Thanks to the summer break I can seamlessly continue the story Merkel & Sarkozy. Initially I did not want to touch the subject (too complicated and too serious), but now it obviously is tempting, particularly after the social democrats have suggested the same in July, too.
I heard of somebody asking why I put Germany down in an English magazine. But would the English like to hear me praising Germany all the time?
As I was saying, about this whole American/English thing – after 30 years or so living in the USA, I think I qualify as bi-lingual. However, after a 10-year absence, I’m finding that some of the linguistic tendencies of my American cousins strike my ear in a peculiar way. To quote Professor ‘Enry ‘Iggins from that great Musical, My Fair Lady, it amounts to, ‘The cold-blooded murder of the English tongue.’
Well at the beginning of April, it was the time of the year, in the UK, when we mothers finally get a slap on the back. I had my own mother visiting at the time and thought I would treat her to a lovely Mother’s Day meal at La Tartana. I checked the date with…
For years my husband would pull his face, thinking I was mad when I would say I needed a really good laugh, until we both ended up on the same course, and we had to identify the needs that were important to us.