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Andrew Gimson, a former Berlin correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, has written a solid little article on the 'Conservative Home' website about the main misconceptions his countrymen have about Germany (h/t MTW): 1. Angela Merkel The British have no idea... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at German Joys
Probably the finest Canadian song praising the Communist Party of Albania you will hear today (h/t RM): I wonder if there are any English-language songs praising East Germany? If you're interested in the internecine squabbles of Canadian Marxist splinter parties... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
Rod Dreher, a conservative American commentator, can hardly believe his eyes when he reads about the German church tax (Kirchensteuer): In Germany, as in a number of other European countries, if you are a member of a church or mainstream... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at German Joys
Over the weekend I set out for the Neander Valley, where the first Neanderthal skeleton was found. It's also an ultra-pleasant hiking destination, complete with babbling brooks, succulent green meadows, winding forest pathways, mildly dramatic shale rock formations, and quaint... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at German Joys
Thomas Rogers, a writer living in Berlin, takes to the pages of the New Republic to describe the oddity of 'Wetten, Dass...?' and the crappiness of German TV in general: ...[T]he mediocrity of [German] TV—and “Wetten Dass..?” in particular—is currently... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at German Joys
Last Friday a friend and I went hiking in the Siebengebirge, gradually ascending the Löwenburg. Below are a few pictures of the fall splendor, and of Haus Neuglück (g) a funky villa in Königswinter where a young Guillaume Appollinaire fell... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at German Joys
Doing a bit of research I came across the online version (g) of the Bambergische Peinliche Halsgerichtsordnung, one of the first European criminal codes. It was written by a German knight, one Johann the Strong, Baron of Schwarzenberg and Hohenlandsberg.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at German Joys
A bit of imitation Bill Viola, courtesy of GoPro's 240-fps video mode. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at German Joys
A while ago I speculated on why Americans and Europeans perceive temperature so differently. I pointed out that the United States is a much hotter country than many Europeans realize. A recent study has suggested that there is a strong... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at German Joys
Section 25 of the State Hunting Law in Northern Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) provides (g, my translation) (4) Those who are entitled to protect hunting conditions (Jagdschutz) are permitted: 1. To detain persons who enter a hunt area without permission or who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at German Joys
European friends often mock me for my aversion to raw meat. 'So American', they say, fingering their monocles and twirling their mustaches. But I defend my disgust for raw animal flesh. Mankind realized fire made meat good thousands of years... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at German Joys
Open Culture looks at a documentary (above, NSFW) on East German sex: The documentary proposes that, for all its deficiencies, the German Democratic Republic actually put forth a remarkably progressive set of policies related to such things as birth control,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at German Joys
The new batch of photos from the inimitabe Internet K-Hole is up on tumblr. Curator Babs welcomes submissions -- in fact one of the new photos is from my personal hoard (can you guess which one? No, not the one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at German Joys
“We always end up doing the thing we are second best at.” - Proust. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at German Joys
The usual suspects (feminists and Christians) are lobbying for Germany to ban prostitution. They're not likely to get very far -- the current government is only contemplating punishment for men who knowingly hire women who have been forced into prostitution.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at German Joys
Since the price of a university education in the U.S. has been climbing for decades just as quality crumbles, some Americans are looking with interest at German universities. Rebecca Schuman at Slate makes some cogent points: Last week, Lower Saxony... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at German Joys
Soylent liquid meal replacement, 'a functional simulation of food', is now a thing: ‘According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, people spend about 90 minutes a day on food,’ Rhinehart explained. That figure is an average that includes grocery... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at German Joys
Oslo, Norway is out of the bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, in part because of the demands of the International Olympic Committee: [T]he International Olympic Committee is a notoriously ridiculous organization run by grifters and hereditary aristocrats. Norwegian citizens... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at German Joys
Doubtless someone has already responded to this video with something like: 'OMG this is so dangerous, bears shouldn't be encouraged to hang around humans, they could turn on you at any moment and kill you with their razor-sharp claws.' Bullshit.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at German Joys
A few years ago I bicycled around the Allgäu, a succulent part of Germany on the border between its two large and influential southern states, Baden Württemburg and Bavaria. Gentle hills, meter-wide brooks, and frothy South German baroque churches. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at German Joys
[Photo of a poster suggesting that the $100 million for one fighter could build 1 soccer field, removate 1 public swimming pool complex, build a kindergarten, and provide 900 low-cost apartments: 'We can only spend our money once!'] Jacques Shuster... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at German Joys
in a clear, rippling baritone by Fritz Stavenhagen over at the German Poetry Project. An example, Gottfried Benn's Blaue Stunde. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at German Joys
Last week I paid a visit to the 'Regierungsbunker,' (Government Bunker), a massive underground complex located near Bonn (West German capital until reunification) which was intended to shelter surviving members of the West German government from a nuclear attack. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at German Joys
Over on Facebook, Dan asks in a comment: 'Gibt es eine Theorie, warum Amerikaner weniger kälteempfindlich sind? Diese eiskalten klimatisierten Räume überall. Im Sommer nie ohne Schal in die USA reisen. Bei 15°C rennen sie mit T-Shirt rum.' In English,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at German Joys
Neues Deutschland (New Germany), the former official press organ of East Germany now turned left-wing journal, reports (g) on a poll of Germans from both the West and former East on their attitudes toward reunification. A few of the more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at German Joys