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									The English Club BREMEN E.V.                       February 2009

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  February Events

  Sun     01st Film Brunch - “Sleuth”
  Sat     09th English Club Kohlfahrt
  Fri	    13th	 Inofficial	Valentine’s	Day	Party
  Wed     18th Non-Smoking Evening
  Fri     20th Committee Meeting
                Happy Hour
  	       	     Pub	Quiz

      Open every Wednesday & Friday from 20:00 until late . . .
                              General Ignorance
                                     By Steve Schmied

    There is a common misconception that Eskimos
have many, many words for the word “snow”. Depend-
ing on who is making the claim, the figure can be as-
tronomical. Obviously, the English language also has
many words for different kinds of snow - e.g. sleet,
rime, slush, snowflakes - and it’s not that much differ-
ent for Eskimos. They do have more than one word (to
be more precise stems), but all Inuit groups can only
agree upon two distinct stems with two more also be-
ing accepted. This is obviously 4 and not 400 hundred
as some people would have you believe.
    Eskimo-Aleut tongues are known as “agglutinative”
languages. This means that instead of things having
a distinct word as a name, a basic stem is extended
using adjectives and verbal bits to decribe. In Inupiaq
(spoken in ) tikit-qaag-mina-it-ni-ga-a means “he (A)
said that he (B) would not be able to arrive first” (liter-
ally “to arrive first be able would not said him he”)...

                                                The number of basic word stems is relatively
                                        small but the number of ways of qualifying them is
                                        virtually unlimited. Inuit has more than 400 affixes
                                        (bits added at the end or in the middle of stems) but
                                        only one single prefix. Thus, it has many derived
                                        words as in the English anti-dis-establish-ment-ari-
                                                Sometimes, these appear to be unnecas-
                                        sarily complicated renderings of what is a simple
                                        concept in English. Nalunaar-asuar-ta-at - “that by
                                        which one communicates habitually in a hurry” is
                                        an 1880s Greenlandic equivalent of “telegraph”.
                                                One thing that sets Eskimo-Aleut languages
                                        apart is demonstrative pronouns. English only has
                                        four - this, that, these, those - whereas e.g Inupiaq,
                                        Yupik and Aleut have more than 30 such words.
                                        Each of the words for this and that can take eight
                                        different cases and there is an abundance of ways
                                        of expressing distance, direction, height, visibility
                                        and context in a single demonstrative pronoun. In
                                        Aleut, hakan means that one high up there (e.g a
bird in flight), qakun is that one in there (as in another room) and uman means this one
unseen (i.e. smelled, heard or felt.)
    So the next time you stumble over speaking English, just think about what someone
having to learn to speak to Eskimos is going through - that should make you feel a lot-

                                    Club Notes
                                     by Mike Harding

   As we start a new year I’ll be trying to write a regular column for the Chronicle. I
thought I would present this in a sort of ‘blog’* style and will reflect my personal impres-
sion of the Club activities. I won’t say it will mention everything but it will give an idea
what’s been going on each month. This doesn’t in any way replace proper event reports
so please keep sending them in to Steve.

New Year Party 31.12.08

    Strictly speaking this was ‘last’ years’ event
but seeing as I didn’t get to bed until about 4
o’clock on the 1st then it was also a 2009 event.
We’ve always said this is an un-official event
which means there is no particular organisa-
tion involved. This year (last year?) was one of
the better parties, plenty of people, around 40,
plenty of food, plenty of fireworks - what more
could you want? The monster hangover next
day was something I didn’t want.

Film Brunch 4.1.09

    The first film of 2009 was a comedy ‘Bedazzled’ about the devil and a rather hope-
less young man – lots of laughs and a real feel-good start to the second half of our film
brunch season. A traditional English breakfast was served, fantastic as always, by Bet-
tina and Brita supported by Steve, I’m not complaining, but there could be a bit more
bacon next time, just thought I’d mention it, nothing really.....The dishwasher decided
to stop working the previous Friday. Despite the attention of Jens B. it refused to work
and is now declared dead. The committee decided to invest in a new one and Brita and
Steve plan to get it on the 21st so by the time you all read this then there will be no more
washing-up in the sink – thank God.

