Category Archives: General

Harvest Festival 2014

This Saturday was not just the start of school for this year’s crop of first graders, but also the day of the harvest festival, an annual celebration of farming and food that consists of a parade through my semi-rural suburb … Continue reading

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Photos: Lüneburger Heide 2014 (with bonus crazy house)

Here in Northwest Germany, one of the most popular destinations for holidays and short trips is the Lüneburger Heide, a nature preserve with a unique heath landscape that’s great for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It’s particularly beautiful in late … Continue reading

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An Interview and some Odds and Ends

First of all, I’ve been interviewed again by fantasy writer Judy Goodwin at My Writerly World. I talk quite a bit about research and the Silencer series. Over at Pegasus Pulp, I also talk a bit more about the eight … Continue reading

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It came from the compost heap or The mystery plant from outer space

As you may or may not know, we have a vegetable garden. We also have a compost heap. And sometimes, plants sprout in said compost heap, which is only natural, since compost is intended for fertilizing. Most of the time, … Continue reading

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Plane Crash in Bremen

This has certainly been a summer of disasters in general and plane crashes in particular. First Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in Ukraine, which rattled me a lot, because my Dad has flown the very same route only … Continue reading

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Germany wins the cup, George R.R. Martin goes Swiss and the last bastion of masculinity falls

First of all, Germany won the 2014 World Cup tonight, making it Germany’s fourth win after 1954, 1974 and 1990. I watched the match with my Mom (my Dad has caught a cold and went to bed after the regular … Continue reading

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What a Match!

I’m normally not the world’s biggest football fan. Oh, I like football all right and I’m happy when our local first league team Werder Bremen wins (which sadly hasn’t been all that many times these past few years). But mostly … Continue reading

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Photos: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Architecture

I promised you photos, so here you have photos. Alas, these photos aren’t new, but were drawn from my personal archives due to current events. You may have heard that the Glasgow School of Art, a stunning Art Noveau building … Continue reading

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Photos: A May Day outing to the East Friesian seaside

May 1st, i.e. International Workers’ Day, is a public holiday in Germany, so we took the opportunity for a day trip to the East Friesian seaside. Now the people of East Friesia have (unfairly) been the butt of jokes for … Continue reading

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Springtime Animal Pics

I’ve written about Maikäfer or cockchafers, those once elusive insects that have been making a comeback in recent years, before. However, this morning I found not one but two cockchafers sitting on my welcome mat. Since welcome mats are a … Continue reading

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