A UK domain abroad
This is the personal webpage of Andie Gilmour.
I am a seasoned IT professional who together with my partner and cats upped sticks from the UK in 2008 and moved to live just north of Berlin.
Why did we make such a momentous move? Surely we must have been crazy? As the traditional song goes: Du Bist Verrückt, mein Kind, du musst nach Berlin, wo die Verrückten sind!
Well yes, we were crazy - crazy about Berlin. There is no city like it, and Land Brandenburg around it is also a beautiful thing.
On this page I have incorporated the most recent posts from my blog, which has chronicalled our move to Berlin and our lives and discoveries since. I hope you read it and can share with us our love for this crazy place.
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Mit freundliche Grüße!
My Teddybär has been off on his holidays ... to Spain! He has sent me back some selfies he took on his i-Phone. I hope you will share his enjoyment!
Here is Teddy at Tegel airport, Berlin, ready for his big adventure. Gute Reise Ted!
Posted on 23 April 2015 | 9:01 am
Posted on 8 April 2015 | 9:41 am
It was heart-warming to discover that the tradition of an annual peace march is still being kept up. I fondly remember going on Easter CND peace marches in England in my youth, and the camaraderie of linking hands at Aldermaston and Greenham Common.
This year around a thousand people marched through Berlin under the motto Die Waffen nieder (Lay down your weapons) and was particularly focused on the escalating crisis in Ukraine.
A great event, though not sure about the giant model of a dove on a car-roof heading-up the parade - it was rather naff!
More about the march on RBB (in German).
Posted on 4 April 2015 | 2:02 am
Posted on 30 March 2015 | 11:49 am
Today is the first day of Spring!
There also happened to be a Solar Eclipse, which at our location started at 09:38, was at a maximum of about 75% occultation at 10:47, and ended at 11:58 (Central European Time).
Die Basdorfer Sonnenwarte was set-up (in our back garden) and ready to go!
Posted on 20 March 2015 | 6:06 am
Yes, woolly pigs. Or more particularly, Hungarian Mangalitza pigs. And even more particularly, blonde, swallow-bellied, and red Mangalitza.
More photos from Wildpark Schorfheide, but I make no excuses because I just have never seen anything like the rare breeds they have there before. The Wildpark do seem to be going off-message here though. They say that they are breeding animals like ones that once roamed this region after the ice-age, but woolly pigs, though rare, were developed as a breed in Austro-Hungary during the nineteenth century. But I will forgive the Wildpark because these pigs are so damn cute!
There is a German expression for the Swiss Army knife: eierlegende Wollmilchsau, which translates roughly as an 'egg-laying wool and milk-producing pig', i.e. a fit-for-all-purpose farm animal. These pigs seem to be a step in that direction!
Posted on 13 March 2015 | 4:48 pm