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BERLIN 1933: THE HUMILIATION OF CARL HERZ

1933 was an ugly year. Open almost any edition of Vossische Zeitung from that time – Tante Voss was among the most popular German newspapers and the most widely read Berlin … Continue reading

Nov 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MAY BOYS, MAY GIRLS

In a borough where almost 25% of residents are immigrants and who knows how many more come from all possible ends and corners of the republic, you are bound to encounter a … Continue reading

May 3, 2014

IT WAS THE DAY THAT WAS: THE BATTLE OF OBERBAUMBRÜCKE

At 12.00 PM sharp first celery roots and tomatoes cut quick arches through the air, swiftly followed by billowing clouds of flour and a battery of water-bombs. Dozens of eggs … Continue reading

Sep 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 29th – ALEXANDRINENSTRASSE

1843 There are streets in Kreuzberg whose birth was not without complications. In the case of Alexandrinenstrasse the bone of contention turned out to be the choice of its name. … Continue reading

Jul 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FISHY BUSINESS AT SÜDSTERN

Spotted yesterday at Südstern U-Bahnhof. Outside. For which, oh Lord, we thank thee.

Apr 5, 2012 · 5 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 2 – GÖRLITZER STRASSE

1869 In 1866/1867 Berlin-Görlitzer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (Berlin-Görlitz Railway Society), which has just seen its main project – Görlitzer Bahnhof – come to fruition, decides the brand new railway station needs an … Continue reading

Feb 3, 2012

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HOLY MOTHER!

Spotted today in Fontanepromenade. Bad quality, good vibes:)

Jan 26, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JANUARY, 24th – DEATH OF PETER JOSEF LENNE

1866 Peter Joseph Lenne, the Lenne, is dead! The man who designed more than 360 parks and gardens, who gave Kreuzberg Generalszug (more about it later this week), Belle-Alliance-Platz (Mehringplatz today), … Continue reading

Jan 23, 2012

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MAILBOXES, MAILBOXES

Spotted in Graefestrasse before it started snowing&raining so heavily that most probably none of this is left any more or is warped beyond recognition. Which does not change the fact … Continue reading

Jan 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL (AND KEEPS YOU AWAKE): B-52´s

A song to make one´s circulation go a tad faster. With full moon robbing people of peaceful sleep, we might all use it:) Not to mention all that wonderful fun … Continue reading

Jan 11, 2012

FREESTYLE “FAUST” OR THEATRESPORT IN KREUZBERG

Ah, the theatre! I have always loved it – as long as I didn´t have to go there. It is the same sad story as with concerts. Theatre is bad … Continue reading

Jan 9, 2012

SALON DER DAME OR TOO LATE, TOO LATE?

When I was a little girl, before I went to school and actually mastered the art of writing I was absolutely convinced that there was no way I could learn … Continue reading

Dec 30, 2011 · 4 Comments

BIRDIE, BIRDIE OR A WINDY DAY ON TOP OF KREUZBERG

A week before Christmas I went to Viktoria Park. I parked my bike at the bottom of the hill, looked up, thought twice and started climbing. Re-thinking my plan was … Continue reading

Dec 30, 2011

NOTMSPARKER´S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: CHRISTMAS DAY OR FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

I have been saving this song for those past five days although in fact it was my true inspiration for starting the countdown in the first place. There are electrozillions … Continue reading

Dec 24, 2011

RICE UP, YER PEOPLE OF KREUZBERG! or SUSHI AT U-BAHNHOF SCHÖNLEINSTRASSE

(Let me start with a little correction here: not sushi, but onigiri. The difference, Wikipedia tells me, being in rice: sushi is prepared using vinegared rice whilst onigiri requires just … Continue reading

Dec 16, 2011

MUSTAFA GETS HIP or BACK TO MEHRINGDÜRÜM

Already in July I was absolutely smitten with the creative powers of Muschi Kreuzberg – the ad agency who are behind one of the best commercial internet pages I have … Continue reading

Dec 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

KREUZBERG – THE FINE KOST OF LIVING

Today´s Berliner Zeitung announces what we have known all along: Kreuzberg is getting too expensive for its own good. With a median nett household income of 1,400 Euro in 2010 … Continue reading

Dec 7, 2011

LITTLE PEOPLE´S BIG DAY

Today, on December 1st, the twins are celebrating their birthday and I am celebrating along: today I am the mother of two freshly-baked wonderful, charming and very, very lively two-year-olds … Continue reading

Dec 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

… is more people placing funny and semi-philosophical messages on the windshields of their (preferably vintage Citroen or Mercedes) cars. Like here in Naunynstrasse last week.

