedic
03:00 AM - Fighting with panicking people OK, the last job will be the best one, for course! It just has to be! I head off to the Johanniter center and get dressed. Just 10 minutes later our first task begins. An elderly lady must have fallen down some stairs and broken her leg. We have no time to lose and drive directly to her, but instead of being thankful that we are here to help her, she just yells at us and blames us for her pain. I’m so happy when we can handle her over to the hospital! The rest of the night is quite boring and I nearly fall asleep when, suddenly, the phone rings again. A boy must have fallen out of his bed and hit his head. It takes just 5 minutes to reach his house. While my colleagues are taking care of his scars, it’s my job to comfort his parents. But his mum just doesn’t want to calm down and his dad, accusing her of the accident, doesn’t help the situation! I feel like I’m in the middle of a war and I really don’t know what to do. I’m stressed out now and I really don’t care about the money anymore. Besides, I’m now insanely tired and I really want to go home! Maybe it was not such a good idea to take on three jobs in one night after all! I just want to … 6:00 AM – Fighting with a nightmare Argggghhhh!! It was my own scream that woke me up! I am at my desk again, the phonemic script chart still open. I must have fallen asleep. *Ugh* After all it was just a dream! Or maybe it wasn’t? Auther: Leila Vaziri Layout: Leila Vaziri Pictures: Leila Vaziri
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Unfurling a lotus blossom Discover Vietnam with a local
Did you know that the lotus flower is the symbol of Vietnam? Or that Vietnamese people are born from eggs? And that there’s a twochild-policy in Vietnam? Most of these facts are little known since they aren’t published in brochures, books or magazines. That’s why I’m here to tell you more about Vietnam. Are you ready? First of all, how do foreigners see Vietnam? “If Beijing is the city of bicycles, Saigon is the city of motorbikes” (my Australian teacher) “People travel in the street like fish swimming in the ocean without bumping into each other” (an American friend) “When you join the traffic in Vietnam, you might have the feeling you’re in a ’honking‘ concert” (a Canadian writer) But what do foreigners know most about Vietnam? … probably the Vietnam War. However, the war involving America represented a very long struggle by the Vietnamese people for independence, freedom and happiness. How did Vietnam avoid the baby boom after war? If China has a one-child-policy, Vietnam has applied a two-child policy with the propaganda slogan: “No matter if it’s a boy or a girl, two children are enough.” Where do Vietnamese people come from? According to a legend, Vietnamese people are born from one hundred eggs laid by a fairy Au Co and a dragon Lac Long Quan. After the birth of the children, the fairy came back to the mountains, bringing fifty children with her, while the dragon took fifty children back to the sea. The greatest son of the dragon thus established the first dynasty of Vietnam. What are Vietnamese people like? Vietnam is listed among the happiest countries in the world, because Vietnamese people look at life very optimistically. They believe in a better future and they treasure what they have. The buffalo is a very close friend of Vietnamese farmers as well, as they work together in the extensive rice fields. Thus, the buffalo symbolizes Vietnamese characteristics: hardworking and constantly striving for a better life.
What about Vietnamese food culture? Vietnamese people have three hot meals a day: noodle soup for breakfast, rice with cooked meat, stir-fried vegetables and a warm soup for both lunch and dinner. How do Vietnamese people see Germany? When we think of Germany, we think of discipline and punctuality. German and Vietnamese people have some things in common. We both love watching football. The German national football team and Bayern Munich are among our favorites. How do we see ourselves? Vietnam is a young, dynamic, developing country. Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is a charming lady hidden inside many traditional, cultural beauties and values. Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest city in southern Vietnam, is an adolescent girl in her puberty. She is growing up very fast and becoming more and more beautiful. Shops spring up on every city street like mushrooms after the rain. Young Vietnamese people are ambitious, curious and eager to learn new things. We want to make friends with people from all over the world. Learning about a country or a place from a local is different because you learn more about what is real. Are the ideas above the same as your image of Vietnam before? Come and discover Vietnam yourself; you might be surprised at what you learn!
Author: Hai Nhu Nguyen Layout: Hai Nhu Nguyen Pictures: Kim Nguyen, Erwin Lorenzen / pixelio.de
On the other side of the track An interview with a Paralympics competing partner
The recent London 2012 Paralympic Games have gone down in history as the best ever. With record ticket sales, some sports disciplines sold out a full 2 years before the games even began! The London Paralympics saw an amazing 4,280 athletes from 166 countries take part in 20 different sports! It is definitely heart warming and inspiring to see so many athletes with disabilities who have as much passion as, if not more than, able bodied athletes for sports. However, not a lot is said about the competing partner athletes; athletes who accompany, in the majority of cases, blind athletes. Paralympic facts: • • • • • •
Club sports for disabled people have existed as far back as 1888. Competitions were introduced for veterans and civilians injured in World War II. Dr Ludwig Guttmann used sport as a method of recreational rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Consequently, the first official competitive games in 1948 were called the Stoke Mandeville Games. Renamed ‘Paralympic Games’ in 1960, the event featured 400 athletes from 23 countries. Paralympic Games also exist for the Winter Olympics.
good to just rest a while because this kind of competition is physically and emotionally exhausting, but soon after, you’re hit with the “after the games blues”. So, you need to keep yourself busy with a new activity very quickly, otherwise you’ll never get over it! Other than that, during the months that followed, we received many congratulations from everyone for what we did. What is the recognition like in France towards the Paralympics/ Paralympic athletes? We kept everyone informed about what was going on and reported about our own experiences. We were therefore able to see the impact we had via social media. Recognition is still quite limited. People have heard about the games and have certainly seen images from the games, however, outside of the Paralympic entourage, few people would be able to recognize a Paralympic medalist winner; apart from maybe Assia (El Hannouni, who won 2 gold medals at the games).
