Tagged with tradition

Son of a Beach

Son of a Beach

So, we’ve finally reached August. To be honest, I’m a little surprised. I mean, on current form, we should have repulsed an alien invasion last month, with Will Smith heading the resistance. I at least expected a kindly old English gentleman to invite myself and rag tag group to a mysterious island inhabited by slightly … 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

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

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

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

Wedding Planning for Beginners

Wedding Planning for Beginners

As of last Thursday, I have a year until my wedding. At the moment, the enormity of the event is so far away that to be perfectly honest, it all seems imaginary. Thankfully, having a German fiancée means that we’reactually ahead of schedule. This is despite her obvious handicap of having a thoroughly disorganised British … Continue reading

Which Bundesliga Team?

Which Bundesliga Team?

There are a number of very good reasons to hate July. It’s oppressively hot, your quota of mosquito bites rises exponentially and worst of all, there is no football. OK, maybe that’s unfair, there was the Woman’s European Cup in Sweden, but I didn’t need another reason to despair about the state of English football … Continue reading