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PW 7th May

In Germany lots of people ride  bicycles. Lots of people ride their bicycles in the town and in the mountains. Right now I want to buy a new bicycle and it is very difficult to find a right one. There are so many types of bicycles so it is very difficult to find the right one. There are also bicycles in all prices available. (from 300 Euro to 11000 Euro)  Now I decided to buy a new e-mountainbike, but now there was a new problem. Because of the Corona virus it is difficult  to get one, because the manufactures don’t produce enough bicycles in the moment. In Germany lots of people want to buy a new bicycles now, for going to their work , because they don’t want to go by public transportation.  For me it was strange that not lots of people ride bicycles in USA or Canada. Everybody goes by their car or public transportation.  I think more people should ride their bike,  so it will be an advantage for the environment.

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“John Anderson, My Jo”

In all poems there is the theme about love, but each poem shows different types of love. Some poems describe the love in a happy way other poems describe the love in a sad way like Shakespeare.  The poem John Anderson, My Jo written by Robert Burns expresses the long standing aging kind of love. The speaker seems to be an aged faithful married woman, speaking about her equally ancient and faithful husband. The subject in the poem describes a love over many years. It is a long way up and down of a hill. The speaker expresses his eternal love and states that now it is the time to go the last way of their life doing this hand in hand and together. The end of this way is probably their death.  In the poem the speaker states the appearance change of John. First he is described as a raven with his bent bonnie brow and then described with a beld brow and looking like the snow. Line 1-4  describes the youth of John and line 5-8 describes the old age and death. Although John became old the love is still the same as at the beginning. The love was the whole life so strong so that now it is the time to go together the hill down.

On the contrary the poem A Red, Red Rose, is written by a speaker who is a youthful, amorous male. The poem is a promise of love, in which he leaves her but promises to come back. The love will passed far into the future. The love is described with expressions of nature.

The poems Bonie Doon by Robert Burns is written by a speaker, an unhappy lover, who describes the pain of love with the beauty of countrysite, which seems to be unaffected by his grief.

All three poems have different number of stanzas. Every stanza of  Bonie Doon and A Red, Red Rose have four lines  and on the other hand John Anderson My Jo has only 2 stanzas with 8 lines.  The poem John Anderson My Jo has a mixed rhyme scheme.  Other poems either have a standard rhyme scheme  like  A Red, Red Rose with ABCB or no rhyme scheme.

Each poem has key words as repetition, like my jo in the poem John Anderson, My Jo .  The mood of all three poems is the eternity and the tone is everlasting love.

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IJRE 1/5/2020 Stormbreaker

In chapter 15 Eleven O’Clock of the book Stormbreaker,  written by Anthony Horowitz,  Alex escapes the house and sees, that Sayle’s private helicopter has already left, but the cargo plane is still there. Alex knocks out a guard, steals his gun and jeep and drives towards the plane. Attaching the yo-yo to his belt and wrapping the yo-yo string around the harpoon, which he has taken of Sayle’s home, he drives closer to the plane and shoots the harpoon into it. He is drugged out of the jeep and  his yo-yo reels him in. Opening the back door, Alex goes inside to find Mr. Grin flying the plane. Then  Alex pulls out the gun and threatens Mr. Grin, who is ordered by Alex to head to the science museum in South Kensington, London.

Alex is surprised even by himself how easy it is to get the upper hand in this situation and to threaten another person with a gun without scruples. With his confident presence and the gun in his hand, Alex acts like an adult and gives exact instructions.

Alex raised the gun. He wondered if he would have the courage to use it. But he wasn’t going to let Mr.Grin know that. “All right, Mr. Grin,” he shouted above the noise of the propeller and the howl of the wind.“You may not be able to talk, but you’d better listen. I want you to fly this plane to London. We’re going to the Science Museum in South Kensington and we’ve got to be there in less than an hour. And if you think you’re trying to trick me, I’ll put a bullet in you. Do you understand?” Mr. Grin said nothing. (P. 208)

This quote shows that Alex does justice to a super agent in this book and his abilities are already perfectly trained. Certainly many young people wish to be like Alex.

 

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IJRE 15/4/2020 Stormbreaker

In chapter 14 Deep Water, of the book Stormbreaker written by Anthony Horowitz Alex, the spion gets  uncuffs by Vole  and they argue for a while, but she tells him to trust her. Then they go looking for a phone to call Blunt but she tricks him. She pushes a button and he falls with the jellyfish. Vole and Grin taunt Alex for a while and tell him the record for being with the jellyfish is 5.5 hours. Alex almost get stung by the jellyfish, but remembers his zit cream and puts it on metal that holds up the glass. The glass explodes and the Jellyfish land on Vole. An Alarm goes off, nd he sees he only has 1 hour, and he sees the plane take off. Alex makes a plan to get to the plane on time. Alex had a very good training, because he is able to think logical in dangerous situations and he doesn’t get really in panic in dangerous situations.  This demonstrate the next citation:

