Category: Blog

10
Mar

No Secrets

Expats on Facebook often say that Luxembourg is boring, so I thought I would devise a game to help you kill some time this weekend. But first, we must go back to 1929, when Frigyes Karinthy hypothesised that you are never more than six steps away from anyone else. This sounds ridiculous if you are a very literal person, but of course Frigyes didn’t mean actual, literal steps. If we were talking actual steps, the theory would be subject to an almost endless number of extenuating factors – chief among which would be how long your legs are, and whether the person in question is also walking towards you. If you only count your own steps, you would be within 6 steps of anyone who is walking towards you so long as you are an exceptionally slow walker. (more…)

24
Feb

Confusing Communication

My first encounter with a Luxembourger – at least so far as I can remember – was in 2012. It was dark autumn evening, and we met outside a church in the Bruntsfield1 area of Edinburgh. Not because we are pious, which is neither here nor there (mainly there, as in, we’re not), but because it served as a suitable midway between our two domiciles at which to meet for what would be the first of many dates and subsequent co-ownership of a dog. But again, that’s neither here nor there. Mainly there. (more…)

20
Nov
Distance

A Matter of Metres

On the face of it, the metric system is a wonderfully practical and doubtlessly universal concept – a metre is a metre in Luxembourg, much like a similar if completely different metre in Australia is also a metre. While their circumstances may be very different – perhaps the metre in Luxembourg is a bit wetter; the one in Australia a bit more prone to surfing and wearing shorts – they are both, when it comes down to it, a distance of 100 centimetres, or 1000 millimetres. To argue otherwise would be scientific folly, but that’s never stopped me before. (more…)