                                          Club Evening 7.1.09

                                             The first Wednesday of the new year started
                                          with a darts match which was postponed
                                          from last year. This meant that the Club was
                                          quite busy, loud and smokey! Despite this the
                                          Wednesday regulars were there and we had a
                                          pleasant evening amongst ourselves. The darts
                                          players tend to disappear when the games fin-
                                          ishes about 10.00pm so the Club is quieter and
                                          we could chat and wonder why the Club team
                                          had lost again!

Committee Meeting 16.1.09

    The first meeting of 2009 was attended by all
the committee members and Iris, the Club man-
ager. We started as usual with Hans’ treasurers
report – many members have paid their subscrip-
tions for the year which filled the account quite
well. If you haven’t paid yours, now is the time
to do it! Last year the GEMA caught up with us
and we have quite an amount to find each year.
This year we have arranged to pay this monthly
(€55) so that we can play background music and
watch films and TV on the big screen. We had some large out-goings for the Christmas
party and there are still a few bills to be settled but it looks like it cost the Club around
€2 per head which I think is OK for an event of this type. There was some discussion
about whether we should repeat the event in this way in 2009, in the end the decision
should be taken at the AGM. Talking of the AGM Bettina announced that she will not
stand again for the Committee so there is at least one place if anyone would like to put
themselves forward. Please think about standing, the Committee work is very rewarding
and it’s a chance to get really involved it the running of the Club – if you want to find out
more please talk to me or any Committee member.

Pub Quiz ‘2008’ 16.1.09

   As usual Chris presented his ‘end of year’ quiz to a packed Club room. The three
teams competed hotly for that glass of mediocre Sekt! A good mix of questions covering
the events of 2008 finished off with a Bremen round right on time at 11.00pm! The Sofa
Team won the sekt, the rest of us went to the bar for a proper drink. As I mentioned, the
Club room was pretty crowded not least due to one of Nicky’s English classes which
seemed to composed entirely of attractive young women! They all seemed to have a
good time and I made sure they all got their vouchers for two more visits so let’s hope
we welcome them back soon.

                                                  Western Film Evening 18.1.09
                                                      I don’t want to give the impression
                                                  that the English Club has somehow de-
                                                  veloped into a ‘Film Club’ but it seems
                                                  these film events are generally popular,
                                                  especially with the President. The first
                                                  film was ‘Rio Bravo’ with John Wayne,
                                                  a classic western with a all star cast, it’s
                                                  also one of Iris’ favourite films. During
                                                  the break we had spare-ribs and potato
                                                  wedges also in classic western style –
thanks Iris, fantastic. The second film was a favourite of Steves ‘The Ballad of Cable
Hogue’. I didn’t know this film at all but what a great film it turned out to be, not really a
classic western but I think a bit nearer to the real West even if it was set at the end of the
Western era. I had a great evening along with eleven other members. If you have a film
you would want to recommend talk to the Committee or better still direct to Steve and
we’ll see what we can organise.

Club Room
    I’ve already mentioned the dishwasher
which we’ll have by the time you read this. The
gents may have noticed that there is a nasty
case of mould in the gents, as it were. We
have already had a couple of visits from the
architect and the builder. They have made a
report to our landlord, Haus & Grund. Basical-
ly they want to install a ventilator in the kitchen
and additional heating in the toilets. Whether
that will have the desired effect I’m not sure,
whatever they need to do something soon. I
hope to give a positive report soon.

* [If your not sure what a blog is, it’s a contraction of ‘Web log’ a sort of on-line journal
or commentary.]

Looking forward to seeing you in the Club again soon.

