January 2013 Archives

Do Germans have a sense of humour?

As a rule, the British seem to think that Germans do not have a sense of humour... whereas Germans on the other hand tend to love the British sense of humour. A man who has managed to dispel both the stereotype of the humourless German and make the Brits laugh is the comedian Henning Wehn.

Well-known for his contributions to radio and TV programmes, Henning Wehn is appearing at the Bath Comedy Festival in April. Fans of his work will not want to miss the opportunity of seeing him perform live. Those of you who are not yet acquainted with his work will, I think, enjoy his appearance. Those of a sensitive nature are advised that live shows are often "fruitier" than broadcast shows.

For more informationi, please visit the Bath Comedy Festival page.

Getting out and about in the New Year

A happy new year to all my readers! May 2013 be one of linguistic fulfilment for you.

Here are a few dates for your diary:

Bath German Society will be discussing Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Das Versprechen on Thursday 17 January at its meeting in The Church Hall, Manvers St Baptist Church, Bath. Meet from 7.45 p.m. for coffee and chat before getting down to the serious business of literary appreciation.

On Thursday 21 February, Robert Grözinger will be giving a talk at the Society on Die weisse Rose: die Geschichte eines Widerstands to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the execution of the Scholl siblings. Also at Manvers St Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m.

The Bath Literature Festival will be throwing open its doors on 1 March for 10 days packed with lectures and events.  Of particular interest to translators is the event to take place on Saturday 2 March. Daniel Hahn, Frank Wynne and Ollie Brock - all translators - will be taking on a translation duel. The language in question is French, but the promotional literature suggests you do not have to be a French speaker to enjoy the event.  Booking is open from today to the general public.

If you missed David Crystal's talk Spell it Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling organised by Toppings on 26 November, my colleague, Elisabeth Hippe-Heisler has blogged about it here.  If her account whets your appetite, you may wish to go and hear his pearls of wisdom for yourself by booking a seat at his talk at the Festival on Sunday 10 March. I found it to be witty, entertaining, educational and thought provoking!

If you are interested in German culture, hop over to Facebook and "like" Bath German Society's page. It attempts to keep members up to date with concerts, lectures, plays, etc.