I sat down with Antoine Laneyrie of France, who took part as a competing partner to blind runner Trésor Makunda, and listened to their story. Together, they won a bronze medal for the 400m race. eMAG: What was it like when you came home after the success of the Paralympics? Antoine Laneyrie: After the madness of the games and everything to do with it, daily life seemed quite plain; it was a little sad. At first, it felt
Antoine and Trésor giving their all during the 400m race
And what was the whole experience like for you? It was a dream. There really aren’t any other words for it. Although, I have already had experience with international competitions, this time it was different. It was a success above everything else. Even when I think about it again today, the memories are still blurry… just like a dream! What was the process involved to be able to compete in the Paralympics? In my case, it was the result of a choice made by our club coach in regards to my skill level for the 400m and also due to my character.
Lastly, what advice would you give sports students who may be thinking about competing professionally? It all depends on what sport you do! It shouldn’t be forgotten that only a very small portion of athletes who train actually compete professionally. Then, most competing athletes later move on to a different, non-competitive career in the field of sports. Personally, I don’t think a professional athlete can feel completely fulfilled when evolving in just a sports-only bubble. Therefore, a professional, competitive career is only possible if the sport or the talent will allow for it, and if you continue with an academic path adapted to or alongside the active sports life.
Why did you decide to try for it? Did you have a particular motivation? Firstly, it was to allow Trésor to run the 400m. Before I was chosen, he no longer had a competing partner to run with for this event. But, it was also to be able to live this unique experience that I would never have had as a normal, able athlete.
A happy moment on the podium with their bronze medal
After your sports degree you became a teacher, but what are your plans for the future now after having competed successfully? To be a teacher of Physical Education (sports)! It was my job before the games and will continue to be my job. Not everyone can live a life of athletics and even fewer as a competing partner.
Author: Amanda Brown Layout: Leila Vaziri Pictures: Antoine Laneyrie
Being nice actually is nice Cultural differences between Germany and Australia
Coming from snowy and silent Europe, it wasn’t the different climate and wildlife that was the most shocking experience, but the extremely nice (read: irritating), extremely talkative (read: irritating), extremely Australian people. There was no escape! I had to get used to them coming at me, no matter if they had a beer in their hand and were in the “Biergarten” or not. After having lived there for a long period of time, it was precisely this I would come to miss once back in Europe. Let me tell you why...
Watsons Bay, Sydney
Creepy conversations? When standing at a bus stop waiting for the bus (or at the wharf waiting for the ferry), a stranger might come up to you. They might say hi, might even ask how you’re doing, might even ask you a question, might even make eye contact with you! In Germany, you would have the right to get uncomfortable, while wondering what an apparently drunk weirdo wanted from you. In Australia, however, you would think, “oh, has the time gone by so fast that
the bus has already come”! You’d be happy getting on the bus and you’d be happy stepping off (please sit down while reading this) and saying “thanks” to the bus driver. Now that seems odd. “Why would you appreciate the bus driver who‘s only doing his job?”, a German might ask. The Australians actually asked me why you wouldn’t. I couldn’t come up with a logical answer.
Helpfulness Once you’re off the bus and have hopefully arrived at Wynyard, the central bus station in Sydney, you might look around and try to find the street names of the area and try to figure out which direction you need to take. Tourist Cockatoos in the Botanic Gardens or not, if you appear to look lost, you can be sure to have an Aussie beside you in next to no time asking if they can help. I sure don’t get any attention in Germany by looking confused. Unbelievable! …I know. Fair enough, I’ll ask for help, instead. I tried to ask a bus driver here once whether or not he was stopping at some destination and I almost felt sorry that I had left my home at all! I should’ve known better. I’m so sorry you stepped on my foot Unfortunately, the time I spent living in this wonderful country eventually came to an end. After not having set my foot on European soil for almost a year, I was back. At the airport I got elbowed by a lovely person running into me; I turned around and to my surprise watched a back disappear into the
crowd. Naturally, I was furious. You see, in the land down under you’d be apologising for being run into by someone and at the same time this person would say how sorry they were in return. I couldn’t believe this stranger’s manners – it really got my goat (made me angry). It bothered me for quite a while, but I didn’t have time to get over it because it happened to me again and again. Simple gestures with great effect! I had to convince myself that soon enough I’d be “European” again, not even realising that people who ran into me wouldn’t say “sorry” or that they wouldn’t say “thanks” to the bus driver. Unfortunately, that was never the case. I have to live with the knowledge that being nice actually is nice, even more so when it’s given back in return, and this curse follows me wherever I go. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone to Australia at all and thus not realise how big a difference simple, small gestures in our everyday lives can make. Of course, they have nothing to do with whether the people are German or Australian, but with their habits. We actually can make someone’s day here too and I promise you it’s much easier than you might think. No need to put on your boardies (swimmers) and thongs (flip flops) or carry a surf board (actually a surf board) over your shoulder (and you’d look pretty random walking through Augsburg like that) – a simple smile, “thanks” and “sorry” will do. You will be awesome at it, if you’re not already, of course. Bronte Beach
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Trivia paradise British TV shows you’ve possibly never heard of, but definitely should watch
Don’t we all secretly love quiz shows, though we would never admit to watching ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’? Don’t we dream of that moment in our life when our knowledge of football trivia or species from Star Trek could make us rich and famous? Or at least earn us a round of beer in a pub quiz? And aren’t news and politics so much easier to understand when they’re presented by comedians? British TV is full of funny and interesting shows that deal with curious facts and current events. Here are some of them...
