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...

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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...

The Sacrificial Chair


We probably all have one, a chair on which no one ever sits, but is nonetheless a fixture in the home.   “Thing Industries” a company in Australia, aware of this phenomenon, has created and are successfully marketing such an article of furniture. Not making...

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...

My Neck of the Woods


  Over the weekend, it got progressively colder, which is as it should be of a Berlin January.   It was so cold on Saturday that on the square expanse of wind-whipped Alexanderplatz a young couple, laughing, hunkering down by the U Bahn entrance pulled...

BOWIE


  Monday morning. Wake up world, David Bowie is dead. Reflex reaction is “may he rest in peace” but there’s no emotion; this icon passed me by.   Three days later I’m saturated in techicolour, glitter, smoke and stardust, gold and silver, music, cigarettes, coifs,...
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