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    Kaninchenfeld – Berlin’s Brass Rabbit Field

    The brass rabbits of Karla Sachse’s Kaninchenfeld (Rabbit Field) add a touch of colour and some much needed shine to an otherwise unremarkable stretch of the Chausseestraße in Berlin. The Kaninchenfeld is one of seven artworks selected from a host ...

Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany by Super Bunnyhop on YouTube

Sunday Documentary: Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany

Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany is a short documentary about the personal computer and arcade video game industry in the GDR during the Cold War. As the narrator, Super Bunnyhop, summarises at the end of the video: If you ever need an example of the complicated intersection between politics and entertainment, look no […]

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The Awful German Language - Mark Twain quote - I heard a Californian student in Heidelberg say, in one of his calmest moods, that he would rather decline two drinks than one German adjective.

Mark Twain – The Awful German Language

The Awful German Language is an essay by the American author Mark Twain in which he humorously outlines the complexity of the language and the difficulties he encountered while learning it. It is a must-read book for students of the often baffling German language. Twain, most famous for his Huckleberry Finn stories, travelled extensively through […]

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Screenshot from Berlin - Symphony of a Great City Screenshot on YouTube

Sunday Documentary: Berlin – Symphony of a Great City

Berlin – Symphony of a Great City, released in 1927, is a classic of the golden age of silent film and a compelling document of life in Berlin in the interwar years. The film is presented as a day in the life of Berlin but Walter Ruttmann edited together footage recorded over the course of […]

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Frame from the Train Etiquette GIF from Vincent Kunert of LOLNEIN

Train Etiquette – The Berlin GIFs Edition

One of the major arse-aches of train travel anywhere in the world is the inability of some people to grasp the basics of train etiquette. Almost every train journey involves some form of idiocy, lack of common sense or plain rudeness. I have lots of bugbears when it comes to train etiquette – feet on […]

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Café Achteck - Unionplatz - an example of Berlin's classic 19th century green cast iron public toilets

Café Achteck – Berlin’s Green Pissoir

If you’ve spent time wandering around Berlin you may have occasionally noticed a small green metal hut that looks a little like a summer house but did you stop to wonder what it was? The structure you noticed, known locally as a Café Achteck (Octagonal Café), is actually a toilet. I saw my first Café […]

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Screenshot from Berliner Trance on YouTube

Sunday Documentary: Berliner Trance

Berliner Trance is a 1993 documentary that charts the rising popularity of trance music and the MFS record label from its origins in post-wall Berlin. Trance music is a kind of dance music which thousands of young people across Germany and throughout Europe are quite passionate about. It’s a musical movement which is gaining strength. […]

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Screenshot from Walled in! - The inner German border by Deutsche Welle on YouTube

Walled in! – The inner German border | DW English

The computer animation Walled in! – The inner German border, which details the fortifications of the former boundary was produced by Deutsche Welle in cooperation with the Berlin Wall Foundation to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Save for a few remaining stretches preserved as memorials, the Berlin Wall is merely […]

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