“Alex—” “What do you want?” Alex recoiled away from heras she leaned over him. Then there was a click, and tohis astonishment, his hands came free. She had un-locked the handcuffs! He stood up, wondering whatwas going on. “Listen to me,” Vole said. The words were tumbling quickly and softly out of her yellow-painted lips.“We do not have much time. I am here to help you. Iworked with your uncle—Herr Rider.” Alex staredat her in surprise. “Yes. I am on the same side as you.” “But nobody told me—” “It was better for you not to know.” “But . . .” Alex was confused. “I saw you with thesubmarine. You knew what Sayle was doing . . .” “There was nothing I could do. Not then. It’s toohard for me to explain. We don’t have the time to ar-gue. You want to stop him or no?” “I need to find a phone.” “All the phones in the house are coded. You can-not use them. But I have a mobile in my office.” “Then let’s go.” Alex was still suspicious. If Nadia Vole had knownso much, why hadn’t she tried to stop Sayle before?On the other hand, she had released him—and Mr.Grin would be back any minute. He had no choice butto trust her. He followed her out of the room, aroundthe corner, and up a flight of stairs to a landing witha statue of a naked woman, some Greek goddess, inthe corner. Vole paused for a moment, resting herhand against the statue’s arm. “What is it?” Alex asked. “I feel dizzy. You go on. It’s the first door on theleft.” Alex went past her, along the landing. Out of thecorner of his eye, he saw her press down on thestatue’s arm. The arm moved . . . a lever. By the timehe knew he had been tricked, it was too late. He yelledout as the floor underneath him swung around on ahidden pivot. He tried to stop himself falling, but therewas nothing he could do. He crashed onto his backand slid down through the floor and into a black plas-tic tunnel, which corkscrewed beneath him. As hewent, he heard Nadia Vole laugh triumphantly, andthen he was gone, desperately trying to find a hold onthe sides, wondering what would be at the end of hisfall. Five seconds later he found out. The corkscrewspat him out. He fell briefly through the air andsplashed into cold water. For a moment he wasblinded, fighting for air. Then he rose to the surfaceand found himself in a huge glass tank filled with wa-ter and rocks. That was when he realized, with hor-ror, exactly where he was. Vole had deposited him in the tank with the giantjellyfish. (p. 191)

I was pretty suprised by this, because I thought that this maybe change the whole book, but it was very clever by Nadine to do that. I think Alex was pretty intelligent to use that cream to go out of this aquarium.  I would be so excited that I couldn’t even think about a Cream that helps you in that situation.

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IJRE Stormbreaker 21/3/2020

In chapter 11 “Dozmary Mine”  of Alex Rider Stormbreaker, written by Anthony Horowitz, Alex went to the Port Tallon libary. The librarian told him that his uncle wanted to read a book on computer viruses and a book on Cornwall history. When he studied the book he realized that  the diagram matched the map his uncle had left and that there was a mine under Sayle Enterprises. Alex went to the store and bought supplies and headed to the mine to explore it.

Alex, a professional spy can also do sometimes mistakes, because he is also only a human.

He came to a tangle of iron and wire: some sort of machine, long ago buried and forgotten. He climbed over it too quickly, cutting his leg on a piece of jagged metal. He stood still for a few seconds, forcing himself to slow down. He knew he musn’t panic. He forced himself to think. If you panic, you’ll get lost. (P.156)

I like this scene, because I see in that that also a professional spy can make mistakes and everybody is not doing always everything perfect.

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Pw-April 7th-Customs & Culture in Bavaria

Conventional and present day: Encounter Bavaria’s captivating blend of exuberant urban city life, traditions, authentic celebrations and social treasures. Bavaria captivates with its energizing differentiate between convention and innovation – from extravagant buildings and chronicled landmarks to modern craftsmanship and hip celebrations. On your social visit you may involvement Bavaria at its best: for illustration, take a walk through the beautiful ancient town of Regensburg or visit the Bamberg Cathedral. Both cities are UNESCO World Legacy Destinations since of their well-preserved verifiable townscape. The 45 state royal residences, castles and homes in Bavaria combine magnificent engineering with history: visit the radiant buildings of Ruler Ludwig II and his tall tale castle Neuschwanstein or take a visit of the world’s longest castle complex in Burghausen. Another fascination are the twelve state galleries of craftsmanship and social history in Bavaria. They are among the foremost imperative within the world – just like the Modern and Ancient Pinakothek.

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1st April: IJRE / Stormbreaker

In chapter 13 THE SCHOOL BULLY of Alex Rider Strombreaker the spy Alex was caught and interrogated by Mr Sayle. Alex told that he is from the MI6 and also all the other things that he already knew about Mr Sayle`s stormbreaker. He had to tell the truth about all, because he was threatened by Mr Grin with flying knives. When Alex asked for the reasons for his Stormbreaker attack Mr Sayle said:

… I was mocked and bullied. Because of my size. Because of my dark skin. Because I couldn’t speak English well. Because I wasn’t one of them. (p 183.)

But there was one who was worse than any of them. (p 184)

He grew up to be the bliddy prime minister! (p185)

These statements show how somebody can be angry aggressive and frustrated after he was mobbed in his childhood.

