Fast Food: Where’s The Hygiene Risk?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 21, 2015 in News & Opinion |

Every single day, when I go to buy my fresh bread rolls for breakfast, I see that the person serving behind the counter is wearing some form of glove. The idea is that any germs they might have on their hands is not passed on , through the food they are selling, to the customer. […]

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A Lack Of Understanding

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 17, 2015 in News & Opinion |

Undoubtedly many tens of thousands of words will be written about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Anger and fear will be expressed, or has already been. Blame will be placed, whether it is due or not. People will be attacked because of their appearance, their religion, their home country. I can easily imagine that the […]

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The True Language Of America

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 12, 2015 in News & Opinion |

The United States of America. Such a wonderful idea, such a complicated and yet simple ideal but, like Communism, it only works on paper. The United States would be a wonderful place, I am told, if it weren’t for the people. Cut the people out – those who live there, not those who are only […]

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The Ritual Of The Dead

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 23, 2015 in News & Opinion |

There is something about the ritual of remembrance which fascinates, something which pulls people together and makes them whole, regardless of who they are, where they come from or their status in life. At some stage in our lives we all fall for this ritual: birthdays, anniversaries, holy holidays, they are all ritualistic and needed. […]

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Taking Things For Granted: A Grain Of Rice

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 5, 2015 in News & Opinion |

I was listening to the radio last night – a program about Indonesian literature and music – when an almost throwaway comment caught my attention.  It came from an Indonesian poet and was translated into German by one of the presenters without any real comment and concerned a grain of rice. To put it simply: […]



Germany: Celebrating Reunification

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 3, 2015 in News & Opinion |

So, today was the big day: twenty-five years of being one country again, of Ossies (people from the former East) and Wessies (people from the former West) living together in total harmony as one nation. The celebrations were in Frankfurt am Main, which is a little too far away for me, so I merely remembered […]

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Bild: Celebrating 25 Years Reunification

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 1, 2015 in News & Opinion |

There was an unexpected newspaper in my letterbox this morning. Unexpected because it is a paper which I would never buy, let alone voluntarily read: the Bild Zeitung. This is what some would call a gutterpress publication, aimed at the masses and containing the most basic scandals and precious little else. This edition was published, […]

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Restructuring: Making A Mess Of A Good Thing

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on September 30, 2015 in News & Opinion |

Traveling on the bus so often, I get to hear many stories as well as see many things those who drive in their cars tend to miss – aside from bicycle riders, which we all get to see and, hopefully, miss as they ignore the rules and risk their lives. Today was no exception, and […]

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The State Of Education

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on September 17, 2015 in News & Opinion |

When I first read the breaking story about Ahmed Mohamed in Irving, I put my head in my hands, covering my eyes, and thanked providence that I didn’t and don’t have to face such blatant stupidity in my life. These are the people who are meant to teach us about life and prepare us for […]

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GOP Debate: Not Worth The Effort

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on September 16, 2015 in News & Opinion |

One of the great advantages of not having a television is that, were I in the United States, I don’t feel forced to watch either the GOP presidential debate, nor catch all the highlights elsewhere. No matter how you look at it, the whole thing is just going to be a series of soundbites and […]

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