Setting Priorities Over Reality

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 19, 2017 in Immoral Conversations |

I read in the German news today that seven children lost their parents in one single crash on a highway here. Someone lost control of their vehicle, possibly hit a small patch of ice which hadn’t been cleared away properly, and destroyed a complete family. Screenshot Source: Twitter / AP Oddities And then I read […]

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How Do You Feel About Cyclists?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 24, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

The local bicyclist association is at it again. They are promoting their sport and leisure activities as much as the safety of bicycle riders without looking at both sides of the coin. In recent weeks they have been promoting a questionnaire put out by the government about how friendly towns and cities are for people […]

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How To Save Your Job

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 13, 2016 in News & Opinion |

I’ve been sitting on this news story to see how it develops, and because I found it almost impossible to believe. The basic story line is this: the management of two airline companies are considering merging in order to be competitive in the marketplace. The workers in these two companies are scared that a fusion […]

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Who Designs These Things?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 11, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

I’m trying to figure out why, when you have a really good design, it isn’t used across the board. My thoughts are mainly directed towards those auto manufacturers who have the same layout in several different cars, but change small things such as the odometer. Perhaps it really is a design thing, aesthetics or whatever […]

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Rail Carriages For Women Only

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 28, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There has been some comment about new carriages for women only on German trains – I may well have mentioned it earlier in another post – and the suggestion that this has come about exclusively because of the number of refugees arriving in Germany over the last year or so. The exclusive carriages have caused […]

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Transport: The Computer Over The Human

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 2, 2016 in Internet |

I can see the thinking behind this Tweet from the Financial Times: a car driven by a computer is not going to be distracted, not by a phone, by the kids, by a rabbit running across the road. A car driven by a computer is going to drive in the right direction, at the right […]

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Forget Your Parking Permit, This Is Germany!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 17, 2016 in News & Opinion |

This is a story, tracing its roots back to 2013, which is simply too good to miss. The small town of Datteln in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, is turning back the clock on parking permits, and in a way which may surprise those of us more used to modern technology and the apps which do […]

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Syke: For Foresight And Knowledge

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 13, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

I’m not in the business of giving out awards, but if I were, and because my interests tend – as far as my further education goes – in the direction of tourism and transport, I would definitely want to give an award to the town of Syke for their wonderful attempt at solving a traffic […]

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Propagating False Information

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 11, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There should be a degree course or, at the very least, a diploma in Fact Checking. As we watch the bitter fights and amazing claims surrounding the US Presidential election campaign and see constant refutations of this claimed fact, that possible event, I wonder whether this form of spinning – the art of telling a […]

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Sudden Snow: Winter Takes Its Toll

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 4, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It seems as if the winter weather, the sudden fall of snow, did catch more people by surprise than I had thought. Convinced that the bad weather falling on a Sunday morning would have a more positive effect on road traffic, I wrote yesterday that the chaos had been postponed, that there were no problems […]

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