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November 14, 2008


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Just about every small town up to large city in Canada has their cenotaph. Most dating back to WWI and many with "trophies" of war - German guns (the large type), etc. Can't imagine how all those "trophies" made their way back to Canada, but there they are.

The stats for WWI are impressive. Canada's total casualties stood at 67,000 young men and women killed and 173,000 wounded, out of a total population of just over 7 million when the war started.

James Bodi

Interestingly, the cenotaph in Hamilton Bermuda looks just like the ones you see in Ontario towns. Must have been an Empire-wide committee handing out designs.


The New York City Math Teacher

The go-to guy is Falk Weisemann:
1)Bibliographie zur Geschichte der Juden in Bayern
2)Siehe der Stein schreit aus der Mauer: Geschichte und Kultur der Juden in Bayern.

Then there is the depressing complete catalog done by Friedrich Georg Friedmann:
1) Die juedischen Gemeinden in Bayern 1918-1945 : Geschichte und Zerstoerung

I don't have either, but I do have Paul Arnsberg's Die Judische Gemeinden in Hessen (2 vol.), because Fulda is in Hessen.


Picked up half a dozen late apples. Late apples seem to be sweeter: add to the list of things I didn't know.

Late grapes, harvested after they freeze, are used to make ice wine. It's intensely sweet, though very expensive.


Ice wine is not just late harvest. By letting the grapes freeze, the juice is concentrated - the water freezes first, leaving a sugar-rich solution behind. The secret is to crush the grapes gently, keeping them below freezing and then filter the ice out, leaving the concentrated juice. That is what gives ice wine its intense flavour. Oh and the grapes are hand picked, it takes a lot of them since you get much less juice per grape. Thus the expense.

The New York City Math Teacher

Ah. Here - about the Jewish community in Nordheim von der Rhoen:


Interesting - it was a community in long term decline from a population peak in the 1890s - Nordheim was also stagnating through the 1940s, but it's the Rhoen, right? The Appalachia of Germany. High, off any transit route, and poor. There was more opportunity outside, so the sons left.

Bernard Guerrero

"Yesterday Claudia and her mother went to IKEA and bought a bunch of shelves (we are permanently short of storage space)."

Those Billy bookcases are awesome. Cheap, and they don't bow. We had built-ins in NY, but we went with the IKEA stuff this time around. Plastered the whole media room with 'em.

"We are discussing, in all seriousness, whether to get Claude a power tool"

What are you using it for? I'd generally go with a cordless 12-volt. 18's probably overkill unless Claudia is rebuilding the house or doing masonry work. All-metal gearbox if possible; much more durable.

That goes for washing machines, too. We used to have a Whirlpool with this one plastic bit in the drivetrain that, in the last year of life, I replaced three times.

Bernard Guerrero

I miss my apple trees.

We just put in a lemon, a lime and two figs. Supoosed to be a frost tonight, though, and they're not nearly established enough.

The New York City Math Teacher

Do you have canvas dropcloths? Drape them over the trees. The frosts come with exposure to clear sky and infrared losses to the universe. Just interrupting the radiative losses with a surface should save the trees.

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