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Regional / National News

The Look

Berlin Builds Bastion

All that Jazz and Razz...

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The Eric Gilston 'Life Skills' Column

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Compromise - How good are you ?

Health & Wellbeing

The Power of Love | Page 17

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Look 8 | The All that Jazz and Razz... Secrets 9 | Sommelier A Brief History of the Wine Cork

17 | The Eric Gilston

14 Hannover / Bremen 15 Munich / Nuremberg 16 Stuttgart

'Life Skills' Column 18 | Health & Wellbeing The Power of Love

19 | Sport 20 - 21 | A Brit of Fun!

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Editorial 3 3 | Editorial

January July 20132012

Regional / National News round-up

Berlin Builds Bastion Berlin spends €590 million on the past... It is 570 years since the original foundation stone of the castle for the Prussian kings was laid and it is once again going to be built; but this time at a cost of €590 million. The majority of the funding, €478 million, comes from the Federal Government, €32 million from Local Government and the remaining €80 million comes from donations, for the completion of the Baroque style façade. There is a further fund needed to complete the

dome and additional structural designs of €28.5 million of which €20 million has already been collected. Such expenditure has not proved to be popular on all sides. Although by some it is seen as a healing of the rift in the city, by others there is a definite lack of support. Some commented that the absence of Angela Merkel at the laying of the cornerstone ceremony, was a sign of the Government’s lack of support for the project. This lack of support was further felt when President Gauck

did not give a speech at the ceremony itself. The site for the new building is approximately 8,000 square metres and the campaign for the rebuilding on the former Hohenzollern site has been a twenty year journey. It is hoped that the new Berlin Palace will return the historical centre to the capital, where as The Humboldt Forum, it will display treasures from different parts of the world in its modern and contemporary i nt e -

r ior. Wit h ex h ibit ion s on t h re e f loor s, there is over 20,000 square metres to be shared by the three main users: National Museums of Ethnology and the Museum of Asian Art, the Central and Regional Library and the Humboldt University with the operations being the responsibility of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The opening date for this new palace is mid 2019. J.C.

Government reviews Bremen’s ban Nuclear shipments may get the ‘all clear’...

More housing needed Nuremberg needs more housing... With more than 10,000 new registered people in the Nuremberg area since 2011, it is no wonder that the city’s housing supply is under pressure. There is a call now to mobilise the vacant lots in the city. There are about 250 hectares of

land which are earmarked for building, but, due to certain restrictions, these are only available in the middle to long term. There are also in Nuremberg over 500 lots for building which could be used in the short term

to alleviate the pressure on the housing system for the growing population of a successful city. This would certainly relieve the pressure on the housing market, according to Baureferent Wolfgang Baumann. J.C.

The local Government of Bremen may have its decision to ban nuclear shipments through its port, overturned. The Government brought in this ban in January 2012. This decision is now with the State Supreme Court, who will decide whether or not Bremen officials had the authority to ban nuclear shipments th rough the already struggling port. The State Government is

keen to re-instate nuclear transportation to help increase the business

reduce economic loss to the port.

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January 2012

Regional / National News round-up

Driving Berlin Forward

Berlin has a target to be world leader in electric transportation by 2020…

Germany has set itself a target of having one million electric cars on its roads, by 2020. At the centre of this drive is Berlin itself, which has set itself a target to be the world’s leading city for electric transportation, by 2020. It is a high target and at the moment the momentum has to be increased to achieve their goal, but the city is still in the lead of its other main European counterparts such as Paris or London. To help this initiative, there are 150 projects throughout Germany

which are raising public awareness as well as helping in product development. Four areas have been selected to focus on these projects: BerlinBrandenburg, BadenWürttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony and Hannover. The investment of €100 million for this project is sourced from industry, Federal Government and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, which shows positivity from all sides for this project to succeed. According to the Federal Motor Vehicle Office, of the 1.1 million registered

cars in the German capital, only 328 are registered electric cars. This is also a matter of practicality which is being addressed. There are currently 220 recharging points nationwide - this will be increased to 1,600 by 2015 making this alternative source of energy far more accessible. Additionally, the Berlin police are trialling different electric vehicles and have eleven, of which nine are used on patrol. There is also encouragement for all citycentre delivery vehicles to be battery operated which

ICE - from Cologne to London Direct trains from Cologne to London... From 2016, there will be a direct train service offered by the German train operator ICE Deutsche Bahn Trains. Using the Chunnel, the route would also include Frankfurt, Cologne, Brussels and London with a third route planned from Amsterdam via Brussels to the tunnel. The start date is dependent on Siemens who is the new train supplier and has had its delivery date delayed due to the approval test that it had to go through for the new ICE3 trains. J.C.

not only reduces pollution but also noise disturbance. As in all arguments, there is the other side and there is only a validity in providing electric transportation if the method of generating the electricity comes from clean and renewable energy sources. How does the car industry respond to all of this? Very positively - with 16 new models being planned for launch by 2014, including brands such as Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes. J.C.

Smart way to travel Clever car-sharing in Munich... July saw the introduction of the car2go car sharing initiative in the Bavarian capital. This scheme, to encourage car sharing, covers an area of 125 square km, including the city of Munich and Garching area and has the back-up of a fleet of 300 Smart cars. The cars can be rented and dropped off from exclusive points which also include large public car parks. Like normal car hire, the

money you pay includes taxes, insurance, fuel, parking fees and the first 50km. Unlike conventional car hire, the Smart fleet is designed to encourage car sharing, so you can hire it for as long as your journey takes - therefore, you hire by the minute. This means that the cost per minute can be 19 cents - or up to €59 per day. J.C.

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Missing – Park and Ride Berlin has no space...

