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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

Breakfast at Helmut’s

Breakfast at Helmut’s

As anyone who has seen a Ready-Brek advert can tell you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Also, according this advert, children are centrally heated by their stomachs. That last part may have been created in the fevered imagination of a marketing exec, but it’s hard to deny the importance of breakfast. … 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

Feliz Navi Don’t

Feliz Navi Don’t

  Advent arrived last week and in expected fashion, Germany exploded in a kaleidoscope of Christmas markets. The Weihnachtsmarkt period is especially important in my kneck of the woods as one of the largest and most popular, the Nürnberg Christkindlmarkt, opened it’s doors a week ago to an estimated 30,000 onlookers. Sadly, the excitement of … Continue reading

How to Beat the Germans

How to Beat the Germans

Tomorrow sees two of Europe’s biggest footballing nations collide in an epic showdown that is sure to be heavy on drama and light on compassion. Yet, while Portugal plays Sweden, another footballing kerfuffle will be occurring hundreds of miles from Sweden’s Friends Arena. A small meeting between England and Germany awaits at Wembley on Tuesday. … Continue reading

Nic and the City

Nic and the City

 At the dawn of human existence, when humanity was an unknown concept, a bold fish type creature decided to take it upon themselves to go for a walk. As its astonished companions looked on, Mr. or Ms. fish thing popped its head out of the water and took the first steps on the long road … Continue reading

Your Move, Bub.

Your Move, Bub.

When it comes to planning ahead, it can be accepted that Germans have a certain knack. As anyone who has had the opportunity to witness the initial steps of a project in a German company can attest, our BMW loving cousins have turned the simple plan into a near art form. That being said, despite … Continue reading

Der Club: A day out with the Nürnberg Ultras

Der Club: A day out with the Nürnberg Ultras

FC Nürnberg was founded in 1900 by a group of gentleman that decided that the new fangled sport of football was better suited to their sensibilities than the other imported game of rugby. Thanks to these fine fellows, a generous Scotsman, his equally generous girlfriend and a whole heap of luck, I found myself winding … Continue reading

Is that a musket in your pocket?

Is that a musket in your pocket?

Sometimes I wonder how I get myself into these situations. As the afternoon sun beat down, I stood facing an ever increasing number of enemies across an open field. Sweat trickled down the nape of my neck as I began to assess my chances of survival. They had the high ground, but we had the … Continue reading