Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 05:44:26 AM EST
Sammelsurium means hodgepodge, miscellaneous, smorgasbord, mingle-mangle or omnium-gatherum. At least these are the translations I found on the internet.
My idea is to sammeln/gather good, silly, weird and funny news, as I am currently a little tired with all the bad news all over. I know this can be considered by some, what we call in German "Vogel Strauss Politik" - meaning sticking the head in the sand, to avoid seeing unpleasantness. But in "homeopathic" doses it can have a nice and relaxing "placebo effect". :-D
So lets start with some music.
In Poland the year 2010 has been declared The Chopin Year.
Chopin Year launched in Poland with Lang Lang and 3D | Culture & Lifestyle | Deutsche Welle | 14.01.2010
Chopin's Polish identity is central to his music and Chopin himself is intrinsic to the identity of Warsaw, where he was born in 1810. The city has launched a year of celebrations, including a new museum and a 3D movie.
Born to a Polish mother and a French father in 1810 in the village of Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw, Frederic Chopin spent his most of this youth in the Polish capital. In 1830 he left for France, where he lived till his death at the age of 40. Among Chopin's most popular works are his mazurkas, based on national Polish folklore, piano concertos, and nocturnes.
The Polish characteristics in Chopin's music are associated with the fact that he lived at a time when Poland did not exist as a state, explained musicologist Monika Strugala, who is also the project coordinator for the Chopin Year 2010.
Poland had been partitioned by neighboring Russia, Austria and Prussia in the late 18th century and culture was one way of preserving the Polish national spirit.
Here some of examples of his music for your enjoyment:
If you like to know more about Chopin your find more here.
Let's stay for a moment with music, or better with dancing. Are you someone who thinks he has been born with two left feet? Well there might be hope for you - Dr. Dance has found explanations, there seems to be more to it - read Sexual Politics of Dancing: The Secrets of Looking Good on the Dance Floor - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Here the short conclusion:
So what does Dr. Dance prescribe for those who prefer to keep their booty firmly attached to the nearest bar stool, rather than shaking it? "I don't think there is anybody who can't dance," says Lovatt. "You shouldn't be afraid of your own movements, you should relax."
At the end of the day, Dr. Dance's message is simple: "Let go, your body should move!"
And to get started right away here some music to exercise you moves.
Okay, now the next topic. Looks like France is discussing to promote a law for more women in leading positions.
France aims to shatter `glass ceiling' for women executives - Times Online
France set course for a revolution in its old boys' corporate culture yesterday as parliament considered a law to force big companies to appoint women to 40 per cent of their boardroom seats.
However there is one woman who seems to have shattered the "glass ceiling" this week.
France's Le Monde Appoints First Female Leader - NYTimes.com
PARIS -- Le Monde, widely considered France's newspaper of record, appointed a woman as executive editor on Monday, a first in its 65-year history.
Sylvie Kauffmann, 55, a former deputy executive editor and most recently a Southeast Asia correspondent for the paper, replaced Alain Frachon, who was appointed in 2007. She has been with Le Monde since 1988.
"It's a very exciting job, but it's also sobering, considering the terrible difficulties of the printed press," Ms. Kauffmann said in a telephone interview.
She said called it "a huge challenge" to lead a revered newspaper struggling to sustain itself financially in the Internet age.
First female editor at Le Monde - Editors Weblog
Sylvie Kauffmann (left) made history at Le Monde, Monday, becoming the first woman to be appointed executive editor at the 65-year-old publication. She called the appointment "the final stage of an evolution" for the newspaper, underling her sex "was not the deciding factor." As executive editor she replaces Alain Frachon, who was contracted for two years from 2007.
There isn't much information available about her, yet, at least not in English, not even a wiki page.
And last but not least, at least when weirdness is considered.
Holiday Inn location in London offers 'human bed warmer' service - a staffer to warm up your sheets
Guests who don't want to hop into a cold bed at one English hotel now have a novel way to warm up: by enlisting a staff member to do it for them.
The Holiday Inn's Kensington, London, location will offer a free five-minute "human bed warming" service throughout next week, according to Britain's Sky News.
So what does a human bed warmer do? A hotel staffer, dressed from head-to-toe in a white, fleecy getup that looks like a cross between a footed pajama set and a snowsuit, will get into your bed upon request and move around, generating some heat between those chilly sheets.
It's akin to "having a giant hot water bottle in your bed," Holiday Inn spokesperson Jane Bednall told Sky News.
Maybe it is even a nice job if you can get it - though I guess people tastes differ. :-)