Sunday, 28 November 2010

Virus alert and updated blogroll

I have not been blogging for a few days, mainly because my laptops and memory sticks have been “funny” for a few days. Well, it was a nasty virus located on (or at least triggered by) the autorun of one of the memory sticks. Now, everything should be back to normal, thanks to Panda USB Vaccine,…. hopefully… I have just reinstalled everything on my main laptop, including my blog reader. This also led me to update my blogroll (right hand column of this site) where I fixed a couple of links and added a few more.

Monday, 15 November 2010

The relationship between judges and law professors is ...

similar to the one between ...
  1. masters and servants?
  2. kings and queens?
  3. birds and ornithologists?
  4. construction workers and architects?
  5. body and brain?
  6. applied and theoretical physicists?
  7. apples and oranges?
I guess my own view is that it should be 6 and 7, or perhaps 3 as well. 4 and 5 may be ok. I would oppose 1 or 2.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Research grant heaven

Personal background of this post please see here

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Becoming British?

I slightly off-topic post again. Since I have been living in the UK for more than five years, I’m eligible to become a British citizen. I have also just learned that Germany changed its citizenship law two years ago, meaning that I could also keep my German passport. Such a dual nationality (and two passports) may be quite handy since I may travel to different countries of the Middle Eastern again and some of them don’t like it if you have a stamp of “their enemy” in your passport. So, then, shall I do it? Well, to become British I need to pass a Life in the UK Test, which actually looks like fun (it’s available here). Anything else: well, there is a fee of GBP 735... With all due respect to the difficult financial position the UK is in, this seems to me slightly excessive for a simple administrative act. So, I guess, for the time being I will not become British and will continue cheering when Germany beats England in the World Cup...