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 … Continue reading Back in Berlin
"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 … Continue reading Männer zum knutschen
It's the twentieth anniversary today of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I doubt there'll be television specials except perhaps on the ABC or SBS, but I note there is a Beck's Beer advertising campaign appearing on bus shelters around Sydney. I'm not sure why, but I've always felt a bit of an affinity with … Continue reading Berlin Wall Anniversary
Thanks to my schoolmate and friend, Louise, who sent me this photograph, here's a brief flashback for you of a pimply-faced seventeen year old standing in front of something which no longer exists. And yes, I had hair!"
Twenty five years ago, aged seventeen, I travelled to Germany (well, West Germany as it was then), with a group of school-mates and our teacher. I was in Year 12 and I'd been learning German for a number of years. Sometime a couple of years early, one of us had the idea of fund-raising for … Continue reading Back in Berlin