Therefore I think it is important to stop mobbing at all time!

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IJRE 2/14/20

In Chapter 10 „ the death in the long grass“ of the Alex Rider Stormbreaker,  Mr Grin tried to kill Alex.  Alex had to go on a walk and when he was leaving he saw Mr. Gin just making a call. He followed the footpath  and came to a place with very long gras. Suddenly he heard a sound of quads. Two quads tried to kill him, but he was much cleverer than the driver, so that they were killed by Alex.

„ He was angry with himself because he knew he‘d made too many mistakes. He should have been dead now, he knew“ p.144

I like this statement because Alex is really self-critical. To be self-critical is a very good behavior of a person. Only with thus  characteristic It is possible for Alex to live a life as a spy. This helps him not to be killed in such dangerous situations.

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3/7/2020 Oktoberfest

The Munich Oktoberfest is said to be the largest public festival in the world. Here is fun with lots of roller coasters, ghost trains, carousels, a Ferris wheel and the good old can throwing. Famous rides are the “Wild Mouse”, looping five and the Ferris wheel. In the beer tents you can eat well, drink a lot, dance and sing. The thousands of visitors come from all over the world.

If you asked people from other countries what they think of Munich, most of them would probably answer “Oktoberfest”. Many also say “Bierfest” to it. No wonder, because about 6 million liters of beer are drunk there every year. But the people of Munich themselves usually say “Wiesn”, the Bavarian word for meadow.
This refers to the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest has taken place since 1810. It all began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. For the celebration a horse race took place on the Theresienwiese in Munich. Afterwards it was decided to hold such a festival there every year – the Oktoberfest was born.

The Oktoberfest only took place at the beginning of October. But soon it was noticed that the weather in September was simply much better and so it was brought forward to September. But the name has remained the same.

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2/21/2020 The Airbus story: A success story with problems

The Airbus story: A success story with problems

Originally, the founders of Airbus wanted to create a European competitor for Boeing. And they have succeeded – even if there is turbulence now. The Airbus Industries group is the civil aircraft division of the European aerospace company EADS. The declared goal of the founders was to break the dominance of the US competitor Boeing in the global market for passenger aircraft. The most important stages in the company’s history:

-1970: The Airbus consortium is founded as a Franco-German joint project of the companies Aérospatiale and Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA). The partners achieve their first international success with the twin-engine medium-range jet A300.

-1974: The Spanish company Construcciones Aeronáuticas (CASA) joins the Airbus Group. Five years later, the British aerospace and defence group British Aerospace also becomes part of the consortium. Each of the four nationally managed companies is responsible for specific production lines; final assembly and sales take place in Toulouse.

-1987: Maiden flight of the A320 in February. With the first aircraft controlled by joystick, Airbus extends its product range to short-haul aircraft. Thanks to its modern technology, the aircraft soon becomes a bestseller. The A330 and A340, developed from June onwards, complement the Airbus family in the long-haul segment.

-1995: In April, negotiations with the US market leader Boeing on the joint project for a super jumbo fail. Airbus then plans its own wide-body aircraft, for the development of which the management founds the “Large Aircraft Division” a year later.

-2001: Airbus gets an “integrated” group structure to streamline cross-border production at the 16 European sites. The German-French-Spanish EADS holds 80 percent of the shares. The remaining 20 percent are held by the British Aerospace successor BAE Systems, which sells its package in 2006. Airbus has about 1500 suppliers in 30 countries. In June, the European NATO states agree to develop the Airbus military transporter A400M.

-2004: For the first time in its almost 35-year history, Airbus receives more orders than its US archrival Boeing. In May, assembly of the A380 giant jet begins at the Hamburg-Finkenwerder plant.

-2005: The A380 takes off on its maiden flight on 27 April. In May, the dispute with Boeing over state subsidies worth billions escalates: The USA takes the EU to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and demands the establishment of a corresponding arbitration court.

-2006: In June, the Airbus management has to admit that the delivery of the A380 is significantly delayed. At the same time, the development of a new smaller A350 is stalled. The workforce fears for thousands of jobs because of possible plant closures. At the end of 2006, Airbus reports a preliminary annual turnover of 26 billion euros. Worldwide, the company employs around 55,000 people under the leadership of a Franco-German dual leadership team.

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Personal response to Romeo & Juliet

Although written in the 16th century by Shakespeare, readers of the play can find themselves in the plot and in the characters and their surroundings. Although the external living conditions in England in the early modern period are in stark contrast to the present day, people’s feelings have not changed. Love, envy, intrigue and openly displayed enmity reveal what drives people today as much as in Shakespeare’s lifetime. The build-up of tension within the tragedy captivates both the reader and the spectator from beginning to end: the exposition at the beginning, expressed in the clashes of the servants, the escalation during which Romeo and Juliet meet at the dance, fall in love and finally marry, and the retarding moment when Juliet plans with Father Lorenzo to stage a suspended animation that eventually leads to catastrophe and ends with the death of the two heroes. Shakespeare succeeded in making the reader feel sorry for the protagonists and in incorporating various aspects of a tragic conflict: Thus the actors are driven by idealistic motives, but also by a desire for revenge, which has been dragged along for far too long from the conflicts between the families. The play is undoubtedly worth reading – both for the unwavering, unprecedented love and the tension that Shakespeare was able to build up from the entanglements. Both fans of classical literature and readers who are more aloof can easily find their way into the language of Shakespeare and get carried away by the plot.

