Archive for November, 2006

Christmas at the Prostheses Shop

Do you glow in the dark?

With the ongoing coverage about the ex- agent Alexander Litvinenko who died in the UK last week, our sister blog in London reports that British Airways announced yesterday that traces of -210 were found on two planes and that they estimates about 300,000 customers being exposed to very little radiation – whatever the fuck that means.

The news said that one of the planes was going between Berlin (Tegel) and Heathrow as well. For a list of other questionable journeys, check here.

Berlin’s Gift #5 – Electronic Music

Unz, unz, unz! Just like the Döner, you either love or hate electronic music. Never the less electronic music and especially music are a very German thing and lots of it was developed in Berlin.

Wednesday night

Leaving the office after 8 PM tonight, I ended up at my favorite gas station Jet at Kreuzbergstraße once more.

Even though the prices are not too bad, the whole situation got me thinking again. Where are those shops still open after 8 PM?

Searching the web, I discovered this list, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a Kaisers, Plus, Aldi, Edeka or something similar which is still open after 8 PM. I’d like one on the way from Mitte to Kreuzberg, or directly in Mitte or Kreuzberg, if it’s not too much to ask.

Bye Bye Bockwurst?

Hungry Ostlaufers may soon be forced to walk a bit farther for their currywurst. Konnopkes Imbiß, a Berlin tradition since 1930, is facing a challenge to its continued existence a great place to chow down! Up the street another, completely different Imbiß is in trouble. Sheltered beneath the raised platform of the U2 on Schoenhauser Allee, the street eatery had been paying a monthly rent of 43 Euro, but Bruno Hahnfeldt, Konnopkes’ the owner of that other Imbiß for the past 27 years, recently received notice that the rent will be increased next year – to 1,148 Euro! Hahnfeldt notes that is more than he makes certain months and is therefore doubtful he can stay in business. Representatives of the Berliner Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK) are looking for a way to help Konnopkes that other Imbiß continue feeding the huddled masses – but it might be wise to get a bite of the Bockwurst beneath the train tracks before year’s end just to be safe! Or just keep eating at Konnopkes! (thanks for the correction Andre!)

Berlin Gift #4 – Demonstrations

OK. Here we are again. Berlin’s seven gifts to the world.
Continuing today with the 4th gift: the right to peaceful assembly, or in other words: the right to demonstrate…


Is there a better example than Berlin in its role as initial point for the peaceful revolution in November 1989? Is there any other city out there, which is able to announce 2500 demonstrations per year? 2500! PER YEAR!
A wise government realizes that permitting peaceful gatherings helps citizens feel that they have a role to play in their society. To forbid it causes citizens to feel insecure, disconnected, and distrustful of their government. We, as Berlin citizens can tell you a story about that…

So, if you are thinking about to take over the world, you might need to attract some participants – perhaps you should try it by initiating a demonstration here in Berlin, it’s not that difficult. But be sure – there will be an anti-demonstration…

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Berlin’s Gift #3 – Döner

Berlin’s third gift to the world does not directly come from Berlin but still it is so wellknown that this should almost count as Berlinish. We are talking about a pretty important aspect of the typical Berlin life: Nutrition.

Things are so incredibly fast in Berlin, so fast food rules.

Among all the competitors there is one clear winner:
Döner (mit alles und schaf) !



Gifts to the world!

You probably noticed the posts yesterday and today, but if you want to see what the rest of the world is giving, check out this post over at David is doing a great job assembling all the goodness from around the globe! I will also frequently update the stream using my

Berlin Gift #2 – Marlene Dietrich

From the mean streets of Berlin’s Schoeneberg district, Marlene Dietrich’s star rose to cinematic immortality. Within weeks of her premiere as a sultry film siren she was already in Hollywood working on Gary Cooper and an Oscar nomination at the same time. The Blue Angel, Blonde Venus and Flame of New Orleans brought a generation of red blooded he-men to their knees and was named one of AFI’s ‘Greatest Female Stars of All Time‘. Here is her screen test for her first peformance, as the femme fatale Lola Lola in Josef von Sternberg’s 1929 masterwork ‘The Blue Angel‘.

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Moritzplatz bei Nacht

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