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Values, Identities and Morals

In Identity on July 15, 2014 at 09:00

The question of identity and the quest for identity has become very difficult in modern times. The Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has argued that identity has become a liquid concept that alters its shapes faster than it is possible to realize the changes. Read the rest of this entry »


War Horses Everywhere!

In History on February 12, 2014 at 10:00
HaniwaHorse Haniwa Horse from Japan, c. 6. century AD the Kofun period

2014 is upon us and with this comes an important anniversary in the history of humanity but also in the history of the Anglo-German relations. With it there will be a lot of coverage about the history of the conflict, its causes and consequences. It is important to keep the focus as otherwise writing about the Great War turns into a repetition of old stereotypes and thus a prolongation of those, which is certainly not wanted. Read the rest of this entry »

Germany: The Accidental Empire?

In Germany, History on October 18, 2012 at 12:06

A whole series of articles published in the guardian newspaper investigate how the British (English?) views on Germany have changed over the last decade. The topics range from the german army finding it difficult to adopt its new role, to the World Cup 2006 which was the biggest factor in English media to alter the public’s perception of Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

2012: Annus Britannicus

In Britain, Identity, Olympics, Sport on September 11, 2012 at 13:07


The current year will go into the history books of Britain for various reasons. First, there is the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Second, Bradley Wiggins is the first Briton who has won the Tour de France. He later added Olympic Gold which was the major sporting event of this year so far: The London Olympics. Finally, Andy Murray has won a Grand Slam title, the first for a Briton since 1936! Read the rest of this entry »

How to build a team: Handball

In Britain, Olympics, Sport on July 31, 2012 at 12:56

Britain is a country that is dominated by football, cricket and rugby. Add tennis, golf and the sporting calendar for many sporting enthusiasts is full to the brim. Interestingly, indoor sports are not featuring on this list. For the London Olympics Britain for the first time field a men’s handball team. If they manage to win a medal is doubtful. The women’s team is a far more interesting story as the team consists of players ‘assembled’ from all over Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

How to make things

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on January 4, 2012 at 12:00

Britain looks at Germany with envy when it comes to its productivity, this article in The Guardian newspaper suggests. There is a certain truth about it. However, the whole truth is somewhat different, of course. While the Germans can be proud of their car and other branches of industrial production, other areas are seriously struggling, education for instance. Industry and production have always been protected by the government unlike in Britain where a certain ‘Iron Lady‘ privatized many British industries such as Leyland and the country is still suffering the after effects of Thatcher‘s policy today. Read the rest of this entry »


In Britain, England, Germany, History on October 12, 2011 at 13:39

While Britain is still seeing the phone hacking scandal unfolding and gets to know more and more details about the affair, Germany this week had its very own hacking scandal of a different kind. The Chaos Computer Club has found out that a small company in Bavaria programmed a Trojan to be planted in computers to screen everything the users are typing etc. This of course happened with the authorization of the federal government. Read the rest of this entry »

Eine Frage hätte ich da noch…

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity, Literature, Stereotypes on July 26, 2011 at 12:40

…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.

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War minus the Shooting/ Wie Krieg ohne Schiessen

In Cold War, England, Football, Germany, History, Literature, Sport, Stereotypes, World Cup on August 14, 2010 at 23:18

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.

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England vs. Hungary

In England, Football, History, Sport, Stereotypes, World Cup on August 10, 2010 at 09:49

It is almost 60 years ago that this fixture stirred the imagination of football writers in England. Unbeaten at home England would host the best team of the continent and Olympic champions, Hungary. A win was expected by the media hacks and nothing less than a convincing victory and a spectacle was what people were looking forward to. The press was unanimous that the home record of England would resist the challenge of the Magyars with their charismatic leader Ferenc Puskas.

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