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Big Parent

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I got this¬† questionnaire in the Berlin kindergarten where my daughter goes. 93 pages altogether, 15 pages are to be filled now, the rest later. How your child talks, what s\he plays with, how reacts to your “No” etc.

All parents in Berlin (and I doubt the situation is radically different in other German cities) are supposed to write their answers and bring the book back to their kindergarten. Later the questionnaire¬† will be brought to school where teachers will read it to get info about the child…

Mein Gott!

That is how it starts, all this endless paperwork between a citizen and the state in Germany.

Amazing.

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February 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm

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An underground parking in Helsinki

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After some consideration we decided not to park there.

It might be not as cool as something people found recently on Google Street View in Finland but it’s still memorable, isn’t it.

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February 16, 2010 at 1:41 am

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Dresden, 13.02.2010

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It’s hard to imagine something that works so easily and – in this case – so strong. The neo-nazi gathering in Dresden has been announced “the biggest in Europe” and with participants from many countries. Still one can’t see “Europe” at a meeting in a German city, one regards the event as a German one. But just one flag makes the whole picture different. Two, actually.

And now – yes, there is a feeling of another scale. Even though the number of people is far from expected 6 000. Is here two thousand, on a square near the Dresden railway station? I am not sure.

UPD

More people came afterwards so it looked more impressive. But there were no new flags.

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February 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm

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