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Mozart in the Jungle [OV] - Staffel 1
Mozart in the Jungle [OV] - Staffel 1

5.0 von 5 Sternen What a fun genre!, 15. März 2015
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What a great idea to make a series about the inner workings of an orchestra in New York. It offers the perfect combination of intrigue, gossip, and personal problems, but is also about making great music. I pretty much watched all the episodes straight through and loved every one. The acting is top - my favorites were the characters of Saffron Burrows, Hannah Dunne and Gael Garcia Bernal, but everyone else was good, too. There are scenes that make you laugh out loud, scenes that are over the top but still fun, and it works on all levels, even remaining believable. I truly hope that there are many more seasons in the making and that this concept finds its fans. If you're tired of the drama and violence of "Breaking Bad", "Homeland" and similar series, you might find this refreshing and fun.


Autohalterung für die Windschutzscheibe für Nokia Lumia 1520 mit passgenauer Schale + Ladegerät - Machen auch Sie Ihr Handy zum Navigationsgerät!
Autohalterung für die Windschutzscheibe für Nokia Lumia 1520 mit passgenauer Schale + Ladegerät - Machen auch Sie Ihr Handy zum Navigationsgerät!
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Preis: EUR 18,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr gut, 13. Februar 2015
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Die Navigationsfunktion des Lumia 1520 ist so gut (und offline zu benutzen - super), dass ich dafür eine Windschutzscheibe-Halterung gesucht habe. Diese ist perfekt. Auch das mitgelieferte Ladekabel ist sehr gut. D.h. man bekommt sehr günstig alles, was man braucht, um das Handy als Navi einzusetzen. Klare Kaufempfehlung.


Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad series)
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad series)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great discovery, 13. Februar 2015
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Finally read a book by Tana French and now I'm hooked! In the meantime I've read two more of this series, "The Likeness" and "In the Woods", and I'd be hard-pressed to say which was my favorite. All the books are written in the first-person by various members of the Dublin police murder squad. The characters are wonderfully drawn; you feel like you know them. The cases they work on are enigmatic and each involve the narrator in a very personal way. There's plenty of humor in the banter among the detectives, which is a good thing as it offers some relief to the gloomy, heart-wrenching murders. The novels are complex and beautifully written. There are many references to the current problems in Ireland, but not such that you feel like the author has an agenda. There's also plenty of police procedural, an eccentric pathologist, irritating boss, etc., all things to enjoy The books are fairly long, which is good! Thank you Tana French.


Ecco Connection 240073, Damen, Halbschuhe, Braun (coffee 55735), EU 41
Ecco Connection 240073, Damen, Halbschuhe, Braun (coffee 55735), EU 41

5.0 von 5 Sternen Schon mein drittes Paar, 13. Februar 2015
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Ich liebe diese Schuhe, habe sie schon dreimal gekauft - einmal schwarz, zweimal braun - und trage sie, bis sie wirklich abgenutzt sind. Die Paßform ist für meinen Fuß perfekt und ich finde sie sehen sehr hochwertig und gut aus. Die Ausrüstung mit Goretex macht sie ideal zum Radfahren oder Spazieren, wenn es naß ist. Ich hoffe nur, dass Ecco sie weiterhin produziert.


SIMON PIKE Hülle Handytasche Sidney 8 smaragd für Nokia LUMIA 1520 aus Filz
SIMON PIKE Hülle Handytasche Sidney 8 smaragd für Nokia LUMIA 1520 aus Filz
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5.0 von 5 Sternen sehr edel, 13. Februar 2015
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Diese Hülle ist sehr schön, perfekt verarbeitet, wirkt hochwertig und erfüllt die Funktion, die ich wollte: Schutz für mein Nokia Lumia 1520 in meinem Rücksack. Um das Handy zu benutzen, hole ich es aus der Hülle heraus, das ist mir lieber so. Die Hülle passt genau. Das Hauptproblem, das ich hatte, war aus der Vielzahl von geschmackvollen Farben und Stoffen zu wählen! Das natürliche Material gefällt mir auch gut: Wollfilz und Baumwolle. Ein anderer Rezensent hat die Qualität der Verarbeitung beanstandet, das kann ich nicht nachvollziehen.


