Monthly Archives: December 2014

Stefan Zweig: The Royal Game

Zweigin novelli shakinpelaajista.

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Muistelmateoksia: Paavo Lipponen, Iiro Viinanen ja Erikki Tuomioja

Ennen joulua luin kiinnostavan kimaran muistelmateoksia 1980-90 -luvun suomalaisesta politiikasta ja suuresta murroksesta tuona ajanjaksona.

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Bhutan: 6. Houses

It seemed that even new houses were constructed by traditional models. Bhutanese houses are tall – I heard height of buildings signify wealth. Windows have colorful wooden panels just like in Bavaria and Switzerland. Attic is used to dry and … Continue reading

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Bhutan: 5. Drink

Bhutan has usual share of larger that all countries of the world produce. Druk, “thunder dragon”, is favorite name for beers also. Druk 11000 sounds fancy.    There is also a local brand of red wine named after national animal … Continue reading

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Bhutan: 4. Food

Bhutanese food seemed to be influenced by Tibetan and Indian cuisines: curries and Tibetan momos (dumplings). National dish was Ema datshi or chili cheese which was pleasantly hot. You could eat it as such or with local red rice. Potatoes … Continue reading

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Bhutan: 3. People

Bhutan has been isolated for centuries and only recently opened for tourism. Traditional ways have remained strong but there are changes in peoples lives and the young are following for example Korean pop and soap operas. Many Bhutanese wear traditional … Continue reading

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Henry Marsh: Do No Harm (2014)

A great book by UK neurosurgeon about his work and what it is like to operate on people’s brains. A subject usually shrouded in mystery and jargon becomes full of drama, comedy and tragedy.

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