QI Host: Stephen Fry. Concept of the show: QI stands for “quite interesting” which is the motto of this quiz show that is unlike any other quiz show that‘s ever existed. Whenever you answer a question by saying something obvious (no matter how correct it is), a horribly loud siren will go off and shame you and you’ll lose ten points. But the more interesting and funny your answer is, the more points you get.
Each season’s episodes are based on the same letter and the topic of each episode is connected to this letter. Series A started in 2003 with Adam, Astronomy, Aquatic Animals, Atoms and so on. The latest series is J – Justice, Jeopardy, Jelly, Juice and Jingle Bells. Series K will air mid-2013 on BBC Two. Why should I watch it? A) Stephen Fry (see info box). B) Alan Davies, permanent panellist, class clown and fan of blue whales. He mentions blue whales quite often, but oddly enough never when blue whales would be the right answer. C) Crazy, amusing facts from history, geography, music, physics, nature, literature and any other field you can think of. Help me, I’ve become addicted to QI! Don’t worry, you can watch the episodes on the BBC homepage. In the extended XL version. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ml0g
Stephen Fry, the last Renaissance man Actor, author, genius, god. There’s nothing that the BBC wouldn’t let him do. From documentaries on linguistics or Richard Wagner to movies about manic depression, from which he suffers himself, there aren’t many topics that Stephen Fry hasn’t covered yet – if not on film, then in written form in his novels or on his blog “The New Adventures of Stephen Fry.” One wonders how he finds time for acting like in the up-coming “Hobbit” movies or on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
A blue whale - the running gag of QI
8 out of 10 cats
The Matt Lucas Awards
Host: Jimmy Carr. Wicked laughter personified.
Host: Matt Lucas. Duh. That bald guy from “Little Britain.”
Concept of the show: Two teams of comedians battle against each other with their (pseudo) knowledge about British news and opinion polls. Some of the rounds that are played are “What are you talking about?“ in which the teams have to guess what the top three topics in this week’s news were, or “Believe it or not” in which the teams are presented statistics on absurd things and have to guess if the info is true or false. Each season also includes specials like “8 out of 10 cats does Countdown” or “Deal or No Deal.“
Concept of the show: Each week, the guests nominate strange things for awards that regular award shows would never consider awardable. Let’s take the “Award for Most Irritating Children’s TV Character”, for example, or the “People You’d Like to Kill If Murder Was Legal” Award. A small committee that very often consists of members of the “Eastenders” cast then awards the prize. The last round of awards in each episode is always the same. It goes to one of the guests for their “Hidden Talent” and is judged by Matt Lucas’s mom, who has her own kitchen corner on set. Why should I watch it? A) Who doesn’t like award shows? B) Who hasn’t dreamed of awarding prizes for being annoying? C) And who doesn’t love it when celebs make fools of themselves?
Who doesn‘t like award shows?
Did you know that 26% of British households own a cat? Why should I watch it? A) Countless comedians from British TV and radio. You’ll know some, while others you’ll never have heard of, but they’re brilliant all the same. B) It’s hilarious to see the comedians abuse each other and being sore losers. C) “8 out of 10 cats” covers current events from British media – definitely more entertaining than regular news shows. Oh god, I can’t get Jimmy Carr’s laughter out of my head! Don’t worry, he doesn’t laugh when he delivers his tour program – but his jokes are so much nastier. You don’t believe me? Look him up on the WWW. And if you still haven’t got enough of Jimmy: He also appears on “10 o’clock live”, a comedy news show in which comedians interview politicians and comment on British and global events.
Author: Sybille Ehing; Layout: Sybille Ehing; Pictures: Sybille Ehing, Rainer Sturm / pixelio.de, diver / piqs.de
Sex, drugs and Northern Soul The very British Mod subculture
“Mod is a rejection of the obvious”, said Martin Freeman (BBC Sherlock’s Dr Watson) and reveals a truth which nails why the Mod subculture is quite unknown to us Germans. However, the Mod culture is one of the few remaining reminders of the Swinging Sixties – a time when kids spun records and danced to the beat of unforgettable British Mod bands like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones or The Who.
means of transportation) and sharpest clothes. Ella Litherland from Chippenham tries to attend as many soul nights as possible. “I think it’s quite an important part of being a Mod as it means you meet others and become a part of the Mod community. Plus music is a large part of our culture so going to nights or gigs ties in with that.” Sixties feel for your listening pleasure If there are any soul nights or gigs to attend at the weekend, Manchester based DJ Je Suis Natalie will help you out. She manages to combine all the different musical genres of Mod from the 60’s to today, from Northern Soul to Britpop. Her online radioshow “Subcultured” reaches hundreds of music-enthusiastic listeners. Natalie regularly feat- ures new bands but also spins good old vinyl in well-known clubs in Manchester or London. Her message is simple - to enlighten us about the wide range of remarkable Mod music.
