A Year in Berlin

An Englishman abroad

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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

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

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


Okay, Germany isn’t Somalia and Berlin isn’t Mogadishu. Granted. But in preparing for the move to Berlin, I have been struck by the collywobbles more than once. Call me a … Continue reading

11/01/2011 · Leave a comment

A thoughtful wee

Okay, I’m going to go off on a tangent here. There’s something odd about urinals in Berlin. And I don’t like what it does to me. In the UK, public … Continue reading

30/11/2010 · Leave a comment

Find Apartment…tick!

One short trip to Berlin and one giant leap towards our plans for 2011. We have chosen an apartment in Berlin! Nearly two weeks ago, we boarded an EasyJet flight … Continue reading

29/11/2010 · Leave a comment

Apartment hunting

Well, tomorrow we fly to Berlin. We have two days to race around the city looking at apartments. I can’t wait to get there. It’s strange. I love travel and … Continue reading

15/11/2010 · 2 Comments

Mapping the future

I spent the best part of a day the other day looking for cheap accommodation in Berlin. I need to find somewhere for an apartment-hunting visit in mid-November. We don’t … Continue reading

01/11/2010 · Leave a comment

Where to live?

A few days ago, we booked some flights to Berlin. It’s not our farewell to England just yet, it’s just an apartment hunting visit. Between now and take off, we … Continue reading

29/10/2010 · Leave a comment

Berlin coat

I’m no clothes horse. I rarely spend money on clothing and I hate shopping. It’s a living hell. Having said all that, I have a strange tendency to project aspirations … Continue reading

18/10/2010 · 1 Comment

A new blog, a new beginning

Let me be honest. At this moment, I’m not in Berlin. I’m sitting in the UK and making preparations for redundancy. My job in the UK ends in December and my partner Kirstie and I are planning to move to Berlin.

11/10/2010 · Leave a comment