Berlin – The City for (Gadget) Lovers

IFA in Berlin is the place where gadget lovers go to drool over the gadgets which will be appearing in the shops shortly. This year’s offering has included smart watches (to be paired with smartphones); an ultra HD TV (ideal for sports lovers); advanced music speakers; super-high-quality smartphone cameras and phablets (a cross between a […]

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A Biting Issue in Bavaria

While Australians are used to dealing with all kinds of wildlife, Germans in the normally sleepy Bavarian town of Irsee are trying to work out how to deal with an elusive biting creature living in the local Oggenreider lake. Wildlife experts believe it to be an alligator turtle, which is a species known to have […]

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A 21st Century home for 20th Century Art

Germany’s modern capital is suffering from a problem many of its counterparts would envy. It has so many extraordinary works of modern art, it is having to build a new museum to hold them all. The decision was prompted after the city received a generous donation of paintings by modern icons such as Rothko, Magritte, […]

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Setting History in Perspective

Some of the greatest historical finds have been made essentially by accident and one of those was made in Brandenburg very recently when a badger-watching sculptor realized that a sett-digging badger was unearthing human bones. He called in experts who discovered that the badger had been building its home on top of a medieval burial […]

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How German Huetehunde became the German Koolie and the Australian Shepherd

Even in the days before international air travel and pet passports, people took their pets with them when they moved from one country to another. When early German migrants moved to Australia, they brought their Huetehunde or herding dogs. These dogs were superb workers and were used in Australia for herding animals as they were […]

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Reflecting on Germany and Australia

A stork in the North German village of Bergholz has been suffering from a case of mistaken identity. The male bird has been seen repeatedly attacking its own reflection in windows and doors apparently in the belief that he is warding off a rival for the affections of his mate. Locals are dealing with the […]

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Crossing The Square

German artist Katharina Fritsch ruffled more than a few feathers when she created her installation for the famous “Fourth Plinth” in Trafalgar Square, London. Situated directly opposite a statue commemorating Admiral Horatio Nelson, whose famous victory over Emperor Napoleon of France (and at some point most of Europe), the fourth plinth has become a showcase […]

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A Global-Local Hero On The Football Field

How A German Soldier Became A Global-Local Hero On The Football Field The 20thcentury could be called the century of the communications revolution. At its beginning, international leisure travel had become a reality for the elite, who could make their way around the world, mainly using a combination of trains and boats. By the end […]

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Did the Sound of Rock and Roll Break the Wall?

Sometimes an event becomes so famous that the question is not “Have you heard of it?” but “Where were you when it happened?”. Some people argue that Bruce Springsteen’s 1988 concert in then East Berlin was one of those events. While even Springsteen drew the line at openly advocating the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, […]

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Value beyond price

A conscious-stricken thief in Bremen turned himself in to police recently after stealing a gold and amethyst ring from a church. The ring once belonged to a bishop in the 12th century and is considered as being of huge cultural and material value. It may be hard to put a price on history but in […]

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