Have you perfected the art of …

… using commas? Neither have I, especially when it comes to English. So, here’s another Ted-Ed video, one of a series of Ted-Ed lessons on how to “Perfect your punctuation”.


Some Bits of German Holiday Culture…

…that are actually not so VERY German after all…

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Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel

“Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel, English: Three Nuts for Cinderella, Three Gifts for Cinderella [UK title] and Three Wishes for Cinderella) is a Czechoslovak/East German fairy-tale film from 1973.” [quoted from Wikipedia]

This is in part German (made in cooperation of the former GDR in with some German actors), and it is a beautiful and slightly unusual take on the famous “Cinderella” fairy tale. More than 40 years old, this has become something like a staple of German holiday TV around Christmas time.

[In case this link does not work, there are plenty of others to be found on Youtube.]


Der Kleine Lord – Little Lord Fauntleroy

Another classic, this time a British one, the movie version (1980)  of the children’s book of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett – starring  Sir Alec Guiness and Ricky Schroder. There are several versions of this story, but it is mainly this particular version that is very popular in German families over the Christmas holidays.


Dinner for One – Der 90. Geburtstag

From a cultural point of view, I consider this show to be particularly interesting. “Dinner for One” is regularly aired on New Year’s Eve on German television. Watching this (approx 18 minutes long) comedy is a huge New Year’s Eve tradition in Germany.

The interesting thing is: A German TV channel recorded the sketch 1963 with the actors Freddie Frinton and May Warden, and it was recorded in its original English language. (Foreign movies and TV shows in Germany are usually aired in a dubbed version.) Meanwhile, there are other versions around, but this one remains the most popular version in Germany.

Even more interesting, as far as I am concerned: While this is nothing less than famous in Germany, it seems to be hardly known in either the United Kingdom or the USA!


And whatever you might be celebrating these upcoming days, be it Christmas, Hanukkah or something else (or nothing particular at all): Have a joyous and peaceful time. All the best!








TedTalk: “How YouTube thinks about copyright” (German and other subtitles available/bei Bedarf mit deutschen Untertiteln)

I used to edit YouTube videos (especially during the Tube’s pre-Google era and mainly about darling Jeremy Brett). Every now and then I would get a notification about problems regarding the copyright of the music I used for the background…
Nowadays the copyright question is once more of special interest to me, though this time around it is regarding my plans for promoting my work as a writer as well as singer via YouTube videos.
Yeah, marketing yourself/your work online seems to be of an ever increasing importance for people like me/us, and often this does indeed include YouTube (or Vimeo or Dailymotion etc.). The more important to get a bit educated regarding actual copyright regulations, right?
(For my German language readers: Für das Video könnt Ihr Untertitel in diversen Sprachen einstellen, u.a. auch in Deutsch.)

Happy Birthday, Jeremy Brett!

One of the greatest “Sherlock Holmes”-actors (and certainly my favorite “classic” Holmes) – and such a wonderful human being. Today would have been his 81st birthday.

So, here are two Jeremy tribute vids I compiled back in the olden days.

Once again: Happy Birthday, Jeremy! And since, incidently, it would have been his late wife’s birthday as well: Happy Birthday, Joan!

Steven Moffat talks about Sherlock and John: “A lifelong Partnership”…

… which is (I assume not only in my books) good news regarding the possible longevity of the “Sherlock” (BBC) Series.

“These are still the formative years of Sherlock Holmes, [the] important thing about the series is (…) that those two men are still young and are still at the beginning of  what they don’t yet know is gonna be a lifelong partnership.” (Steven Moffat, starting about 18:18 in the video)

I do consider it good news, especially regarding the famous three teaser words “Rat”, “Wedding” and “Bow”, that have been given to us by the makers of “Sherlock” as an outlook onto the yet to come third season. Especially the third word “bow” seems to be hinting at “The Last Bow” of Sherlock Holmes in the Canon and thus a conclusion of the BBC series. And WHO WANTS THAT????

So, when the creators of this particular “Sherlock” consider Sherlock and John “still at the beginning” during Season Two… then I don’t assume they are planning to be done with them any time soon… What say you?

Doctor … Who???

(Please have a look at the English version at the end of the text.)


Bisher bin ich (anglophil hin oder her) “Dr Who” fandomtechnisch immer mehr oder weniger erfolgreich “ausgewichen”… aber langsam werde ich weich! Nachdem ich gerade erst ein Faible für “Torchwood” entwickelt habe (d.h. für Staffeln 1-2… bin ein Jack/Ianto-Shipper…ahem), wurde ich aber nun doch zwangsläufig auf “The Doctor” aufmerksam, zumal ich gerade für meinen neuen Roman Recherche über Zeitreisen betreibe. Na ja, einen Grund, um bei Youtube & Kollegen vorbeizuschauen,  findet man immer.

Jedenfalls dürfte dieses neue Interesse den Großteil meiner Freunde und Bekannten meinungstechnisch in drei Lager spalten:

1. Super, ein neuer Whovian!
2. Ach du Sch… jetzt fängt du AUCH mit dem Quatsch an!


3. Wer ist Dr. Who? (neuer Zahnarzt vielleicht???)

In diesem Sinne: Timey-wimey allerseits!


So far I have managed to avoid most of “Dr Who” quite successfully – fandom wise, I mean. And yet – I am about to give in. Since I have just established a thing for “Torchwood” (only season 1-2 though… am a Jack/Ianto-Shipper… ahem) it was only a question of time re. being confronted with “The Doctor” (and, yeah, I guess I am the David Tennant type). Well, after all I am currently researching for a new novel which will be amout the issue of time travels. And of course I can ALWAYS find excuses for rummaging Youtube & the likes! 🙂

The new interest of mine is likely to divide my friends and acquaintances into three parties:

1. Great! A new Whovian!

2. O sh*t! Now you’re starting with this, too???


3. Who is Dr Who? (new dentist, perhaps ??)

Anyway: Timey-wimey allerseits!