Monthly Archives: October 2012

Charlottenburg, Berlin

Our last full day in Berlin we decide to shop. All we’ve bought here so far, apart from food and drink, is a box of tea lights, a signed calendar from a painter called Andrea Sroke with a stall in … Continue reading

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An episode

I was editing an urgent report when the date on the toolbar caught my eye: 24/10/2012. The day after my birthday. That’s odd, I thought, we must have forgotten to celebrate. But how could that be? I went through to the … Continue reading

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Schöneberg, Berlin

Our pocket-sized Lonely Planet guide book says Schöneberg is Berlin’s gay village so we take the S-Bahn from Alexanderplatz and head out there, leaving the train at Nollendorfplatz. This puts us in the middle of the itinerary suggested by the … Continue reading

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Hackescher Markt, Berlin

It’s just started to rain and we’re looking for somewhere to eat. The place we chose earlier is full and the fall-back place has a large TV above the only available table so we head back to Hackescher Markt to see what … Continue reading

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Short Fiction 2012

The new issue of this splendid, and beautifully illustrated, literary journal is now out and, if you look closely (or click on the image), you’ll see that it contains not only new work by a host of exciting writers but also a … Continue reading

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Common sense: Impressions of South Africa

The visit begins with snow in Johannesburg. It’s the first time, they tell us, in thirty years, and people are gathering outside the African craft market near Rosebank shopping mall to watch it fall. We’ve come from temperatures in Italy … Continue reading

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