Tagged with Nürnberg

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

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

A Sunday Odyssey

A Sunday Odyssey

Stepping out of the house, the first thing I noticed was the silence. It hung in the air like a vale of fog, simultaneously vague and conspicuous. Living in the centre of a city has it’s benefits, but silence is rarely one of them. This is especially true when you live so near to a … 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

Kilts, Night Buses and Bad Decisions

Kilts, Night Buses and Bad Decisions

It’s important in life to make good decisions, but every so often it can be quite refreshing to make stupendously imbecilic ones too. History is littered with people who, for one reason or another, made the most impeccably poor decisions and have managed to advance humanity as a result. Louis Pasture’s slovenly life choices led … 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

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

Escape from the village

Escape from the village

For those with a mind to travel around Germany, there are plenty of options. Recently, with the growth in popularity of the Bundesliga, Germany has seen an increase in the number of ‘football tourists’ coming to enjoy the fan focused world of Dortmund or Munich. Others among you might have already treated yourselves to the … Continue reading