Monthly Archives: June 2011

YG World Cup Blog: But how do they look?

Soccer game at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, Public domain photo of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, UW-Madison Libraries

Soccer game at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, Public domain photo of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, UW-Madison Libraries

We’re now one game into the World Cup for the United States and already the conversation has drifted from the team’s play on the field to how they look while playing on the field.  Specifically I’m speaking of the uniforms team U.S.A. is sporting and how they look a lot like nurse’s uniforms.

I think that the United States has done wonders in setting an example for woman’s rights throughout our history. In 1972, there was the enactment of the landmark legislation Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 . The federal law essentially granted girls and women in high schools and universities the right to equal opportunity in sports by banning sex discrimination in either academics or athletics.

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YG World Cup Blog: A Young Squad Eager for the World Stage

The Matildas' captain and goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri, here in action during the Australia vs. Germany match in Wolfsburg October 28, 2010, Photo: (c) picture-alliance / Annegret Hilse

The Matildas’ captain and goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri, here in action during the Australia vs. Germany match in Wolfsburg October 28, 2010, Photo: (c) picture-alliance / Annegret Hilse

by Matthew Rossleigh

Australia goes into the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup full of confidence, following their victory at last year’s AFC Asian Cup in China. As continental champions, there is now an expectation on the Matildas to not only reach the knockout stage, but to progress further in the tournament.

Australia coach Tom Sermanni leads the team to its fifth consecutive World Cup finals appearance, his third in charge, after achieving their best ever result in the 2007 tournament in China. On that occasion, the Matildas progressed to the knockout stage following draws against Canada and Norway, and a victory over Ghana, but were eventually beaten by Brazil in the quarter final stage.

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It’s Spargel Season: A Recipe for Swabian Asparagus Soup

Peeled white asparagus.  Photo (cc) Click Clack Gorilla

Peeled white asparagus. Photo (cc) Click Clack Gorilla

It’s summer. The air is hot and sticky, and the daylight stretches out like a cat until it’s almost ten o’clock. It is not the time of year for hot soups. Yet it is the time of year for asparagus, and one of my favorite asparagus dishes is Spargel Suppe mit Fladle, which is Swabian (Schwäbisch) for asparagus soup with strips of pancake. And it’s delicious.

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Thoughts on a Fair Trial: Slow Justice is Injustice

An Egyptian man looks at books and magazines with a front page picture of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak on May 25, 2011, a day after the State prosecutor announced that Mubarak and his two sons would face trial in a criminal court over the killings of anti-regime protesters and corruption, Photo: picture alliance / ap3/ZUMAPRESS.com

An Egyptian man looks at books and magazines with a front page picture of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak on May 25, 2011, a day after the State prosecutor announced that Mubarak and his two sons would face trial in a criminal court over the killings of anti-regime protesters and corruption, Photo: picture alliance / ap3/ZUMAPRESS.com

On April 10, 2011, Hosni Mubarak gave his last speech (on one privately funded channel) while under house arrest claiming that he’d been deeply hurt and extremely disappointed by the unfair allegations and accusations which have surfaced in newspapers which not only smeared his reputation, but that of his family.

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Germans could win the World Grill Cup

A slightly ambiguous photo of a park sign... "Please BBQ dogs"

A slightly ambiguous photo of a park sign... "Please BBQ dogs" (Flickr: bleicher)

If I said to you barbeque, you’d say to me: America! After all, it is the land of BBQ sauce, rib and steak cook-outs and, oddly enough, a variety of grilled “dogs” – which, I have to confess, I always had the Koreans down for, but whaddya know?

Anyway, I’m not the only one who’s a little limited in his range of associative thinking when it comes to barbequed food: after all, how many of you would instantly think of Germany when you smell charcoal and singed sausages?

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Dead drop caching in Cologne

One participant connecting to one of the Dead Drops.  Photo courtesy think europe

One participant connecting to one of the Dead Drops. Photo courtesy think europe

On the 4th of May students of the University of Cologne organized a digital scavanger hunt for 80 young online editors from four European countries (Slovenia, Hungary, Czech and Germany). The scavanger hunt was a project realized for the Europe House Marienberg, i.e. thinkeurope exclusively.

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Torsten Meyer the event started in the morning and climaxed in a flashmob in front of the Cologne Cathedral. The Dead Drops, which were bricked in at different crucial places of Cologne contained history related tasks. The event was insoired by Adam Bartholls Artproject “DeadDrop.”  We loved the event and the many different effects it had.

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