Dec 1, 2011

COME WITH THE WIND

I assume most of you missed the last night Plushgun concert at Comet Club. That´s all right ´cos I did, too. And my regret at this loss I can very … Continue reading

Nov 29, 2011

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: NOVEMBER 19 or WHAT HAPPENED AT THE ZUM REICHSKANZLER

If you are fond of being surprised, of being caught unawares and stunned right out of your sensible winter underwear, then Kreuzberg is your place to be. Today, for example, … Continue reading

Nov 20, 2011

KREUZBERG IN THE BOX

Trying to untangle the past of a place resembles the game of What´s-in-the-box. You do know it: you fill a cardboard box with things, close it, make two holes on … Continue reading

Nov 4, 2011

THE HEART OF BERLIN IS IN KREUZBERG

I don´t know where you have been today, but I managed to get into the very thick of it – when cycling around and looking for places which are no … Continue reading

Nov 1, 2011 · 4 Comments

ALMOST 82 MILLION + ONE

As of today, October 31st, 2011 the Republic of Deutschland has a new citizen: me. At 10 AM I was handed my Einbürgerungsürkunde or naturalization papers – only one copy … Continue reading

Oct 31, 2011 · 8 Comments

THE LADY BIDS FAREWELL

Neither the long journey through the bumpy roads of history nor her, pardon my uncouth way, advanced age could possibly make her less mysterious or any less appealing. At her … Continue reading

Oct 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

THE LONG NIGHT OF FLAT PROMISES

Oh, shame! The event of the week went by almost unnoticed on our private little hospital ward for kids with Bad Stomach Bugs (watch out, it spreads like fresh gossip … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE GREEN WALL OF KREUZBERG GOES RED

You cannot miss it – it´s autumn. Previously so green, the wall in the courtyard of the Kreuzberg seat of the Public Health Department (Gesundheitsamt) went “kommie” and caught figurative … Continue reading

Oct 24, 2011

THE FANTASTIC HERR FUCHS or FAUNA&FLORA IN SCHLEIERMACHERSTRASSE

I opened the door in the morning, pushed the Tank outside, looked up and faced a fox. Not something one is normally counting on at 7.55 am in the middle … Continue reading

Oct 21, 2011 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE GREEN WALL OF KREUZBERG

Inspired by Mr Whitlam´s recent series of pics about Nature taking back what´s hers (jonnywhitlamphotography.com), I´ve decided to present this photo taken at the back of the Gesundheitsamt Kreuzberg in … Continue reading

Sep 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TWINS

It is truly amazing how many things go unnoticed only because we do not look up. Or we do but Nature failed to equip us with 24x Über-zoom with Zeiss … Continue reading

Sep 6, 2011 · 7 Comments

IT WASN´T ME, OFFICER

Do you have a car? Is it comfortably sized? Does it catch the eye of the the passers-by and send subliminal messages to the effect of: “Yes, we have been … Continue reading

Sep 1, 2011

METHINKS IT IS TIME TO DO SOME SHAKESPEARE, ALTER!

In Görlitzer Park, the place seldom considered to be a fountain of high culture and a meeting point for more refined tastes, the impossible is happening: Shakespeare´s Henry IV is … Continue reading

Aug 28, 2011 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: CHANCE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DEAD

Today in the morning at Bergmannstrasse Cemetary, where I went to add extra three years to my own tombstone one day, I suddenly noticed a very familiar name. Wilhelm Riehmer, … Continue reading

Aug 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

WILLY SAYS IT

One of my favourite Berlin blogs, B LIKE BERLIN, published the following quotation from Willy Brandt today: Diese Scheißer schicken nun wenigstens Patrouillen an die Sektorengrenze, damit die Berliner nicht … Continue reading

Aug 13, 2011

HANDMAID´S TALE OR GO TO SLEEP LITTLE GIRL

Since we moved in some three years ago I have been praising our flat for numerous things: generous size; not too dark, not too bright; with ceilings I am not … Continue reading

Aug 10, 2011 · 4 Comments

ELECTIONS IN KREUZBERG: VOTE MERMAIDS

Since the day is nigh when all those invited by the electoral office for the House of Deputies Elections 2011 (Abgeordnetenhaus Wahl) will be asked to cast their vote, the … Continue reading

Aug 9, 2011

PRINZENBAD BEFORE 1950

That is an aerial picture of the area where today´s Prinzenbad is. The English Gasworks and almost all of its buildings and equipment were rather meticulously bombed by the Allies, … Continue reading

Aug 4, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BABYFACE

Sometimes when you look up and zoom in you get to see things that would otherwise most certainly escape your attention. Here´s what I have seen today thanks to my … Continue reading

Aug 4, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HOW TO DISCOURAGE THEFT

To my “dear” thieves: If you steal more of flower shoots You´ll feel on your butts my boots!

Aug 1, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BLISS AND APPRECIATION IN HASENHEIDE

Every cloud has a silver lining, every public loo its grateful visitors.

Aug 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

Spotted in Passing: Nostalgie in Nostizstrasse

Jul 13, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Road To Coincidence – Fontanepromenade 15

What a wonderful thing a coincidence is. All of your planning and anticipating and prediciting might go to hell if the circumstances are not right. Something I had been trying … Continue reading

Jun 22, 2011 · 3 Comments

What you don´t see when you don´t look

  I have no idea how many times walked up and down Lilienthalstrasse, past the Catholic church of St. Joseph and the silent beauty of the cemetery next door. In … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2011

I want to ride my bicycle or do I?

It comes as no surprise that cycling is kind of big in Berlin. The Netherlands can feel its beer-and-currywürst breath well on their neck. But which part of the city … Continue reading

Apr 5, 2011 · 2 Comments

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