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The history of Gottlieb Daimler

Gottlieb Daimler was born in Schorndorf on 17 March 1834. After training as a gunsmith and a stay in France, he attended the Polytechnic School in Stuttgart from 1857 to 1859. After various technical activities in France and England, he took up a position as a draughtsman in Geislingen in 1862. At the end of 1863 he became a workshop inspector in a machine factory in Reutlingen, where he also met Wilhelm Maybach in 1865. In 1872, he becomes technical director of Gasmotorenfabrik Deutz, where he becomes familiar with Otto’s four-stroke principle. After differences with the management, he leaves the company in 1882. Daimler sets up an experimental workshop in the greenhouse of his Cannstatt villa and decides to develop engines based on the four-stroke principle that run exclusively on gasoline as fuel. In 1884, together with Wilhelm Maybach, he succeeds in designing a combustion engine that is now known as a “grandfather clock”. With this design, which was aimed at weight reduction and compact construction, both had created the basis for installation in a vehicle. The costs of the test operation soon consumed Daimler’s entire assets, so he had to look for business partners. Together with Max Duttenhofer and his partner Wilhelm Lorenz, he founded the “Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft” on 28 November 1890. However, while Duttenhofer wanted to produce stationary engines, Daimler had vehicle production at heart and the dispute arose.

After Wilhelm Maybach also left the company in 1891 due to unacceptable contractual conditions, Daimler resorted to a ruse: together with Maybach, he continued to design engines, but the patents for all of them were in his name. Daimler’s increasingly tense relationship with Duttenhofer and Lorenz ultimately led to both of them excluding him as a shareholder. Due to stagnating technical development, which ultimately resulted in increasingly poorer balance sheets, DMG made an attempt to get Maybach back in 1895. The latter refused, stating that he would not return without Daimler. In the end, economic interests forced the two of them to rejoin society – the Phoenix engine designed by Maybach meant that the Daimler engine was on everyone’s lips abroad and a group of English industrialists were prepared to pay the sum of 350,000 marks for the corresponding licensing rights. While Maybach was appointed Technical Director of DMG, Gottlieb Daimler was given the position of an expert advisory board and general inspector on the supervisory board. The return of both brought DMG an unexpected upswing. However, Gottlieb Daimler had little time to witness this rapid development. He succumbs to a heart condition on March 6, 1900.

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Coronavirus / PW / 2/7/20

A novel variant of the coronavirus is spreading from China. Almost 30,000 people in China are demonstrably infected, and more than 550 have died of the lung disease. Experts assume that there is a high number of undetected cases of infected people, whereby the infection is so mild that there is no danger to life.
In the meantime, cases of infection have been reported from almost 30 countries.
The World Health Organization WHO has declared an international health emergency because of the epidemic. This is primarily a matter of international coordination in dealing with the epidemic.
The virus called 2019-nCoV can cause a respiratory disease with high fever and lead to severe pneumonia. – It is contagious from person to person via a droplet infection, possibly also via a smear infection.

The first infections are associated with a now closed fish market in Wuhan, where wild animals were also sold. It is possible that the virus was originally transmitted via direct contact between animals and humans (zoonosis), or – like many germs – simply via the air.

What do they know about the virus?

Recently, experts had deciphered the gene sequence of the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV, which had not previously been diagnosed in humans.

Corona viruses have been known since the 1960s. The name is derived from the outwardly protruding, crown-shaped protein structure of the virus envelope. Basically, coronaviruses are nothing out of the ordinary. Infections are often harmless – for example with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Gastrointestinal complaints, especially diarrhoea, can also occur.

However, coronaviruses are treacherous and extremely versatile – they belong to the group of RNA viruses and have a high genetic variability. This means that they can easily overcome species barriers and infect a wide variety of host species. As a result, the viruses also cause more severe disease courses, with respiratory distress and pneumonia, which can even lead to death.

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Independent Reading / Stormbreaker

In the novel Stormbreaker by Antony Horrowitz, 14-year-old Alex Rider, an agent of the Secret Service, into which Sales Enterprises has infiltrated as computer freak Felix Lester. Here he is supposed to get to the bottom of why Sales, apparently without any self-interest, produces computers which he then wants to give away to all schools in England. The chapter “Death in the long grass” is  his last day to test the stormbreaker.

Alex was woken up by an indignant Nadine Vole, knocking at his door. He had overslept. “This morning it is your last opportunity to experience the stormbreaker,” she said. “Right,” Alex replied. “This afternoon we begin to send the computers out to the schools. Herr Sayle has suggested that you take the afternoon for leisure. A walk perhaps into Port Tallon? There is a footpath that goes through the fields and then by the sea. You will do that, yes?” “Yes I’d like that.

