Hello Copenhagen

View from the train between Berlin and Copenhagen

I was awoken this morning by a text message. The truth be told, I'd heard a few messages come in throughout the night, but since I'm on holiday, and since I'm in Berlin, I hadn't bothered to look at them. They were, of course, a series of messages concerning the latest challenge (or non-challenge) to [...]

Visiting Berlin

East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall, Germany

The first time I visited Berlin was in 1983. At that time, Berlin was a city divided into East & West by "Die Mauer" ("The Wall"). Sixteen years later (on my birthday), the Berlin Wall came down, and Germany was re-united. Several months after the wall was all but demolished, a group of artists came [...]

Double Happiness in Berlin

I was so incredibly excited when I woke up and looked out of the window this morning. The truth be told, I felt like a big kid. The reason? Snow. Real snow. Not just snow on the ground snow, like I experienced last week in Sweden. Not just a bit of a flurry here and [...]

Radio Days Europe 2013 – Day 2

Ben Fawkes from Soundcloud at Radio Days Europe 2013

As always, Valerie Geller was an inspiration at Radio Days Europe. I first became aware of her work. Even though I've heard her mantra of "tell the truth, make it matter, and never be boring" many, many times over the last decade, it's a message which continues to resonate. "No matter what the platform, story-telling [...]

Radio Days Europe 2013 – Day 1

Lord Mayor of Berlin reception at Radio Days Europe

There was a terrific response in the room to the talk given by fellow Australian, Sam Cavanagh. Sam is the Executive Producer of the Hamish & Andy Show. At the heart of his talk was an idea around how the program team treated their audience. As he spoke, with a great deal of passion, there [...]

Back in Berlin

Visiting the Berlin Wall in 1983

The last time I visited Berlin was in the summer of 2008. Before that, it was in 1983, as a pimply-faced teenager with a full head of hair. My, how things have changed. Back in 1983, I was studying German at HSC level. In 2008, despite the twenty-five year difference, I was amazed at how [...]

Männer zum knutschen

"I've been to that bar, I'm sure", I whispered in the ears of my friends as we watched "Männer zum knutschen" (Men To Kiss) at the Mardi Gras Film Festival. It was August 2008, I was in Berlin, and sitting in a bar there with the inspired name of The Sharon Stonewall. While there I [...]