Pope Benedict XVI: A personal tribute to the man who resigned two years ago today

My first encounter with Pope Benedict XVI. was marked by his absence. I stood, gently rocked by the waves of the Pacific, where he would stand in a few days' time: on the front deck of the boat that would take him into Sydney Harbour. A number of journalists had been invited ahead of the… Continue reading Pope Benedict XVI: A personal tribute to the man who resigned two years ago today

Wir brauchen ein Islamgesetz

An Deutlichkeit nichts zu wünschen übrig ließ Kardinal Reinhard Marx mit seiner Aussage zum Umgang mit dem selbst-ernannten “Islamischen Staat” (IS). Der IS muß gestoppt werden, so der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz zum Abschluß der Frühjahrsvollversammlung am Donnerstag. Er sprach damit aus, was nicht nur alle Bischöfe von Bundesregierung und Staatengemeinschaft verlangen, sondern auch die… Continue reading Wir brauchen ein Islamgesetz

Day 73 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 5k milestone (and thoughts on why I really hate sprint sets)

Yay. Have not had time to blog, but I actually reached a milestone in the Great Big Swimming Adventure this Tuesday morning: For the first time, I swam a straight 5k. After a crappy night's sleep (I woke at 1:30am and could not go back to sleep till about 3:30am, brain in overdrive, then woke… Continue reading Day 73 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 5k milestone (and thoughts on why I really hate sprint sets)

Day 70 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Restarting the training plan and dreaming of Rottnest Island

First day back at work today - and first day properly back in the training schedule therefore! This morning, I clocked 4300 meters or 170 laps with an average time of 1.44/100m and a SWOLF of 35 all up. Since I STILL have not found my Garmin stick to transfer the training data from my… Continue reading Day 70 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Restarting the training plan and dreaming of Rottnest Island

Goodbye, Apple. A farewell letter of sorts on Valentine’s Day

Goodbye, Apple. Goodbye, Macbooks. For many years, you were the daily tools of my journalistic, academic and creative trades. I wrote articles for websites and newspapers on you. I recorded audio and video on you, edited and distributed it. I blogged and shared and tweeted on you. I lay-outed newspaper pages and academic presentations, workshops… Continue reading Goodbye, Apple. A farewell letter of sorts on Valentine’s Day

Day 61 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Mountain hiking, tobogganing and evening swims

There is an abundance of snow and glorious sunshine here at the moment in the Bavarian Alps. The day before yesterday, with all kids finally well enough to be ferried off to their respective schools and kindy till lunch time, the wife and I grabbed two toboggans and hiked up the Hörnle mountain. We also had Barry… Continue reading Day 61 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Mountain hiking, tobogganing and evening swims

How the media is problematizing large families

Full disclosure: I am not only a father of four children but also a passive member of the association quoted below. There is some extremely interesting research and - speaking not just as a blogger but editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper - devastating analysis of how the media creates and perpetuates stupid prejudices against families, especially… Continue reading How the media is problematizing large families

Day 56 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Shovelling snow instead of hitting the pool

With temps hitting around minus 11 degrees Centigrade again, snow piling up around the house (we live about 900m above sea level), and both the wife and most kids sick with a nasty stomach bug, my first day of holidays went rather differently as orginially planned. I got up at 6am to help the last… Continue reading Day 56 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Shovelling snow instead of hitting the pool

Day 54 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Being “Pool-Blocked” …and a major life lesson about what matters most

Too much has happened again. Quick recap since my last update three days ago: Work trip to Augsburg meant I could give the indoor pool in Haunstetten a go - it was en route and I left a good hour earlier to swim there beforehand. Place is 1970s throwback to steel, glass and concrete; needs… Continue reading Day 54 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Being “Pool-Blocked” …and a major life lesson about what matters most

Wenn der Watschenbaum umfällt

Wie jeder Familienvater (und wohl auch jede Mutter) kenne ich die Momente, wo mir die Hand ausrutschen könnte. Leider ist sie mir auch schon ausgerutscht, obwohl ich es nicht wollte, und für völlig inakzeptabel halte. Wie manches Kind gestresster Eltern weiß ich auch, was eine Watschn für den bedeutet, der sie einfängt. Gott sei Dank… Continue reading Wenn der Watschenbaum umfällt