This scene shows me two interesting things. First of all it’s funny that a superspy is a human who also oversleep. On the other hand I recognize that his day is also structured like my day in Brookes.

 

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PW/ The Amazon Story

Amazon Company History
It all began in 1994 with an idea and one year later with a handful of customers. Almost 20 years later, the company has around 25 million customers in 160 countries around the world. The founder, Jeff Bezos, was voted “Man of the Year” by the news magazine “Time” in 1999. We’re talking about the US company Amazon.com, which, according to its own statements, is the market leader in Internet trading and offers the largest selection of books, videos and CDs in the world – with the product range still being continually expanded today.
Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in 1994 in the US state of Washington by the computer scientist Jeff Bezos, born on 12 January 1964, as an online bookstore. He had previously developed the idea for an electronic bookstore with David E. Shaw, in whose financial company Bezos was employed as a vice president until shortly before the founding of Amazon. The naming of Jeff Bezos’ new online company was based on
the strongly ramified South American Amazon godfather, which is considered the most water-rich river on earth and was intended to symbolize the company’s aspired supremacy. It was also important to Bezos that his new company began with an “A”, the first letter of the alphabet.
In July 1995, Jeff Bezos invited some 300 friends and acquaintances to test his new “online baby”. In its first month, Amazon.com sold books to customers in all US states and an additional 45 countries worldwide. By the second month Amazon was already turning over about $20,000 per week. After these surprisingly rapid initial successes, Amazon subsequently opened up to the general public. In 1996, the young company’s sales had already risen to 15.7 million US dollars, and in 1997, after the company went public, they continued to grow to 147.8 million US dollars. Around 35 percent of the shares remained in the family ownership of the founder.
In 1998 Amazon founded the first country-specific websites worldwide, including in Germany. In April 1998, the US company had acquired the then leading German Internet mail order bookseller, ABC-Bücherdienst GmbH, which operated the successful Telebuch.de website through its subsidiary Telebook, Inc. and had branches in Spain, the USA and Namibia. In October 1998 Telebuch.de was renamed Amazon.de.
The book division was quickly followed by other product segments. With the integrated sales platforms “Marketplace” and the “z-Shops” an almost unlimited portfolio was soon available. Over time, Amazon’s own brands, such as the eBook brand “Kindle” (2007), the furniture brand “Strathwood” or the home textiles brand “Pinzon” supplemented the portfolio, and in 2009 the company acquired the shoe mail order company Zappos. In 2011, Amazon sold more electronic than printed books for the first time and in 2012 Amazon.com took over the book-on-demand provider Booksurge.com. The company also invested continuously in the further development of customer-friendly Internet technologies: Among other things, it patented the 1-Click ordering process and developed the “Recommandation Engine”.
By the end of 1999, sales had already reached around one billion US dollars. However, Amazon’s losses were still 300 million dollars. It was not until 2002 that the company made its first profits. But when the dot.com bubble burst at the beginning of the new millennium, things became extremely tight for Amazon as well. For investors, this meant that after the initial ups and downs, they now fell into a deep black hole for a long time. The price fluctuations expressed in figures: in 1998 the value of a share was around 100 US dollars, in mid-1999 the value fell to 50 US dollars, only to rise again to over 100 US dollars at the end of 1999. By 2006, the value had fallen to just 20 US dollars. It was not until 2009 that the share price began to rise continuously again. In 2012, the turnover was 61.1 billion US dollars and the value of an Amazon share was over 200 US dollars in August 2013.
But over the years Amazon also made negative headlines more and more frequently. Primarily because of dubious working conditions. The most important points of criticism: temporary

Working conditions, unpaid “induction training” and the inhumane accommodation of temporary workers, as well as warnings in the event of non-compliance with targets, as a means of employee pressure. In 2013, Amazon went on strike in Germany for the first time, as the company was classified as a “wage pusher” by the Ver.di trade union. In addition, the company’s working hours were denounced.
In 2013, it also became known that Amazon had gained competitive advantages over small bookstores through an extreme linking with German libraries, and that it was taking advantage of considerable tax advantages with legal booking tricks, for example, and was reducing its tax payments in Germany to a minimum. Practices that were increasingly met with displeasure, especially because the group had initially received substantial subsidies as part of its economic development in Germany, but now taxed its profits in Luxembourg.
The company’s portfolio also came under constant criticism: For example, constitutional protectors of the state of Brandenburg had already discovered in 2009 that the NPD was selling right-wing extremist propaganda material via Amazon. It had previously become known that Amazon had already distributed inciting and anti-Semitic writings in the USA. At the same time, erotic and homosexual topics were removed from the internal bestseller lists. Data protectionists criticised the possible passing on of customer data and consumer protectionists criticised the sale of food via Amazon – to name just a few of the critical issues.
Amazon had expanded so much over the years that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was able to buy Washington, D.C.’s largest daily newspaper, “The Washington Post”, on August 5, 2013.

