Last week, Berlin’s Tech Open Air (TOA) festival took over the city. Now in its sixth year, TOA is an interdisciplinary festival that brings together technology, music, art and science.… Read More Berlin’s Tech Open Air Festival 2017
Following on from Sara Chahrrour’s wonderfully informative 10 ways to Help Refugees in Berlin, I wanted to share the ways I have found most effective.… Read More Five Ways To Help Refugees in Berlin Now
The Lost Museum Exhibition is about the hundreds of art works from the Berlin collections that went missing, were stolen or destroyed, due to the second world war.… Read More The Bode Museum marks the 70th Anniversary of End of World War Two
Icky as it is, I’m going to have to touch the whole Pegida thing because I saw this BBC video yesterday, and it’s been bugging me ever since.… Read More Pegida
Last night marked the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To celebrate, 8000 lit balloons on 3.6m poles, match the height of the wall, were released into the night sky.… Read More Fall of the Berlin Wall Celebrations at Potsdamer Platz
Newsweek has just declared that this could be the start of a new century of German success – check out the German-themed cover and read the article. What do you think? Makes me feel proud to be a German, oh, wait…
In 2008, the number of people living in cities surpassed those living in rural areas, and that number is set to rise. So what does this mean for cities? What will the city of the future look like? What will Berlin be like?… Read More TEDxBerlin: City 2.0
I had no idea who Dirk Nowitski was until the Bavarian announced we were going.… Read More Dirk Nowitzki receives the AmCham Germany TransAtlantic Partnership Award 2012
On Wednesday night, Google officially opened its offices at Unter den Linden 14. We used our best gate-crashing skills to get in, but the party was disappointing.… Read More Opening of the Google Offices in Berlin
A recent study has shown that half of Brits could have German blood in them. The Sun has come up with a brilliant survey to assess your German-ness “oompah” rating.
The Guardian seems to have taken a recent interest in Germany – here’s their sum up of Germany and German people. There’s also a little piece on German Stereotypes, German Literature, Berlin and the country’s revival, and more…
Unlike the Austrians, the Germans have always been open about the whole business of Hitler and the Nazis. Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek famously said that the nature of German toilets, where “the hole into which shit disappears after we flush is right at the front, so that shit is first laid out for us… Read More Hitler and the Germans
You can say what you like about Russia’s largest energy company Gazprom, but they do know how to throw a party. Yesterday evening we found ourselves amidst a bunch of people, a disproportionate number of whom had face-lifts, celebrating the company’s 20 year partnership with BASF’s Wintershall in Germany. And how did Gazprom celebrate? They hired out the entire Philharmonie, invited 2000 people… Read More Gazprom celebrates 20 years in Germany at the Berliner Philharmonie
Yesterday was the CSD Parade (or the Gay Pride Parade) in Berlin. The parade ran from Ku’damm to Brandenburg Gate and the entire area from Brandenburg Gate to The Victory Column was converted into a party zone crowded with gays drinking champagne, lesbians drinking beer, drag queens strutting about with seemingly no effort at all in six-inch high-heels and everyone in between.
… Read More Christopher Street Day (CSD) Parade
Last night, The Bavarian and I went to a terrace party in the Bundestag. At some point, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle showed up. Someone suggested that I should go and talk to him – in English. The joke being that Guido’s English is nicht so gut. Here’s a clip of him trying to answer a… Read More English perverting the German language?
The Carnival of Cultures (Karneval der Kulturen) is a four-day street festival that takes place in Berlin every year to celebrate the city’s cutural and ethnic diversity.
… Read More Carnival of Cultures
Preparations for the 1st May around the Schönhauser Allee area started a day early; shops boarded up their windows and a police presence in Mauer Park prevented anyone from carrying in glass bottles and weapons. The result was a festive atmosphere, a ratio of two policemen per civilian and a disconcerting absence of beer bottles. Today, contrary to my expectations, the atmosphere… Read More May Day, Schönhauser Allee
The big news in Berlin at the moment is the daylight robbery that took place at the Grand Hotel Hyatt this weekend – and no, I’m not referring to their room prices. Armed gunmen stormed into the hotel in Potsdamer Platz on Saturday afternoon and plundered the PokerStars European Poker Tour. There ensued much confusion over how… Read More Daylight Robbery
In Britain we’re used to constantly being watched by Big Brother, but in Germany, due to the country’s history, invasion of privacy is a big deal. Although things like CCTV cameras are gradually and inevitably growing in this country, it’s nice that the Germans make a bit of a fuss about it once in a while. Yesterday,… Read More Berliners track Google’s Street View Car