Mattel Fisher-Price V2781 - Lernspaß Handy
Mattel Fisher-Price V2781 - Lernspaß Handy
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Genau das richtige, 21. Mai 2014
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Wie andere auch beschrieben haben, war auch meine Enkelin immer darauf erpicht, unser aller Handys zu ergattern. Ich habe ihr deswegen dieses Spielzeug-Smartphone zum ersten Geburtstag geschenkt. Sie liebt es. Sie marchiert herum mit dem Handy am Ohr, tanzt zu der Musik, und hat sehr schnell begriffen, wie man die Tasten druckt. Ob das "Lernspaß" ist, oder einfach Spaß, ist mir egal. Die Musik ist nicht zu laut, das Gerät ist schon mehrmals zu Boden gefallen oder hingeworfen worden und tut immer noch.


Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley Book 18) (English Edition)
Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley Book 18) (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Barbara true to character, 21. Mai 2014
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I've read and enjoyed all of the Lynley/Havers crime novels by Elizabeth George, and if you are also an avid reader of hers, by all means buy this book and read it. Don't be daunted by other reviewers! It has all of her hallmarks - great descriptions of locale, complex characters who engage in plenty of soul searching, a turning and twisting plot with elements of base human behavior, and satisfying ending. Plus the glorious setting of Lucca, Italy, and the intriguing new Italian characters.

So why do so many people not like it? First off - one of the main criticisms seems to be that people don't buy the way Barbara Havers acts in this book. Many readers, including me, really like the Havers figure. And one of the reasons I like her is because the author has painted a fully believable portrait of her throughout the many Lynley novels as a lonely, single woman approaching middle age who wears heavy "armor" in the form of a tough, wisecracking exterior, designed to keep everyone at arm's length. She is fully aware of her physical unattractiveness, which she aggressively emphasizes by wearing the most unbecoming of clothes and coiffure.

So here we have a woman with a desolate private life, consisting of a mother with Alzheimer's in a care home and basically nothing else, and not much hope that will ever change. She has her work as a detective, which she's good at and through which she has managed to win the respect and friendship - to a certain degree - of DI Thomas Lynley. That's about it. And then, some books back, her new neighbors Taymullah Azhar and his daughter Hadiyyah enter her bleak life and manage to touch her heart. And she touches theirs, as well, at the very latest after she saves Hadiyyah's life, also a few books back, thus gaining friendship and warm regard from Taymullah, who recognizes her true character for what it is. And who knows - this lonely woman, who has never known a love life, may deep down inside really have romantic phantasies about herself and Taymullah.

Against this background her desperate disregard for rules and frantic behavior in protecting her two neighbors in the terrible situations which arise after Hadiyyah is snatched away from Taymullah were completely believable to me. Barbara is acting to protect the only people with whom she has an emotional tie, and she knows how comfortless her life will be if they're gone.

As for Isabelle and her own purportedly uncharacteristic behavior: A few books back DI John Stewart attacks her verbally in public in the most insulting, woman-hating and slanderous possible way. Since I don't want this to be a spoiler I'll just ask you to keep this in mind when the ending comes around.

Another popular criticism is the unmotivated use of Italian. I sort of agree with this criticism. To a certain extent I think it adds local flavor to intersperse conversations with a few typical Italian phrases, but in this case it's more than that. Of course the author can't completely switch to Italian when an Italian is speaking or nobody would understand the book, so what is she trying to prove. I don't get it, but it didn't bother me enough to spoil the flow of the scenes in Italy.

More criticism: the interactions between Barbara and the tabloid journalist and between Barbara and the private detectives are too long and too repetitive. Also, I found the whole side plot of her relationship with the tabloid journalist somewhat unbelievable and I never really understood why she kept contacting him aside from the initial contact to force the Met's hand.