It is a strange phenomenon, in most countries it is difficult to encourage the motorist to share or even use a park and ride system. It is the opposite in Berlin and Brandenburg where there is a strong willingness - but a lack of space. Commuters want to leave their cars and use the public transport system but there are not enough spaces for parking. There is the land in places that could be

used but a lack of developing this into parking areas means that in some areas, there are up to 62,000 cars entering the city and only 3,075 park and ride spaces. In Pankow alone, there is a deficit of 10,000 parking spaces. The irony is that if the stations or rail companies offered free parking they would make much more business on the extra paying passengers using their services.

It is not only parking spaces that are lacking. A large proportion of commuters also cycle to the station and need somewhere to safely store their bicycles. With growing traffic congestion, it seems logical that the quickest solution is to develop the disused ground around stations for car and cycle parking for those willing to make the effort to use park and ride.

J.C.

Colourful Munich Holy Festival of Colours runs to different cities... After last year’s successful tour of the Holy Festival of Colours, the tour this year has spread to 13 different cities. This June, over 10,000 people gathered in Munich to throw plastic bags of coloured corn flower at each other.

Biker Angels

Local hospice supported as 1,200 bikers ride... The community spirit of Düsseldorf was plain to see when 1,200 bikers, led by Mayor Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, rode for the Biker 4 Kids charity. This charity supports the local hospice for terminally ill children and this is the fifth organised ride of its kind. It is a very popular

event with over 1,200 bikers turning up to support the 32km ride from the grounds of Heine Gericke to the outer countryside of Oberkasseler Rhine. There is an entrance fee of one euro which goes to the charity and towards the total amount given; last year they raised €24,000 from this event.

The fun of the day was further increased when some children were taken on the bikes or sidecars, naturally all at a low safe speed. All the rest of the children could ride on the buses provided to enjoy the fun and take part in this good cause. J.C.

The Art of Comics

Kaboom – The Art of Comics Exhibition hits town…

One of the largest museums in Germany, the Weserburg Museum of modern art in Bremen, is hosting Kaboom – The Art of Comics Exhibition, from the 15th June until 6th October 2013. In the spotlight is the influence of comics on contemporary art since the 1950s. This was brought to the public’s attention by the two main influences on this style of abstract pop art, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. On show are pieces of art which are sometimes

ambiguous and humorous showing the influence of comics and their superhero characters from the 1950s and 1960s up to present day.

The collection is made up from private art collections and work by 33 international artists. J.C.

Cities that have taken part include Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Stuttgart and Leverkusen with over 35,000 people participating. Its origins are based on the Hindu’s festival of colour which takes place in the north east of India and welcomes in the spring.

Today, the festival in Germany is more a symbol of the community coming together and understanding equality, respect and tolerance, with an atmosphere akin to a “children’s birthday party for adults”. J.C.

Wheel Power

Determination sees achievement through Europe... Since a debilitating childhood disease put Maurice Eschen in a wheelchair, it has never stopped his determination to succeed in life. He agrees that he can do everything as ablebodied people but sometimes in a different way. Proof of this, is his determination to leave Hannover and travel to Gibraltar, powering himself by his own strength in his wheelchair all the way. The 24-year-old has been trained intensively by his coach in preparation

for the 3,000km journey. With an intended schedule of 50km per day and a planned 10-week journey, there are all sorts of obstacles to overcome such as road conditions and the summer heat in southern Europe, especially Spain. Whilst travelling through Spain, the plan is to travel early in the day and late in the afternoon, so missing the heat of the day. The back-up team follow with the rented camper van which is also Maurice’s home for the duration.

Unfortunately, because of the tight schedule, there is no time for sightseeing - but maybe on the way back. Apart from the wheelchair, the most important equipment are the gloves, of which Maurice tells he uses a combination of cycling and rubber dishwashing gloves because they are cheap and give the correct amount of grip. We wish Maurice every success on his journey. J.C.


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January 2012

UK / World News round-up '

EU important to us, says Cameron British Prime Minister, David Cameron has decided to risk stirring up a hornets’ nest in his own ranks by making membership of the European Union a key part of his vision for

Britain’s future ahead of the G8 conference in Northern Ireland. He stresses the importance of being at the “top table” and says that membership is in the national interest.

By: Vic Gardner

Britain takes on might of internet companies

Buy your council house on eBay? Council tenants could be able to buy their homes on eBay in the future if the ideas of a select committee of Members of Parliament are adopted. They would like to see details of the “Right to

Buy” arrangement on well-known online shopping sites, along with other initiatives, such as the new “Help to Buy” mortgage guarantee scheme and the “Green Deal” home energy-efficiency package.

Kellogg’s celebrates 75 years Kellogg’s, the world’s biggest breakfast cereal producer, is celebrating 75 years of selling its products, which include Rice Crispies and Corn Flakes. The British munch their way through a staggering 2.8-million bowls of Kellogg’s cereals every day and purchase eight packets every second. The firm says its products can be found in 85 percent of UK homes. Globally, Kellogg’s is the world’s leading cereal producer with products sold in

180 countries. It all began by accident when a batch of uncooked wheat was left out in the sun for a couple of days. Manchester was chosen as the site for the first factory and today it is the largest cereal plant in the world and employs over 1,000 people. Official supplier of breakfast cereal to the Queen, Kellogg’s is famous for its marketing campaigns - and The Beatles and Rolling Stones have featured on its packets.

There now appears to be a concerted effort on the part of the Government in Britain to block from the internet extreme pornography and material likely to incite terrorism. The move follows police investigations leading up to high profile court cases. Material from the internet, linked to the crimes committed, has been recovered from computers. Culture Secretary, Maria Miller is to meet the bosses of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter,

BT and Virgin, among others, to demand an industrywide clamp-down. She has rejected arguments that the internet is too complex to regulate. She wants all companies to sign up to industry guidelines and greater use of online filters to control content. She believes permanent bodies need to be set up worldwide to monitor content. Ms Miller said: “A relatively small number of organisations wield a great deal of online power and I believe that with that power

comes a great responsibility.” She has not threatened Government legislation to control the internet, but has not ruled it out. The Government is currently examining “connectivity” and is proposing legislation. Ms Miller hopes the companies will want to avoid statutory controls being incorporated in this legislation. She has the British public on her side. Recent cases involving child pornography and the Woolwich incident in which a soldier was killed

in the street have fuelled the case for greater control of the material to be found online. A complication is the fact that the internet is now widely used for intelligence gathering in an effort to head off criminal activity, but on balance it seems that the advantages of allowing unfettered access are outweighed by the disadvantages and the emerging view appears to be that the public interest would best be served by blocking the most extreme material.

