Friday, 28 August 2015

Fouad Twal in Austria: The Christian Exodus, and the Cremisan Wall

Regular readers of this blog will not need reminding that I do not subscribe to any of the world's many religions. I enjoy the freedom of not belonging. 

On the other hand I do believe there is a mysterious power beyond our everyday world and that it exists here on Earth and throughout the known and unknown Universe/s, and in many other dimensions.

Professor Stephen Hawking recently suggested that no information in the Universe is ever lost or destroyed. I think I agree with him. 

One undeniable fact concerning religion is that the majority of people who profess to have a religion did not 'choose' that religion for themselves.  The choice of religion was made for them before they were born. It is a 'choice' made by circumstance.

I recently attended, in Austria, a discussion chaired by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Monsignor Fouad Twal. It was as far as I can remember titled The Christian Exodus? (with question mark). Two messages came across:

Patriarch Fouad Twal, himself a native of Jordan, is deeply concerned with the increasing numbers of Christian refugees fleeing the conflicts in the so-called Holy Lands. An exodus (with a question mark), he calls it. 

The second message relates to the first. The Middle East needs Christians if bridges are to be built between the Arabs and the Jews and peace is to reign.  The Christians are the only people who can hope do this, he says.

Meanwhile, back in Palestine (or is it Israel)  bulldozers uproot the olive trees in the Cremisan Valley. The Patriarch also had a few words to say on that subject. 

Other news from Austria.  
Seventy-one people, including several women and children, were discovered yesterday in the back of an abandoned truck parked on the hard shoulder of a motorway a few kilometers from Vienna International Airport. They were all dead. Documents found at the scene suggest some of the deceased will be from Syria. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Loose Change or Sorry We Are Open (Picture Poem)

No Hidden Charges! 
   *It will only cost you an arm and a leg! 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Arnold Pranks Fans as the Terminator...for Charity

Synchronizing Schwarzenegger

   Austrian TV-critic Telemax is of the opinion (perhaps with tongue-in-cheek) that those who give voice to Arnold Schwarzenegger's words in Hollywood films dubbed into German ought to better imitate the tough guy accent and mountain man dialect of the Hollywood star, affectionally known to fans in his Austrian homeland as the Styrian Oak.

Naturally Telemax is aware that the German version of the Schwarzenegger drawl is aimed at an international German-speaking TV and Kino audience and it makes little or no economic sense to dub-in an appropriate Oak-cent solely for the benefit of homeland Terminator aficionados in the sparsely populated mountainous region of Styria, the so-called Green Heart of Austria.

When an English language script is translated into German the final text seen on the page will invariably be longer and should therefore take longer to read . . .  at least theoretically. You can test this for your self by comparing English and German editions of the same novel.

You will find that the German version (typeface, layout and page size being equal) will have 20-25% more pages.  Here, to illustrate the point, are some examples of sentence length. They are taken from a modern German/English text book:-

"Ich kann es machen." 
"I can make it."
"Sie liess mich es machen." 
"She let me do it."

"Sie fahren nach Deutschland, um die Sprache zu studieren." 
"They go to Germany to study the language."

"Das Urteil werden von Richter ausgesprochen."
"The sentence was given by the judge."

So there it is. All that remains is to assemble a selection of Hollywood character actors talking nineteen to a dozen in Deutsch. Throw a Terminator with a rushed Styrian drawl into the mix and you have the main ingredients of a  Telemax translation farce.

Might be fun!

Goad knows I've already watched too many of them. Or at least I've tried to.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Terence McKenna - You Must Have A Plan

"You must have a plan. If you don't have a plan you will become part of somebody else's plan."