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[Linguistic nit-picking on a Friday evening]

Stumbled across the word bakkie in this article:
To celebrate 35 years of the Toyota Hilux bakkie on the African market including Malawi, Toyota is also displaying the Toyota Hilux Legend35 double cab with chrome bull-bars and anti-roll bars.

In Malawi, the term pick-up is more commonly used to refer to lightweight trucks. Bakkie is very South African. I guess, the reporter just copied the press release / marketing collateral.

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ticino weekend

sono tornata a Lugano per un weekend.

a sunny and warm day on Monte Bre

Un espresso, per favore!

ristorante in sight

dolce fare absolutamente niente su Monte Bre.

dolce fare absolutamente niente

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Quote of the Day

Juergen Klopp, football coach of 1. FSV Mainz 05, said

Leidenschaft und Bereitschaft sind bei uns immer da – was kann da schon passieren? Schlechtestenfalls verlieren. Aber das nimmt uns, solange wir kämpfen, in Mainz keiner übel.

Source: Focus

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Photos

Tinguely Museum, Basel

Weather has been very rainy and cold here. I spent yesterday afternoon at the Tinguely Museum… some snapshots:

Close-up of Niki de Saint Phalle Sculpture

Close-up of a Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture in the museum park… could be South African from the colours.

View of the adjoining park

And here’s the full view.

View of the museum building from the park

The museum was built by Mario Botta. I particularly like the view from inside the building over the Rhein.

And the Luginbuehl sculpture ...

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Hopes of malaria vaccine by 2010

The vaccine was used to protect 2,022 children in Mozambique and cut the risk of developing severe malaria by 58%.

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message from the admin

upgraded to wp 1.2.1

In addition, I’ve managed to find a solution to the escaping comment form problem in IE.

I replaced 100% by 400px in the css controlling the text area field:

#commentform textarea {
width: 400px;
}

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, sorry to late… the admin has fixed it! For IE and Opera, I hope, pray and believe. Still need to check it in Firefox. Going jogging now…

[update Oct 10] I’ve been changing the css settings and have started customizing some of the php files.
If something doesn’t work, please leave a comment below. Please let me know how the comment form behaves in your browser. Does the comment form still expand to infinity when you start typing?

BTW, we’ve got perfect chiperoni weather in Basel today! Constant drizzle and fog.

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General Learning Italian

Mailand oder Madrid – Hauptsache Italien *

I came across a number of Italian language links this week:

* The former German national football player Andreas Möller supposedly said this in an interview.

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dog abandoned at supermarket

Apparently somebody abandoned (or forgot?) a puppy at the supermarket opposite of our office. There was a quite a commotion… The police came to pick up the young dog. The puppy looked really forlorn and lost. Poor guy. Cos he didn’t want to follow or wasn’t used to walking on a leash, the policeman ended up carrying him to the police van.

I wonder why somebody would abandon their dog like that…

In the same way that some people over-exaggerate and treat their pets like children, others fail to recognize that animals are not objects that you can simply throw away at will.

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