Ich Bin ein Berliner

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN GAFENCU MAGAZINE, APRIL 2015 A city at the epicentre of 20th century history, Berlin does not easily surrender its secrets…   The “useful phrases” section of most guidebooks to Berlin are sadly lacking when it comes to equipping a newcomer to the city who asks that most pressing question of all: “What’s with all the pink pipes?” Everywhere you go in the city, there are huge pipes snaking above street level, serving no apparent purpose. An art installation symbolising reunification, perhaps? Or maybe a temporary engineering project? Neither. The answer says more about the city than any […]

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Reykjavik – Fire and Ice

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN GAFENCU MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2015 One of the biggest questions when it comes to visiting Reykjavik is not so much whether to go as just when to go. This consideration becomes particularly pertinent when your tour bus slides off the icy road and threatens to turn turtle amid the frozen wastes. Enduring such an experience – and arriving back at base four-and-a-half hours later than scheduled – would surely be enough to deter many a casual tourist. That would be a shame. In truth, Reykjavik – and Iceland in general – has to be among the hottest destinations […]

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Fifteen for 2015

15 in ’15.  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN GAFENCU MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2015 When it comes to numbers, 15 has a magic all of its own. The magic square, Lo Shu, for instance, adds up to 15 whichever way you look at it. We are now at the dawn of another 15 – the year 2015. Just what sort of year will it add up to? Here’s fifteen things that may give you some indication… 1. Watch it The year 2015 will see humanity divided into two groups – those who have the new Apple Watch, and those who don’t. It’s what the […]

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