Tagged with Stereotypes

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

Translating Stupid

Translating Stupid

Quite often, as one of the few British people in the office, I’m called upon to explain the all manner of cultural points for my German colleagues. The questions can range from “why all the mint sauce?” to “is it true that you all stop at 15.00 for tea?”. In the past I enjoyed these … 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

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

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

Britain, we really need to talk…

Britain, we really need to talk…

As a youngest of four brothers I learned fairly quickly that life was filled with unwritten rules. Although they were not always easy to understand at first, once you discovered one you didn’t soon forget. This was mainly because learning a new rule, unlike in the moralistic cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings, generally came … 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

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