It required the ingenuity of a Sherlock Holmes to alter the way the Great War unfolded. Read the rest of this entry »
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The possibly best known ‘special relationship‘ in modern history is between the United States and the United Kingdom. This blog is about the ‘special relationship’ the UK and Germany have enjoyed over the last 60 and more years, particularly on the football pitch but also on other field such as music, the press and literature. This post however, will look at recent press outpourings in Germany about a poem published by Nobel laureate Günter Grass in which he heavily criticized Israel and thus shed a light upon this special relationship. Read the rest of this entry »
The Germans are masters when it comes to fairy tales. Not just have the Grimm brothers provided generations with reading material to nurture their fantasy, they have also created a dictionary for the German language. Their contribution to the German language, philology as well as the study of German literature and language is immense; so much so that they are considered the fathers of any intellectual occupation with German. Read the rest of this entry »
…so sprach Peter Falk, auch bekannt als Inspector Columbo, in über sechzig Episoden wenn er die oder den vermeintliche/n Täter/in einlullte, um sie dann mit einer letzten Frage zu überrumpeln. Dies soll kein Nachruf auf den großen Peter Falk sein, das können andere besser. Vielmehr soll es um den Erfolg englischsprachiger TV Serien im deutschen TV gehen.
Dieser Tage oder besser gestern sahen wir einen Turm straucheln. Rupert Murdoch sah sich gezwungen sein bestes Pferd im Stall, die News of the World, die führende Sonntagszeitung in Großbritannien zu schließen. Der Grund oder die Gründe? Leitende Angestellte und Journalisten haben sich Zugang verschafft zu den Mailboxen von etlichen Mobiltelefonen britischer Personen, darunter unter anderem Hugh Grant und Sienna Miller.
is how Andy Beckett opens his account of Britain’s seventies in his excellent When the Lights went out. Now this certainly requires some questions to be answered. First, did Britain in the seventies have anything in common with the Weimar Republic? Second, were the British seventies the prelude to a period of war and disaster like the Weimar time was in Germany? These questions are not easy to be answered.
In a blog about Anglo-German love/hate relationships the topic of humour must not be left out. And yet it is very difficult to put something together on humour that doesn’t sound ridiculous or simply is prejudgmental. It is incredibly difficult to pen out something about humour that doesn’t sound ridiculous or patronizing or whatever one thinks it might sound like. It is no secret that some people have humour, some don’t and others have this sort of humour that no one really understands and estranges most people and in the worst case, might be considered offensive.
Jonathan Wilson: Inverting the Pyramid. The History of football tactics. London, 2009: Orion. 384p.
If anybody of my valued readers is interested in the history of football tactics, look no further, this is the book that explains it all. Superbly written, Wilson describes the development of football tactics from the W-M system and its success to more sophisticated approaches and formations such as the popular 4-2-3-1. Without a doubt football tactics developed in England and the author duly states so. But it were British coaches like Jimmy Hogan who traveled to the continent and played and coached teams there and thus started what was to dominate central European football from the 30s to the 50s: the Danubian school of football of Hungary and Austria.
Sport is war minus the shooting. That was the essence of an article George Orwell wrote in 1945 about a tour of the Dynamo Moscow football team in Britain. Certainly he wasn’t a friend of football preferring the Olympic Games and their supposed peacefulness and which brings nations together peacefully rather than stirring up hate and jealousy. Written just after the end of the Second World War, Orwell clearly had in his view that sport could become a means in the fight for the superiority of the systems, i.e. East vs. West. He was spot on in his observation and as the development of the Olympic Games has shown during the era of the Cold War.