 

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Stormbreaker / Independent Reading

In the novel Stormbreaker by Antony Horrowitz, 14-year-old Alex Rider, an agent of the Secret Service, into which Sales Enterprises has infiltrated as computer freak Felix Lester. Here he is supposed to get to the bottom of why Sales, apparently without any self-interest, produces computers which he then wants to give away to all schools in England.
In the chapter “Nightly Visit” Alex tries to get to the bottom of the matter and is the first teenager to test the computer.

” It’s great,” said Alex, and that was actually his opinion. He still couldn’t believe that this ridiculous male is supposed to have developed a device that is so powerful.”

“Alex is also totally fascinated by 24 hour internet access. “(p.118)

It means they have 24-hours free Internet access. (p.118)

Alex thinks it’s cool. I like this quote, because I think everyone can remember the excitement about their first computer. And what teenager wouldn’t be excited about 24 hour access. The author manages to involve the reader in what is going on, because old memories are created for the reader while reading.

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IJRE Alex Rider

In Chapter 7 Alex as Felix Lester is driving to Sayle Enterprises. In the facility he went to a large room with a large aquarium.

He was shocked because he saw the biggest jellyfish he had ever seen. (p. 93 , chapter 7)“It`’s an outsider,” he said. “ It drifts on its own, ignored by the other fish. It is silent and yet it demands respect” ( p. 93 ,chapter 7 )

 

In this quotation is really interesting, because it describes Herod Sayle. Although Sayle is describing a jellyfish here, it is clear the he is also talking about himself. His form of power is not flasy, but it comes from the shadows.Telling the fourteen-year-old Alex that being killed by his awesome and repulsive jellyfish would be an unforgettable death, shows that Herold Slayle is an inconspicuous figure who does not shrink back from violence and brutality.

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What is the Internet actually?

Simply put, the Internet is a network of many computer networks that exchange data with each other and thus enable the use of various services such as e-mail or the WWW. This is also commonly referred to as surfing. Historically, the Internet has grown out of the Arpanet of the US Department of Defense, which was created at the end of the 1960s. The aim was to use the capacities of several mainframes together in a meaningful way and began to link universities and research institutes.

The Internet nodes are the pivotal points for data exchange and thus an important component of the Internet. These are distributed all over the world and forward data among each other. Usually several, sometimes hundreds, service providers – also called providers – are connected to an Internet node. Within the network node, data is exchanged between the providers. Measured by the amount of data traffic, the world’s largest Internet node is located in Frankfurt am Main, where it is distributed over some 19 data centers.
The providers in turn enable their customers, such as companies or private households, to access the Internet by providing appropriate connections such as DSL or LTE.
Many companies operate their own networks, known as intranets, which become part of the Internet when the connection to the provider is established. While private individuals are usually only users and access information or services, many companies offer Internet services themselves. In addition to the general provision of information, these include online shops, cloud storage or booking portals.
The actual data transmission between the Internet nodes and the providers is carried out worldwide via fiber optic cables, which enable high transmission speeds. The connection of households or companies, also known as the last mile, is usually realized via copper cable, radio and increasingly also via fiber optics. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, the way in which data is exchanged is regulated via so-called protocols.
In the Internet protocol family, for example, it is specified that the data to be transmitted is broken down into small packets at the sender’s end, then transmitted and reassembled at the recipient’s end.
So that a data packet knows where it comes from and where it has to be sent to, each computer involved in the communication is given a unique address, the IP address. This consists of four number blocks separated by dots. Since hardly anyone can remember the IP addresses of the websites visited or other services, there is the Domain Name System (DNS). With this system, instead of IP addresses, the Internet can be used to create meaningful names for websites, or more precisely, Internet servers. These are known as Internet addresses, www addresses or URL.

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Apple History

Apple’s history is characterized by many highs and lows and was shaped above all by Steve Jobs – the founder, who was dismissed in the meantime.

Apple was founded on 1 April 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
The distribution started with one of the first computers ever, the “Apple I”. It was sold about 200 times for 666.66 dollars each. After Apple’s transformation into a corporation and some investments, the “Apple II” followed a year later.
After the Apple II became a bestseller, Apple began planning the “Macintosh”, the first computer with a graphical user interface and the first computer mouse as an input device. This appeared in 1984 and was a great success.
In the same year, John Sculley became Apple’s CEO. After a failed coup attempt, Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985.
In 1990, Windows 3.0 was introduced, a competitive software for computers that replaced the Macintosh as the market leader.
Sculley had to resign in 1993 and was replaced by Michael Spindler.
Due to some management errors and technical problems, Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1996.
A year later, Steve Jobs returned to Apple and helped the company out of the crisis. He made a change of strategy and only worked with four models: two notebooks and two personal computers. One of them was the very successful iMac. He also began a partnership with Microsoft.
In the following years, Apple’s success was significantly influenced by the iTunes software for music management and the MP3 player iPod.
In 2007, Apple introduced the first iPhone, laying the foundation for all today’s smartphones. The iPad followed in 2010 and revived the tablet market. These two product lines are now responsible for Apple’s main sales.
Steve Jobs retired in 2011 for health reasons. His successor is Tim Cook, who is still Apple’s CEO today. In the same year, Steve Jobs died of cancer.

