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Maintaining Confusion

Maintaining Confusion

When I initially moved to Germany, I was amazed on a daily basis. This is what I have come to term “the holiday effect”, that is to say, when you move away from anywhere you have lived for a long time, you continually notice the differences. Obviously when you move to a different country, everything … Continue reading

Germany- Why can’t we be friends?

Germany- Why can’t we be friends?

There are many things Germany is comfortably better at than other countries; high speed driving, mullets and football among them. Yet, life is not entirely idyllic in the land of chocolate. Despite all of Germany’s success in auto-mobile manufacture and software design, Germany is apparently unfriendly. According to the Internations Expat Insider survey 2016, Germany was ranked 55th out of 67 counties for ease of settling in and 55th in overall friendliness. Despite Germany being ranked higher for job security, political stability, peacefulness, safety and child health, it is surely the accusation of unfriendliness that will be remembered. Continue reading

German Hangover cures – Fighting the Cat

German Hangover cures – Fighting the Cat

It’s too bright, far too bright and for some reason the birds tweeting outside sound like unregulated drum n bass played at maximum volume. You might be able to contend with these two issues, but you have only just realised your mouth has the texture of sandpaper and feels dryer than the Sahara desert. It … Continue reading

Who’s afraid of the AfD?

Who’s afraid of the AfD?

Yesterdays saw elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern return a 20.8% share of the vote for the AfD, allowing newspapers and media outlets to dust off and print various candid images of Angela Merkel looking stressed and/or defeated. Having seen so many of these images, I’m beginning to think Merkel should simply spend her time in public smiling … Continue reading

Change is the only constant

Change is the only constant

My friends, change is good. Whether it’s routines, pants or a pocket full of twenty pences, change can tell you a lot about a person or even a culture. Greek philosophers have mused on it, Presidents have pondered it and now Germany is staring down the train tracks at the change locomotive as it careers … Continue reading

Son of a Beach

Son of a Beach

So, we’ve finally reached August. To be honest, I’m a little surprised. I mean, on current form, we should have repulsed an alien invasion last month, with Will Smith heading the resistance. I at least expected a kindly old English gentleman to invite myself and rag tag group to a mysterious island inhabited by slightly … Continue reading

I will not be scared

I will not be scared

Scrolling through Facebook over the last couple of days, I came across a post that reminded me of something: for the majority of my life and the lives of many people my age, we have been under some level of threat from terrorists. It also reminded me of one of my early memories. I remember … Continue reading

Brexit: the worst episode of Game of Thrones

Brexit: the worst episode of Game of Thrones

Spolier Warning for Game of Thrones, you have been warned. We have entered week three of the Brexit debacle and as many media outlets have gleefully pointed out, the UK seems to resemble George R.R. Martin’s magnum opus more and more by the day. The world of Westeros, with its white walkers, dragons and nonchalant … Continue reading

Sifting Through the Shit

Sifting Through the Shit

As anyone who has spent any time in Germany would agree, it is a highly pragmatic nation. It is perhaps for this reason that my whimsical sense of humour and spontaneous decision making is viewed with a mixture of confusion and pity. At least this is what I tell myself when no one laughs at … Continue reading