iTunes 11: Up Next

Friday, 30 November, 2012 0 Comments

Show me the money! So said Jerry Maguire in 1996. And show me the music, I say. It’s nice to know what’s upcoming and if I don’t like what the latest iTunes update has in mind, I can now move something more suitable to the head of the queue thanks to the Up Next feature via the “hamburger” icon. Like.

Man tuba

Sunday, 7 October, 2012

Tuba is Latin for trumpet or horn. The tuba is generally constructed of brass, which is either unfinished, lacquered or electro-plated with nickel, gold or silver. A person who plays the tuba is known as a tubaist or tubist

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In the napcab at the aerotropolis

Thursday, 20 September, 2012

Exhausted from crossing time zones? One hour in a napcab at Munich Airport costs €15 by day €10 at night. Developed by a Technische Universität München start up, the cabins contain a bed, a desk and, critically for travellers in need of sleep, free internet access.

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The Games of the XX Olympiad in Munich and their victims

Sunday, 26 August, 2012

On this day in 1972, the Games of the XX Olympiad began in Munich and continued until 10 September. At 4:30am on the morning of 5 September, a group of Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and entered two apartments being used by the Israeli team at 31 Connollystraße. The memorial plaque on the […]

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The depraved architects of death

Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War by the French architectural historian and architect Jean-Louis Cohen establishes “one big, awful, inescapable truth”, writes Martin Filler in the New York Review of Books. According to Filler: “the full potential of twentieth-century architecture, engineering, and design was realized not in the social-welfare and […]

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Godard as the spiritual father of Palestinian terror in Munich

Monday, 23 July, 2012

In this clip from 1969, the French film director Jean-Luc Godard orders a cheque to be made out to his account by ZDF, the German public broadcaster, to buy weapons for use against Israel. And it is duly done. He brandishes a six-pointed Swastika as the German narrator declares that Godard believes “America has become […]

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We verb / We noun

Sunday, 3 June, 2012

move (verb) to change the place or position of something. “Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered President Hosni Mubarak to be moved to a military prison on the outskirts of Cairo.” Reuters sale (noun) the transfer of ownership of something from one person to another for a price. “Romney discloses sale of stocks in dozens of companies […]

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Marie Louise O’Murphy, mistress, survivor

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

A holiday Monday in Munich and a visit to the Alte Pinakothek art musuem. There, in the upper floor gallery reclines Marie Louise O’Murphy, once mistress of Louis XV of France. Born in 1737 in Rouen to Marguerite Igny and Daniel O’Murphy de Boisfaily, an Irish soldier who had taken up shoemaking, she was the […]

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In the field of (broken) dreams

Sunday, 20 May, 2012

There was a moment in last night’s enthralling Champions League Final when, after regular time and extra time had ended, Bayern Munich were leading Chelsea 3 — 1 on penalties. Everything about the history of shoot outs between Germans and Brits (as regards penalties, anyway), suggested that a resolute Bavarian hand was now on the […]

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So near, and yet so far

Sunday, 13 May, 2012

Last night, Borussia Dortmund thrashed Bayern Munich 5-2 in the German cup final in Berlin. Next Saturday night in Munich, the Champions League trophy will be up for grabs and, hoping for a less humiliating result, the thrashee of Berlin will host Chelsea FC in their home stadium, the Allianz Arena. Meanwhile, the “Grail” is […]

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Cold catch of the day

Sunday, 12 February, 2012

Catch of the day