Mod is a youth culture which originated in the London of the late 1950’s, peaked in the 1960’s, saw a revival in 1970’s bands like The Jam and 1990’s Britpop bands like Oasis until it all finally found its way into the twenty-first century. The reason why Mod is such a strong subculture is that it’s an ongoing and evolving process. It’s not simply re-living past glory or stuck somewhere in a long-forgotten age. The Sixties Mod icons like Twiggy, Mary Quant or David Bowie are well-known principal elements of Western culture. Mod is in the soul Twiggy or The Who became “Mod” because their management sold them as such. Mods not only love, but also live, their subculture. A personal favourite quote is from Horst A. Friedrich’s picture book I’m One: 21st Century Mods:”A real Mod does not choose to be a Mod, they discover that they are a Mod. It is not just a fashion statement; it is the way you feel and act and express yourself. Mod is in the soul.“ Right on cue, “soul” is another important keyword in this subculture. Since the year of the culture’s magical history tour, Northern Soul music by record labels such as Motown has been a constituent part of the Mod lifestyle. Soul all-nighters are the places to show off one’s finest dance moves, rarest records, hippest scooters (a Mod’s
Even here in Augsburg there are Mod aficionados who feel the need to educate the clueless majority of Germans who consider this subculture a profound mystery. Chris is part of the Sons of the Stage DJ team who play “60’s Beat & Soul, 70’s Psychedelic & Rock, 80’s Punk & Indie, 90’s Brit & Pop and 00’s Best” at the Weisses Lamm. Behind his DJ desk he looks like he’s straight from the 60’s with his red velvet coat and colourful paisley shirt. And yet the carefully thought out range of musical genres invites everyone to dance, not only Mods. “I wouldn’t call myself a Mod. I’m just really into the music and I certainly live up to their fashion statement.” You will always meet a Mod – or Chris – in sharp, tailored clothes – preferably suits – high-quality fabrics and shining shoes. The Kinks’ song “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” pays homage to the Mod‘s admirable love of detail.
Hip, sharp, neat and smart forever Marie Elwell, fashion designer and founder of Junction UK, stands behind the “Clothes make people” saying like no other. She established her Birmingham based label in 2010. Her handmade psychedelic scarves and 50’s, 60’s and 70’s original vintage clothing serve one purpose – to make the world a more decently dressed place. “I enjoy seeing people dressed their best!” says Marie, dressed up from head to toe herself. Junction is aimed at fashion-conscious individuals and isn’t a brand for Mods only. This certainly reflects Marie’s own view: “I live my own life and take influences from a past style in the way I dress. I dance to the music and I mix with the UK Mod scene. But I live it in my own way. “ One thing Marie said perfectly sums up why this scene, which originated in Britain, spilled over across the world’s oceans and nowadays counts thousands of people as followers: “Mods are Mods because they love every aspect of it. I think it‘s great it‘s still going. Why change a good thing?”
Author: Julia Gehrlein Layout: Susi Vogel Pictures: Nicole Bell, Donna Bramham
There’s still so much to say about this amazing bunch of people, their ideals and their culture. This introduction doesn’t do justice to its 60 years of continued existence. Mod is one of the few youth movements which has survived, and that’s certainly because of its passionate followers. Ella, Natalie, Marie and Chris are unique personalities who all carry forward the spirit of an unforgettable decade into the twenty-first century.
Sightseeing with a twist Find your perfect city tour
Have you ever noticed that there’s something unique about every city? Have you noticed that each city has a special kind of feeling to it, a certain pace and way of life? Have you noticed that apart from the main sights which everyone knows about, there are hidden places and corners that are just as special? If your answer to these questions is no, than perhaps you need to rethink the way you go about exploring a city. I might have a few suggestions . . . Free tours Free city tours are quickly gaining popularity and are offered in many European cities: Munich, Edinburgh, Paris, to name just a few. Usually, there’s a meeting point at a very central location – most hostels and hotels have flyers with the exact location and time – and everyone is free to join. You would assume that a free tour can never compete with the expensive city tours, right? Wrong! Most guides are funny, witty and tell you interesting facts as well as amusing anecdotes while showing you around; by the way, you can leave any time you want – but I doubt you’ll want to. Now, I bet every student’s heart immediately skips a beat at the word ‘free’ in ‘free tour’. Even though we’ve all learned to be a bit wary when it comes to such generous offers, I can assure you that the free tours are exactly what they promise to be: free. There is no “catch”, except that the guides work on a tips-only basis. Therefore, if you enjoyed the tour, it would only be fair if you donated a few euros. Themed tours Other tours that can be found more and more frequently are themed tours. As opposed to your everyday city tour, they focus on a particular topic and then take you to places related to that topic. Have you ever been on a murder and mystery tour, for example? Old cities like Edinburgh or London even offer several different ones. If you’re interested in creepy legends, haunted places, gruesome crimes and dressed-up guides, you should definitely try one; they’re fun and are no more expensive than your average guided tour. Literary city tours are another very popular type of “themed tour”. Whether you want to relive Joyce’s Ulysses in Dublin, view Barcelona through the eyes of Zafón or wander the same path as Dickens’ protagonists in London . . . the choice is yours! Follow your literary heroes on their journeys and you might see that fictional places aren’t necessarily that fictional at all.
Do-it-yourself tours Of course, it’s always possible that the kind of tour you’d like to take is not offered by any tour operator, that you don’t want to spend any money (not even the tip for a free tour) or that you simply don’t like being caught up in a group. In this case, there is an easy way out: just step out of your hotel, with or without a map, and start walking. You’ll see that sometimes you end up in the most interesting places. I’ve already found quite a few hidden parks, intriguing little shops and even seemingly forgotten ruins this way – well, okay, I also got lost, but that’s a story for another time. Other great options open up when you are couch surfing or when you already know some locals. If they show you around, you’re sure to get first-hand information and personal tips. Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten track. Where’s the fun in driving to all the famous places, taking a few pictures and being on your way again? Just try something different and maybe you’ll come across sights you never even knew existed.
