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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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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