Berlin


The Eight Weeks of Christmas: The Fox and the Sloth.


I love the wonderful, dead quiet days immediately after Christmas, when a wine bottle and a chocolate box are always open, the house is warm and glowing with lights on greenery and sometimes it even snows to add to the silence.   I have described...

The Eight Weeks of Christmas. It wasn’t us, Honestly, we Paid…….


  That’s the trouble with Christmas; in early November one thinks December 25th is a long way away yet and even if there is a lot to do, there is plenty of time.   But around the mid-twentieth century when the Americans began panicking that...

Polar Bears and Peacocks….or How to Choose a Bank


  A friend posted yesterday the musings of her young step-daughter: “I like my cities. I like my sisters. I like peacocks when it snows on them.”   When we bought a place in Berlin some years back, we had to choose a bank to...

I’s Bucket Challenge


  A few days ago, a friend named me to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Sorry, no d’ice. I am not taking up the Ice Bucket Challenge, because I don’t want to….which in a way is more difficult than doing it, because it is...

Edith Kiss


  It was the day before St Valentine’s Day in Berlin and a small group of people gathered at the side entrance of the new Daimler Mercedes-Benz Distribution Headquarters. The 13 storey building, which went up over a very few months, can house 1,200 employees...

Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown: Red Carpet at the Berlinale


I don’t do clothing with logos and have but two sweatshirts with messages on them.   One says “Art is Dirty Work, but Someone Has to Do it”  the other says “Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown.”   As my lifestyle is that of the...

Berlinale, The Berlin Film Festival


Yes, it is a First World Problem, but how is one supposed to get on with one’s life when one has to book tickets for the Berlin Film Festival?   The Berlinale as it is known, is currently running in this most edgy and ordinary,...

Cargoes


This morning in Berlin I had to get the dressing on my poorsorearm changed (metal plate and 5 screws were removed in an operation in France last week from the wrist broken 17 months ago.) The medical practice is a five minute walk from our...

Kevin Pearce


    Kevin Pearce is an internationally famous snowboarder who was critically injured when he struck his head above the eyes on the edge of the pipe during a halfpipe training run on New Year’s Eve 2009 in Park City, Utah. He remained critically ill...

St Patrick’s Day


    It’s St Patrick’s Day and I am determined to be miserable.   Being miserable is, after all, a tradition on St Patrick’s Day. We Irish (being prone to misery) hold our national holiday on March 17th when the weather is always awful; cold, wet,...