Author: Nicole Gifi ; Layout: Nicole Gifi; Pictures: Nicole Gifi
Vodka, Putin and Matryoshka What do you know about Russia?
Bears, eternal winter, caviar for breakfast and vodka for lunch and dinner – how do people in Germany picture Russian reality?
Cruiser Aurora which is now a museum ship in St. Petersburg
Once, sitting in one of the university’s lecture halls here in Augsburg and waiting for the class to begin, I met a girl from Macedonia. After she heard I came from Russia, her very first question was – guess what - “Is it really that cold there?” I was lost in thought for the rest of the lecture. This short conversation made me wonder what my fellow students think when they hear the word Russia. It’s always cold The well-known region of Siberia is indeed the coldest in Russia, where average winter temperatures fall as low as -62°C (yes, it’s hard for me to imagine it, too, since I’m from Moscow). However, a significant part of Russian territory experiences a humid continental climate comparable to Germany. What’s more, Russia’s southernmost point on the Black Sea coast is even further south than that of Germany, which makes Russia a really good holiday destination.
I’m afraid it’s rather complex, but here goes… after Buranovskiye Babushki, an Udmurtian ethno-pop band of eight elderly women, took second place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Azerbaijan, babushkas became one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia. But what makes Russian babushkas so peculiar? Linguistically, babushka is a diminuitive form of the obsolete Russian word baba meaning ‘a married woman.’ First, babushka, or grandmother, is a key figure in a typical Russian extended family. It’s assumed that any babushka is extremely good at cooking and is always eager to take care of her grandchildren, and, most importantly, stuff them to bursting point! Anyway, there’s one more meaning of the word babushka, circulating in particular among tourists coming to Russia, which denotes an elderly woman who’s extremely self-confident, ready to stand up for herself, criticize and give advice, whether asked for it or not. I hope you’ve understood!
Vodka “Do you drink vodka?” Matryoshka This is the second most This word, which is hard to pronounce, can be easily confused popular question which with babushka, all the more so because it’s a woman, too. Matryosmy German friends ask hka is a doll made of wood and consisting of several similar me. Of course I won’t dolls, each one smaller than the previous one, which are put completely deny the poThe Black Sea coast, a popular Russian health resort inside each other. As a tribute to tradition, the doll’s dress pularity of this drink, but is designed by women, while the face is always painted by a man. here’s a fact to surprise you: Russian people prefer beer! Yes, my The irony is that matryoshka, which makes for an almost obligatory dear Bavarians, we see eye to eye on it, and vodka is a trap for tousouvenir, actually has its origin in Japan. The very first Russian marists rather than an everyday drink in Russia. tryoshka was made at the end of nineteenth century, her creators having been inspired by a doll from Honshu Island picturing a bold Babushka
Modern buildings of Ekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia, located on the border of Europe and Asia
Buddhist monk (quite a radical rebranding, isn’t it?). The name matryoshka is, again, a diminuitive form of a woman’s name Matryona, quite common at that time.
And this is what other students think about Russia:
Traditional cuisine And now a new tongue-twister for you! Try to say it quickly: “borshch, okroshka, shchi.” As you have probably guessed, these are the three best-known Russian soups. Okroshka is perhaps the craziest: a cold soup prepared with kvass – a Russian bread drink – or sour milk with cucumbers, boiled eggs, sausage, radish and cream. Russians do like soups, but (again this ironic turn) the one that has become a symbol of Russian traditional cuisine – borshch – is actually Ukranian. If you wonder what Russian people really eat if there’s no babushka at hand to cook borshch – well, it’s french fries and pasta.
Yuki: “Magnificent architecture (Orthodox churches) and beautiful embroidery.” Malvina: “Vast landscapes, ‘perestroika’ and ‘glasnost’, Russian roulette, the Cyrillic alphabet and these typical hats.”
Melinda: “Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and other writers; Balalaika, Russian ballet, the Kremlin, the Hermitage Museum, samovar, vodka and borshch. Russia comprises a lot of minorities - ethnicities, languages and cultures. And serfdom in Russia was abolished later than in Western Europe.” Nathalie: “I recently saw a play about Russia, Sons Without Fathers, a new version of Chekhov‘s Platonov in the Arcola theatre in London. It was about Russian history, with a lot of Russian music, dances and vodka.” Paloma: “What comes to mind is a long list of renowned writers, poets and composers. I knew about Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina before the American movie of the film was shot.” Solène: “Russia is an invincible country, and also the country of communism.” Claudia: “The attitude of the Russian government towards journalists is anything but positive. But what I find good is that the general public tries to maintain resistance - even if it´s difficult and dangerous under Putin.”
