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Friday, 16 January 2004
dabble in scrabble

Berneuse Leysin

Continuing the Swiss theme of this week, the picture above is from our trip to Leysin last year, taken at the top of the Berneuse mountain with Ai (the garlic clove shaped peaks) in the background. From left to right are myself, bluemeanie, dylan and pinkie.

I flew back to the UK this evening. It was good to see bluemeanie and pinkie again - I hadn’t seen them since before Christmas. I think they have grown. I was supposed to give Ash a lift from work into Haguenau, but after waiting a while for him in the office, and then for 10 minutes in the parking lot I realised that if I waited any longer I would miss the plane. And afterall, he had till about 11pm to make his way up to Frankfurt for his plane…

I have been playing around with the scrabble generator. The best version I can get from one of my “names” is a 20. Not bad.

Pholph’s Scrabble Generator

My Scrabble� Score is: 20.
What is your score? Get it here.
Posted by bigblue on 16/01/2004 at 09:56 PM
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Thursday, 15 January 2004
rooster mountain


I was interested to see that my weblog software censored the English translation of the American word rooster yesterday. Probably there is a setting that I can adjust somewhere, when I can be bothered, which can clear up such a misunderstanding. In any case, above is a better photo of the mountain, which is called hahnberg because it resembles a rooster.

At midday today, Miguel, Ash, Carles and I had our first German lesson with Danielle. I think it went well and I am regretting not starting German lessons earlier. Hopefully I will make fast progress over the next couple of months. 

This evening seven of us went back to the Gockelburg restaurant near Karlsrue (where we were on 16 Dec 2003). It was raining, so I didn’t take any outdoor pictures. I took a video in the restaurant, and may be able to cull some stills from it though.

I have been trying out a few of the many LOTR personality tests. I quite liked this one:



If I were a character in Zovakware Lord of the Rings Test  with Perseus Web Survey Software

(Warning: the Zovakware & Perseus links seem to produce popups!)

But I also liked the hobbitlore one which is based on the books’ characters rather than the films’. It also uses the Myers-Briggs/Keirsey Personality Tests. The first time I did it I came up with the following:

You are most like
Frodo Baggins, Son of Drogo

With many acquaitenances, Frodo is deeply attached to a few people, like Bilbo, Aragorn, Gandalf, and Sam. His high ethics come out in his treatment of Gollum and Saruman. Frodo has pity on Gollum and believes that change can occur.
You have a strong personal morality. You are committed to relationships and their growth. You tend to be an idealist, believing the best of the world around you. Time alone is important and solitary activities refresh you. You have a tendency to introspection. While providing compassion and being considerate, you may have the tendency of being soft-hearted or even “too emotional” You like keeping your options open. Closure is probably not one of your strong suits.

The Orcs display the evil side of this personality with their lengthy torture methods.

Traits: Empathic, benevolent, looking to the future. On the dark side you could be sadistic.

Torture? Sadism? Yeah! grin  Try it yourself, here.

Posted by bigblue on 15/01/2004 at 12:53 AM
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Tuesday, 13 January 2004


Here is another photo from the weekend (one of Carles’).  It was taken by our snow-boarding coach, Robbie, of boardlocal, outside the restaurant (just after I took the photo I posted on 11 Jan). The mountain which is called Hahn (rooster / cock) is in the background.  It is so named because it apparently resembles one.

I agree with Carles’ comment of yesterday and will probably also stick to skiing in future, rather than snowboarding. It was a great experience, but I am more comfortable on skis.

Today I have been looking at the winners of the Bush in 30 Seconds advertising awards, created by MoveOn.Org.  According to this site,

The idea behind the contest, was to make active involvement in politics more accessible to people who would be unlikely, in the normal way campaigns work, to be hired to create political TV advertising. “What we see, year-after-year in politics, is the same old approaches practiced by a small cadre of mostly Washington-based political consultants.  And each year the enthusiasm for politics becomes dimmer and dimmer.  We want to reverse that trend, by bringing ordinary people and new faces into the political discussion,” Pariser said.

Posted by bigblue on 13/01/2004 at 09:27 PM
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Monday, 12 January 2004
Carles the human cannonball


The photo above shows Carles coming down a piste on Gerschnialp, Engelberg, on Sunday morning.  The two of us took it a bit easy on Sunday, while the others went higher up the mountain to Jochpass.

Back in Haguenau I have found I didn’t really take that many photographs during the past weekend in Switzerland. It seems a bit of a waste as I lugged my camera around all the time, even on all my board rides. Oh well, obviously I had other things to concentrate on.

Today was dull and wet in Haguenau, and according to the weather report is going to remain that way for most of the week. There were some strong gusts of wind this evening, but nothing like in the South East of England where there is a severe weather warning because a gale is anticipated tonight.

Posted by bigblue on 12/01/2004 at 11:26 PM
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On Friday night Ash, Carles, Marcus and myself drove down to Engelberg, Switzerland for some snowboarding.  The above picture is from day one, at lunchtime, after a half-day’s lesson. Except for Ash this was everyones first time on a snowboard. The coach, Robbie, was very complementary and encouraging. Not a bad approach for a teacher to take.

Anyhow, it was an excellent weekend despite all the snoring, and the rain on Sunday afternoon. The above picture shows how easy it is to provoke a snowfight.

Posted by bigblue on 12/01/2004 at 12:13 AM
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