Taffthedigger

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  1. It has to be the Stadt Museum here in Munich. Ok, the exhibition is concerned mainly with the the rise and consolidation of the NS but it also touches upon the November Revolution, Eisner etc. The rest of the museum is worth a look too. It is free on Sundays.

     

    At the moment (until 22nd Feb) there is an exhibition in the Literaturehaus-Munich, on Salvatorplatz 1 called "Revolution! Bayern 1918/19. I have not seen it myself, only the adverts. Entry is 4 or 5 Euros I think. This place is just a few hundred metres away from where Eisner was murdered by von Arco.

     

    Hope this helps,

     

    Taff

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  2. I worked as a Chef for 10 (very long) years in the UK and Berlin. In Berlin, my employer (A well known Irish chain) were not so bothered about bits of paper. That was 9 years ago and I suspect that times and attitudes have changed. What are the current health regulations for catering staff and how do I go about getting qualified? In short, I want a German food hygiene certificate. I had a quick search on here but could not find anything. Can anybody advise please?

     

    Many thanks,

     

    Taff

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    For cooking with beef, where I would have used Guinness, or at least darker beer, here I use Köstritzer. Not sweet and generally available.

    On Friday I sauteed off some rindergoulasch, chucked in the usual onions, 'shrooms and finely diced carrots. When all had been sealed/sweated, I chucked in a bottle of the Kostritzer and added salt,pepper, some veggie stock,a bit of tommy puree, about 300ml of water and dash of HP sauce, and let it sit on a very low heat for 3 or 4 hours. I then chucked it in the fridge to sit. Knocked up some shortcrust this afternoon and made a pie with the meat and veg mix. Not quite as good as when I use something like "Brains SA" or "Kilkenny" but still pretty good. Proper food

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    Empire Of The Sun made me cry at the age of 9... Since then? Nope, nada. HAs to be one of my all time favourite films

    When bale sings Suo Gân when the Kamikaze pilots are about to take off always gets me - the way the music complements the scenes being acted on screen. (As a little aside, the pilot who Jim waves to - ex RAF pilot "Proof" Lighfoot - tragically died when the P-38 he was piloting suffered a structural malfunction [i think the crash report concluded that a cable had broken, aerilon dipped, flipping the aircraft over and into the ground] at Duxford. That was tragic. What made it horrific was that his wife and kids saw him pile in)

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  5. Thanks for your help, both of you. I will have to have a proper look at those websites.

     

    The Saalburg is pretty impressive. More modern research suggests that the gate towers should be a bit higher - but still, its give one the impression of what it might have looked like. I think reconstructions are a useful way of conveying information.

     

    Taff

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  6. The "Limes" were the equivalent to Hadrian's and the Antonine Walls in England and Scotland, and ran from modern Koblenz to near Regensburg. Has anyone walked or biked along the Bavarian sections? If so, can you suggest any "must-see" highlights or good guest houses along the way?

     

    Cheers,

     

    Taff

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  7. I had a call last week from my old boss inviting me to the annual bash. I really need to go as he mentioned that I am pencilled in for future projects. Trouble is I have been out of work for a while paying for dinner in a fancy restaurant would clean me out of the little money I have.

     

    I went to my landlord's birthday bash last year in a swish place but was not expected to put my hand in my pocket as I was invited. Is this normal in germany, or had I just better stick to soup and tap water this evening?

     

    Cheers,

     

    Taff

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  8. That certianly looks like it. I never need to go the Landesampt again - instead I can spend money I aint got (resting you see) on overpriced beer in Hofbrauhouse.

     

    ...which is another point - back in the Uk it was standard operating proceedure to get a few jars in after work - if not everyday, then at least often enough. It seems that this is just not the case here - "No, I have to have a shower" or "I am too tired". Of course folk need a shower - if they didn't I would say that they are work shy - of course folk are tired, no-one is good after getting up at 5.30 for a 7am start - but that did not stop my previous units doing it. I like working in archaeology here, the digging (mainly box sections) and the recording is a lot quicker (although I find the quality of photography awful in many cases) but I really miss sitting in pub shooting the breeze after work. To use military phraseology - it helped build "small unit cohesion".

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  9. The university of Bamberg have a listing of jobs somewhere on the website. My old gaffer tipped me off but so far I have been unable to find exactly where it is on the website.

     

    I was in the Landesampt about 10 days ago and they reckon that we have some major projects in Bavaria this year - one or two pipelines and a big road project at least. The weather at the moment is stopping work. I was abit shocked at this as back in the UK I have only ever been rained off - yep working in the snow is awful (it helps if you have stripped and planned the site before the snow comes so can work out where to try and dig) but with the client kicking off about time and money you just bash on. Not here. I have been "resting" since early December. The company I am supposed to be working for have a couple of projects near Augsburg (including what looks like a Medieval Jewish cemetary). I don't know how big these sites are though and whether there would even be enough work for the people on board already.

     

    I am going for the annual dinner of my old mob this week. I should be in a better position to let you know what is in the offing when I have sobered up. Word is however that they have fingers in a lot of pies this coming year, all based in the Munich area.

     

    Just for your interest, the going rate for a selfemployed excavator seems to be about E14-16 per hour (In Bavaria at least). Overtime is rare (when you get it it seems to be at the standard rate) although this might be different on these large capital projects. I don't think it matters particularly what your position was back home - until you get up to speed with the excavation and recording techniques (and technical language of course) here you will be an excavator. Knowledge of a TST (Reflectorless Leica's and older Nikon's are popular here) and CAD would do you no harm.