An Orthodox church in the small Russian village Merkushino Author: Daria Pominova Layout: Susi Vogel Pictures: Daria Pominova
“Business” English How Brazilian prostitutes are preparing for the 2014 World Cup
“30 minutes, 3 positions or 1 orgasm, the whole program for 40 reals.” This is said to be one of the main sentences a Brazilian prostitute needs to know in order to get down to business. In addition to the obvious World Cup preparations like refurbishing stadiums, opening hotels or improving the infrastructure, there’s one relatively unconventional initiative which has recently attracted a lot of attention: The prostitutes of Belo Horizonte, capital of the Brazilian state Minas Gerais, are taking free language courses to be able to negotiate with the expected thousands of international clients during the World Cup. According to a Brazilian newspaper, there is currently no topic about the World Cup 2014 which is being discussed as much as this one. The main patron of this project is “Aprosmig”, a group of politically and socially committed women who fight for the prostitutes’ rights in Brazil. We spoke to Lucimara Wieniesky, 40-year old PR representative and active prostitute, and asked her about the project, the courses and volunteers.
eMAG: Lucimara, could you explain to us what “Aprosmig” is exactly? When was it founded and what are the main goals? Lucimara: “Aprosmig” stands for “Association of the PROStitutes of MInas Gerais”; we are in our fourth year of existence now. The association represents those girls, boys and transvestites who are working on the streets, in clubs or hotels here in Minas Gerais. Our main responsibility is to defend their interests and rights; for example, we’re working with local health centres to provide free vaccinations. We’re organizing political events to call attention to human trafficking or violence against prostitutes. The most important element of our work is the struggle to get prostitution legally recognized as a profession. Is the up-coming World Cup in Brazil already catching prostitutes’ attention? We read that you were providing language classes for the prostitutes of Belo Horizonte… Yes, the first language courses started a short time ago and there’s so much interest that we’re now looking for more teachers and girls to start more courses soon. We’ve found a team of language teachers who work for our project voluntarily. All of them are university lecturers or experienced teachers who are investing a lot of work to create interesting language lessons. The classes are free for the girls – they just have to sign up and attend the courses on a regular basis. And English is the only foreign language taught? No, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Wow, they’re going to end up speaking more languages than the FIFA president! Are these lessons only intended for prostitutes? The girls are learning “business” vocabulary, of course; they need to be able to negotiate prices, wishes and fetishes. However, the basics are important as well. I’ve already worked with gringos (foreigners) myself and sometimes they’re just looking for somebody to spend a good time with. They’re going to pay for the whole day and take the ladies to a nice restaurant or sightseeing, so the women need to know how to communicate with them.
Do you know how many prostitutes work in Belo Horizonte? And how many have already started the courses? There are many of them; in the city centre alone there are about 4,000 prostitutes working nights. So far, 200 girls are participating in the courses. Another question we were wondering about: The teachers work on voluntary basis, right? Have teachers had the idea of exchanging (private) lessons for sexual services? (Laughs) No, the project is strictly professional, both for the teachers and the participating prostitutes. As I mentioned earlier, the teachers are well known at the university and even though something like this could happen, I’m sure it won’t. We have four male and four female teachers and all of them take their work seriously. It wouldn’t make any sense… Earlier, you mentioned the debate about prostitution becoming a legally recognised profession in Brazil. What can you tell us about this? Although prostitution isn’t a crime in Brazil, prostitution is not yet an official profession. We want the law to recognize our occupation, so we can pay taxes, retire and earn a pension. The prostitutes of Brazil are simply demanding their rights. Prostitution is the oldest profession in Brazil – no, in the whole world. We work hard, physically and psychologically and like any other working person, we want to be accepted as part of society. It’s the third attempt in 15 years but this time we’ll hopefully succeed! In order to achieve our aim, we’re holding many events in Belo Horizonte to make the people aware of the topic. In June, we’re planning a street event on the occasion of the “International day of Prostitution”. We’ve invited important representatives of the debate and they will talk about the legal aspects. Sounds promising; thank you Lucimara for your time and all the information! Good luck!
Author: Stefanie França Leite Layout: Adina Mutter; Pictures: kkkatrin/pixelio.de, Aprosmig, BaldBoris/commons.wikimedia.org
• Founded in 2009 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil by Cida Vieira and a group of politically committed women • Almost all of the Aprosmig members work actively as prostitutes • Approximately 80 000 prostitutes work in Belo Horizonte (3.1 Million inhabitants). Numbers are increasing as the World Cup also attracts women from other cities • Prostitution in Brazil is legal, but not regulated by the state (prostitutes don’t need to pay taxes, but can’t receive a pension when retiring either) • For 15 years, Brazilian prostitute organizations like Aprosmig have been fighting for the regulation of the profession
James:“Same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?”– Miss Sophie:“Same procedure as every year, James!”
A cup of coffee that makes a difference Charity article about Café am Milchberg One of my favorite things about eMAG is that we support local charities. We have reported about many interesting projects in the past, but not many students can dedicate hours a week to volunteering. This term, in order to get involved and support your community, all you need is a cup of coffee! There are absolutely no excuses for you not to check out this charity yourself.
The idea The idea is to create an environment where disabled people can be integrated into society and interact with other people in a natural way. During their shifts, the handicapped workers have their own individual tasks that they perform independently. For mentally handicapped people, calculating, reading, and service-oriented thinking is a great challenge. Therefore, the work at the café is an essential aspect of their personality development. They learn the skills they can transfer to their daily lives and help build self-confidence.
The location Café am Milchberg is a neat little coffee shop between the tram stop “Margaret” and Ulrichsplatz. The small café has comfortable seating, changing local art exhibitions, and their coffee is award-winning. My favorite spot to enjoy their coffee is in the beautiful quiet garden in the back. To make it the perfect location for students, it’s also really affordable (¤2.20 for a Cappuccino), and it offers free Wi-Fi to its customers.
