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Sunday Documentary: Knut and Friends

Knut and Friends tells the story of Knut, a polar bear born in captivity in Berlin Zoo and contrasts his early life with three polar bears born in the wild in the arctic and two orphaned brown bears in the forests of Belarus. Born on 5 December 2006, Knut and his brother (who died just […]

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BMX Meets Parkour | Unthinkable Bike Tricks with Tim Knoll

BMX-rider Tim Knoll does some incredible tricks as he rides around Berlin in his BMX Meets Parkour | Unthinkable Bike Tricks video for Red Bull. Tim Knoll’s riding is a bewildering mixture of technical skills and athletic ability that is part BMX / part gymnastics / part modern dance. He forward rolls, somersaults and swings […]

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Bücherwald – The Book Forest of Berlin

Strolling along Sredzkistrasse in Prenzlauer Berg near the corner with Kollwitzstrasse you may have a bit of a Sesame Street moment because ‘one of these trees is not like the others’.  The Bücherwald (book forest) isn’t in fact a tree at all.  It is a collection of five logs bolted together with shelves carved into […]

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Butterfly Mural by Michelle Tombolini

Michelle Tombolini’s Butterfly mural in Friedrichshain, part of the artist’s Indelible Marks project, is a beautiful piece of street art with a sad message – drawing attention as it does to the issue of the sexual exploitation of children. Walking along Boxhagener Strasse, the bright blue wings catch my eye first, contrasting with the black and white […]

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Louis Pretty – Pastrami in Gangster’s Paradise

As a Brit in Berlin, I often bemoan the lack of sandwich options in the city but the Reuben at Louis Pretty, the latest venture from Oskar Melzer, is spectacularly good. Melzer (formerly of Mogg & Melzer, which is now Mogg) opened his new Kreuzberg restaurant in partnership with brothers James and David Ardinast.  Like […]

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Berlin City Palace – Wanted: 627 Housemates

Are you moving to Berlin or currently on the lookout for new housemates?  If so, you may want to check out this tongue in cheek advert for a flat share that appeared on wg-gesucht last week.  The advertisers want 627 extra people to share the bills at the new Berlin City Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss), in what […]

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Classic Days Berlin 2016 – Classic Cars on the Ku’damm

This past weekend in Berlin, over 2,000 Oldtimer, the cute German name for classic cars, paraded along and parked on the city’s grand shopping boulevard, the Kurfürstendamm, as part of the Classic Days Berlin. A 2-kilometre stretch of the Ku’damm between Joachimsthaler Straße and Olivaer Platz was closed to regular traffic to accommodate the event. […]

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Sunday Documentary: Komet Bernhard – Unframing Reality

Komet Bernhard is a Berlin nightlife legend.  Like Techno, Wegbier from the Späti and clubs that don’t close, he epitomises what makes a night out in Berlin…um…so Berlin.  Komet Bernhard – Unframing Reality is a documentary that offers a glimpse into his life. Bernhard Enste (67) was given the name Komet Bernhard by the children […]

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BERLIN (CLASSIFIED) by Julien Patry

BERLIN (CLASSIFIED) is a little over 3 minutes of pure brilliance – Julien Patry has organised Berlin’s colours and design elements and the results are simply wonderful. Some ideas are so simple and yet so inspired and creative that I just have to tip my hat to the genius behind them, while at the same […]

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