Berlin


Making the Christmas Puddings


  My friend Janis has a problem.  She collects dogs. Big dogs. And then, when she has the dogs, she doesn’t – like the rest of us – just let them run riot, she brings them to a “Université des Chiens” to have them tutored...

The Flea Markets of Berlin


  In Berlin, the weekend used goods sales are known as “Trodelmarkts” and “Flohmarkts” meaning Junk and Flea. Here are some other things you will find:   Bicycles, parts of bicycles, clocks that work, clocks that don’t work, baseball caps embroidered with eagles and the...

The Soft Berlin Wall


                                                                    It was fifty years ago today that Berliners woke up on...

Allerleirauh


  A couple of weeks ago in Berlin we went off down to where the square ladies shop.  There are a lot of square ladies in Berlin; small, veiled Turkish women who appear as wide as they are tall. These square ladies know their onions,...