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Monday, 24 February 2014
The Rhine River


This was taken at sunset earlier.  Here the river forms the border between Switzerland and Germany.

The smoke rising on the right bank of the river is from a power plant in the municipality of Full Reuenthal, in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland. On the left bank is the village of Dogern which is part of the administrative district of Freiburg in Germany.

Posted by bigblue on 24/02/2014 at 11:08 PM
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012


My reflections on leaving Berlin: I’ve been coming here for three and a half years to visit a long-standing client and this could be the last time I will visit them. I have made friends here and this is a sad thought.

Posted by bigblue on 24/01/2012 at 08:07 PM
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Monday, 23 January 2012
The gathering gloom


Night falls here in Berlin. The ground is wet and the air is fresh. My breaths let off small clouds as I make my way to the taxi rank.

Posted by bigblue on 23/01/2012 at 08:07 PM
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Friday, 18 March 2011
Lost or abandoned?


Who can tell? A cheap green watch found abandoned on the basin in a disabled toilet.

Posted by bigblue on 18/03/2011 at 07:33 AM
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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Beim Bund ist alles doof


Spotted in Berlin, I have no idea what this sticker is about. The literal meaning is “With the Federation everything is stupid”. My guess is that it is an anti-Nazi message.

Posted by bigblue on 16/03/2011 at 07:36 AM
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Thursday, 10 March 2011
The past is another place - cigarettes


The cigarette machine is still ubiquitous in many places around the world, like it once was here. Sometimes there are restrictions (you have to use a credit card for purchase) but sometimes any old child can buy cigarettes if they have the right coinage.  It reminds us of society’s changing views of cigarettes.

Posted by bigblue on 10/03/2011 at 10:41 PM
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Tuesday, 08 March 2011
Why a duck?


I was amused to see that the hotel where I stayed in Berlin last week provides the guests with rubber ducks in the shower. Why? Well I assume this is because there are no baths.

Posted by bigblue on 08/03/2011 at 06:12 PM
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Friday, 04 March 2011
A bunker in Berlin


A Chamber of Horrors in what appears to be a school yard. This bunker was a World War II air-raid shelter that was built in 1943 comprising of five levels as part of an underground network connecting various similar concrete structures throughout Berlin. Today it houses both the Gruselkabinett (Chamber of Horrors) as well as an exhibition on the history of the bunker itself. Apparently the museum is not suitable for young children. There’s a photograph from within the grounds of what I assumed is a school here and one taken inside here, with the description:

Darkness surrounds you as you walk through the eerie bunker maze.

When you least suspect it, someone will touch your shoulder or whisper in your ear. Very common to hear guests screaming their guts out. A creepy, yet funny experience.

The place is set up like a haunted house. But we won’t give too much away…You’ll have to scream for yourself.

Charming stuff. Well I suppose the museum has deprived the school children of a place to have a fag.

Posted by bigblue on 04/03/2011 at 07:56 AM
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