                                   New Website
                                     By Steve Schmied

    I have finally managed to set up a website
for the Chronicle. I’ve been meaning to do so
for some time as the present set up was a little
basic (all you could really do was download the
magazine). Now with the new site, it’s possible
to view the Chronicle online without download-
ing (using Adobe Flash Player - install it if you
haven’t already) but the link is still available if
you wish to download it :-)
    The site is still being developed, so please
excuse any mistakes made and things possibly
not working properly. I would appreciate any
form of feedback, both positive and negative,
as this is the best way to improve the site.
    Why not surf your way to

and have a look at what’s available?
                      London at Christmas 2008
                                    by	Klaus	Kraenzle

                                            Sometimes you have luck and I had it in a spe-
                                         cial way. I won a prize in a draw and asked Betty
                                         to accompany me. We flew with Air Berlin on Sat-
                                         urday the 20th December 2008 from Duesseldorf
                                         to London Stansted. The package contained a
                                         two-day-stay at the five star interconti Hotel Park
                                         Lane, just off the Marble Arch Monument at Hyde
                                         Park Corner. When we entered the hotel the first
                                         impression were some sheiks sitting in the hotel
                                            After putting our luggage in the room we began
                                         with the programme. Due to the fact that we both
were familiar with London there was no pressure to make marks on the must-sights.
I asked Betty, if she would be willing to visit a football game. She agreed and so we
bought tickets for Fulham FC (Borough of Chelsea and South Kensington). During our
walk to the ticket office we discovered some rowing clubs on the Thames, which seem to
provide excellent training opportunities for MOK ☺! The game was entertaining and so
it was a interesting afternoon in one of the more unknown grounds of London football.
                                    After buying the tickets we took the underground to
                                Notting Hill to visit the famous Portobello Market and the
                                Travel Book Shop from the movie “Notting Hill” starring Ju-
                                lia Roberts. In the evening we took advantage of the weak
                                pound and visited a pub for typical English pub food.
                                    On Sunday we visited Borough Market just of London
                                Bridge and Leadenhall Market in the financial district. In
                                the afternoon we bought some Christmas presents at Har-
                                rods. Then we returned to prepare for the invitation to the
                                Christmas Concert called “Carols by Candlelight” in the
                                Royal Albert Hall. Betty looked like a real lady in her fabu-
                                lously elegant evening dress. We had two seats in a pri-
                                vate box and catering was
                                also provided. They played
                                all the typical Christmas
songs and the public was strongly invited to participate in
the chorus. The Royal Albert Hall was decorated very well
for this romantic evening. Unfortunately after more than
two hours the concert reached to its end. It had been a
fantastic evening in style.
    On Monday morning we took a walk and had a glance
at the typical London sights, which means Buckingham
Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament
to have the feeling,that we had really been to London! In
the afternoon we flew back to Duesseldorf and decided
that we should win more often such a prize draw!

                              March 2009
1st    11:00                      Film Brunch “Monsters, Inc.”
(Steve)                           with pancakes, waffles and muffins

04th 19:30

6th    20:00 Spring Cocktail Party
(Iris & Nicky)          - details to follow

13th 19:00                               Non-Smoking Evening

20th 18:00 Committee Meeting
       20:00 Happy Hour
       21:00 Pub Quiz
                   - with Steve

25th 19:30

27th 20:00                        ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
(Committee)                              - please come along to have your say
                                  - BE PUNCTUAL!!

          Closing date for articles for the April issue is March 27th.
                                Mine’s	a	Pint...	
                                     By	Parrogman

