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I am irrational

My goodness, those spam comments really just make me laugh at times. Here’s the latest, in full. Really, how, and even more, why, do people come up with such rubbish??

Together with every thing which seems to be building within this area, many of your points of view are very exciting. Even so, I appologize, because I can not subscribe to your entire plan, all be it refreshing none the less. It seems to everyone that your commentary are actually not completely rationalized and in reality you are your self not really fully certain of your assertion. In any case I did appreciate examining it.

Don’t know really what my “plan” is, but I’m glad that someone finds it “refreshing” ;-). But I’m most amused about the last part, about everyone (who’s everyone??) finding my commentary not really rational and that I’m apparently aren’t really convinced about what I’m saying.

No guess which of my posts received this spam comment – exactly, on again it is my “About” post :-). But I’m glad it’s appreciated :-).

Really, go and find something useful to do!

My Goodness, I must be famous!! ;-)

Spam is an annoying part of our everyday digital life. We receive dozens of spam messages in all our e-mail accounts, on our blogs, etc. The only thing to do with them is ignore and delete them. But sometimes, they are so absurd that they just make you grin. These are usually those found on your blog. Like the one I found today:

Nicely this post that i’ve been waited for so long. I require this article to total my assignment in the college, and it’s same topic with your article.

The post in question is About, i.e. my blog profile. Wow, I must be really famous if they’re writing essays in college about me!! 😉

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Job satisfaction

Life is so much pleasanter if you love what you (have to) do, at least most of it – and with a nice cup of hot tea or coffee 😉

Texture is by les brumes and own texture, the lovely hearts are by melemel  //

Once Upon A Time

It’s story hour in The Library and everyone has come to listen to the tales and stories. Mrs Pearl is the centre of attention, reading from Wilhelm Busch’s story book to the children, about the pranks of Max & Moritz and the bad end the mischievous duo had in the end.

Everyone’s listening intently, the delicate Ophelia is already feeling a bit dizzy from hearing about the wicked boys’ little crimes and Blacky the sheep, who is usually blamed for everything that goes wrong anyway, has taken the precaution of hiding behind the book cart and is enjyoing the story from a safe distance, out of eyesight. Just in case. You never know.

 Max und Moritz

Ach was muss man oft von bösen
Kindern hören oder lesen!
Wie zum Beispiel hier von diesen,
Welche Max und Moritz hiessen.
Die, anstatt durch weise Lehren
Sich zum Guten zu bekehren,
Oftmals noch darĂŒber lachten
Und sich heimlich lustig machten. –
– Ja, zur ÜberltĂ€tigkeit,
Ja, dazu ist man bereit! –
– Menschen necken, Tiere quĂ€len,
Äpfel, Birnen, Zwetschen stehlen –
Das ist freilich angenehmer
Und dazu auch viel bequemer,
Als in Kirche oder Schule
Festzusitzen auf dem Stuhle. –
– Aber wehe, wehe, wehe,
Wenn ich auf das Ende sehe!! –
Ach, das war ein schlimmes Ding,
Wie es Max und Moritz ging.
– Darum ist hier, was sie getrieben,
Abgemalt und aufgeschrieben.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) and her delightful stories were hardly known here when I grew up. I only got to know her as an adult. My childhood companions were the characters from the fairy-tales by the Brothers Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm, Astrid Lindgrens (1907-2002)  “Pippi Langstrumpf” and other books, and the stories by German author Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908), most of all his that about the famours, or rather infamous rascals Max & Moritz, which was first published in 1865. Written in rhyming couplets and wonderfully illustrated, I absolutely loved them. They are quite cruel at times, really (as are many fairy tales) but we never noticed that as children, they were (and still are)  just so wonderfully funny.

The big green Wilhelm Busch book with all his stories belonged to my grandparents who kept it for me to read when I visited. My grandparents have died long ago and the book is now one of my cherished treasures (even though it is not a 19th century original but a 1970s reprint), full of memories – and great stories.

I don’t know how well known (if at all) Wilhelm Busch is in the English speaking world. If you don’t know them, you can read a bit about Max & Moritz here (there’s also an English translation of the above preface to the story).

To be continued…

Textures by les brumes and Shadowhouse Creations  //

Mrs Pearl Is Getting Ready

Mrs Pearl has been busy all day yesterday dusting the books in The Library to make the best of impressions on her first apprearance in the new Flickr group Toy-in-the-frame Thursday today. She was so excited, she couldn’t stop shushing to herself all day and she even completely forgot to put back all the books but left them lying everywhere on the cart and the desk.

Textures by les brumes and Shadowhouse Creations


Meet Mrs Pearl
Mrs Pearl is a 12cm tall Librarian Action Figure. Push a button on her back and her arm moves with a shushing action. She comes with her bestseller Book Lust and a stack of books or, in the deluxe version, with a whole library complete with reference desk, computer, library cart and books.

 The figure is modeled after the real-life librarian and author of bestseller Book Lust Nancy Pearl.

Mrs Pearl is already looking forward to next week. What adventures, tasks or daily routines will the new week bring?

To be continued…

Quot. Nicholls: Library or Pub?

Her skin had a pallid puffiness that spoke of too much time in libraries or drinking pints in pubs, and her spectacles made her seem owlish and prim.

Nicholls, David. One Day. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2010. 978-0-340-89698-3.

Bilder von der InetBib-Tagung 2010

Der Tagungsort: Die ETH ZĂŒrich

Der Tagungsraum: Das Auditorium Maximum

Das Tagungsprogramm vom Donnerstag, 15. April 2010:

Die Twitterwall:

Die StÀnde der ausstellenden Firmen im Innenhof:



Quot. Sansom: The Guildhall’s Librarian

Fictional description of the Guildhall Library in London in 1540 and its librarian. I’m sure the librarians there are much more reader-friendly and service-orientated these days 🙂 .

But I’m afraid there are still some libraries left even today, where a  librarian not unlike the one described by Sansom watches over the collection, scowling at every reader who innocently wishes to consult one of its books …

The librarian was one of those fellows who believes books should be kept on shelves, not read, but with the aid of Vervey’s note I was able to get past him. He watched sourly as I put the volumes in my satchel.

Sanson, C. J. Dark Fire. London: Pan, 2007. 978-0-330-45078-2.

See here for information about today’s Guildhall Library and its services.

It’s a blue book, you know…

Bringing books and people together: Librarianship back then – “Your Life Work: The Librarian” (1946).