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About crusoe

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  • Location Munich
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown Liverpool
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth 1960
  • Interests Bit of a folkie (There! I've said it!), love good trad English/Irish music, play in a couple of bands. Enjoy non-highfalutin' cooking. Read lots (but have terrible memory so am easily impressed by others' superior knowledge). Workaholic (freelance translator) with stubborn streak of couch potato and deep-seated hatred of getting arse in gear.

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  1. Yay, this is looking like a plan    In other news, MS Editor's German info page reveals its secret plans to conquer the world on behalf of an Eastern European country:   In the same breath, Microsoft, you have the temerity to ask whether you should translate my document for me. You'll need a whole lot more Polnisch before I ever ask you to do that.
  2. Glad you enjoyed them! Oh, I forgot one - the air letter, in Wikipedia as "aerogram" but with plenty of discussion in the Talk section.    For the next one, it's probably good to get Easter out of the way first; maybe Thursday May 2nd or Tue/Wed May 7th/8th? (And yippee, May 1st is a holiday )
  3. And I'd rather go on believing it than research more and find out it's not true. But you go right ahead if you want. The stuff about Frederick and the potatoes is true, though. Segue into the Munich Potato Museum, unfortunately "temporarily closed", which leads us to the Long Night of Museums (19th October), the Long Night of Music (5th May), Munich Film Festival (27th June - 6th July), Munich Fantasy Film Festival (13th - 14th April), and Munich Documentary Film Festival (8th - 19th May)   We touched on crisis actors and emotional labour / mental load ("You should've asked" is one of my faves).   And 419 scammers - those "I have 30 million dollars on an account and I want to share them with YOU" mails - captured in such detail on; for more about scam-baiters see this NY Times article. And for a neat link to marketing, there's Marketing Lessons from Nigerian Scammers.   And finally, cashless payments, especially Swish in Sweden.   Got all that? Good. There'll be an exam next time.            
  4. Wow, soyoung, you're really fast! We're glad you joined too   I have many pages of notes from last night's wide-ranging discussions to post reminders/links about, so it may take a while. Er, did we mention translating at all? 
  5. So:   1) Crusoe 2 - 3) MunichMom + J 4) Gen 5) soyoungsogone 6) Zefy   Reserved under Moffat and/or Übersetzer. Lovely, see you all there. Zefy, I really hope you can make it this time - it's been so long  
  6. Hi and welcome, soyoungsogone, you did it perfectly! Veteran Zefy forgot to add herself though  The 29th is OK for everyone so I'll fix it as the date.   As always, PLEASE PLEASE let me know asap if you can't come - we always meet in restaurants, not bars, and a few people more or less can sometimes make a big difference to table arrangements etc. We don't want to get a reputation as annoying gits who reserve for 10 and only 5 turn up...   1) Crusoe 2) MunichMom  3) Gen 4) soyoungsogone 5) Zefy 6)
  7. Change in date availability:   1) Crusoe - March 26 & 29 fine, April 3 & 5 maybes 2) MunichMom - March 26 & 29 are ideal, April 3 & 4 a maybe 3) Gen - all dates 4) 5)  
  8. Right then! All that St Patrick's Day nonsense is over and it looks like spring is on the way (famous last words). How about another meetup? I see the Alter Hof has changed hands (again) and is now Lump, Stein & Küchenmeister. Same Franconian food  (see Speisekarte). No idea whether it's as discussion-friendly as it used to be, but if we don't go, we won't know. Interested?   Suggested dates: Tuesday 26th, Friday 29th, Wednesday 3rd April, Thursday 4th April, Friday 5th April...    Same signup procedure as every yah, James.   1) crusoe - all dates 2) 3)  
  9. Very good article, MM, thanks for posting! Gen posted a link on FB too. From some people's comments, seems they actually like not being able to hear their fellow diners. Generation divide?    Gen, thanks for the many and various links. Did we actually, y'know, talk about, like, translation at all? Oh, and what was behind that door opposite?   We also talked a lot about allotments (see what I did there?), including the Three Sisters method. I didn't know that sunflowers are not a good choice as a Fourth Sister because they're allelopathic, but bee balm is fine apparently, and you can make tea from it.   There was talk of laptop bags that looked businesslike rather than luggage-like; the one I used was a Samsonite, this one. Looks neat, fits laptop, lots of useful pockets, very comfortable.   Orthorexia is the eating disorder which was mentioned. And to counter it, eat lots of zacusca, it's full of vegetables AND delicious.   And a pronunciation comparison of "ayte"/"et" morphed into a "neither"/"neether" discussion. Results: US and Canada: definitely "ayte" at all times, GB: "et" is old, "ayte" is newer; as in so many cases *cough* *shoehorn* *cough*, the country is divided on this one. "Neither"/"neether": that link makes the same distinction between older and newer pronunciation and wags a finger at "American influence". I knew it would be that pesky Donald Trump all along *shoehorn grows to giant size and explodes*)   
  10. We try and make it once a month but don't have a set day or time, so rely on democratic unity to make things work. Seems to work so far ( (c) David Cameron, 2016) ...
  11. Hi there Forrester, welcome! And of course we'd be very happy to see you at a meetup - we have a spare space tonight if you'd like to join us at short notice. Otherwise just keep an eye out for announcements and sign up on the thread. Hope to see you soon, or even very soon.   Troubie, sorry not to be seeing you tonight and hope you can make it next time!    
  12. I don't hear any howls of horror about Cafe Mozart (yet!), so have booked for 19:30 under Moffat. 
  13. Hm...   1) crusoe 25th 2) Troubie 25th 3) Gen 25th 4) rappy 25th 5) MunichMom - any date except the 25th...   Seems the 25th is the day. Sorry, MunichMom, but I know our paths will cross another day and another way - and when they do I want to hear all about those changes...   Now, venues. As we're probably not rolling in cash after Christmas, how about Cafe Mozart at Sendlinger Tor?  I confess I haven't been there, but I know a couple of TT talky-type groups meet there, or used to, so I'm guessing/hoping it's not massively loud. Happy to take other ideas on board too, though.    
  14. Thanks for the information, Choc! I won't be able to make it but expect a full report from you two as spies...   So Happy New Year to all of you out there, and hope you all made it hale and hearty into 2019. Wishing you a sparkly and sensational year!  Looking forward to seeing you again - we had fun at Kabul in December, which btw is superb for conversations where everyone can hear everyone. A rarity!  So let's talk dates. Week 4? (Mon 21st to Fri 25th Jan). All date suggestions welcome...
  15. I've been contacted by someone looking for a translator from English to German for an autobiography of around 20,000 words to be self-published. She says the language is relatively straightforward. Quotes should reflect the fact that she is financing the project herself. The book should be finished this month some time so the translation would likely be needed in January or February.   PM me for direct contact details. And please, no time-wasters - you should either be a native speaker or enquiring on behalf of one, and preferably have some experience of translating large-scale projects.