Europe is different

Whenever I see information about blogging, internet marketing, or just plain old website creation on-line, it is often from a U.S.-American perspective.

There is so much information about FTC guidelines, CAN-SPAM, and “Fair use” around, that it often gets overlooked that things in Europe are different.

That doesn’t mean we don’t have rules to follow here.  In fact, we have quite a few, and the trick is to make our rules compatible with all of those wonderful international, but US-based, services.

On this site I will be looking at those rules and which services are suitable to use as a blogger in Europe, and which ones should be avoided.

I will be commenting on the latest on-line news that affects European Bloggers.

And I will be offering my services as an IT consultant to bloggers in Europe who need help with the technical or back-engine side of their sites, in accordance with those European rules.

So sign up on the right-hand side to receive the latest information by e-mail, bookmark the page, or add it to your RSS reader so that you’re ready to go.

Oh, and by the way, I charge in Euro.

British troops in Germany

You don’t encounter that many British troops in Germany these days, at least not in my part of the country.

This week I read an article about troops in northern Germany leaving after 63 years, and it brought back memories of the life in the 1980s, when there were many more of them here.

I remember…

– cars with number plates with red borders, showing that they had been registered overseas

– listening to BFBS during visits to Germany

– encountering members of the British forces on the ferries between Dover and Zeebrugge, returning to their basis after time in the UK

– it being perfectly normal to meet members of the British forces when out and about in German towns

Can you imagine that happening today?  In today’s security climate I can’t image troops travelling in uniform in specially-marked cars and going shopping without putting on civilian clothes first!

Germany was close enough to home to go on holiday to, and thus troops were not so far away from home, a situation that the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq unfortunately can’t enjoy.

Queueing and Blogging

I went to the DIY supermarket at the weekend to buy a set of metal shelves for our cellar.  The shelves, along with their metal supports, were packaged into polythene as a set.  The whole thing was quite a weight to carry, so I made a direct line for the checkout…

Now normally this would not be a problem.  I avoid people that might be in my way, and those that see me coming with such a heavy item would probably make way for me anyway.  But not this week.  Just as I was reached the checkout a young lady stepped out in front of me… and stopped!  Although she didn’t want to go actually to the checkout, she stood in front of it and blocked my way.

I gave here a look that said “this is heavy”, to which she looked at what I was carrying and said “you could put it down!”, and then continued to hold a conversation with someone else.

I was so speechless, that I didn’t even think to reply with “you could get out of my way” or something similar.  I was just amazed at how blunt she was.

Which leads me nicely on to write about a new site where my wife started blogging today.  On AllThingsBritish.net she is doing the exact opposite of what I blog about here – namely writing about British topics in German.  Today, by co-incidence, she has written about how difficult it is in some British shops to know which way to join a queue.

Later this week she will also start blogging about words that have, at some time or other, caused us confusion or at least led to a topical discussion on EnglishWordsExplained.

So if you can understand German then please take a look at the new sites and give her some feedback!

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