A Year in Berlin

An Englishman abroad

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Vogelsang: A Soviet ghost town

It’s been a while since we did a bit of ‘Urbex’ (urban exploration) – particularly of abandoned sites. Blame it on the winter. We did a cluster of them last … Continue reading

08/05/2013 · 12 Comments


A few weeks ago, Digital Cosmonaut posted this lovely photo of Śródmieście, Warsaw. I recognised it instantly, as I’d taken a very similar shot when I visited Warsaw in 2007. … Continue reading

27/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Making films, meeting friends

Almost five years ago, 60 or 70 people crammed into Fuel Café Bar in Manchester to watch My DDR T-Shirt. It was the first time the film had ever been … Continue reading

26/04/2013 · 1 Comment

The Sternburg stigma

I first visited Berlin in March 2005. I knew absolutely nothing about the city. I was on my own but I knew one person and we agreed to meet up … Continue reading

28/08/2012 · 11 Comments

Best laid plans

While travelling along the B96, en route to another abandoned sanitorium, we noticed a grey monument at the side of the road. We saw it too late and were driving … Continue reading

22/06/2012 · 9 Comments

Breaking into Beelitz

I know I’m not the only one but I love a bit of dereliction. Discarded items in abandoned buildings have a very special poignancy. They’re a chance to see what … Continue reading

21/05/2012 · 8 Comments

The curious tale of Tegel’s Boeing 707

If there’s anything I’ve learned about Berlin, it’s that everything has a history. Everything. And if something looks a little out of the ordinary, that’s because it is. We’re trying … Continue reading

27/03/2012 · 3 Comments

A weekend away

“…and so young families go to Dresden or Leipzig?” “Hmmm…or Dusseldorf or Munich…” We’re busy with freelance work at the moment so taking time off feels a little counter-intuitive. It … Continue reading

11/07/2011 · Leave a comment

Ignorance is bliss

Yesterday was a big day for UK public sector workers. Although I’m over here in Berlin, I’m not totally out of the UK news loop. Most of the people I … Continue reading

01/07/2011 · 4 Comments

All in the head

I’ve done about 20 screenings of My DDR T-Shirt with accompanying Q&As. I’ve been asked lots of questions, some crop up over and over again, others are more challenging. I’ve … Continue reading

13/06/2011 · 1 Comment

Another Year at the Freiluftkino

I can imagine a group of stoners, hiding away in a disused, derelict factory, sitting in a circle , smoking some weed and getting carried away. “This place would make … Continue reading

25/05/2011 · Leave a comment

A strange day in Berlin

I’m not going to start by apologising for the lack of blogs. I mean, nobody reads this stuff anyway. I’d only be apologising to myself… Okay, I’m sorry! Alright? I’m … Continue reading

25/05/2011 · Leave a comment

We’re here!

Well, we’re here. I’m sitting in the apartment having made it all the way from Cumbria to Berlin. I’m pretty proud to be able to say it. Last night, for … Continue reading

23/02/2011 · Leave a comment

Store, ditch or take

In just two week’s time, we’ll be sitting in our apartment. We’ll have woken to our first day in our new Berlin abode. How strange, how soon and how unreal. … Continue reading

02/02/2011 · Leave a comment