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Britain defends the role of spooks who monitor internet British Foreign Secretary, William Hague has insisted that the law-abiding British public has nothing to fear from the work of intelligence agencies that monitor the internet. His statement on BBC television follows claims that a controversial US internet monitoring programme is being shared by Britain’s GCHQ. Mr Hague said the idea that GCHQ operatives were working out how to circumvent UK law with another agency from another country was fanciful. “It is nonsense”, he said. But while the Foreign Secretary declined to comment on suggestions he had personally authorised engagement with the US Prism programme, he said checks in place in Britain were strong. Defending intelligence

Young country drivers at risk Young drivers face almost twice the risk on less busy country roads in Britain with 44 percent more likely to be involved in an injury-causing collision than those driving on urban roads. Young drivers on coun-

try routes were also 63 percent more likely to have an accident in the dark, 52 percent more likely to be involved in a collision on a bend and 28 percent more likely to claim loss of control as a contributory factor in their accident.

Shop prices fall slightly in Britain When do you last recall prices in the shops actually falling right across a range of products? Well, shop prices across the UK fell slightly in May when compared with a year ago, according to the British Retail Consortium. It is activity, Mr Hague said: “You will never be aware of all these things that these agencies are doing to stop your identity being stolen or to stop a terrorist blowing

you up tomorrow.” Britain’s Guardian newspaper has revealed that an American intelligence worker had leaked details of the Prism data programme before hiding out

in Hong Kong. The programme is said to provide access to the systems of nine of the world’s biggest internet companies, including Google and Microsoft.

Government cuts exceed the target The British Government has made savings of £10 billion over the past financial year and this is 25 percent up on its target. The savings are the equivalent of almost £600 per working household in the country. The f igures were announced by Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude who confirmed the

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Government had set itself an £8 billion savings target after the last general election. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said that while it was a good result more is needed to be done to reduce the deficit and they were determined to find another £5 billion in savings.

believed retailers dropped prices after wet and cold weather hit the spring sales. Retailers are upbeat about prospects for the next three months with lower commodity prices feeding through and food inflation slowing.

Plan to crack down on tax havens British Prime Minister, David Cameron is currently trying to orchestrate an international crack-down on offshore tax havens but already there are signs that some do not want to play along. The British Crown Territory of Bermuda is not thought to be keen on signing up to new transparency rules and the Prime Minister has had a meeting with ten overseas territories and dependencies in an effort to reach agreement

in advance of the G8 summit of world leaders in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister of Bermuda, Craig Cannonier was concerned that some of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development proposals were potentially damaging for Bermuda. However, it is understood all ten nations have agreed to an action plan to disclose who owns and controls the companies based in their countries.

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The Look All that Jazz and Razz...

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tips

By: Cathy Bartram

Putting on the Glitz

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ot very often, but sometimes, a film totally hijacks fashion and right now it’s the turn of The Great Gatsby bringing back the flapper dress which is bejewelled, fun and has loads of fringing for swing and style. Knee-length and ankle length dresses with low waistlines of lace and sheer fabrics are elegant and feminine. There are lots of tailored widelegged trouser suits and lots of sheer pencil skirts which you should team up with a long top to create the Gatsby look. Your skirts, although straight, should have panel inserts for easy walking and to avoid the tight-fit look - as not everyone can pull that off!! Alternatively, small pleats are back, ankle length and very flattering. It is essential to accessorise with pearls and more pearls. Put on a fancy tiara or wear lots of pearl hairpins, then to finish the look, a dazzling watch in art-deco style - keeping the look sleek and petite. This is a perfect fashion for summer and is going to probably be short lived as when a film determines fashion, it’s here today and gone tomorrow, but good fun to join in all that ‘jazz’ - so enjoy while it lasts.

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atsby is having big inf luences in jewellery trends and with tiaras back, the cloche hat, head bands and also pearls, in a big way; the other newcomer

to complete this look is the emerald. This striking and glamorous stone will be the new bling!!! Make sure you get emeralds in rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings!!

Decadent Hair...

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ollowing on from the razz jazz look, the perfect hairstyle is the returning bob, and why not treat your hair to some hair perfume. Spitz intoxicating fragrances like rose water, coconut milk, vanilla or soft musk onto your dry hair, then, next time someone says you smell amazing, you can tell them it’s your hair. You can find these from Show Beauty Decadence Hair Fragrance at around £55 for 30mls.

Colour Protector

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hen you are constantly in the sun on holiday, I have found that Charles Worthington, Salon at Home Colour Shield

Crème, is fantastic to help extend the life of your colour and this lightweight crème also conditions your hair... great value at around £6.

If I can help with your style, e-mail me at: cathy@thebrit.co.uk

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July 2013 January 2012

Sommelier Secrets

By Veronica Meadows

A Brief History of the Wine Cork A

recent article in ‘THE BRIT’ discussed the merits or both corks and screwtop closures for wine bottles and I thought that this month I would write about the history of the wine cork. Natural cork was used as a stopper by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who would then seal it with pitch. However, it was a method that didn’t seem to catch on as many wine bottles were sealed by pouring olive oil on top of the wine so that as the oil rose to the surface the wine would remain sealed and protected underneath. There is evidence to suggest, albeit mostly from paintings, that in medieval times cork was ignored altogether as most wine bottles were sealed with either a piece of twisted cloth or leather.

