Go figure. I’ve been to Óbidos hundreds …

Go figure. I’ve been to Óbidos hundreds of times, and never really tought about this…

US/Portugal culture: Fences and walls A recent article in the New York Times discusses the fate of a promenade along the edge of the sea cliffs in Newport, Rhode Island. The Cliff Walk, as it’s called, is lined in places by not-very-scenic chain link fencing, in order to protect people from going off the walk and hurting themselves. (Photo by Gretchen Ertl for the NYT) Naturally, accidents still happen. Accident victims want someone to take the blame and to compensate them. A recent … Read More

via Oregon Expat

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Another day at the office
Another day at the office

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[…] o Portugal de hoje prolonga o anti…

[…] o Portugal de hoje prolonga o antigo regime. A não-inscrição não data de agora, é um velho hábito que vem sobretudo da recusa imposta ao indivíduo de se inscrever. Porque inscrever implica acção, afirmação, decisão com as quais o indivíduo conquista autonomia e sentido para a sua existência. Foi o salazarismo que nos ensinou a irresponsabilidade — reduzindo-nos a crianças, crianças grandes, adultos infantilizados.

José Gil em “Portugal, Hoje: O Medo de Existir”

E nós não só deixámos, como gostamos…

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Mark Twain explains the German Language:…

Mark Twain explains the German Language:

…Dafür habe ich, aus reinische Verlegenheit — no, Vergangenheit — no, I mean Höflichkeit — aus reinische Höflichkeit habe ich resolved to tackle this business in the German language, um Gottes willen! Also! Sie müssen so freundlich sein, und verzeih mich die interlarding von ein oder zwei Englischer Worte, hier und da, denn ich finde dass die deutsche is not a very copious language, and so when you’ve really got anything to say, you’ve got to draw on a language that can stand the strain.

Mark Twain, The Awful German Language.

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A different language

A different language is a different vision of life.

Federico Fellini

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