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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

Explaining Geordies to the Germans

Explaining Geordies to the Germans

In 1977, as part of the Voyager program, NASA sent a golden phonograph record into space. This record contained sounds and images intended to explain earth to any extraterrestrials that it may encounter along its way. The record contained works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Chuck Berry as well as images of humans and some of the … Continue reading

I met John Wayne, turns out he’s German.

I met John Wayne, turns out he’s German.

It’s always interesting to see one culture through the prism of another, one of my favourite exercises is to ask a new class about what they know about Britain. If anything it’s fun to watch a group take a few moments to think and then respond with the clichés of bad weather, worse food and a predisposition to rule … 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