Matrose, Matratze. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 27

I Say Matrose, You Say Matratze. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off. Much "Achtung!" About Nothing. Episode 27 *** Getting to know the best drivers in the world. What to do when you can't find a sailor. The discovery that punks are but a shadow of what they used to be. *** The Autobahn is … Continue reading Matrose, Matratze. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 27

User’s Guide to the Powers of the Illogical. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 26

An Introduction and Easy Guide to Using the Powers of the Illogical. *** Where the monkeys wear man-suits. Defeating the bureaucratic mind with diplomatic bluster. In the footsteps of Milo Minderbender. *** Among the three vices: laziness, cowardice, and falsity, the former seems to be the most contemptible. - Immanuel Kant   You can always … Continue reading User’s Guide to the Powers of the Illogical. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 26

Fine Dining in Dransdorf, and Bonn’s Bawdyhouse. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 25

Fine Dining in Dransdorf and Bonn's first massacre. *** International cuisine from a village perspective. Recipe for 10,000 oak trees and 3,000 legionnaires. The secret history of Bonn's only red light. ***   As long as there are pubs, men don't need to go to psychiatrists. - Hans-Juergen Quadbeck-Seeger   Wer einem Fuß in Hurenhaus … Continue reading Fine Dining in Dransdorf, and Bonn’s Bawdyhouse. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 25

The Hammer Game and Life on the Mild Frontier. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 24.

*** The porous membrane between city and country. A reconnaissance mission into Dransdorf's nightlife. Comb-overs and perms - the height of village fashion. *** From the dear village youth, one can tell immediately if the place has a good or a bad schoolteacher. - Karl Julius Weber Greece is pretty much everywhere. - Marcus Steinbeis … Continue reading The Hammer Game and Life on the Mild Frontier. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 24.

Despatches from the wilderness – and a wily old fox. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 23.

Never underestimate the cunning of an old man. *** How the Federal Village came to be. The life and death of an old man. An introduction to the German sense of humour. *** Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality. - Friedrich Schiller Bei sich zu Hause ist der Hund … Continue reading Despatches from the wilderness – and a wily old fox. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 23.

Mythological narratives as a nation-building tool. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 22.

Welcome to the Home of Grey Christmases. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 22. *** What shall we do with the drunken swineherd? Laying the groundwork for some myth-busting. Some notes on archaeology and geological observations. *** “As a change of air, Bonn can work wonders for several hours.” - Heinrich Böll “Getting rid of a … Continue reading Mythological narratives as a nation-building tool. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 22.

Dunedoo – Should there have been an R in that? Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 21.

Dunedoo – Building Bridges to the Old World. A comparison of two unloved capitals. The blustery romance of the German urban landscape. The role of Versailles in fickle Teutonic fortunes. *** In the beginning there was no Germany and there were no Germans. - Peter Wende An American correspondent based here once observed that Bonn … Continue reading Dunedoo – Should there have been an R in that? Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 21.

The Ugliness of Nationalism. Varus vs Arminius Part III. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 20.

The Ugliness of Nationalism. Dehabilitating a Hero. *** A minor exploration of nationalism and the misappropriation of cultural symbols. Old Blue-eyes by any other name. A quick stop on a long motorcycle journey. *** We are what we've always been: Barbarians. - Julian Nasiri Nationalism: An attempt to escape from the future into the past. … Continue reading The Ugliness of Nationalism. Varus vs Arminius Part III. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 20.

The Importance of Choosing Your Battlefields. Varus vs Arminius Pt 2. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 19

The Importance of Choosing Your Battlefields *** A bridge too far. Whether 'tis better to take a spaniel into the woods or a metal detector, and in so doing, solve an archaeological riddle. One golden eagle, found, Germania. Please call after hours. *** Sie sehn den Wald vor lauter Bäumen nicht. (They can't see the … Continue reading The Importance of Choosing Your Battlefields. Varus vs Arminius Pt 2. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 19

The First German Hero and Three Unlucky Eagles. Varus vs Arminius Pt 1. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 18

The First German Hero and Three Unlucky Eagles. *** An introduction to the German who started it all. A man with very good friends in Rome. The hills are alive and the forests have eyes. Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes. -Bertholdt Brecht Germany needs heroes more than any place. -Boris Becker … Continue reading The First German Hero and Three Unlucky Eagles. Varus vs Arminius Pt 1. Much “Achtung!” About Nothing. Episode 18