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wingschwesterwing

Age 39
Joined Saturday, March 06, 2004
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My picture has been unchanged for a lot of years. I have been wearing masks for so very many hours of my work life and it has nothing to do with Covid19.
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Since August 2019 I include a self made shopping bag to every RABCK I send.
So far they have gone to South Croxton, Entraigues in France, Riga, Kokkola in Finland, Kansas City, Berlin, Helsinki, Whitianga in New Zealand, Heerenveen in the Netherlands, Milbrook in Cornwall, Richmond in British Columbia, Uppsala & Edinburgh.

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I read in German and English and prefer to read the original version but have no preference for German or English if the book was originally written in a third language.
I don't read chicklit or Zombie-stuff, which is somehow the same I think :-)
I really like to find books through Bookcrossing that I would never have taken in a shop.

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Mein Jugendheld Arthur Schnitzler weiß es:
»Der Strohhalm, mit dem ich mich an die Lebensfreude klammere, ist augenblicklich das Bicycle«

Favourite sentences in books I've read:
I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another's company and aid in consultation. A doctor who cannot take out your appendix properly will recommend to you a doctor who will be unable to remove your tonsils with success. from "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, and if we're being completely honest the spirit isn't always willing either. from "The Wall" by John Lanchester
Who broke the world? They wouldn't say that they did. And yet it broke on their watch. from "The Wall" by John Lanchester
...complex problems often have depressingly complex causes... from "Bad Science" by Ben Goldacre
More treacherous still was the realisation that I had no knowledge of the ageing pilot´s existential inner self. Perhaps he believed in eternal life - a hazard which people in his line of work should be screened for [...] from Maya by Jostein Gaarder.
The main cause of shooting trauma is inappropriate use of a handgun. from the UEMS handbook for Otorhinolaryngology.
Aristotle, so far as I know, was the first man to proclaim explicitly that man is a rational animal. His reason for this view was one which does not now seem very impressive; it was, that some people can do sums. Bertrand Russell "An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish" in "The Portable Atheist" by Christopher Hitchens
"You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You're dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!" Major Sanderson to Yossarian in "Catch 22" by Jospeh Heller.
"You have a morbid aversion of dying. You probably resent the fact that you're at war and might get your head blown off any second." "I more than resent it, sir. I'm absolutely incensed." "You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don't like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate." "Consciously, sir, consciously," Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. "I hate them consciously." Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
"Won´t you fight for your country?" Colonel Korn demanded, emulating Colonel Cathcart´s harsh, self-righteous tone. "Won´t you give up your life for Colonel Cathcart and me?" Yossarian tensed with alert astonishment when he heard Colonel Korn´s concluding words. "What's that?" he exclaimed. "What have you and Colonel Cathcart got to do with my country? You´re not the same." "How can you separate us?" Colonel Korn inquired with ironical tranquility. "That's right," Colonel Cathcart cried emphatically. "You´re either for us or against your country. It´s as simple as that." "Oh, no, Colonel. I don't buy that." Colonel Korn was unruffled. "Neither so I, frankly, but everyone else will. So there you are." Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

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