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Friday, 18 March 2011
Lost or abandoned?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Thursday, 03 March 2011
Mrs In-the-middle-of-it

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In Berlin this week I had dinner with long-standing client at this restaurant Frau Mittelmang. She chose the restaurant as it is near to her house and she wanted to be able to dash home in case of emergency. It was an excellent choice: the food and service were good. I only realised at the end of the evening (when I had just paid the bill) that the (German) waiter had been speaking to me in French and my client in German the whole time. Definitely a place to return to…

Posted by bigblue on 03/03/2011 at 07:55 AM
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Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Traffic lights for bicycles

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They have these things in Berlin, which have their own phase. I have photographed this intersection and commented on the cycling “facilities” here, here and here.

The sticker on the traffic light is advertising radsammler.de, which looks like a bicycle website.

Posted by bigblue on 02/03/2011 at 09:55 PM
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Monday, 28 February 2011
The Stairwell

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I had forgotten how attractive this could look at night. This stairwell has previous form on my blog.

Posted by bigblue on 28/02/2011 at 07:34 AM
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