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IRJE Stormbreaker 12/1/2019

The book Alex Rider Stormbreaker written by Anthony Horowitz is about an orphaned boy, who became after the death of his uncle Ian Rider a secret agent at MI6. In chapter 6 Alex is on his final training mission. He is currently in a plane with his K-Unit preparing to make a parachute jump. The following scene describe an interesting situation with his groupmate:

Wolf picked himself up. His eyes briefly met Alex’s and in that moment Alex knew. Wolf was a popular leader He was tought and he was fast— completing a thirty-mile hike as if it were just a stroll in a park. But he had a weak spot. Somehow he had allowed this parachute jump to get to him and he was too scared to move. It was hard to believe , but there he was, frozen in the doorway, his arms rigid, staring out.

This scene is very interesting for me, because it shows that an older guy in his group is not infallible . Alex Rider is the hero of this situation, because he sees the problems- Wolf has in this moment. Alex pushes him out of the plane and Wolf doesn’t lose his face. I enjoyed the later reaction of Wolf, because Wolf approaches Alex on his way out and thanks him. They shake hands and go separate ways.

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Alex Rider / Stormbreaker / Independent Reading

The book Alex Rider Stormbreaker written by Anthony Horowitz is about an orphaned boy, who became after the death of his uncle Ian Rider a secret agent at MI6.

In chapter 5 Alex Raider is on training mission and his perseverance is put to the test at boot camp. Never in his life has he been so close to failing, and never has he worked so hard to keep it from happening.

He was close to exhaustion, he knew, almost too tired to know how much pain he was in. […] Swallowing down the taste of defeat, Alex folded the map and forced himself on. (p. 57)

Initially when reading this, it’s easy to think that Alex is the finest teenage spy I have ever seen. Alex faces all challenges like the unforgiving boot camp. Sometimes he thinks he can‘t go on, but he always comes through in the end. This shows us the perseverance  of Alex Rider. He never gives up and this is an important attitude to life in order to be successful in life.

 

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Plastic pollution in the sea / Personal Writing / 11/21/2019

Around 10 million tons of plastic waste flood the world’s oceans every year. To stop littering, politicians, industry and consumers must pull together. Because the plastic can no longer be fished out. The sea has become one of the dirtiest places in the world. Plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws and toothbrushes float in five large garbage strudels. Real plastic garbage waves are washed up on the beaches. If we do nothing about it, by 2050 there will be more plastic swimming in the sea than fish. More than 663 animal species are directly affected by the waste catastrophe. Every year about one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die from littering. They often confuse plastic parts with food and then starve to death with a full stomach. Whales, dolphins and turtles get caught in six-pack carriers and old fishing nets and drown in agony.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), up to 18,000 plastic parts of various sizes float on every square kilometre of sea surface. But what we see is only the top of the garbage mountain, more than 70 percent of the waste swims in deeper layers of water or sinks to the seabed. It is therefore impossible to remove plastic waste from the sea. And plastic has come to stay. In the worst case, it only degrades after several hundred years. External factors such as light, temperature and mechanical stress cause plastics to become brittle over time and break down into ever smaller fragments known as microplastics. The small plastic particles are particularly dangerous because they not only contain toxic additives, but also attract other environmental toxins from the environment such as magnets. How does the garbage get into the sea? On the one hand, shipping, fishing and the offshore industry contribute to marine garbage: Year after year, 20,000 tons of waste are transported in this way to the North Sea alone. A much bigger role, however, is played by the waste that comes from the country – plastic waste that is disposed of carelessly in the environment. Plastic bags, foils or plastic bottles are particularly light. If you leave them in the landscape, they are often caught by wind and rain and washed into the sea as blow trash over the streams and rivers. Even microplastics, which are discharged into wastewater via cosmetics and cleaning agents or when washing synthetic clothing, find their way into the oceans – only a part can be filtered out by modern wastewater treatment plants.

Plastic in the environment

Plastic is an environmental problem not only in the sea, but also in the soil. The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) estimates that microplastic pollution on land is up to 32 times higher than in the oceans. The plastic gets into the soil through tire abrasion, plastics used in agriculture and fertilizing with compost contaminated with microplastics. Far too often, plastic bags and other plastic parts are incorrectly disposed of in organic waste and end up as microplastics in the fields. In addition there is the entry about the rain water. Because microplastics also buzz around in the air, for example microfibre made of synthetic clothing. A recent study in Paris, for example, counted around 300 particles per square meter per day.

What can we do?

It is actually quite simple: waste that is not produced does not end up in the sea. There are many ways to avoid waste in everyday life: For example, through unpacked shopping, the use of a returnable cup for coffee to go or the deliberate use of a returnable bottle in the supermarket. Shopping can be transported in a backpack or bicycle basket and a foldable reusable bag for the spontaneous detour via the weekly market fits in any jacket pocket.

Is plastic environmentally friendly?

