Comments on: Berlin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: JoddeHaa http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/comment-page-1/#comment-8611 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 16:21:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/#comment-8611 For the record: The love parade has been exiled to the Ruhr area for the foreseeable future. I was there in 2002 and fondly remember wading down Tiergarten with garbage almost up to my knees. Good times.

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By: leo http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/comment-page-1/#comment-8567 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:46:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/#comment-8567 First, you’d have to be out of your mind not to choose Paris as the “preferred exile”. That’s the place to go. You put on a beret. They give you a pension. And you hang out at some cheap bar near the Sorbonne for the rest of your life.

This isn’t a choice. It’s what everyone does.

Second, Berlin is what you want it to be. I think the Love Parade (24/7) would be a good symbol for what it is. Alas, once you get out of your twenties, it becomes harder to keep up.

Even then, wir haben alle noch ein Koffer in Berlin.

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By: wcw http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/comment-page-1/#comment-8550 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 05:18:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/#comment-8550 I liked Berlin a lot when I happened to be there in the late summer of 1989. I disliked it nearly as much during a return in that oh-crikey-neonazis winter of 1992. Despite that ugly season it’s a great, great city. Still, if I’m going to be in a European capital, not there. Winters are too grey north of the Alps.

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By: Uncle Billy Cunctator http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/comment-page-1/#comment-8533 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 20:02:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/#comment-8533 The only thing that East Berlin ever did for me was teach me that you shouldn’t try to smuggle cheap east german vodka over the border in a wineskin. The taste — it’s like drinking fur.

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By: jonathan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/comment-page-1/#comment-8528 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 17:45:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/11/09/berlin/#comment-8528 I’m sorry but I’ve been reading Richard Evans’ The Third Reich at War. The transformation of the bestial into the victim, from the grotesque into the artistic, is interesting but the ghosts are to me far too present. I agree with Thomas Mann’s perspective when asked to return to Germany after the war, that the German people had sold their collective soul to the devil and it would not so easily be redeemed. I have no problem with the concept that redemption is occurring and has occurred, but the stink of the devil remains on the city. Every square foot is bathed in blood and atrocity.

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