    The oldest pub in England is allegedly Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, in Nottingham,
dating from 1189. That may or may not be true, but you can certainly find some which
were built as far back as the 14th century. So you can see everything from wonder-
ful old Elizabethan half-timbered
buildings, which were selling ale in
Will Waggledagger’s day, through
to splendid Victorian pubs full of
etched glass windows decorated
with stained-glass coats of arms,
huge mirrors, mahogany fittings,
brasswork, colourful ceramic tiles
and mosaics, and whatever else
was being manufactured during
the Industrial Revolution. In fact
the Victorian period is regarded as
the heyday of pub building. A par-
ticular feature was that pubs were
often divided into lots of small
compartments, each with a special
name like “smoking room”, “tap room”, “news room” and “snug”. More recently, pubs
traditionally had a “Public Bar”, where you’d find the dartboard, pool table etc., and a
slightly more genteel “Lounge”, which had carpet on the floor instead of lino and the beer
cost 1p a pint more. And there was often a narrow passage with a counter for “Off sales”,
where you could buy beer to take home - before the days of the off-licence, and certainly
before the days of big supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury’s selling alcoholic drinks.
But that is another tradition that seems to be dying out, with modern pubs favouring a
single huge open space – no doubt because it’s better for karaoke evenings!
    One rather interesting mixture is The Greyhound in Stroud, which looks old on the
outside but boringly modern on the inside (and no doubt serves more cocktails than
pints of ale). Until you pay a visit the men’s toilet, which is genuine Edwardian, so you
feel like you’ve just stepped out of H.G. Wells’s Time Machine into a world of porcelain
and cast iron.
                               Ideally a pub should make you want to go back there both
                           because the beer is good and because the place itself is in-
                           teresting and welcoming, and maybe has something unique
                           about it. One example which springs to mind is The Bear of
                           Rodborough, a splendid old hotel-cum-pub (and former coach-
                           ing inn) with plenty of oak beams and even a croquet lawn. But
                           what I found most fascinating was the “priest hole”. Back in
                           the days of Elizabeth I, Catholic priests were persecuted, and
                           often their lives were only saved by well-wishers giving them
                           a place to hide. That meant building an ingenious secret room
                           somewhere in the house. At The Bear, the priest hole is built
                           into the fireplace, not a place you’d normally think to look, and
                           in any case the “priest-hunters” presumably couldn’t get at it
                           without first putting out the log fire blazing in the grate.
    In the days of the horse and carriage, pubs weren’t purely places to wet your whistle.
The word “inn” derives from the days when pubs provided overnight accommodation for
travellers, so they had stables and “ostler’s rooms”, where the servants who looked af-
ter the horses lived. So maybe, back then,
B&B stood for Bed & Beer rather than Bed
& Breakfast! Such coaching inns were, log-
ically enough, built on main traffic routes,
and were also used by the mail coaches,
which transported letters around the coun-
try, to break the journey and get fresh hors-
es. When the railways arrived in the 19th
century, many coaching inns closed down
and new pubs sprung up near railway sta-
tions. Which is why pub names like “Coach
and Horses” and “Railway Inn” are so com-
mon (even after Dr Beeching closed 50%
of all our stations in the 1960s). In fact, the
names of pubs and the signs hanging out-
side are another interesting feature. In me-
dieval times, or earlier still, they served the
very practical purpose of identifying pubs
as pubs with a picture or symbol (e.g. bar-
rels or a garland of leaves) for the majority
of the population who couldn’t read, just as
the blacksmith would have a sign with an
anvil. They were a form of advertising too, of course, and some coaching inns even had
elaborately decorated archways straddling the road to catch the coach-driver’s atten-
                                          Pubs are traditionally named after all sorts of
                                      things: famous people, from politicians to admirals,
                                      actors and even fictitious characters (e.g. The Admiral
                                      Nelson or The Sherlock Holmes), the trade or industry
                                      (or agriculture) of the town or region (e.g. The Brick-
                                      layers Arms or The Fleece), sports (e.g. The Bat &
                                      Ball or The Horse & Groom). But probably most com-
                                      mon are names associated with kings and queens
                                      of England. The sign may be named after a specific
                                      monarch, e.g. The Queen Victoria or often simply The
                                      King’s Head. Many heraldic symbols are used, such
                                      as The White Lion, The White Hart, The White Horse,
                                      The Unicorn, The Rose (of the Tudors) etc. The most
                                      common pub sign in Britain is supposed to be The
                                      Red Lion, which was the badge of James I of England
                                      (James IV of Scotland)