In the sixteenth century, a monk called Dom Perignon found that his oil-soaked rag and wooden stoppers tended to pop out of the bottles while the contents were fermenting and he began experimenting with cork. But it was not until the 1750’s that the first cork stopper manufacturer opened in Auguine, Spain. Some 70 years later the Portuguese began to experiment with cork stoppers and with glass bottles becoming more uniform in size production and demand increased so that by the 1930’s there were over 10,000 people employed in the cork industry. Portugal remains a world leader in the manufacture and production of cork stoppers. Cork stoppers were also preferable to the glass variety as they could be

removed without breaking the bottle; well, that was once the corkscrew had been invented in 1681, although the term ‘corkscrew’ was not coined until 1720. Until then, corks were only pushed half way into the bottle. Another benefit over glass is that cork allows the wine to mature within the bottle which meant that the early storage and collection of wine became not only easier but far more profitable. Despite new technological advances, cork is still being used over three hundred years after its initial discovery, proving its importance to the wine industry. Although cork is preferred due to its lightness, durability and flexibility, which allows imperfections in the glass to be sealed without affect-

ing the wine, it is a very labour-intensive product. The bark from cork trees can only be harvested when the tree is mature, which is at about 25 years of age, while its bark can only be harvested every nine years. Even then the first two harvests will produce bark that is unsuitable for use as wine cork, so, in effect, the tree will be approximately 52 years old before its bark is of any use to the wine-cork industry. On average, a cork tree will only yield between 13-18 harvests that are suitable for use in its lifetime. Once cork has been harvested it is repeatedly sorted, boiled, punched, sliced, washed, polished and coated, a process that takes about a year to complete. Unfortunately, they can become tainted

with a harmless chemical compound, 2-4-6 trichloroanisole (TCA), which can affect the wine in varying degrees ranging from a slight corkiness to something that smells of wet washing-up cloths that have been left in the damp for too long and, regrettably, you won’t know if a wine has corked until you open the bottle. But, despite its occasional drawback, for me, the sound of a cork leaving a bottle with that distinctive ‘pop’ is both reassuring and always contributes to that very special occasion. Good Health!


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Festivals & Parades 11. Open Air Gallery

7 July, 2013

This summer, the 11th Open Air Gallery 2013 on the Oberbaumbrücke Oberbaum Bridge) will become a lively place of encounter on Sunday, 2 June and Sunday, 7 July, from 10 am to 10 pm. More than 100 artists will present their works of art, including painting, photography and sculptures. The Oberbaumbrücke is blocked to vehicle traffic for the event and becomes a place where visitors can gather to enjoy art and meet the artists. The Open Air Gallery offers a forum for cultural exchanges covering all aspects of art. Alongside the art displayed on stands, a 120 m long canvas is laid on the ground which everyone is free to paint on. In the afternoon you can whirl on the Oberbaum Bridge to the sounds of tango.

Oberbaumbrücke Oberbaum Bridge

Leisure Berlin Fashion Week

2 -7 July, 2013

The eyes of the fashion world will be firmly fixed on Berlin when the Berlin Fashion Week takes place from July, 2 to 7, 2013. Fashion shows, exhibitions and plenty of events will attract internationally acclaimed designers, reviewers as well as fashion enthusiasts to the fashion metropolis of Berlin, which has established itself as a fashion venue – especially for young, fresh and creative designs and innovative ideas. Its particular zest for life in a raw, constantly changing city has inspired the world of fashion with radically new individual impulses and created a quite inimitable look. There are lots of large-scale events being held as part of the Berlin Fashion Week, including the BREAD&BUTTER fashion fair at the former airport of Berlin-Tempelhof, the PREMIUM at Gleisdreieck and the MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK.

Berlin (Various venues)

Music & Nightlife Classic Open Air 2013

4 - 8 July, 2013

The Gendarmenmarkt, one of Berlin' most beautiful squares in the historical centre, composes the grand scenery for the Classic Open Air Festival. On five evenings popular classical and modern melodies resonate here under the starry sky and is framed by the magnificent classical architecture of the Konzerthaus, the Französischer Dom and the Deutscher Dom.

18. Köpenicker Blues & Jazzfestival "Jazz in Town"

Gendarmenmarkt Am Gendarmenmarkt 2 Berlin

5, 7, 13, 14, 19 & 27 July, 2013

True to the motto "Jazz in Town" the atrium of Köpenick's 100-year-old city hall is transformed into the scenery of the 18th Köpenicker Blues & Jazz Festival. Traditionally, the longest Berlin Jazz Festival will open with a performance by Louis Armstrong Memorial Five. In the following summer weeks jazz fans may enjoy about 30 concerts that offer a mix of blues, jazz, Dixieland and boogie.

Rihanna

Where ?

Muse

When ?

2 July, 2013

in Germany

Where ?

Elvis Costello

Film & Theatre

When ?

14 July, 2013

Where ? Tempodrom Möckernstr. 10 Berlin

Waldbühne Am Glockenturm Berlin

O2 World Mühlenstr. 12-30 Berlin Film & Theatre

Rathaus Köpenick (historischer Rathaushof / Ratskeller) Alt-Köpenick 21 Berlin

Film & Theatre

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Festivals & Parades Christopher Street Day

5 - 7 July, 2013

For gays and lesbians it is undoubtedly the highlight of the year: the CSD in Cologne. Cologne's LGBT community lays out its welcome mat for ColognePride. Besides the colourful and somewhat bizarre parade on Sunday, the street party and the gala of AIDS-Hilfe Köln are permanent features on the CSD weekend. Of course, everyone is welcome to watch and join in the fun! To begin with, Cologne Pride, the two week supporting programme of CSD offers multifaceted surprises from all areas. On the 22nd June, Fantasy Pride in Phantasialand kicks the whole thing off. WomenPride will also start here, which combines all the events for women during the whole time of Cologne Pride. Whether it be readings, film screenings, panel discussions, partys, barbeques, seminars or other cultural activities, Cologne Pride and WomenPride offer something for every gay and lesbian, and their friends.

