Berlin


Apocalypse Now


America has rejected a female heart and brain surrounded by a bevy of brilliant women, in favour of a male ego surrounded by rotund, jowly old white conservative capitalist males.  Ahead of the vote, result or its latest publication date, the New Yorker Magazine released its...

The US Presidential Election 2016


For months I have been consumed and obsessed with the US Presidential Election, spending so much time on computer, radio and television that I barely got in the harvest before the first frost hit.  I have also become a bore on social media, dealing with...

Up Down!


(PIC from the “Body Language” blog article “The 23 Best Places in Berlin to watch Euro 2016” reproduced by “Slow Travel Berlin.”) Berlin in summertime is dappled….so many trees and the glint of water, and the smell of dog shit and lime blossom. Being winter...

Tapestry


    Because the world spins so fast and because he is away often, Himself and myself have ‘planning meetings’ when we sit down with calendar, notebook and diary and get organized, make lists, pencil in dates and discuss where each will be, what each...

I’d Love a Fag. A Short Tale of Friendship


  In Berlin, where many old accommodation blocks are built around courtyards, by law, a second staircase is provided for emergencies. Our apartment, on the fifth floor of a century old ‘Altbau’ is three sides of a square in shape. At one side is the...

Richard III at the Schaubühne Berlin


  How do members of the British Royal Family feel when they watch William Shakespeare’s historical plays based (albeit sometimes loosely, with literary embroidery) on the derring-do and dastardly deeds of the British Royal Family? Depending on the name given to one, or the title...

Netanyahu in Berlin


Netanyahu’s Disruptive Power The disruption in the city caused by the 2 day visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu of Isreal to Berlin is taking its toll….. He decided to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which is just down the road from the Zoo Stations,...

Walking, Bereaved, in Grunewald


Bereaved, Walking in Grunewald It was snowing when he died. Falling on the trees outside the window, on every leaf and bare branch in the forest of Grunewald “….falling faintly upon the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all...

Berlin Of a Saturday


Ostkreutz S Bahn Station doesn’t look much, though it looks a whole lot better than it did a year, two years, three years ago – when one could hardly find the entrance amid the tangle of brambles, detritus and debris, the echoing steel staircase, the...

On The Feast of Saint Francis de Sales


      For the past week Berlin has been a softer city, its hard edges rounded and white with snow in sub zero temperatures.   Yesterday morning at seven o’clock it began to snow again, first a little powder then the lazy, crazy dance of...