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
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 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 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.
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.
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 – 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. 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 *** 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. *** 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