selenak: (Goethe/Schiller - Shezan)
So John Le Carré has a life long interest/(barbed)affection for all things German, which I knew, but I still found myself touched and surprised by this love declaration to the German language. Also to education in general, and the way learning languages changes our minds, which is direly needed here and now. Writes he: The decision to learn a foreign language is to me an act of friendship. It is indeed a holding out of the hand. It’s not just a route to negotiation. It’s also to get to know you better, to draw closer to you and your culture, your social manners and your way of thinking. And the decision to teach a foreign language is an act of commitment, generosity and mediation.

(I've never tried to verbalize how I feel about English, come to think of that.)

Meanwhile, two Doctor Who fanfiction recs, hidden under a spoiler cut because they're hard to describe without giving away plot points of the last season )
selenak: (Master by Cheesygirl)
Sorry for any not yet replied to comments, replies will come, I’m having a couple of busy days. On to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, requested by [personal profile] ffutures, a Doctor Who story I wrote in the hiatus between seasons 3 and 4 of New Who about Lucy Saxon, the Master’s wife, which means no canon post s3 is referred to. The story is here.

Meet the Master's Wife )
selenak: (Missy by Yamiinsane123)
In which whoever did the trailer after the last episode should not do so again, since it already gave away the two key twists, but even so, this was a suspensful and good first part - may the second one live up to it.

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selenak: (Tardis - Hellopinkie)
Following New Who tradition of the new Companion first getting a trip to the future and then one to the past, this one offers a fuiture where Emojis survive as a major mode of communication. Which, let's face it, is likely. :)

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