Innenstadt Cologne

Leisure BMX Masters – the BMX Freestyle world championship The biggest and most important BMX Freestyle contest in the world. A whole weekend of pure BMX! The BMX Worlds Set-up leaves no room for doubt. One thing’s for sure: the ramps will once again fill participants of BMX Worlds 2012 with euphoria from 13th–15th of July in the Cologne youth park. The ramp crew have yet again outdone themselves with the design: the park contains a bowl section with a wide range of transfer possibilities, as well as quarter pipes, spines, wall rides, and a wicked jump box. The bowl section offers almost unlimited possibilities so you can already brace yourselves for a few bangers. Street fans will also get their money’s worth this year, since for the first time at BMX Worlds there will be a fully-fledged street contest. With a stair set and all kinds of rail and ledge combos, the street area leaves nothing to be desired. Some of the top riders from the USA and Europe are already anticipating what awaits them and have already signed up. The programme of fringe events is spectacular as well – the parties at the BMX Masters are some of the best that Cologne’s night life has to offer.

12 - 14 July, 2013

Jugendpark Köln-Deutz Köln

Music & Nightlife The 25th Summer Jam Festival

5 - 7 July, 2013

A free spirit is the prerequisite to be able handle everyday life in an individualistic way, and to impart meaning and value to the increasing flood of information. Through an independent point of view prejudices can be avoided and we can release ourselves from antiquated thinking patterns. The organizers hope that this way of looking at it also applies for the music program that they are offering this year. No pre-determined dominating music style; everything should be possible – only the direction has to be right.

Fühlinger See Cologne

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Museums & Exhibitions Museum für Moderne Kunst

Open Tuesday – Sunday

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main is one of the world’s most important museums of contemporary art and, despite being a relative newcomer on the scene, has in the space of less than two decades established a firm place for itself in the international museum scene. Ever since MMK first opened in 1991, it has played a major part in the cultural and social life of the city. With its post-modern architecture, which is today considered quite exemplary, the MMK likewise offers a major platform for culture in Frankfurt, ensuring the city will never again lack a museum for contemporary art. Today, the MMK Collection includes over 4,500 works of international art, ranging from the 1960s to the immediate present. In terms of its quality, diversity and incomparable profile, the MMK Collection stands out clearly from other museum collections. From the very outset, MMK has had to rely on the support of patrons and friends. In other words, over the last 20 years or so very close links have been forged to the citizens of Frankfurt, to whom the MMK is deeply indebted. It has likewise enjoyed the patronage of countless national and international corporations based in Frankfurt. It is this generous support that has enabled MMK to fulfill its duties as an educational institution and a museum.

Domstr. 10 Frankfurt

Music & Nightlife The Aggrolites

Where ?

Devendra Banhart

When ?

Film & Theatre

Where ?

Mary Ocher

Zoom Brönnerstr. 5-9 Frankfurt

Film & Theatre

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5 July, 2013

in Germany

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Film & Theatre

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15 July, 2013

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21 July, 2013

Buraka Som Sistema

Where ? Zoom Brönnerstr. 5-9 Frankfurt

Das Bett Schmidtstr. 12 Frankfurt Film & Theatre

Where ? Konstablerwache Frankfurt

9 July, 2013

4 July, 2013

Black Lips

Alice Francis

Künstlerhaus Waldschmidtstr. 4 Frankfurt

Das Bett Schmidtstr. 12 Frankfurt Film & Theatre

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Film & Theatre

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Museums & Exhibitions Kunsthalle

Open Daily (not Monday)

The Hamburger Kunsthalle on Glockengießerwall is the largest art museum in Germany. The Italian Renaissance style building from the year 1869 later received port modern additions to its structure. The Kunsthalle has its origins in 1817 when founded by the Hamburg Kunstverein, which held regular exhibitions since 1850 in the Börsenarkaden. The Kunsthalle was built 1869 and cost 300.000 D-Mark of which two thirds was paid by private donors. The Hamburg Kunsthalle is therefore a symbol of civic engagement. The Hamburger Kunsthalle is the largest art museum in Germany. The highlights of the collection are the medieval alters of Master Bertram and Master Francke, Dutch paint work of the 17 century (incl. Rembrandt), paintings of the German romanticism period (incl. P.O Runge, C.D. Friedrich), impressionism and classic modernism, as well as international contemporary art as of 1950 (incl. Pop Art, Concept Art, Minimal, video art and photography). Yearly there are on average 20 special exhibitions.

Hamburger Kunsthalle Glockengießerwall 1 Hamburg

Miniatur Wunderland

Open Daily

Since its opening in 2000, The Miniatur Wunderland has become one of the tourist highlights of the Hanseatic city. The world's largest model railroad system is a must see for every Hamburg visitor. The Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway system in the world. Visitors can admire different countries and even an airport in miniature. Up until now the sections Hamburg, Harz, Austria, America and Scandinavia are completed. There are also open construction sites, so the visitors can observe and understand the construction. The 200 square meters Hamburg section includes all of Hamburg’s main attractions such as Michel and Hagenbecks Tierpark. With over 50.000 “Wunderländer” (as its inhabitants are called).

Miniatur Wunderland Modelleisenbahn Hamburg Kehrwieder 4 Hamburg

Music & Nightlife Devendra Banhart

Where ?

Bonobo

Docks Spielbudenplatz 19 Hamburg Film & Theatre

When ?

Leonard Cohen

When ?

Where ? O2 World Sylvesterallee 10 Hamburg

Mojo Club Reeperbahn 1 Hamburg Film & Theatre

3 July, 2013

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Film & Theatre

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14 July, 2013

12 July, 2013

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Leisure Hannover - The Grand Tour

Daily 11am - Fridays & Sundays, 2pm

This is the bus tour that guarantees to show you many of the most interesting sides of Hannover. This round trip will take you to opulent buildings such as the New Town Hall, show you the Old Town with its picturesque alleys, introduce you to North German gothic brick architecture, as well as Hannover’s many attractive green spaces such as the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, the tree-lined Maschsee lake and its very own city forest, the leafy Eilenriede. These are just a few of the sites you can enjoy on this varied and fascinating bus tour.

