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"Torch dance" is the translation of Fackeltanz. The Fackeltanz is similair to the polonaise but the dancers hold torches or candles in their hands and move according to fixed patterns. There is nothing indecent about this dance. In fact, it was still danced at the wedding of emperor Wilhelms II's daughter Viktoria Luise with Ernst August zu ...


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Historically, swifts were mostly known for their habit of continuous flight, very rarely touching the ground - they were even believed not to have feet at all, as reflected in their scientific name (Apus apus, meaning without feet). A non-breeding common swift can spend up to ten months continuously flying Common Swift. This is reflected in the heraldic form ...


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Theodor Fontane did not write "Das Trauerspiel von Afghanistan" in 1847/8, as the Berlin Review of Books erroneously claims, but a decade later. By that time, Fontane had been twice been in London as a foreign correspondent for Prussian newspapers: the first time from April till September 1852 (Bemmann: 99-106) and the second time from September ...


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The "little incident" is nothing more than what is described at the end of Chapter II: almost at the very moment when he was approaching her with a friendly bow there appeared at one of the wide open vine-covered windows the sandy heads of the Jahnke twins, and Hertha, the more hoidenish, called into the room: "Come, Effi." Then she ...


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