So thank you once again Elizabeth George for this book, and please get the next one out soon - I want to know how things continue!


Borgen - Die komplette Serie: Staffeln 1-3 [11 DVDs]
Borgen - Die komplette Serie: Staffeln 1-3 [11 DVDs]
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Preis: EUR 48,99

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Die ersten zwei Staffeln top, die dritte Staffel flop, 21. Mai 2014
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Über den Inhalt schreibe ich hier nichts, ist leicht anderswo nachzulesen.

Nach einem etwas zähen Beginn war ich dann doch ab ca. der dritten Episode in Staffel eins komplett gefesselt und blieb es bis Ende der zweiten Staffel. Die Figuren sind differenziert, sympatisch und man kann sich mit ihnen durchaus identifizieren, wichtig für eine Serie. Obwohl jede Episode eine eigene Geschichte erzählt, bleiben bestimmte Themen Episoden-übergreifend und man fiebert mit, ob Birgitte die Regierung unter Beibehaltung ihrer Prinzipien erfolgreich führen kann, ob sich Kasper und Katrine endlich kriegen, was es auf sich hat mit Kaspers Hochstapelei, und ob Birgitte ihre Ehe retten kann, Die Einblicke in das politische Leben und auch in das journalistische Leben einer Fernsehanstalt sind interessant und gelungen, wenn auch sicher etwas seifenoper-mäßig stilisiert.

Die Schauspieler sind alle tops, und die deutsche Synchronisierung sehr gut gelungen. Ich habe es in Dänisch mit englischen Untertiteln ausprobiert, mir gefiel aber die deutsche Version deutlich besser.

Aber dann kommt die dritte Staffel und ich musste mich fragen, ob hier ein Fehler vorliegt? Warum sind plötzlich offenbar Jahre vorbei gegangen mit gravierenden Ereignissen, sowohl politisch als auch im Privatleben der Protagonisten, ohne dass hierüber Episoden gedreht wurden?? Dramaturgisch konnte ich keinen Grund erkennen. Zuerst dachte ich, es müsse sich hier um die vierte Staffel handeln!

Aber nicht nur das. Leider wurde einer der Hauptfiguren und Sympathieträger, Kasper, zu einer Nebenfigur degradiert (warum??). Es ist viel inzwischen passiert, ohne dass man erfährt wieso und warum. Leider fehlte auch irgendwie die Spannung in dieser Staffel, und ich habe nach drei Episoden aufgegeben. Vielleicht waren das neue Drehbuchschreiber?

Trotzdem eine sehr sehenswerte Serie.


Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists (English Edition)
Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 14,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A page-turner that gives rise to fundamental questions, 21. Mai 2014
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This book kept me riveted from beginning to end. I knew a little about the Yanomamö (which is the way Chagnon writes their name since using the German umlaut comes closest to their own pronunciation) from having watched the German TV production on them many years ago. Incidentally, Chagnon mentions this production, which, as it turns out, played a role in his ongoing friction with the Catholic church.

Napoleon Chagnon is a distinguished anthropologist who began to study one of the earth's last (partly) uncontacted stone age tribes - the Yanomamö, a group living in various settlements in the rain forest border area between Venezuela and Brazil - in the sixties for his dissertation work at the University of Michigan. This book is, first of all, a fascinating description of his experiences with them over many years and his endeavors to use scientific method and a systematic documentation of kinship and mortality in order to draw conclusions on the nature of society in the stone age. He learned their language, gained their confidence, and spent altogether many months living in their villages, and was thus able to observe first hand their constant wars with each other, various ceremonies, their use of hallucinogenic plants, their everyday habits, the way they snatched and raped women from other settlements, and what was important in forming the status of the headsmen and thus in determining the hierarchies in each settlement.

