Michaela Merz


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The first time


The first time

There is a figure of speech that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But I believe that is simply not true. What matters is the will to try something new and not give up until one has learned it.

Unfortunately, when I was young, I failed to learn the ten-finger system. At school it was not on the curriculum and as at the time one usually wrote by hand, it was of no relevance to me. Therefore I write using the „searching eagle“ system. Continue reading


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Do we still need printed newspapers?


For many years I have had a newspaper subscription. When the digital version of the newspaper was introduced, I very quickly switched to the electronic version. It is easier, more practical, always to hand and one can search the archives. It is also friendlier to the environment, because not a single tree has to be felled because of my reading mania.

But I read the electronic issue differently from the printed paper. In the electronic version my approach is very focused and I really only look at what interests me particularly. I don’t even click on other topics and advertising annoys me terribly. Every advertisement is clicked away immediately, usually before it is even clear what they are advertising. The advertisements, which force me to watch them for a few seconds before I can remove them, make me so mad (after all someone is trying to force his will on me) that the supplier has no chance at all with me.

The printed issue is different. I leaf through the whole newspaper, frequently become interested in a subject, which I had skipped in the electronic version and read both the death notices (in the electronic version never) and even some of the advertisements. And that is good, because only in this way do I discover some exciting events, which I then attend and am grateful that I had discovered them at all. In the last issue there was the Swiss championships in Poetry Slam and also a lecture about Japan.

What is the future of printed newspapers? I fear that in 20 years they won‘t exist any more. Then I’ll presumably have to change the way I read the newspaper. But there are worse things.

To close, the professional information: the electronic version of the newspaper, which in the past carried a higher VAT rate than the printed newspaper, is now treated equally. Following the partial revision of the Swiss VAT Law at 1.1.2018 both are charged with the reduced VAT rate. I’m very pleased about that. It doesn’t matter that you hadn’t even noticed. But you can still be pleased.


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The six dead soldiers from the bus stop


All my school holidays I spent in a tiny village at the Czech-German border. In this village three houses were occupied all year round and three only during the summer holidays. But in the three houses occupied all year round, lived 10 children. A little Bullerby. There was never any lack of playmates. The rest of village were ruins. Before the Second World War the village consisted of 36 houses, one school house and one guesthouse, in the surroundings were four mills. Continue reading