Meeting Point: Ernst-August-Platz 8 Hannover

Museums & Exhibitions Special Feature Sprengel Museum

Open Daily (not Monday)

Opened in 1979, the Sprengel Museum Hannover, with its comprehensive Collection and diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, ranks among the major art museums of the 20th and 21st century. The museum today builds on the original collection owned by Dr Bernhard Sprengel, who favoured German Expressionism and French Modern Art. The last 20 years have seen the Collection expand to include works from the most important epochs of contemporary art. Moreover, the Department of Photography and Media came into being in 1994. The museum holds on average 25 temporary exhibitions each year, numerous symposia and several different series of lectures. It also offers a comprehensive educational programme and since 1993 houses the Kurt Schwitters Archive. The Sprengel Museum thus provides a lively forum for art and art studies.

kestnergesellschaft

Sprengel Museum Kurt-Schwitters-Platz Hannover

Open Daily (not Monday)

the kestnergesellschaft, located in the center of Hanover, is one of the largest and most well known art associations in Germany. The kestnergesellschaft has maintained its existence since its foundation in 1916 despite the commotions and the explosive artistic, social and technical developments of the 20th century. In the 21st century it remains our goal to present important international artists with their latest works.

kestnergesellschaft Goseriede 11 hannover

Music & Nightlife Rihanna

Where ?

Balanescu Quartet

TUI Arena Expo Plaza 7 Hannover Film & Theatre

When ?

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Robbie Williams

When ?

Where ? AWD-Arena Arthur-Menge-Ufer 5 Hannover

Breminale Osterdeich Bremen Film & Theatre

3 July, 2013

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12 July, 2013

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Museums Festivals & & Exhibitions Parades 26 June - 21 July, 2013

Tollwood Festival In summer 2013 from the 26th June until the 21st July Tollwood Festival is celebrating, it’s 25th anniversary. This is the best occasion for a very particular outstanding programme on all stages at the bottom of the Olympia Mountain! For three weeks, the Olympia-Park terrain becomes a township of tents and stages. Culinary delicacies from all over the world are on offer, and international music and cabaret artists perform. Numerous tents devoted to musical performances, circus shows, music hall and stage plays delight audiences. More than 70% of the acts appearing are free. There are also many stalls selling craft items, jewelry and things from all over the world. Definitely worth a visit.

Olympiapark Süd Munich

Film & Theatre 28 June - 6 July, 2013

Munch Film Festival On a day in May, music lovers of all sorts head to the annual Lange Nacht der Musik (Long Night of Music) Munich. Each year, the Lange Nacht der Musik takes place at over 120 popular venues in Munich like the Philharmonic. With over 400 live concerts and dance performances, there’s something for everyone at the Long Night of Music. From klezmer to soul, there’s something for everyone at the Lange Nacht der Musik. Past featured performers include Energetic Voices, Hot Bananas, and Gracious.

Munich (Gasteig Kulturzentrum and many cinemas along the "Isar mile")

Music & Nightlife Vampire Weekend

Film & Theatre

Where ? Tonhalle München in der Kulturfabrik Grafinger Str. 6 Munich When ?

Pet Shop Boys

Where ?

Diana Krall

Tollwood Sommer Olympiapark Munich Film & Theatre

3 July, 2013

When ?

10 July, 2013

Film & Theatre

Where ? Philharmonie im Gasteig Rosenheimer Str. 5 Munich When ?

15 July, 2013

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Museums & Exhibitions Staatsgalerie

Tue-Sun 9am-6pm

Large exhibitions and fine collections of 19th and 20th-century European painting have earned Stuttgart's Staatsgalerie an international reputation. Housed in Stuttgart's cultural mile, it showcases a remarkable number of high-profile temporary exhibitions. The permanent collection features Old German paintings (1300-1550), Italian paintings (1300-1800), Dutch Masters (1500-1700) and contemporary art produced up until the 1980s. The gallery also has an extensive graphic art collection.

Konrad-Adenauer-Str. Stuttgart

Mercedes Benz Museum

Tue-Sun 9am-6pm

Stuttgart's Mercedes Benz Museum showcases the history of the car since its invention. Built along a curvaceous and layered design, it houses the 300 SL prototype and the legendary racing car Lightning-Benz (1909). The history of the automobile begins in 1886, when Carl Benz invented the very first patent motor car in Mannheim. At the same time Gottlieb Daimler and Wilheim Maybach were working on the Daimler-Motor-Coach, producing their first car in 1901 - the Simplex.

Mercedes Benz Museum Mercedesstr. 100 Stuttgart

Music & Nightlife Stuttgart Jazz Open

4 - 10 July, 2013

In the summer of 2013 Baden-W端rttemberg's state capital will once again become a hotspot of the jazz scene: The Jazzopen will -as in previous years - once again be a gathering place for stars of jazz, rock and pop music.

Stuttgart (Various Locations

Stuttgart Summer of Culture

11 - 21 July, 2013

The Stuttgart Summer of Culture, held on two weekends in July, transforms the Renaissance inner courtyard of the Old Palace into an open-air theatre and concert stage.

Mark Knopfler

Film & Theatre

Where ? Hanns-MartinSchleyerhalle Mercedesstr. 69 Stuttgart When ?

6 July, 2013

in Germany

Innenhof Altes Schloss Schillerplatz 6 Stuttgart

Diana Krall

Where ?

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Where ?

Hanns-MartinSchleyerhalle Mercedesstr. 69 Stuttgart

Schlossplatz

Neues Schloss Ehrenhof

Stuttgart

Film & Theatre

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9 July, 2013

Film & Theatre

When ? 22 July, 2013


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The Eric Gilston 'Life Skills' Column

COMPROMISE

- How good are you?

