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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Google Curries Favour with Berliners

Google has had some wonderful doodles, but usually steers clear of controversial topics. They have, however, come down firmly on the side of Berlin in one of the most heated debates amongst German sausage lovers – who invented the currywurst? On one side we have Berlin, home of Herta Heuwer. According to local legend, Heuwer […]

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Does a Eucalyptus Tree need a Sweater?

There’s a new craze sweeping the globe. It officially started in 2005 in the U.S.A., when Magda Sayeg knitted a cover for the handle of the door to her boutique in Houston, Texas. Now there are guerilla (or urban) knitters everywhere and a growing number of people are starting to look on it as legitimate […]

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Underwater wonders in Australia

Nobody could accuse Dennis Bettin of giving up easily. The extreme sportsman dived 714 times from a 3-metre high board to enter into the record books. In the process, he suffered from cramps, fatigue and bruising on his legs. While people like Bettin are exceptional, many Germans do enjoy water-sports, with swimmers and sailors being […]

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Putting it all together

The German language is (in) famous for only using one word, when English uses several, but it often achieves this by gluing several individual words together. Students of German, both in Germany and abroad are often taught the classic 48-letter Donau- Dampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänswitwe (Danube steamship company captain’s widow). This is, however, by no means the longest […]

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Getting creative – with new business ideas

Many of the most successful inventions (or new services) work along the “build a better mousetrap” principle. In other words, they allow people to improve the way they already do something, rather than creating something completely new. For example people have been swapping toys with each other for generations but German businessman Christoph Blödner who […]

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Happy Snapping in Dresden

It may seem hard to believe but not all cameras are digital. In fact, it’s still fairly straightforward to buy disposable film cameras, presumably for the occasions when people don’t want to risk their good digital ones. A People’s Picture is a project started by scientist Matthew Jorgensen, who in spite of the name is […]

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Eurovision without boundaries

Australians visiting Europe in the merry month of May often get very enthusiastic about the festival of glitz, kitsch and occasional good music that is the Eurovision Song Contest. While it’s quite possible that at least a part of their enthusiasm is due to the fact that in pretty much all countries across Europe, the […]

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