“Handicapped people who volunteer through “MIT” are extremely proud that they are involved in Café am Milchberg – it’s prestigious for them.” - Frank Finkenbeiner The benefit “Everything that comes from outside is great for disabled people,” says Frank Finkenbeiner, who’s responsible for the coordination of volunteers at Café am Milchberg. “If you ask handicapped people about friends, they often list their care-takers.” Café am Milchberg and “MIT” give them the unique opportunity to interact with other people, outside their housing units, on a daily basis. eMAG would like to encourage you to give Café am Milchberg a try. See for yourself what the project is all about, have a delicious coffee, and contribute to the existence of this great place!
The people So far so good, but what’s the charity aspect of it? The people: the barista, chefs, bartenders, waiters, and cleaning personnel. Almost all of them are either mentally challenged or volunteers. Café am Milchberg is a Ulrichswerkstätten Augsburg of CAB Caritas Augsburg Betriebsträger project. Three full-time employees and seven mentally handicapped men and women make up the core team. They’re supported by numerous volunteers with and without disabilities through the collaborating project “MIT” – Menschen mit Menschen.
06.07.: Ulrichsviertel Straßenfest von 14-23 Uhr mit dem Cafe am Milchberg und MIT im Saurengreinswinkel 19.07.: mongkong music dj cafe ab 20 Uhr, Eintritt frei! 20.07.: Abend der Oldies mit DJ-Günther ab 19 Uhr Originalplatten aus den 60er/70er/80er, Eintritt frei! 26.07.: The Road to Emmaus ab 19:30 Uhr Gospel-Pop-Reggae Musik mit Ukulele Klang, Eintritt frei! 27.07.: Kicker- & Dart-Abend ab 19 Uhr Spiel – Spannung - Leidenschaft, Spielteilnahme: 1 ¤/Person!
Author: Manfred Schoch; Layout: Hai Nhu Nguyen; Pictures: Martina Orlović
Horse Scoffing Men A local band takes my random questions
In the last two issues of eMAG I shamelessly used the fact that I’m part of the media now to let my weird but persistent urge to bother random people with random questions run free. This issue I’m taking things to the next level: Under the pretext of ‘interviewing’ them for the magazine I lured the new hot local band HORSE SCOFFING MEN into my apartment and asked them the most off-topic questions I could think of. Enjoy! I certainly did. And be sure to appreciate my reflection in the window in all the pictures I took. Johannes Wiedorfer and Heide Ewerth
The band: A short introduction
What color are your bedclothes?
The band consists of Joe and Heide. They met in a theater workshop here in the University of Augsburg. When Heide moved into the same student housing as Joe, they just started singing and playing music together one day and realized, “hey that doesn’t sound crappy at all, does it”. The next time Joe got booked to play at an event, he asked Heide if she wanted to join him. Thus his former one-man-band project Horse Scoffing Man became Horse Scoffing Men. This was about a year and a half ago. With a guitar, a kazoo and two singing voices, this is not your typical dance music: Sometimes serious, sometimes funny and sometimes just a little weird, their songs are truly unique. What was the last video you saw online? Heide: Today I saw a couple of The Voice UK videos! Joe: I’m giving a presentation on Jean Paul in a couple of days and I watched cartoons about him on youtube. What are your best physical features? (They’re laughing) (Silence) Joe: What kind of a question is this? (giggles) Heide: Hm I think I like my chin and neck… or my cheekbones? Ah that’s stupid, I can’t just say “I like my face”… Ah! I really like my hands and my feet! Joe: Hm… you know what! I really like to look at my legs. Yes, I really like my skinny legs. And my unexercised belly. Heide: Yes! Me too! I like my unexercised belly, too.
Joe: I only have two sets, one is blue, black and white and the other one is red and orange. Heide: OK, this is embarrassing: White with red flower petals and orange with pictures of my friends ironed on it. Joe: And one The Lion King set I don’t want my mom to ever throw away. (giggles) What’s under your bed? Heide: A drawer with towels and shoes. Joes: Drawers with cushions and unorganized university documents, receipts and such like. Do you prefer blue or black pens? Joe: Blue. (silence) Is this a hard question? Heide: I think that’s a problem I have; I can’t make decisions. I can talk for 15 minutes and arrive at the conclusion that it’s not easy to make decisions. I’ll just take ‘black’ to do something different now. Do you have any tattoos? Joe: We should make something up. Heide: Yes, we both have a “I love Horse Scoffing Men” tattoo on one butt cheek. Joe: Well I have a… No. Heide: He almost said something (looks at him). Joe: No.
What was the best pick-up line you either used or was used on you? Heide: In Holland a Swiss guy asked me (mimics a Swiss accent): May I lift you up? Joe: (laughs) That’s awesome! Heide: Yes, apparently his ex never allowed him to lift her up. And before that he asked: Would you like to waltz with me? (laughs) In a field with moonshine and next to a pond with water lilies – just to paint you a picture. And the first thing he said I think was (mimics a Swiss accent again) May I hold your hand? Then: Would you like to waltz with me? And then: May I lift you up? (laughs) Joe: (laughs) That’s just awesome. Heide: I think we’re more used to men picking up women at the moment. I would be surprised if you had a good pick-up line a girl used on you. Joe: Hm. No, just something boring like: But I’m so lonely right now… Heide: (laughs) Uhh… Goosebumps. Joe: Oh and I remember (no comma) the first time I smooched a girl at a disco – Well, I can’t remember the exact words but somehow one of us asked the other if they wanted to share a hot dog at the hot dog booth outside and we ended up kissing! (laughs) Heide: Oh come on! Will you share a hot dog with me? Really? (laughs) If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Heide: Invisibility… or maybe the ability to beam myself to other places? But maybe that would result in me changing locations a lot. What would that do to relationships? … God, I can’t shut up, can I? Joe: Well, not flying, but maybe floating? I don’t want to be able to fly somewhere but I always had the feeling I could float in the air.
