- Berlin, Germany
- May 04
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- I am a freelance writer and YA author based in Berlin.
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Police van outside Berlin's Grand Hyatt Hotel
(Source: Der Tagesspiegel)
IT’S THE KIND OF story you would sooner expect to find in the pages of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale than in the local section of Berlin’s daily newspapers. Last Saturday afternoon, between fou/… Read full post »
"The charisma of a damp rag?"
European Council President Herman van Rompuy
LAST NOVEMBER, WHEN I wrote a post on the appointment of Herman van Rompuy as President of the European Council and the de facto first leader of united Europe, I made some ironic comments about the man’s&hel/… Read full post »
Former Bishop Margot Kässmann
YESTERDAY I WROTE IN detail about the drunk driving arrest on Saturday night of Margot Kässmann, Bishop of the State Church of Hanover and Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church of Germany. This high office made her - if not the spirit/… Read full post »
Bishop Margot Kässmann
THE WOMAN WAS CLEARLY blotto. The policeman who had just pulled the fifty-one year-old off the road late Saturday night after she raced through a red light at high speed picked up the tell-tale stench the moment she rolled down the window. No doubt abou… Read full post »
GOOGLE RULES OUR PLANET, and that's a simple fact, although only because we allow it to. So you can almost forgive today's kids for using this genuinely all-purpose search engine to think for them at school. Isn't it just a thousand times more practical to "Google" so… Read full post »
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun kept their relationship
a secret from the outside world
SHE IS THE WORLD’S most famous dumb blonde, the ultimate victim of personal stupidity. It was not just her hair color that made her reputation, but also her very name: Braun/Brown is… Read full post »
IT WAS ONE OF the cruelest and stupidest of the many thousands of cruel and stupid mistakes that made the Second World War into the global massacre Americans still insist on calling “the G… Read full post »
Up to 15,000 people form a human chain
across central Dresden on February 13 to protest a planned neo-Nazi
march across the river.
In the background: Dresden's reconstructed Frauenkirche.
SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO this weekend, in four raids from February 13 to 15, 1945, 1,300 British… Read full post »
The Tebow Family:
Doing the Lord's work in a "howling wilderness"
THE WEEKS OF CONTROVERSY preceding the thirty-second Tim and Pam Tebow anti-abortion ad during the 2010 Super Bowl have drawn national attention to the “Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association,” which Tim’s fat… Read full post »
750 snowmen demonstrate against global
warming on Berlin's Schlossplatz
IT WAS A CLEVER idea, I'll hand them that: inviting 2,500 citizens and tourists to build 750 snowmen on Berlin's Schlossplatz in the very heart of the city. Artist Ralf Schmerberg had originally conceived the demons… Read full post »
A security incident closed Munich's
international airport for three hours on Wednesday
A RECENT ANTI-AIRPORT security demonstration by the Pirate Party at three German airports, in which several dozen young people took off their clothes to express their anger over the imminent/… Read full post »
German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle (right) and
his partner Michael Mronz in Bayreuth (July 2008)
ONE OF THE GREAT pleasures of living abroad is sitting back and observing how different other countries are from the US. Just imagine a story like this one hitting the press in the land of Pa… Read full post »
Kicking out the "black sheep" -
The Swiss People's Party campaign "Creating security:
Popular initiative to 'sheep out' criminal foreigners"
FOR GENERATIONS, SWITZERLAND HAS enjoyed a global reputation as a place of tolerance, neutrality, democracy, and basic decency. But… Read full post »
Confessions of a small press YA author
Sarah Palin signing her new book in
Grand Rapids, MI on November 18, 2009.
Total sales so far: more than 1,000,000 copies.
FORGET COLUM MCCANN, FORGET Elizabeth Strout - although how can you forget them if you've never heard their names before?… Read full post »
The 164-foot bronze statue "African Renaissance"
is scheduled to open in April, 2010
IF, LIKE ME, YOU had the privilege of traveling widely in Eastern Europe both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, you will also remember a certain style of monument – usually called &ldquo… Read full post »
WHEN THE GERMAN PIRATE Party first raised its black flag last spring and stormed ahead to receive a promising but ultimately unremarkable 2 percent in the September Bundestag election, I thought this event was worthy of a thorough write-up in an OS post. I also assumed the movement/… Read full post »
The backscatter full-body scanning system:
This is you embarking on your next vacation
THE RECENT FAILED "CHRISTMAS" bombing of Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit is focusing attention on an ingenious but controversial remedy to the scourge of international air terrorism: high-tech sca… Read full post »
IT'S TAKEN NINE DECADES, but the unclaimed female torso that was fished out of Berlin's Landwehr Canal in the spring of 1919 has finally been released for burial. It had been kept on display in the pathology department of Charité Hospital as a classic example of a water corpse or "fl… Read full post »
Official poster for Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon
AS EVERY CONNOISSEUR OF horror films knows, the scariest monsters aren’t the ones you see but the ones you don’t. In his latest film, The White Ribbon: A German Children’s Story, winner of this year's Palme d’/… Read full post »
"Work makes you free"
THE THIEVES CAME BETWEEN 3:30 and 5:00 this morning. Somehow they cut a gap through the fence and circumvented the guards without being seen or heard. The four meter long sign was impossible to miss – it spelled out the words Arbeit macht frei and could/… Read full post »
A RECENT PRESS REPORT about a tomato that was inexpertly tossed in the direction of former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin in the Mall of America recalls a similar incident that occurred in Frankfurt forty-one years ago. That time the thrower not only had a better aim, but her historic tos/… Read full post »
Peter Lenk's sculpture "Peace Be With You"
on the taz building in Berlin
IT'S STORIES LIKE THIS that drive home just how different Europe and America can be from one another. On 15 November, 2009 the left-wing German newspaper Die Tageszeitung ("taz" for short) unveiled a provocative/… Read full post »
Johannes Heester, 1903-
WHILE IT IS NOT exactly what people in his adopted homeland call a "round birthday," by the time you turn 106 every birthday is a cause for celebration. This time it is the turn of the Dutch-Austrian singer and actor Johannes Heesters. He is not only the wor… Read full post »
ACTUALLY, THIS POSTER WAS created when the virtually unknown Christian Democratic politician Herman Van Rompuy was voted in as prime minister of Belgium in December of last year. Yesterday evening, over a private dinner in Brussels, he was surprisingly chosen as the chief representative… Read full post »
1,000 giant dominoes are lined up from the Reichstag
to Potsdamer Platz to recreate the fall of the Berlin Wall
TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARIES ARE OFTEN melancholy affairs, no matter how happy and festive the occasion is. We can't help but think of how much time has passed and how few of our… Read full post »
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