Haunting Times

It’s Halloween and while Germany may not share the festive enthusiasm of English-speaking countries, there’s still plenty there to set people shivering with excitement. Germany’s colourful history means that there’s plenty of spooky places to explore, for those who are feeling brave enough… Only the bravest would head to the forest in Kirchlengern late at […]

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All the Fun of the Frankfurt Book Fair

While those in southern Germany were busy celebrating the local beer, those further North headed to Frankfurt for the annual book fair. Although a more sober affair than the Oktoberfest, the book fair is still an international occasion. With 7500 exhibitions from 110 different countries, it’s the world’s biggest book fair, or as it’s called […]

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Flying to new heights

If Japan is the land of the high-speed train and the U.S. is the land of the car, then Australia is the land of the plane. The light aircraft makes the vast distances of the outback manageable, while the larger-scale, trans-continental aircraft links Australia with the rest of the world. Given Australia’s geographical isolation, it’s […]

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The Mummy Returns – To Germany

It started out like the beginning of an adventure story. A 10-year-old boy finds a mummy in his grandad’s attic in a coffin-shaped box covered with Egyptian symbols. He excitedly reports his find to the authorities who speculate that it could be a historical breakthrough, originating from North Africa and being approximately 2000 years old. […]

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September’s Stunning Oktoberfest

While those in the Southern Hemisphere will be looking forward to the start of spring and the promise of summer, those in the Northern Hemisphere are digging out their warm clothes. It isn’t all bad news though, because cold weather is the perfect reason to eat warming comfort food and there’ll be plenty of that […]

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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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