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Doubt and daring, with Amir Kabbani

Or: falling from the sky

AmirKabbaniCloseHe’s a restless young man. And he’s hoping it’ll all soon be over. This “difficult phase,” this “long break.” It happened in March. So, not long ago. In training. “I came flying down from a height of four meters and landed on my head,” he explains. “I broke my back. Well, I was lucky. It was actually my twelfth vertebra that was broken. But I didn’t need surgery and I’m not paralysed.” In fact Amir has made an incredible recovery. Amir Kabbani – professional mountain bike rider, and my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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June 13, 2014

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Angelika Taschen’s Movie Pick

Long, tall Angelika Taschen has made a hugely successful life out of publishing. She would, though, have preferred to become a dancer. But she was too long and too tall. No surprise that her favourite movie is one of the great musicals: Bob Fosse’s 1972 classic Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and – of course – the great Joel Grey.

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June 9, 2014

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The doubting sex, with Angelika Taschen

ATAschen_Close_Maskea>The stronger sex

I imagined she’d be high powered. She is. “I’m down on sleep,” she says. “Just in from LA. Let’s say, I was doing a little research.” I imagined she’d be stylish. She is, of course. The big choice before the show: ultra high heels or ultra pointed neon orange ballerinas. The heels it is. I imagined there might be just a whiff of the celebrity about her. Not a bit. She’s warm, courteous and very, very interested in the world around her. She’s Angelika Taschen – my latest guest on Talking Germany. A very chic woman; very self-assured. It seems.

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June 9, 2014

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Paul Maar’s Movie Pick

Paul Maar is a playful man. So it’s perhaps no surprise that when I ask about his favourite film he says: “Well, when I think of recent movies, then I’d have to choose Grand Budapest Hotel.” And there’s no doubt about it: Wes Anderson’s delightful fantasy is a great treat for the child inside any adult.

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June 2, 2014

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Paul Maar’s happier place

The boy who loved to read and write

Paul Maar 4There was a small boy. He was born in difficult times. His father went away to fight in the war. His hometown, meanwhile, was the center of his country’s production of ball bearings. Ball bearings? Are they so important? They clearly are, because the boy and his mother spent many nights in the cellar of the building his family lived in, shivering with cold and trembling with fear during endless air raids – aimed above all at destroying the factories manufacturing the ball bearings.  

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June 2, 2014

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