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Culture Vulture

Culture Vulture

In George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion, Henry Higgens attempts to pass off a humble cockney flower girl as a Duchess by teaching her perfect diction. The young Eliza Dolittle goes from pauper to aristocrat and succeeds in fooling the establishment at a high society garden party. In many ways, my girlfriend has managed much … Continue reading

Fasching Victim

Looking around, I have difficulty processing exactly what I’m seeing. To the left of me, milling around in a crowd, are what appear to be a large group of pandas. While one lights a cigarette, another expertly opens a bottle of beer with a disposable lighter. On the right, standing quietly, is a clone trooper, … Continue reading

Toy Fairs, Expats and Expense Accounts

Everywhere the Queen visits, as the old adage goes, smells of new paint. Of course this is probably apocryphal. As we all know, lizard monsters from the planet Zarg can’t smell. However, the general truth of the statement still stands, there are people that must believe that the world is solely occupied by well manicured, … Continue reading

Obligatory German Christmas Themed Article

Obligatory German Christmas Themed Article

I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but while we’ve all been focusing on the build up to Christmas, decorating trees and attempting to wrestle the last bottle of Harvey’s Bristol Cream out of the cold hands of some unlucky pensioner, Britain has been invaded. This is a rather surprising turn of events, especially when you … Continue reading

Logic, Lederhosen and Beer

Logic, Lederhosen and Beer

“Nic, why do you not have any Lederhosen?” As I pondered this question, I began to realise my sartorial faux pas. Looking around the beer tent at the Augsberg Volksfest, I was possibly one of only several people not wearing the traditional garb of the Bavarian. The longer I live in Germany, and the more … Continue reading

German Dorf-Fest: A Thigh slapping good time!

German Dorf-Fest: A Thigh slapping good time!

Stereo-types are funny things, a fine measure of truth and fiction that can be easily understood by the uninitiated. There are several that do the rounds in Britain whenever it comes to talking about Germany and as ever some are scarily accurate and some…well…not so much. The basic stereo-type is the lederhosen wearing, thigh slapping, beer, swilling, sausage … Continue reading

Mai Baum Madness!

Mai Baum Madness!

  Bank holidays were always a highly anticipated event when I still lived in the UK for one of two reasons: either you had a day of freedom from the day to day drudgery of work or a chance for monetary gain in the form of wages at time and a half. This was certainly … Continue reading