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uring the second week of last month, I was coaching a group of twenty young 12 to 13-yearolds. They had been set a real business challenge from a very big multinational company, and on the fifth day they had presented their findings to a panel of four. To complete the week, I asked each of the students to tell me one thing that they had personally learned from the week, and no one was allowed to duplicate what anyone else had previously said. The answers I received just blew me away, especially when one of the girls said that she had learned to compromise, and that sometimes her ideas were not necessarily the best ideas. This made me reflect on the week, and I could picture lots of occasions when many of the students had had to compromise, and they had done this like young adults without any arguments. Early on in the week, when they were brainstorming to come up with one or two ideas to tackle the business challenge, they had actually come up with thirteen ideas. Lots of discussion took place, and compromise was a key skill that had to be utilised in order to move on. They all had their say, and two ideas were then pursued. Personally, I thought

that they had done this very professionally, and thought that this might not have been the case with a group of adults. A great skill learned and one that will stand them in good stead in the future. How good would you say you are when it comes to compromising? We most likely encounter situations every day where the word compromise comes into play, without even realising it. So, it plays a very important part in our life. My money says that some of us are very good at listening to both sides of a situation, analysing what is being said, and then giving in on certain points in order to move on. However, I’m sure that there are some of you reading this article who adopt the attitude that “it’s my way or the highway”. Does this ring a bell? So, what about you? Time to get the mirror out, hold it in front of your face, and ask yourself, “How good am I at compromising?” You can then ask yourself, “why do I need to compromise anyway?” Let me tell you where I come from on this one, and share the benefits with you:• If you compromise, you can move forward much quicker and keep a friend. • You might actually learn something about yourself that makes you a

better person • You might actually realise that other people do have views, some of which are very good, and you can learn from them. • If you can face up to a confrontation with an open mind, then you will grow as a person. So, what is the way forward? It all begins today. If a situation arises where you are in discussion at work or at home, then initially take on the role of becoming a better listener than you are currently. Start to look at the good points that others have to say, add your own good points to the discussion, and then propose a way to move forward. Compromise must be considered as a very key ‘life skill’ and one that is worth acquiring. However, the choice is yours, but the benefits quoted in this article are worth thinking about. What do you think? If you would like to know more about Compromise, then please feel free to contact me at: eric@thebrit.co.uk

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Health & Wellbeing By: Sam Gannon

The Power of Love ‘Take That’ sang a ‘Million Love Songs’. Ever since man first recognised the mysterious condition called love he has sung songs, fought battles, committed murder, surmounted huge obstacles, fallen into despair and felt that the world was suddenly a better place just because of this very diverse emotion...

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hether it is a taught emotion or something that human beings actually inherit, most of us could not contemplate life without some form of love. Films might try and trick us into feeling that the only love there is, is full of passion, frenzy and great sex. But it’s not. Love can actually come in many different forms from the love of a parent, child, partner, pet to material things such as cars, a hobby or sport and many people will experience elation, satisfaction, warmth as well as bereavement through love in its many different guises throughout their lifetime. A recent survey by a dating agency found that instead of resorting to face lifts, botox or hours in the gym, a good dose of love can make your skin glow, enhance your

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intelligence through stimulation via a nerve growth hormone that helps restore the nervous system and aids the memory. But it’s more than just this. The reason we suffer from love butterflies is that when we think or talk to someone we are ‘in love’ with, the brain sends messages to the heart which speed it up by as much as three times its normal rate. This in turn not only makes our skin glow but increases the flow of oxygen to the body and skin which helps it to stay soft, smooth and delicate and also helps minimise the development of deep wrinkles; it also stimulates other areas of our anatomy. In addition, love enables us to remain positive, thus boosting the immune, endocrine and cardio vascular systems, and alleviates the amount of negative stress in

our bodies which in turn is thought to increase our longevity. It also makes us fight harder when battling against disease and sickness. Emotionally, love can get us leaping out of bed in the mornings or stay there a lot longer than planned. It allows us to create sustaining bonds with other people while the power of touch can be healing, invigorating, loving, caring and not only does it convey so much feeling and pos-

itivity, that being touched by someone you love can lower blood pressure. The Japanese swear that hugging and kissing is good for controlling allergies although partners may become a bit suspicious if you always seem to have allergy attacks around good looking men or women. Yet, at the same time, love can bring out the worst instincts in us: jealousy, greed, revenge, spite, manipulation and corrup-

tion are just a few examples. But real love, and I don’t mean the Hollywood hype, but love where you genuinely care about another person or a pet, can enable you to undertake those tasks you really hoped you would never have to do like putting down an elderly or sick pet, deal with the heartache of knowing that the person you love is dying or waiting sixteen years to die so that you can be with that one person

you really loved. Chaucer cleverly summed up love in his ‘Canterbury Tales’ when he described ‘Courtly Love’ in the Knights Tale and its more baser counterpart, ‘Profane Love’, in the Millers Tale. In courtly love the knight would sing sonnets, serenade the object of his desire and was prepared to die on the battlefield or in a joust just to win the favours of his loved one. The Miller, however, would have scoffed at the thought of being skewered just for a smile or to be handed a wet and soggy handkerchief. The Miller wanted real physical love, a mate, a companion and the ability to fart in bed without having to apologise! So, while romantic novelists would have us swooning at the first twitch of an eyebrow, most of us are looking for something not only more realistic but something far more tangible, nurturing and supportive. Love has the ability to make us take not only great leaps of faith but support us through the greatest challenges and tragedies of our lives but if not carefully controlled, it has the power to plunge us into the deepest darkest abyss of our souls.


