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Germany- Why can’t we be friends?

Germany- Why can’t we be friends?

There are many things Germany is comfortably better at than other countries; high speed driving, mullets and football among them. Yet, life is not entirely idyllic in the land of chocolate. Despite all of Germany’s success in auto-mobile manufacture and software design, Germany is apparently unfriendly. According to the Internations Expat Insider survey 2016, Germany was ranked 55th out of 67 counties for ease of settling in and 55th in overall friendliness. Despite Germany being ranked higher for job security, political stability, peacefulness, safety and child health, it is surely the accusation of unfriendliness that will be remembered. Continue reading

German Hangover cures – Fighting the Cat

German Hangover cures – Fighting the Cat

It’s too bright, far too bright and for some reason the birds tweeting outside sound like unregulated drum n bass played at maximum volume. You might be able to contend with these two issues, but you have only just realised your mouth has the texture of sandpaper and feels dryer than the Sahara desert. It … Continue reading

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

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

I will not be scared

I will not be scared

Scrolling through Facebook over the last couple of days, I came across a post that reminded me of something: for the majority of my life and the lives of many people my age, we have been under some level of threat from terrorists. It also reminded me of one of my early memories. I remember … 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

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

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

Ski Week

Ski Week

Things are suspiciously quiet here in Germany, almost too quiet. Although this should be a week like any other, this morning I had an unerring sense that things were not as they should be. For a start there were definitely fewer lunatics on the road this morning, which allowed me to avoid my usual morning … 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