Shot within exactly twenty-four hours by teams around film-maker Jian Yi consisting of professionals and amateurs, the film shows how Beijing residents interact with urban space, and how the team perceived space and time on the day of shooting. To the sound of the heartbeats of citizens of Beijing and various levels of place and time that emerge through reports of their dreams, the film captures the realities and fantasies of the city, which is so many things at once: ancient and futuristic, fast and slow, stressful and peaceful – a place where some settle for good, and others never return.
The Foreigner Effect
“Sometimes, when foreigners come to a country and integrate into the local culture, they end up liking and enjoying doing things even the locals wouldn’t. These can include all sorts of cultural and traditional activities. One might say, the exoticness attracts the expat who can find no reason for said activity to be embarrassing. Well, this post is about German things which I as a Pakistani expat in the country, love doing or would like to do and which no German I know would ever consider doing. Consider this to be part 1, I’ll write more confessions as I come up with them.” Read more on Confessions of a Pakistani in Germany.
“La Péniche Opéra” is a theatre company. If today it is making a guest appearance at the Bassin de la Villette in Paris’s nineteenth arrondissement, tomorrow it will be docked on the banks of the Spree in Berlin or of the Moldau in Prague. 180 seconds of the Seine, a theatre boat, a new generation, old ideals and a good journey.
Learn where the “Péniche Opéra” is currently anchored at its website: http://www.penicheopera.com/.
Whilst we are all expats here (being non Germans) and might stick out like sore thumbs to the locals, it is important to recognise that all expats are not necessarily created equal.
Here is my guide to the expats you might meet when you move abroad…
Commonly heard saying –
“You haven’t been to Neuschwanstein/Berlin/newest restaurant in town yet? you really must go”
“My kid speaks five languages”
Dietmar Holzapfel is the owner of the restaurant “Deutsche Eiche” (i.e. German Oak). The “Deutsche Eiche” is part of the tradition of Munich’s gay scene. Dietmar tells how the scene around the Munich Gärtnerplatz has changed since the 1980s and visits the Paradiso Bar. It used to be called “Old Mrs. Henderson” and Freddie Mercury was one of its regular.
“Old Mrs. Henderson” was also where Mercury shot “Livin‘ on My Own”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbqMD29qi58 In many place you can still recognise the bar as it was back then.
Eurovision is coming
On May 23 the contest for best song in Europe (I guess this is what it is about? Frankly, I can’t stand to watch it) begins. If you want to know what this yearly tradition is all about, here is a Eurovision primer.
How to survive on the Autobahn
“Surviving the German Autobahn. The whole world knows it, you know it, I know it: if you’re not speeding like a mad-man on the German Autobahn you shouldn’t even be there in the first place. But other than testing your Porsche, BMW or Benz, there are a few facts that you need to know before going on the highways to hell.” Read more on Caroline and Mathew.