Unfortunately for Chagnon, the anthropological community at the time did NOT regard themselves as scientists (!). They regarded themselves as recorders of culture and customs, and sometimes even saw themselves as having a mission to protect the earth's remaining "noble savages". In fact, it seems that is still often the case today. Chagnon's conclusions and portrayals of what he saw first hand were very disagreeable to much of this community, and his colleagues resorted in some cases to the worst kind of slander and attacks, false accusations, and attempts to muscle him out of professional societies. He was accused, among other things, of deliberately spreading measles and thus killing some Yanomamö, and of falsifying his research. In the meantime, he has been exonerated of all such claims, but for a while they damaged his health and the well-being of his family.

Thus the second part of the book is, in a way, his final reckoning with these people, and also with the other opponents he had to contend with, the Catholic church. Throughout his career, Chagnon has written several books on the Yanomamö, including a standard university textbook. But in this book he combines a description of his research findings with a description of what he had to contend with in the anthropological world. To me, the latter topic was quite shocking and I was dismayed at what he went through.

To greatly simplify it, what many could not accept were Chagnon's carefully documented findings that:
- life among the Yanomamö was dominated by warlike attacks on each other including brutal killings
- having access to means of reproduction, i.e. women, was a major motivation for these attacks, meaning women were snatched from other groups
- women were beaten and (gang) raped more or less at will
- the most powerful men in the largest kinship groups had the most wives and produced the most offspring
- many Yanomamö died of violent causes
- men gained the most status from having killed other men.

These findings did not appeal to anthropologists with a political agenda, nor to activist groups seeking to preserve the lifestyle of the Yanomamö and similar groups as "noble savages" .

The only other outside groups who had had contact with some of the Yanomamö when Chagnon began his studies were missionaries, mainly from the Catholic church and their Salesian mission, but also some Protestants. Their agenda was of course to convert them to Catholicism/Christianity. Chagnon exposed some of the Catholics' questionable methods, such as bribing the men with rifles to allow the children to attend the Salesian schools. Rifles which were then used to shoot each other.

Chagnon is quite objective in his descriptions of these conflicts, I found, thus enhancing the reader's dismay at how he was received by some of academia and at the methods used by the Salesians precisely because he is not maudlin and overly accusatory about it. Ever the scientist.

Despite his findings on the violent and misogynous nature of Yanonamö society, and thus of our own roots, Chagnon professes to have become very fond of many Yanomamö and was not judgmental in his descriptions of them, either. This, I admit, irritated me.

To me, the question arises as to whether such groups should be protected through reservations, which many activists are trying to achieve, or whether it would be better indeed if their habits and customs were superseded through integration into a society with rules on treatment of women and sanctions for violence. Preserving their way of life as an object of study for anthropologists interested in the stone age cannot be a justification for the kind of violence they inflict on each other and particularly on women, and exaltation as noble savages despite the facts is simply either naive or driven by a hidden agenda.

Minor nitpicks: I read this book on a Kindle and think the photos would have worked better on paper. Also, more stringent editing would have helped, as the book is sometimes repetitive and some passages seem cut and pasted from previous books. Still: 5 stars.


The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

5.0 von 5 Sternen This book says it all, 4. Februar 2013
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After reading this excellently written book I felt like I knew all there was to know about doping in the world of cycling. Of course we all suspected it anyway, but Hamilton's insider confession is still absorbing to read and sometimes shocking. And depressing. Even if you sometimes perhaps feel that Hamilton is using the opportunity to make himself look good and justify his deeds, that does not diminish the value of the book's information at all. His brief portraits of some of the greats of cycling like Bjarne Riis and Jan Ullrich are fascinating, as are his descriptions of the evil doctors who made a fortune peddling drugs to the athletes, displaying indeed many characteristics of dealers. And of course his description of the almost psychopathic Lance Armstrong is gripping. At any rate when Armstrong finally got around to his "confession" with Oprah Winfrey, I was no longer interested and didn't watch. What for? To see this scheming, unscrupulous fellow team up with Winfrey in a media show with only a view to saving his own skin? No thanks. Hamilton has at least moved on.


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