Horse Scoffing Men - They have songs in English and in German and are thinking of mixing languages and dialects in their next projects - Recently they both acted and sang in the play ‘Muttercollage’ - For them both music and acting is closely connected and equally important - Contact them via facebook.com/horsescoffingmen
Author: Jessica Friedline Layout: Tamara Kögel Pictures: Jessica Friedline The band singing and flirting with the camera
Watch.Read.Listen. Let us entertain you!
WATCH “Warm Bodies“ (2013) This romantic comedy with an element of horror, tells the tale of zombie “R” (Nicholas Hoult) and his budding relationship with human Julie (Teresa Palmer) after saving her from a zombie attack. In a bizarre twist of events R seems to come back to life and, a Romeo and Juliet struggle develops as well as a war of the worlds style battle between a group of “bad” zombies and humans. But will this end well? Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the film is a must-see just for budding British actor Nicholas Hoult alone, as he gives a clever and real heart-warming performance. However, the smart comedy is also key to its appeal. So, even if you’re not keen like me on the horror aspect, this film is not to be missed! DVD release is 11th July. Amanda Brown “A Young Doctor’s Notebook“ (2012) A young and inexperienced doctor (Daniel Radcliffe), who just graduated top of his year in Moscow, is sent off to the freezing frostiness of Smolenks. Instead of the glorious medical career he imagined, he is trapped in a tiny clinic with a field surgeon and two midwives as his only staff. The young man takes up the battle against the burdensome memory of his deceased predecessor, his own inability to grow a beard in order to appear respectable, and his patients’ blatant ignorance of their siphilis infestation. But his fiercest opponent turns out to be his own future self from fifteen years later (Jon Hamm) that relentlessly comments on his every move and mishap. The miniseries “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” is based on the short stories of the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Daniel Radcliffe, star of the “Harry Potter” phenomenon, brilliantly portrays the young doctor’s struggle with fate and morphium. Both he and Jon Hamm are an absolute delight to watch during their fights and their inescapable, tragicomical course towards self-destruction. Sybille Ehing
Philip Pullman: “Northern Lights”
The Moons: “Fables of History”
A fantasy book about the adventures of an orphaned protagonist set in a strangely familiar parallel Earth. Sounds like a bedtime story; but don’t judge a book by its cover.
The title of this album says it all – the young band from Northampton invites everyone onto a fabulous, magical mystery tour starting in the 1960’s with the destination set in today. Released on vinyl and CD in 2012, it found its way to the record collections of devoted music lovers.
The first novel of the trilogy “His Dark Materials” revolves around a girl named Lyra Belacqua and her ‚daemon‘ Pantalaimon. Lyra sets out on an adventure and travels across worlds meeting different kinds of people and facing episodic dangers. “Northern Lights” is a young-adult fantasy novel which immerses us in political, religious, and cultural conflict. While the central character is indeed a child, the themes and conflicts in the novel are very adult, the action sometimes frightful, and characters‘ motivations quite complex. The story concerns kidnapped children, hidden mysteries of the Church, wandering gypsies, theoretical physics and experimental theology. This is a kind of fantasy that’s not too far away from reality. Even if you don’t usually enjoy reading fantasy, a range of serious thought-provoking topics will surely keep you captivated till the last page.
The catchy guitar riffs and dreamy Hammond organ make us think we join Lucy in the sky (or rather on the moon) while both The Beatles and The Doors perform on stage together. But, the 13 tracks don’t get stuck in a past decade. They carry their Sixties spirit into the future: While listening to “Fables of History” you can hear British songwriting legends like Pete Townshend (The Who), Ray Davies (The Kinks), Paul Weller (The Jam) or Peter Doherty (The Libertines/Babyshambles) echoing their sharpest melodies. It’s a timeless piece of art, a freshening dance through a summer rain and the shining sun tickling your nose on a Sunday morning in spring - a feel-good album for everyone who’s got a soft spot for 60’s pop, soul, psych, Rock’n’Roll and Indie. Julia Gehrlein
Martina Orlović John Irving: “The Hotel New Hampshire”
Jamie N Commons: “Rumble and Sway”
Although Irving‘s “The Hotel New Hampshire” is over 30 years old, it‘s not at all outdated. The book deals with the story of the Berry family; a strange, but charming family. For example, there are characters like the daughters Franny, who curses all the time, Lilly, who stops growing at the age of seven, and Sorrow, the dog, who farts too much.
You’re looking for a new twist to the old blues? The new Jamie N Commons EP Rumble and Sway might be just the right thing for you. Featuring a blend of brass, acoustic guitars, modern beats, heavily distorted bass lines, haunted vocals and dark gospel, this EP shows that good music didn’t die with the classic blues & rock stars. A hoarse voice that sometimes reminds you of the dark intensity of Johnny Cash, and the smoky rasp of Tom Waits is channeled through a young, sexy singer-songwriter… What more do you want?
This fifth novel from John Irving includes all of his well-established motifs: bears, hotels, prostitutes and a lot of dirty words. Although the plot may seem implausible at first, Irving manages to tell the story in such a beautiful, detailed and funny way that the reader is quickly convinced everything could have happened exactly the way as Irving wrote it.
Jessica Friedline Layout: Sybille Ehing; Pictures: Julia Gehrlein, Sybille Ehing, Superikonoskop / commons.wikimedia.org
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