A tombola with a bias

The other day I attended a street festival in a nearby street here in Cologne. Like any other street festival it offered a range of activities: home made food and cakes; flower headband workshop; and, of course, a tombola (also known as raffle in some places). Me, my partner and her brother purchased 5 tickets…

Heimat and the market

Heimat is a German word with no good English equivalent. It describes the relationship of a person to a specific geographic (or social) unit. I myself have few Heimat’s. Iceland is one of them and Eherenfeld, my neighbourhood in Germany is another. It is my view that Ehrenfeld is the nicest neighbourhoods in the city…

Good reason to do good

In this post I want to tell you a story of a colleague of mine. His name is Adam and he is clever twenty something year old dude. Dark haired and tall with two degrees from Oxford and always carrying a great big friendly smile on his face. But on top of all of these…

Are movies getting longer?

The other day I was watching the fantastic film Spotlight. After two hours and eight minutes the film concluded and two thoughts popped into my mind. First thought related to how incredibly important investigative journalism is to our societies and how it is of uttermost importance to make sure that this institution lives on. My…