checkpoint lütten klein, for persons (not) of a certain colour

The AfD [extreme right political party in the German parliament] had announced it would be setting up  camp in Lütten Klein. I went there to go to ultimate frisbee practice anyway. We were gathered in front of a buddy’s house beforehand. I was about to head off when I realised I’d forgotten my backpack, so I turned back for it. Clara or Swantje had picked it up and put it inside her much larger black backpack and was carrying a third. I reached for mine, but she handed me a green hiking pack instead.

“It’s better if you carry this,” she said grimly.Read More »


bringing up boys

Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) and Maude Dowley/Lewis (Sally Hawkins) in Maudie

Men are in need of improvement. This opinion is surely shared by all women. How many times have I heard female friends speak – only half in jest – of their boyfriends, partners and husbands as if they were pets to be trained, or as another ‘child’ in the house, or as projects? Inherent in this approach is the idea that the man is currently not meeting (her) expectations. And how many times have I heard that the girlfriend/partner/wife is the best thing that’s happened to him, that she straightened him out, that she tamed and domesticated him? And how many times more have I myself wished for certain underdeveloped, socially inept men to find a partner who would teach him and improve him so that I no longer had to interact with a Neanderthal?Read More »

ultimate frisbee frauen-dm: 1. wochenende

An einem warmen Samstagvormittag versammelten sich die Endamazonis anlässlich des ersten Wochenendes der Frauen-DM 3. Liga Nord-Ost vor der Spielhalle in Lichtenhagen, und konnten, nachdem ein kleiner Knick mit der Haustür gelöst wurde, sogar reingehen. Ein kleines aber feines Buffet wurde schnell aufgebaut, der Spielfeld gleich hinterher, die Spielzeiten auf dem Spielplan wegen der kleinen Verspätung umgeschrieben, die Endamazonis-Fahne aufgehängt, und dann durften wir uns ohne Ablenkung auf Scheibe konzentrieren.Read More »

beer oscars 2017

Braumanufaktur-Stange_BraumWhat were your favourite beers of yesteryear? Here’s a totally arbitrary list I spent the better half of December agonising over of fermented malt beverages I enjoyed (and didn’t) – drumroll please…

Best overall: Potsdamer Stange
Like a creamy breakfast cereal smoothie, this part-wheat organic Zwickel/Kellerbier was unlike any beer I’d hadRead More »