Combining #SkillsBuilding and #WorkLifeBalance with an Album Release

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I released my first EP recently and am accordingly happy and proud. It has been an interesting, exciting journey and a major element in my self-development and a perfect outlet to readjust my focus for other projects which are in the process of completion. Hashtag #PhD. A perfect opportunity!

The EP is called Friend Of The Family; it is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and other streaming and download services. You can listen to a short promo preview clip on Youtube, and if and when this has sparked your interest, you can find all streaming and download links, song lyrics and the opportunity to grab a free Friend Of The Family ringtone by clicking here.

Besides my musical development, this production has also been an invaluable experience to develop and put to practice a number of skills which come in handy in working environments, too.

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How are you feeling, out of 10?

I was just thinking about something: When a doctor (or another personell with medical judgement capacities) asks you: “How are you feeling, out of 10?”, what does this actually mean? How do they base a diagnosis on people’s idiosyncratic judgement and experiences?

Read on….

My humble opinion on #Twittiquette

Everybody has their own opinion, and this is mine. Everybody has their own way of using Twitter, and this is mine. This is not about the content that is shared on Twitter but, moreover, about the presentation, about Twittiquette.
I like Twitter and I am interested to read what people have to say. Nonetheless, there are two pet hates of mine which will drastically reduce my motivation to read a tweet or, in the long run, even to keep following someone:
Read on about my twitter pet hates.

#Germany89, #FallOfTheWall, and I was 10.

November 9, 2014: ask any German in their early thirties or older what they did this day, 25 years ago, and you will very likely get a pretty detailed summary of their evening. It was the day when two months of peaceful protest by the people of the GDR and hundreds of thousands of emigrants left the socialist party regime with no other option but to give in, when Günter Schabowski, the spokesman of the central committee of the socialist party announced in a press conference that GDR citizens were granted permission to emigrate and, more importantly, to travel freely across the border to Western Germany - immediately. It was the day when, after 10,316 days, after 28 years, two months and 28 days, the Iron Curtain that had ripped Germany and Europe apart, that had separated families and even ended lives of people who wanted nothing else but freedom finally collapsed under the wind of change. I was ten years old.

“Have you always been #blind?” – Follow-Up on my previous post

In my previous post I aimed to draw the readers’ attention to some phenomena in speech interaction, namely how to say one thing while meaning quite the opposite. The first example I chose, “I don’t mean to patronise you, but…” opened a door which lead the topic into a different direction. Is it patronising to offer somebody help?
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I’m not trying to be smart, but I’m just saying…

I love studying language and languages. Language is a wonderful tool to master our every-day communication; and since we don’t always agree with one another, language provides us with the ability to say one thing whilst we mean quite the opposite.
My favourite contradictions in English, additions and comments welcome!—>

Happy New Year!…

Happy New Year!
Xin nian yu kuai!
Gelukkig nieuwjaar!
Onnellista uutta vuotta!
Bonne année!
Ein glückliches neues Jahr!
Felice Anno Nuovo!
Felix sit annus novus!
Feliz año nuevo!
Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!
La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit!