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Issue 9/2006, May 27 2006 (No. 215)
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Man wants but little here below,
Nor wants that little long.
 
Oliver Goldsmith. (1730?-1774)
The Hermit. Chap.VIII. Stanza 8

At the end of March I found a bill on a lamppost in the district where I deliver papers in the morning 'Family (Professor, doctor, two children, 3 and 6 years old) is looking for a cheerful house in typical Old Bremen style with a garden. Living space from 250 sq.m up, but we'd be glad to have more living space than 250 sq.m. We'd very pleased if you give us a call. We'd like to come for a short-term viewing date.' Two little bills with the familie's phone number had already been torn off. Many houses in the street in fact have about 280 sq.m. living space
 

The bill of the workman
 
The same day I found a faded bill on a tree trunk in the neighbourhood of my street. 'Self-employed workman is looking for a very reasonable one-room appartment or one-bedroom flat around here. I'm willing to take on redecoration.' No bill with the phone number had been torn off yet. There are no one-room appartments or one-bedroom flats in our terraced housing estate. May be that there are such appartments or flats in the neighbouring blocks. In our housing estate there are only the small houses with three small rooms, a kitchen and a tiny bathroom. The living space is about 60 sq.m.The plots of land are 77 metres square. Ten or twenty years ago families of three or four as a rule lived in the houses. Nowadays many childless couples and singles also live in the housing estate.
 

The bill of the professor
 
Last week I quite by chance took a look at the 'property' in the advertisement section of a local newspaper. Two notices caught my eye 'Schwachh., Oberneuland, Borgfeld (posh parts of town, the editor), doctor and his familiy are looking for a detached house, plots of land minimum 1000sq.m ...' and 'Move to Bremen! Senior consultant and his family are looking for a first-class estate in Oberneuland or Schwachhausen .....'
(My wife Christine helped me to translate the text. Thanks.)
(to be continued)

Finds 12


A block of flats in Phnom Penh. Please have a look at 'Daily life in Cambodia 2005', entry November 25 2005 The link leads to the latest entry of the diary.

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