“Charité at War”

“Charité at War”

I was particularly drawn to it because being a German-made production about the Second World War, it is rare for rather obvious reasons.

“The woman who is your world”

“The woman who is your world”

My mind wanders while she's in transit - especially if it is to somewhere we don't know very well; and Berlin is one of those places we don't.

New Friends From “The East,” c. 1994

New Friends From “The East,” c. 1994

The other day we watched Steven Spielberg's 2015 film, Bridge of Spies. You may know it stars Tom Hanks, playing the idealistic American he can portray so well. The film also well-conveys the tenor of its times - the espionage, mistrust, and especially pain, suffering, and even brutality, in a Germany divided between non-communist West [...]

Having Sat Out That War Is Not A Badge Of Celtic Honor (So Shut Up And Hope Everyone Else Forgets)

Having Sat Out That War Is Not A Badge Of Celtic Honor (So Shut Up And Hope Everyone Else Forgets)

A very serious post to start the week. At a U.K. family get-together over the weekend, I witnessed (yet again) an ugly Irish chauvinism and excuse-making for Ireland's "neutrality" during the Second World War. It had come up amidst chatter in "taking sides" during Saturday's Rugby World Cup match between Wales and England, which was [...]

Will The Office Chair Help?

Will The Office Chair Help?

Finally, I have a proper desk chair! It was a surprise from someone close to me, who ordered it to arrive on Saturday morning. And it's perfect: I'm told now that there is no excuse if the third novel isn't absolutely magnificent. 😉 Since we'd moved into our new place here and gotten the desk, [...]

Absolute Must-Haves Der Saison

I ordered a pair of Merrell walking boots from Amazon.co.uk. Upon opening the delivered box, other than my shoes I found some additional advertising. No surprise that, of course.... ....other than the fact that, umm, as you may have noticed from those photos, the leaflets are in German. By that I mean those ads are [...]

And You Ask Where Novelists Find Material?

Here's a UK TV listing for a showing of The Longest Day. I screen grabbed it back on Saturday. Why? Because it made me chuckle: You gotta love it. The British do "subtle" like almost no one else. Notice that the British cast - despite John Wayne's photo - get first national mention. And also [...]