Nowadays, there are more and more plastic products and packaging that are advertised with terms such as biodegradable or compostable. But is bioplastics really a solution? Unfortunately, no, because bioplastics usually have no overall ecological advantage over conventional plastics. Biodegradability usually refers to laboratory conditions – in the landscape or in cold salt water, bioplastics normally do not degrade faster than conventional plastics. Also due to the consumption of resources in production, the replacement of a disposable product by another disposable product – regardless of the material – is not the solution. Anyone who wants to behave ecologically should avoid waste and use reusable packaging.

 

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Fc Bayern München / Personal Writing / 11/7/2019

History of Fc Bayern Munich

No other German football team has collected more trophies than FC Bayern Munich. The club comes from Säbener Straße for 25 national championships. The first title was won in 1932, the other 24 in the Bundesliga, founded in 1963. But also in the DFB Cup FC Bayern is with 18 titles lonely top.

First Successes

The success story of the FCB began in 1900, when FC Bayern quickly gained a leading role first in Munich and then in the Bavarian football region. In 1920 the club already had more than 700 members, and after the South German Championship the Bavarians won the German Championship for the first time in 1932. When the German Football Bundesliga was founded in 1963, FC Bayern was initially only a spectator – despite winning the DFB Cup in 1957. Two years later, however, the Reds under the leadership of legendary coach Tschik Cajkovski also kicked in the upper house. An extraordinary success story began. Because in addition to Franz Beckenbauer, one of the first great names in the history of the club, Franz Beckenbauer, is already appearing. Several more should follow.

Ascent to the top European club 

The golden decade of the association was undoubtedly the 1970s. The FCB has been playing in the Olympic Stadium since 1972. Although the club won only four national titles in this decade, the myth of FC Bayern Munich began. Under coach Udo Lattek, the international champions achieved an almost unsurpassed masterpiece with their winning streak in the European Cup of Champions (the predecessor of the Champions League) from 1974 to 1976 and winning the World Cup. Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeneß, Gerd Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge still stand for the successes of that time. Gerd Müller, the bomber of the nation, still leads the list of the best scorers today.

The new millennium

But it should be the last big international titles for the record champion until the turn of the millennium. It was only under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld that FC Bayern started to play at the top of the Champions League again. After the unfortunate final defeat against Manchester United in 1999, the time had come on 23 May 2001: FC Bayern won the Champions League again after 25 years. FC Bayern has already won a total of eight German championships this millennium, the DFB Cup six times, the World Cup once and the Champions League twice. Since the 2005/06 season, the impressive Allianz Arena, built for the 2006 World Cup, has been the club’s new venue.

2013 – the year of triple triumph

In the 2012/2013 season, FC Bayern finally managed to bring the German championship back to Munich after losing last year’s final at home and second place in the championship and to perfect their long-awaited victory in the Champions League. In the first German Champions League final, the German record champion won 2:1 against Borussia Dortmund in London’s Wembley Stadium. FC Bayern was the first German and seventh European club to achieve the big triple. Since then, Bavaria has dominated the Bundesliga – and in 2019 they won the championship for the seventh time in a row.

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War Blog Post

World War One was a military conflict lasting from 1914 to 1918. Nearly all the biggest powers of the world were involved. The war was cruel and 8 million soldiers died and 22 million were injured. This was the first time when chemical weapons were used. The youngest soldiers were just 12 years old and lived under poor condition. The people who were involved were very poor and they saw lots of dead people and they starved and a lot of soldiers died from diseases. The war is a inhuman cruelity for every human.

The consequences of the World War One was that everything was destroyed, no normal life was possibile and everything has to start from the beginning. The people had to build up their life. There were as well political and economical impacts to the different countries. The soldiers were traumatized all their lives and often had to live with physical limitations. The rest of the population also suffered from the cruel events of the war.

The past has our main lesson to teach us to understand why this war happened and how to prevent it’s happening again. It’s important to remember everything and to forget nothing about the war.

It should be necessary for preventing wars in the future that everybody learns history in school so that everybody knows how terrible a war was. The knowledge should help that everybody is against wars. Only those who are concerned with violence, brutality, who has consciously dealt with suffering and death in war will always speak out against war.

World war one altered the world for decades and writers and poets reflected that shifted outlook in literature in poetry. John Mc Crae uppon seeing how red poppies grew in the fields that had been ravaged by bombs and litered with bodies vote in Flanders Fields. The poem, memorialysing the death of his friend and fellow soldier would later be used to recruit soldiers. In Flanders Fields Mc Crae’s land patreotic tones to the sacrifices of war early in the conflict and later it spawned darker reflections.

On the other hand the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque reflects the life of the soldiers with all awful and cruel war situations of the war.

If i have to organize a Remembrance Day ceremony at school, everybody will get a red poppy to put on it’s clothes. The school will observe five minutes silence for pupils and stuff along with a special assembly. I would use this day to raise funds for peace projects.  There should be only one theme „ war and peace“ about which the pupils have to discuss the whole day.  I think the school executive principale has  to give a speech, in which students are encouraged to fight for peace and to participate in peace projects themselves. I would not use the day to read war literature, i think it would be better to actively discuss with the pupils about war and peace. Hopefully this is the right way to learn students  about war in the past and peace all over the world in future.

 

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