    But one picture you won’t see anywhere is Elizabeth II, because ever since Queen
Victoria was “not amused”, it has been illegal to depict living royalty on a pub sign.
Fishguard (including Goodwick) has nine pubs at the last count, and their names reflect
several of the categories I’ve mentioned: Royal Oak (i.e. the oak tree in which Charles
II hid from Cromwell’s roundheads) and Rose & Crown (= royalty), Old Coach House (=
coaching inn), Farmers’ Arms (= agriculture), Pendre (Welsh for “top of town”, reflecting
the location of the pub) and, not surprisingly for an old fishing port: The Ship, Ship &
Anchor, Hope & Anchor and Bennet’s Navy Tavern.
    I should also mention that the word “pub”, short for “public house”, apparently came
about because, centuries ago, it was housewives who brewed beer and sold it from
home, so their houses became known as – you guessed it – public houses. While we’re
on the subject of history, it’s only fair to say that what I called a great “British” innova-
tion really owes a lot to the rest of Europe. For starters, the ancient Romans got the ball
(or barrel) rolling by building “tabernas” (hence our word “tavern”) along all those lovely
straight Roman roads. So if anyone ever asks you “What did the Romans ever do for
us?”, now you know. OK, OK, so in their ignorance they tended to serve wine rather
than beer, but that was soon put right by all those nice Angles, Saxons and Danes who
came over from Germany and Scandinavia because, apart from the odd bit of rape
and pillage, they were also into beer-drinking in a big way. They even gave us a word
for beer, namely “ale”, so that we would know what to ask for at the bar. (I remember
a beer called Faxe, which they used to sell at Plus in Bremen - it said “Starkol” on the
can, and “ol” = “ale”). As for the Dutch, we can thank them for giving us the idea (back
in the 15th century) of using hops in the brewing
of beer instead of all the fruits, berries, and even
heather, we used to use to give the beer some
flavour. Hence, “beer” and “ale” originally meant
two different things, namely brewed with and with-
out hops respectively. On the less positive side, it
was the Dutch who brought a fiendish invention
to these shores known as “gin” (in the 17th cen-
tury). Sorry to all you G & T lovers, but the fact is
your favourite tipple gave rise to thousands of “gin
palaces”, which were competition for beer-serving
pubs and also caused frightening levels of alco-
    We also have the church to thank for helping
brewers do a good trade. Those huge cathedrals
took a long time to build and needed rather a lot
of brickies. It must have been thirsty work, and it
made sense to have a convenient place for re-
freshment just across the road. So you see, the
reason you usually find a pub near most churches in England is not solely so that the
men can drop in for a swift pint after Sunday service while their wives slave away over a
hot stove cooking the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Finally, the aristocracy built their
fair share of public houses for all the farm labourers and others who actually had to work
for their living. In fact, in the old days they were paid partly in beer instead of money.
    One more thrilling instalment in the next ECC
                      New Years Eve 2008/2009
                                        By MOK

    As every year on the 31st of December the old year ends and the new year begins.
It was the same this year. A large number of members and non-members met in the
clubroom to celebrate the transition from 2008 to 2009. Time to review the old year,
what has been good, what could have been better and so on. And also an excellent op-
portunity to make plans for 2009 (stop/start with anything, lose weight, forget the global
crisis, pay the membership fee, etc.). We had excellent food, enough drinks, good mu-
sic, fireworks, 2 Canadians, etc. And, same as last year, the Canadians were so excited
about the fireworks. The guys from last year must have told them about it - they couldn´t
wait to start. Anyway, everybody did a good job to say hello to 2009 and to chase away
the evil spirits.
    It could have been so nice, but then the unpredictible happened. The dishwasher
stopped working. And there were tons of plates, bowls, forks, knives and spoons wait-
ing to be cleaned. Fortunately several people started immediately to clean the stuff in
the old fashioned way in the sink. So it was way less work for the people to tidy up the
clubroom the next day.
    Thank you very much to everybody involved for these efforts !!!

                        Laurel & Hardy Evening
                                  4th April, 18:00
    There will be no film brunch in April as the season has come to an end. It should pick
up again in October, so keep your eyes open for the first information about that.
    As a consolation, we would like
to invite you to join us for an evening
with two of the best comedians ever
to grace the silver screen. Even today,
their popularity is as high as it was 80
years ago when they had their hey-
    Laural and Hardy, known rather
cruelly in Germany as Fat and Stupid
(“Dick und Doof”) have made untold
millions of people happy over the
years. Their routines are timeless and
a lot of what they created survives to
this day in one form or another.
    Making use of the fact that a lot of the silent screen actors were useless when the
movies began to talk, they went from strength to strength on talent alone. The rotund
American and the somewhat hapless Brit are true icons of the cinema. They had a natu-
ral talent for knowing what made people laugh and over time, they perfected this talent
without it ever going to their heads.
    Join us for a few hours of timeless humour from 18:00. We intend to order Pizza on
the night, so bring along a bit of cash as well . . .

