25 Things You Might Not Know About Non-Alcoholic Beer

The global non-alcoholic beer market is expected to grow in the next decade. Consumers almost everywhere – in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia – are switching to alcohol-free options for reasons of health or simply because they’re “sober curious” or interested in “mindful drinking,” to use two terms that have been applied to one […]

25 Things You Might Not Know About Non-Alcoholic Beer

The Bells on Concrete

Travel Blog 15: Black Magic Blog It feels very strange and discordant to hear the huge, rumbling, clanging church bells echo down streets of cold modern architecture, where the sound reverberates through glass and grey concrete. The two things, the modern architecture and the Medieval calls to prayer, do not mix well in my mind. […]

The Bells on Concrete

Neo-Tsymburskian Cycles in the History of Russian-Western Relations

Introduction At the cusp of the 20th and 21st centuries, a Russian philologist, later a political scientist focusing on geopolitical theory, Vadim Tsymburskii, developed a theory positing three “strategic cycles” in Russian-Western relations beginning from 1726 and lasting to the late 20th century. Tsymburskii’s theory and cycles are not configured taking into account Russian (or […]

Neo-Tsymburskian Cycles in the History of Russian-Western Relations

While talking about the war between Russia and Ukraine we also have to look at the relations between Russia and the West where the war has had a full impact on. Gordon Hahn presents a cycle theory on this topic which goes back more than 500 years and looks at the numerous different cycles the two blocks have gone through and their impacts on international relations, geopolitics and culture. According to Hahn, the West and Russia are now in the fifth cycle of this theory.

A long theory but one we as historians and political scientists should understand.

A to Z of Cathedrals – F is for Freiburg in Germany

For my A to Z of Cathedrals when I got to F I naturally considered the magnificent Duomo in Florence but decided instead to go north into the Black Forest in Germany. I am trying to stay ahead of Phil and Michaela from The Hungry Travellers  (well worth a visit) because I am certain that […]

A to Z of Cathedrals – F is for Freiburg in Germany

Germany abolishes Nazi-era abortion law

Germany on Friday abolished a Nazi-era law forbidding doctors from providing information about abortions. The Bundestag lower house of parliament voted to scrap the law, meaning doctors are now allowed to give out additional information about abortions without fear of prosecution. Under the law, doctors in Germany had been allowed to say that they offered […]

Germany abolishes Nazi-era abortion law

While the ROE vs WADE rule was overturned in the US yesterday, Germany overturned a rule that had banned doctors from providing information on abortions, this allowing women the right to access information on it. A step in the opposite direction to what was ruled in the States, where as soon as the Supreme Court struck down the rule, the first states implemented a complete abortion ban. A link is below:



A to Z of Cathedrals – H is for Heidelberg in Germany

I was struggling with H until I suddenly remembered that ten years ago I visited the German Rhine town of Heidelberg.  I don’t remember visiting the Cathedral, I don’t think that I did but I did take a picture of it.  It was one of those bright white days which makes taking pictures with a […]

A to Z of Cathedrals – H is for Heidelberg in Germany

Here’s a look at Heidelberg’s cathedral which has a long history.

German government implements ‘alarm level’ of gas emergency plan

Germany triggered the “alarm stage” of its emergency gas plan on Thursday in response to falling Russian supplies but stopped short of allowing utilities to pass on soaring energy costs to customers in Europe’s largest economy. The measure is the latest escalation in a standoff between Europe and Moscow since the Russian invasion of Ukraine […]

German government implements ‘alarm level’ of gas emergency plan

Travellers may want to reconsider their vacation plans and employers may want to consider reinstalling the home office rule. This is serious but necessary.


History: The Legendary Beau-Rivage Hotel In Geneva, Switzerland

With its stunning view of Lake Geneva, the Beau-Rivage, in Geneva has attracted actors from Roger Moore to Angelina Jolie, and played host to political luminaries like Kofi Annan, Charles de Gaulle and the Dalai Lama. Political history has been made here, too: In 1898, the Empress “Sisi” of Austria was stabbed to death by […]

History: The Legendary Beau-Rivage Hotel In Geneva, Switzerland

 24-hour warning strike from Thursday in German ports

BERLIN, June 22 (Reuters) – German trade union ver.di called on several thousand employees at German ports to take part in a 24-hour warning strike from Thursday morning, potentially further increasing difficulties at already strained ports. Workers in Emden, Bremerhaven, Bremen, Brake, Wihelmshaven and Hamburg were called on to take part, after a fourth round of wage negotiations fell through. […]

 24-hour warning strike from Thursday in German ports

Adding to the misery and sharply increasing the risk of a deep recession this year…..