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Sport

What’s the Difference? The JC CHAMBERS Column

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uhammed Ali is quoted as saying “Boxing is a rough sport. After every fight I rush to the mirror to make sure I’m presentable”. After all, he was “The Greatest”. Unfortunately, that cannot be said of the May 17th fight held in Moscow, between Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebvedev. The resulting carnage of this boxing match left Lebvedev resembling Joseph Carey Merrick, with possible lifelong injuries being sustained such as a detached retina. We are told that this is entertainment, which is justified by the fans paying big money to go and watch. This is the choice people can make, whether they wish to pay to watch, or not, but there will still be much debate on whether boxing should continue, with arguments from both sides being put forwards. We are here to look at the broader picture. This gladiatorial attitude is not restricted just to boxing. If we are going to criticise, then let us look at where this appetite comes from. You do not have to be an expert on any par-

ticular sport to know that violence and unacceptable behaviour has crept in. Footballers reacting badly to their opposing players or decisions made by referees, hockey players are known for their scrapping on the ice, even golfers at the local club have been known to hurl their equipment, in some cases further than they can actually hit the ball - and so on. We sit on the sidelines, tut and shake our heads, but the real problem takes place far from the sports fields and arenas. The real problem takes place in the homes of our nation and elsewhere, where the youth of the last 20-plus years have been subjected to a culture of gratuitous foul language and violence through movies, music and video games, amongst other external influences, from a virtual and fictional world, where violence and death is cheap, portrayed without emotion and with total detachment. What’s the difference? Are we surprised then that a certain blood lust has crept into our society, when the younger generations are saturated in this virtual world. Is it not, there-

fore, a fair argument that as the generations grow up they should be given the opportunity to vent their emotions in a controlled and contained environment, where it is by choice that they are exposed to its atmosphere. This atmosphere does exist, where controlled confrontation is on offer, whether against our old adversaries from football and rugby or a boxing match or to see the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Although entertainment, the need to feel the blood lust is basic, but in too many cases it is fuelled by the violence on offer. It is therefore ironic that the very people who become moralistic dust off their soap boxes and stand on the corners of suburbia criticising what is a choice to watch or take part in, are in fact the guardians of the real breeding ground for later generations’ blood lust that is taking place behind the very curtains that they draw each night. Like charity, if you want to make a change, then it should start at home and not in the public arena infringing on the peoples’ freedom of choice.

EXTRA TIME May Answers

Mal Davies

Q1. At the kick off, the kicker only kicked the ball forward 6 inches, so he picks it up as he

wants to take it again. Does the referee: (a) have the kick off retaken; (b) award an indirect free kick against the kicker; (c) award a direct free kick against the kicker; (d) award a direct free kick and caution (yellow card) the kicker.

Q2. True or False: A substitute may come on the field of play at the halfway line upon a

signal from the referee while the ball is in play for a player who had gone off five minutes earlier for treatment but was unable to continue.

Q3. The minimum length of a touchline is: a) 90 yards; (b) 95 metres; (c) 100 yards; d) 105 metres.

A1. (a) send off (red card) both players and restart with an indirect free kick. If teammates exchange blows when the ball is in play, they must be sent off and an indirect free kick awarded to their opponents.

A2. (c) a goal kick. If a ball enters the opponents’ goal directly from an uncontested

dropped ball, the referee will not award a goal but a goal kick. Previous to this season the referee would have awarded a goal. By introducing this new decision, the International FA Board (our law makers, not FIFA) have avoided the opposition sportingly allowing their opponents to score from the kick-off.

A3. (b) square, rectangular, round, or elliptical. Goal-posts can only be one of four shapes and no other.

Email your answers to: extratime@thebrit.co.uk Winners will be published in next month’s issue of 'THE BRIT'


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Sudoku

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Spot the difference (5)

Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column and each 3-by-3 block contain all of the digits, 1 through to 9. If you use logic you can solve the puzzle without guesswork.

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Crossword Figure Puzzle

By courtesy of Sheila Toney

ACROSS

DOWN

1. 14 across times 16 across

2. 8 across plus ten times 13 across

6. 11 down plus sixty 8. See 2 down 10. Its digits total five 12. 13 across minus one 13. A square 14. 17 across minus 15 down 16. 8 across plus a hundred

3. Twice 12 across 4. 9 down rearranged 5. Square of two less than 6 across 7. 2 down times 3 down 9. The first digit is sum of the others 11. 8 across plus 3 down

17. Second digit is sum of the

15. Consecutive digits unordered

others

16. 14 across plus five

19. 6 across squared

18. Last two digits of 17 across

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Kakuro Puzzle Kakuro puzzles are like a cross between a crossword and a Sudoku puzzle. Instead of letters, each block contains the digits 1 through 9. The same digit will never repeat within a word. If you add the digits in a word, the sum will be the number shown in the clue. Clues are shown on the left and right sides of “across” words, and on the top and bottom sides of “down” words.


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Breeding Bulls M

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y wife and I went to the Bathurst District agricultural show and one of the first exhibits we stopped at was the breeding bulls.

We went up to the first pen and there was a sign attached that read: “This Bull Mated 50 Times Last Year”

My wife playfully nudged me in the ribs... smiled and said: “He mated 50 times last year, that's almost once a week.” We walked to the second pen which had a sign attached that said: “This Bull Mated 150 Times Last Year”

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My wife gave me a healthy jab and said: “WOW - that's more than twice a week !... you could learn something from him.” We walked to the third pen and this also had a sign attached that said, in capital letters: “THIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST YEAR”

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My wife was so excited that her elbow nearly broke my ribs, and said: “That's once a day...you could REALLY learn something from this one.” I looked at her and said: “Go over and ask him if it was with the same old cow each night !?” My condition has been upgraded from critical to stable and I should eventually make a full recovery. Joke by courtesy of Mark Warnock


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The Written Word By: John Ware

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Next month... Although it’s time to say goodbye for this month, we do hope you’ll catch up with us in August. Having taken a quick look at next month’s festivities, we can honestly say that August is looking pretty good. We have Dresden City Festival with its open-air concerts and firework displays, which is closely followed by the Open-Air Art Festival in Frankfurt. However, the Stuttgart Wine Festival and the Rheingau Wine Festival have to be regarded as major highlights of the month, especially as the Stuttgart Wine Festival attracts more than a million wine aficionados. So, if you are interested in wine or would like to find out more, this is the place to go. But, until next month, Enjoy July!

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