   If you have a suggestion for a film event (or would simply like to watch a paticular film
on the large screen, please feel free to mention it to a committee member and we’ll see
what we can do.

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       A              A L I       A   S
   N   N N Y
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   T   N E O          S I N           O
                                                       October Crossword
   I   E
       C   U          L M         M   U
   S   L A T
       O              I A         A   N                   Word: Gesture
   T   B
       A   H          D T V           D
       O F F
       T              E E         B   I
   H   W   U          R   T       I   N
   E A S E L            F O       G   G

            The English Club Crossword
            1            2     3     4        5              6           7

                         8                                   9     10

            11     12                                   13         14

            15                       16                      17

            18                 19                       20

            21                 22             23

             24          25                   26

                         27    28                            29

            30     31                         32        33               34


                        Arrange the letters to spell out a word

ACROSS                                                                               DOWN

1    Jumper (8)                                    1         Abundant (9)
8    Pertaining to air or aviation (4)             2         Type of coffee drink (5)
9    Fitting (3)                                   3         Bruce ___, Kung Fu expert (3)
11   Cordial agreement (7)                         4         Complicated, Decorative (6)
14   Suffix makes adverbs of adjectives (2)        5         Elect, choose (4)
15   Word of denial (3)                            6         Egyptian sun god (2)
16   Useful for receiving TV signals (6)           7         Fashionable (7)
18   Spoil, make happy (5)                         10        Solar system bodies (7)
20   ___ Friesinger, ice skater (4)                12        One of the Poles (5)
21   Abb. for Informational Technology (2)         13        Rub out, delete (5)
22   Spotty illness (7)                            17        Small arm of a river (5)
24   Mens’ magazine (3)                            19        Before noon (2)
26   Dentures (5)                                  23        Make up for, amend (5)
27   Toy on a string (4)                           25        Old story, legend (4)
29   Abb. for Thunderstorm (2)                     28        Above, poetically (3)
30   Not early (4)                                 31        Place where (2)
32   Greek letter (2)                              33        You and me (2)
35   More than 2, less than 4 (9)                  34        Abb. for Weekend (2)

                     The English Club Committee
Mike Harding       President             451738           Mike@englishclub.de
                                         0171/6042269     President@englishclub.de
Steve Schmied      Vice-President        876530           sschmied@mac.com
Hans Maaß          Treasurer             3498254          h.m.maass@nwn.de
Bettina Grziwotz                         4841775          b.grziwotz@rickmers.eu
Brita Harding                            451738           Brita@englishclub.de
Amir Jafari                              1644349          amir.jafari@gmail.com
Nick O’Brien                             0173/5207398     nickobrien@tks-net.com

                                Other functions

Iris Bryson        Clubroom -            5980698       Iris@englishclub.de
                    Manageress           0163/4152457
Steve Schmied      Newsletter -          876530        editor@ecchronicle.de
                    Editor               0151/54734074
Nicky Bryson       Darts -               5980698       Nicky@englishclub.de

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   Happy Birthday to You...                              Behind the Bar...
February              March                    February             March
09th     Chris        02nd     Jens B.         04th      Jens B.   04th    Amir
24th     Rainer       10th     Onno            06th      Peter S.  06th    Iris & Nicky
                      13th     Sameer          11th      Thomas Z. 11th    Jens B.
                      16th     Colin           13th      Brita     13th    Julie
                               Steve           18th      Kai       18th    Bob
                      20th     Vicki           20th      Onno      20th    Brita
                      22nd     Uwe             25th      Jessika   25th    Brita
                      23rd     Anke            27th      Bettina   27th    Brita &

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