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Too Many Bettinas, German Swamis, Oak of Our Dear Lord

  • Is it just me, or does anyone else get the impression that at least 1/3 of all German females are named Bettina?
  • Belgium lost its oldest tree, the 1200-year-old 'Tree of Our Dear Lord' (an oak) to a storm this last July.
  • The complete works of Robert Musil which I own used to belong to 'Sw. (presumably swami) Anand Nigama'; a.k.a 'Gerhard Peschke'. I know this because you can take the swami out of Germany, but you can't take the Germany out of the swami: Swami Anand / Gert had a stamp made with both his names, and stamped all the volumes. Anyone know more about this chap?