Today I am teaching in Düsseldorf. The subject of the discussion turns to immigration. It often does in Germany. Immigration and assimilation cause huge problems here, despite what the Chancelor tells the foreign press. One of the biggest headaches is the existence of so-called "ghettos": suburbs of cities which have been settled by immigrants in … Continue reading Little Croydon
I hear some good news today. I am not talking about Dortmund's latest victory against Hoffenheim. Dortmund against Hoffenheim is always the closest thing to a bar fight that you'll ever see on a football field and today is no exception. I hear my bit of good news before the kickoff. I am talking to … Continue reading Cut!
Theresa May is forgetting her manners. It has been a tough week for her following a difficult dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker but there is no need to be rude to the man. I am not talking about her use of the B-word here. She has told the President of the EU Commission that she will … Continue reading Etiquette
"I don't know whether my men frighten the enemy..." the Duke of Wellington is reported to have said "...but they certainly frighten me." I am sitting on a train heading into Dortmund. Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund's managing director, may well share the Iron Duke's opinion. Over 80,000 people are heading to the stadium for today's … Continue reading Infamous Army
The United Kingdom is trying to hold a general election. I say "trying to hold" because I cannot entertain the notion that the vote is in any way general. This election is a specific election and we all know what the specific issue is. I have no vote and thus little interest in the outcome. … Continue reading Calamity Dave