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Everyone’s a Winner!

As we all know, “the journey is the destination”. It’s not about being the fittest or the fastest but rather about working together and having fun to reach the finish line. Like many things in life; it is only through team effort and personal motivation, hard work and enthusiasm, that we overcome our hurdles and achieve our goals.

As Mary Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist, once said: “Nothing will work unless you do.”

And this is exactly what TIP TOP will be doing on the 23 June! Our trainers will be putting on their running shoes and stretching their legs to take part once again in the “Binger Firmenlauf”. The run starts in the “Park am Mäuserturm” in Bingen at 6pm. It follows a picturesque route along the banks of the River Rhine where competitors can watch swans and barges go by, as they strain, sweat and smile to complete the 5km course.

So, why not come along to this fun event and cheer us on? We need your enthusiastic support! Look out for the TIP TOP T-shirts at the start line, along the route and of course at the after-run party!!

 

By-the-way, we’ll be running on British referendum day!

 

 

Vocabulary

the journey is the destination - Der Weg ist das Ziel

enthusiasm - Begeisterung

to overcome hurdles - Hürden überwinden

to achieve goals - Ziele erreichen

picturesque - malerisch

competitors - Mitstreiter, Wettbewerber

swans - Schwäne

barges - Binnenschiffe

to strain - belasten, zerren

to sweat - schwitzen

enthusiastic support - begeisterte Unterstützung

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What do you think about the Brexit?

Is it a leap in the dark?

By our British trainer, Lis

As a British citizen who has lived in Germany for 21 years, it is impossible for me to watch the current debate about Britain’s membership of the EU without a certain amount of anxiety. As the referendum, to be held on the 23 June, approaches, both sides, the “Remainers” supporting the “Remain Campaign” and the Leavers” for the “Leave Campaign”, are really going in for a lot of mudslinging and scaremongering. The British public are being bombarded with figures and viewpoints and there is a great deal of emotion involved, making it difficult for people to know which way to vote.

When visiting Britain at the beginning of June, I noticed that people seemed confused, amused, annoyed or simply tired of this spectacle which has been dominating their lives since the referendum was announced in January. To most of them it is a complicated and expensive procedure initiated by David Cameron in an attempt to heal a split on Europe in the conservative party.  

So In? or Out? There is a lot at stake: Britain’s security, her prosperity, trade, jobs, the currency, pensions and the question of immigration and border control. But there are also many unknowns. No politician or expert can say for sure what will happen if Britain leaves the EU – will the country thrive or survive? Whatever voters decide on the 23 of June, no one can prove if the decision to stay or leave was a wise one.

From the European side, the British appear to want “in” and “out” at the same time and have done so for years. Britian held an EU referendum in 1975, only two years after joining, and has been negotiating “special deals” with Brussels ever since. They seem to be cherry pickers of the worst sort, wanting all the best bits of Europe without the disadvantages (eg. Britain does not have the Euro or the Schengen Agreement – it has kept its own currency and border controls).

However, the majority of business people on both sides of the channel agree that it would be a good move for Britain to remain in the EU. As Europe’s second largest economy, with London as an important financial hub, Britain is a significant trading partner for EU member states and other countries worldwide. At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and rising security threats, cooperation at a European and international level is probably more important than ever.

As I left Britain to return to Germany on 6 June, I read the latest poll published in The Times and saw that at the moment 45% of people would vote to leave Europe whilst 41% would remain, it’s very close! Unfortunately, I don’t have a vote in this referendum and couldn’t vote in the last one (because I was too young) so I’ll just have to sit back and see what happens!

 

 

Vocabulary

the Brexit - this is a combination of “Britain” and “exit” and refers to the idea of Britain leaving the European Union

a leap in the dark - ein Sprung ins Ungewisse

citizen - Bürger

anxiety - Angst, Sorge

mudslinging - Schlammschlacht

scaremongering - Panikmache, Angstmacherei

to be bombarded - überflutet werden, 

confused - verwirrt

amused - amüsiert

annoyed - genervt

procedure - Verfahren

to heal a split - den Riss heilen

to be re-elected - wiedergewählt werden

a lot at stake - viel auf dem Spiel stehen

prosperity - Wohlstand

currency - Währung

pensions - Pensionen

immigration - Einwanderung

border control - Grenzkontrolle

unknowns - unbekannte 

politician - Politiker

thrive or survive - wachsen oder überleben

to prove - nachweisen, belegen

cherry pickers - Rosinenpicker

disadvantages - Nachteile

the channel - Ärmelkanal

financial hub - Finanzmetropole

significant trading partner - maßgeblicher Handelspartner

uncertainty - Unsicherheit, Ungewissheit

rising security threats - wachsende Bedrohung der Sicherheit

poll - Wahl, Umfrage

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