Tag: history

Sunday Column (513)

Berlin. Taking the family to Berlin for half term would always be an adventure. A 7 and a 9 year old on a city trip with lots of history? This wasn’t to meet family, it was about showing my family a Germany away from the grand parents, it was to experience Berlin and a couple days in Hamburg. So before we set off, we talked about German history, about the war and how this resulted in Germany being split in four parts; and it resulted in Berlin being split in four parts. For me, Berlin has always been the capital. From Prussia to the modern ages. I never, probably similar to most Germans, saw Bonn as a real capital city. Berlin just has this charm, this feeling of being able to host big statesmen and to have the space to parade in front of presidents. It is that flair and history that attracts me to Berlin. However, and I want to be as honest as I can be, yet not being rude, Berlin in parts looks tired. My sons pointed out the massive amounts of graffiti and when you started to look under the hood, what we saw at least,

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Sunday Column (506)

This week I listened to a podcast called. Transcende hosted by Jeff Riddle who I got introduced to a while back. Jeff and I had a good phone chat the other day discussing the way you can structure podcasts and exchanged some notes on learning around podcasts. Anyway, I listened to his episode this week. It was about finding peace with your parents and upbringing. I have gone through that, and won’t go into details here, but in life we make a lot of assumptions on what others think, and what is right or wrong, and how things are perceived. As I mentioned last week, the best advice I got in ages was to ‘not worry and live in the moment’ – have you tried it? It gives you almost a new perspective on life. Most of our thoughts and assumptions are, naturally, based on our perception and digestion of what we learn from our upbringing, with our parents being the biggest influence in life. It makes me think whether I have a good influence on mine…. The reason I share that is because I got a few comments from my post last week, wanting to constantly better myself. I

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Sunday Column (411)

When a week starts with little sleep, you know it is going to be a long one. Hey ho, no surprise then. Additional to little or bad sleep came a virus. Nothing serious but I caught myself drifting away in meetings and just falling asleep. I felt knackered all week but surprisingly pulled through. Tough lad 😉 I couldn’t stop exercising, needed my daily early morning fix. To top a Monday after a busy weekend, we had a trespasser on the line and it took me 3 hours to get home at night. Some kid wanted to go on YouTube and ran on the tracks. WTF? To not miss my appointment with the embassy, I was worried and panicking about trains on Tuesday morning. But I made it and soon I have a German ID card. Why? See below. And I wondered then, whether this week could be any more eventful… The non reliability of train services is something I am fighting since I moved to Hassocks. The challenge of not knowing whether you make it home or when. The “no control” of what’s happening and the “no information” drives me potty. Our old place, Beckenham would have been a

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Sunday Column (81)

81 weeks ago I started my Sunday Column. Ideas, thoughts and general blurb from Volker Ballueder about all sort of things. It developed a bit into a “only column” as I got too busy keeping up to write a daily or bi-weekly post. Anyway, yesterday was 9/11. Now, as for many people, it is like it was yesterday that I heard about it. Sitting in a friends old Peugeot, he gave me a lift back from my pre-university maths course in Aberdeen, both of us entering the 3rd year, when the music in the radio stopped with the breaking news. I had been in the UK for less than a month. It was raining, cold and grey. And 9-11 had just happened. If you followed some of the news over the last few weeks, then you wonder. You wonder why a pastor in Florida wants to burn the Koran. Why would he? If he is a man of faith, as his title suggests, then he should be able to forgive. He should be able to foresee the consequences his action might have. Was it all a media stunt? If I say forgive, then I don’t mean “to not care” but

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reflection on tradition

Tradition, they say, is not about preserving the ashes. It is all about keeping the flame burning. I am a member of a German Fraternity, Corps Franconia. We fence and accept any member, no matter which political, religious or ethical background that person is. I loved being an active member and also joined the London meetings. As an alumni I support the younger generation. It works like a pension system – just that it really works. When I was younger I got cheap beers and accommodation and now the younger generation does. Anyhow, the reason for posting here are thoughts I have as a new daddy. We named our son Colin after my wife’s late brother and Heinrich after my granddad. These names have both history and Heinrich even tradition within our family. It was important for me to give my son a name that is related to both our family histories. My wife and I want to teach our son where his names are coming from and what they mean to us and hopefully what they might mean to him. You might think of Hellinger and any pressure we might put him under. But we don’t want to put

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The Royal Family

After going to Leeds castle, I am more and more intrigued about the Royal Family and who fits in with whom. Since HM Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, it is straight forward, e.g. you find all the information on this site: the Royal Family tree from Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. On the website itself you find more information about the Royal Family. There were quite a few Kings and Queens related to the French Royalty. Very interesting, didn’t know that. Ok, we are going back a thousand years, but never the less 😉 From generation 14 the Scottish influence with Robert the Bruce seems to increase. And, you find a few German Royals being mentioned. I am not a historian and only wanted to see where Henry VIII comes into play and how it all worked from there. But, I have to say, it is interesting how the European Royals are all interconnected. Henry VIII really accounted for 3 Queens/Kings, his children: – MARY I (BLOODY MARY) , QUEEN OF ENGLAND (1553-1558) – ELIZABETH I, QUEEN OF ENGLAND (1558-1603) – EDWARD VI, KING OF ENGLAND (1547-1553) Generation 23/24 brought the first King James VI of Scotland being King JAMES I

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A day in History

Hello, Today’s day does mark an interesting mix of stories in my BBC News Alerts. Here we go: In 1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the US. Now that is history, luckily. Present is that Germany and the UK fight about recession counter measures. Future is the gender of our baby which we found out yesterday but are only 90-95 percent sure. We accept bets and guesses 🙂 So, that is what I call a day in history. Have a good one. Volker

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