Changing stations

There are numerous ways of getting from A to B.  Most people familiar with an area do it without thinking.  People new to a place tend to rely on maps and signs.  In Germany, the national rail company Deutsche Bahn has just been instructed to improve accessibility by installing electronic information boards in its stations.  […]

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Writing on air

German computer scientists from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) have recently developed a glove which allows people to write in the air and have their words automatically input into their smartphone or tablet.  This ingenious invention won a US$81,000 prize from the mighty Google.   This is yet another example of how technology is changing […]

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Darkest before dawn

It’s now official.  This winter has been the darkest inGermanysince records began (over 60 years ago).  Even though we’re now on track for Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Germany is also set to get a whole lot colder before it starts to warm up again.   While Germany shivers, Australia is at the beach.  Even […]

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Rosenmontag – The highlight of Carnival season

Today is Rosenmontag, the day when the whole of Germany braves the cold to have fun in the streets before the serious business of lent.  The first Karneval club was founded in 1823, making the festivities official, so to speak, although the revelries had been a feature of the season for many years previously and […]

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Prost! – raise a glass to Australia

Incredible as it may appear,Germany’s love for beer is diminishing.  According to recent figures, Germans consumed 2% less beer than last year.  It’s unclear why this is the case, perhaps it’s connected with a growing global interest in wine. One of the connections between Germany and Australia is that both are famous wine-producing countries.  Germany […]

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Having a whale of a time

Nature lovers in Germany were very excited recently when a sailor filmed a very rare pure white harbour porpoise off the coast of Germany.  It’s very difficult to capture the elusive porpoise on camera at all and filming a pure white one has caused quite a sensation. Sailors and wildlife-lovers alike will find much to […]

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Fashion forward for 2013

It may be one of the colder capitals in the world but Berlin always starts the New Year in style in every sense, being the first of the major cities to launch a fashion week.  Mercedes-Benz hosted a VIP-packed festival of the best (and weirdest) German fashion has to offer, with the cold weather outside […]

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Fit for 2013

After Christmas and New Year, many people make themselves a promise to get fit and there are plenty of different ways of doing this. In Germany, where there is plenty of snow on the ground at this time of year, Winter sports are popular.  Skating and skiing are widely enjoyed and many people young and […]

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Sweeping Changes in Germany

As of January 2013,Germany’s legendary chimney sweeps will be moving into a new era asGermanyhas opened up the trade to freelancers as well as the long-established registered tradesmen who have safeguarded the country’s roofs for decades.  Even in the 21st Century, chimneysweeps inGermany are still very much in demand, but there are relatively few people […]

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Sieze the day – every day

“Yolo” an English slang expression meaning “You only live once” has been voted “Youth Word of the Year” in an annual competition run by dictionary compilers Langenschiedt.   Young Germans can have a once in a lifetime experience inAustraliaby taking advantage of the Working Holiday Visa scheme.  Designed to facilitate a combination of work and […]

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