     

    I have never had a stroppy Super here...everyone is very friendly. Also, there is none of this "You don't like your wages or conditions?...there are people who would do your job for free..." nonsense. The fact that one has a degree means that you are treated with respect from the word go. By the same token, one is expected to work hard...not like some UK units where people just doss when the Super has their back turned (not something that I ever did - honest)

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  10. Jamie Oliver a chef...for christ's sake. For a very special young man he has done great things and should be applauded and hailed as an example. For a guy with his chromsones he has done well. A chef he aint though. Phil Vickery, Ramsey, Pierre-White..all great chefs who have contributed to a re-invention of British cusine. By looking at old classics in the pages of "Mrs Beeton" they found that good cooking does not have to be French. Jamie Oliver is a pub cook - nothing wrong with that - but he himself is the product he sells. The restaurant idea "15" and his school dinners campaign were great PR. Very calculated. It really pisses me off to see him hailed as a great saviour of British cuisine here in Germany :angry:

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  11. Hi Moonboot, thanks for coming yesterday and thanks for putting the pics up. I had me camera but did not have time to take any. The bones in the bag are actually from about 600 AD rather than 600 years old. Quite a few interesting people were in this time in this corner - as well as the giant with the pinhead and the other guy with a badly deformed head (I mentioned them yesterady but cannot remember with whom) I found a guy today who has signs of TB on his bones - or so the gaffer thinks...poor buggers. It certainly makes you think seeing all these skeletons.

     

    Hope you had time for a look around the tent and saw some of the goodies (including "my" gold brooch :) ) and thanks for coming again

     

    Taff

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  12. Thanks to everyone who came and had a looksy today...great to meet you all and great to be able to try and explain the site in english. My Bairisch is sufficient to order beer or to ask where one can buy Lederhosen but giving detailed archaeological explanations was a bit daunting. Hope I didn't bore anyone and I also hope that no-one who came felt that it was not worth it. I had hoped that we might have had some more finds out for you to see...we were expecting 4 or 5 display cases instead of the two we had. The things you saw to day were some of the nicest pieces but only a tiny fraction of what we have recovered. Not bad considering that about 80% of the graves had been robbed in antiquity.

     

    If anyone would like I have some illustrated PDF's about the site (auf Deutsch) that I could email.

     

    Thanks once again, glad you came, glad you asked questions, glad the kids learned something.

     

    Off to get warm now.

     

    Taff

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  13. I heard the following one day the other year in Odinsburgh Edinburgh, the culprit I am sorry to say was one of our Ami friends..."Oh gee Gloria..its like so good that they-ah built the Castle so close to the-ah train station"

     

    ...and on a similar note, heard at a Viking period livinghistory/re-enactment event near Eu (Dieppe)..."it is so great to see all you guys here in your traditional clothes...tell me, are there many Viking Reservations hereabouts...we have plenty back home your Indians"

     

    I nearly choked on my horn (of mead)

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  14. Well done Greentea for sptting those msteaks. I can only blame/thank my Cardiff education. I might be a bit better with road numbers and German placenames if Thatcher had not taken me milk when I was a bairn.

     

    Still, I think a map with a badge that says "Archaeology Dig Here" or whatever is a top-hole idea and I am glad that I spent a few minutes today getting that sorted.You spotting my mistakes just proves the point.

     

    I am quite gutted that the transport system is pretty bad hereabouts. My recent email to "Jim'll Fix it" (Dear Jim, please fix it for the archaeology to be shifted to central Munich. Love Taff, aged 10 3/4) went unanswered by Mr 'll Fix it's office.

    By car or bike it is no problem - its the PBI who are going to find it tough going. And even with the best will in the world I can't change that.

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  15. Ok, if I have done this right, when you follow this link -

     

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&amp...9dda7b9c222cd3b

     

    you should get a map of where we are.

     

    I have not had much luck with the bus timetable I am afraid. I don't know the bus routes that well as I get a lift in to work. Best bet is probably still Dachau by S-Bahn and then take it from there. Sorry I can't be helpful with the buses. (I have ended up shouting at the computer when it wasn't being more helpful)

     

    The Burgermeister of Dachau turned up yesterday. He had with him the finds that have been tarted up by the restorers. Very nice job too. Some fantastic bits of Schmuck...we should have a couple of short swords (Saxe) and a long Spatha as well (this was originally the sword of the Roman cavalry but later was used in lieu of the shorter Gladius and then into the sub-Roman period). The finds reflect the various strata in sub-Roman Boiaria, both male and female,children, poor people, those with pretensions to wealth and power, warriors. We probably had a few slaves here as well - but since they were buried with nothing (or least nothing that has survived) we have nothing to show.

     

    As I mentioned earlier there are many other exhibitions on this day - too many for to list. If fancy combining a visit to our site with somewhere else or even if you have no intention of coming, please have a look at this link as you might something near to you that appeals

     

    http://www.tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de/laender/by/

     

    We will have 4 or 5 graves open, (the last of about 200 so next week I am out of a job :-( ) various cabinets with a selection of finds, display panels detailing the complex history of the site and a Powerpoint presentation/talk. (exact time TBC - watch this space). If you have an interest then please come - however, if you are expecting something akin to the treasure of the Pharoahs you be a little disappointed. Although the area we have been working in is pretty massive really, as we are down to final bits do not expect to see hundreds of people toiling away like in "Raiders of the lost Ark". I do not want to put people off but nor to want people to come along and expect a circus.

     

    Any further questions do not hesitate to ask,

     

    Taff

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  16. "Will Carenza Lewis be there?"

     

    Thankfully not...a stuck up,prissy, self-important, arrogant plonka - nein danke. Did you know that those scenes on "Crime team" where they are all in the pub are sooo staged...after the shot everyone buggers off into their little cliques leaving CL on her own...she is not particularly well liked, so I picked up. One can see why...full of herself that one. If it makes your day I can wear a badge with "Carenza" written on it crayon, some lippy, a dress and a medium sized chip on me shoulder. :)

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