Comedian and commentator
I was sitting in the make-up suite, waiting for her to arrive. And when she did it was with a loud volley of laughter. She’s funny, spontaneous, very relaxed and very straightforward. Might be something to do with the fact that she’s from the Rhineland, where the locals are proud of being a jolly lot. Maybe it’s because she is, as she tells me, into yoga. Not in a group, however, but on her own: “I don’t like naked feet on strangers.” She’s Cordula Stratmann, my latest guest on Talking Germany.
DateFebruary 12, 2012
From Stalin City to cuddle-rock
Why do so many people in what used to be East Germany like Peter Maffay so much? Easy answer: because he understands them. After all, he spent the first 14 years of his life in communist Romania. In the Transylvania town of Brașov to be precise, which for the first decade of his life had another name: Orașul Stalin. That’s right – Stalin City! He hated it! “It was totally un-free,” he tells me: “Totally! We were cut off from the rest of the world.” Peter Maffay, singer-songwriter: my latest guest on Talking Germany.
DateFebruary 6, 2012
What’s up behind the scenes?
DateFebruary 1, 2012
Could it happen here?
Many people here in Germany were quite shaken by the riots that engulfed London and other English cities this past August. They were, of course, also reminded of similar scenes in the banlieues – the volatile peripheries – of many French cities in recent years. As a British citizen living in Germany, I was often asked whether the same kind of outburst of anger and violence could happen here. My reply was a very cautious probably not. And my guess is that my latest guest on Talking Germany – the film-maker Yasemin Şamdereli– would agree, although it was the one question I didn’t actually get around to asking her during what was a very stimulating encounter.
DateOctober 27, 2011