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Typisch Deutsch? with Rolf Sachs

Insurance, order, objectivity

Rolf Sachs 1“When I organize a bobsleigh race in Switzerland,” he says, “the English tend to throw themselves down the bob run with howls of delight. The Germans meanwhile want to know whether or not they’re insured!” The man talking really does organize bob races in Switzerland: he is, after all, the president of the St. Moritz Bobsleigh Club. He’s also an expert on the fine distinctions between English and German culture. What’s more, Rolf Sachs is a very accomplished artist and designer – and my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

April 14, 2014

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Werner Aisslinger: not quite punctual, but very precise

Time is of the essence
He arrives spectacularly late for the recording. So, you might guess, punctuality isn’t necessarily his strong suit and it’s certainly relief all round when he does finally turn up. He’s soft-spoken, cautious. Perhaps a little nervous? His first question, more or less: “So what exactly are we doing here?” He’s the prize-winning designer Werner Aisslinger – my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

October 25, 2013

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Werner Aisslinger’s Movie Pick

It goes without saying that the designer Werner Aisslinger likes well-designed movies. But he hesitates, torn between two choices for his FMOAT: “Blade Runner. No. Not Blade Runner. Blow-Up!” Michelangelo Antonioni’s fashionably-disturbing 1966 masterpiece gets the Aisslinger vote. Good choice!

Date

October 25, 2013

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Willy Bogner’s Happy Ending

From bombs and hunger to life on the ranch

He was born in 1942. Right in the middle of World War Two. In Munich. He still remembers the droning noise of the allied bombers as they passed overhead, dumping their deadly cargo on the city. Eventually Germany capitulated. And then the next memory: American GIs with Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum. It’s a cliché, of course. But it was also a shimmering and highly symbolic reality. “After all,” he says, “we had nothing, except our hunger!” He’s Willy Bogner. Seventy years on – hale, hearty and healthy – he’s the head of a hugely successful fashion business and a former James Bond snow stunt cameraman! He’s also my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

June 25, 2012

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