Hello Copenhagen

I was awoken this morning by a text message. The truth be told, I'd heard a few messages come in throughout the night, but since I'm on holiday, and since I'm in Berlin, I hadn't bothered to look at them. They were, of course, a series of messages concerning the latest challenge (or non-challenge) to... Continue Reading →

Visiting Berlin

The first time I visited Berlin was in 1983. At that time, Berlin was a city divided into East & West by "Die Mauer" ("The Wall"). Sixteen years later (on my birthday), the Berlin Wall came down, and Germany was re-united. Several months after the wall was all but demolished, a group of artists came... Continue Reading →

Radio Days Europe 2013 – Day 2

As always, Valerie Geller was an inspiration at Radio Days Europe. I first became aware of her work. Even though I've heard her mantra of "tell the truth, make it matter, and never be boring" many, many times over the last decade, it's a message which continues to resonate. "No matter what the platform, story-telling... Continue Reading →

Back in Berlin

The last time I visited Berlin was in the summer of 2008. Before that, it was in 1983, as a pimply-faced teenager with a full head of hair. My, how things have changed. Back in 1983, I was studying German at HSC level. In 2008, despite the twenty-five year difference, I was amazed at how... Continue Reading →

Berlin Wall Anniversary

It's the twentieth anniversary today of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I doubt there'll be television specials except perhaps on the ABC or SBS, but I note there is a Beck's Beer advertising campaign appearing on bus shelters around Sydney. I'm not sure why, but I've always felt a bit of an affinity with... Continue Reading →

Berlin Wall Flashback

Thanks to my schoolmate and friend, Louise, who sent me this photograph, here's a brief flashback for you of a pimply-faced seventeen year old standing in front of something which no longer exists. And yes, I had hair!"

Back in Berlin

Twenty five years ago, aged seventeen, I travelled to Germany (well, West Germany as it was then), with a group of school-mates and our teacher. I was in Year 12 and I'd been learning German for a number of years. Sometime a couple of years early, one of us had the idea of fund-raising for... Continue Reading →

Hello from Berlin

After an early evening nap, I headed back to the Amstel Tavern last night. The same barman from the other night was there again, and after chatting for a while I found out he was actually Scottish. You would never know from his accent he was from Aberdeen. I though he was Dutch who had... Continue Reading →

Lives Of Others

My friend John and I went to see a terrific film tonight, "The Lives Of Others" about the role of the secret police in East Germany. I don't know why, but I've always been quite fascinated about Germany. The Kaiser. Hitler. The division into East and West. The fall of the wall (on my birthday)... Continue Reading →

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