Sunday, June 25, 2017


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Happy days!

After almost a full summery fortnight with us here in Munich, today Jessi had to hit the road and return to Berlin. It will be the start of an exciting new chapter now that she has resigned as Brand Campaign Manager of unu, the start-up selling electrically powered motor scooters. In future she and her clique will be offering their services as a filmmaking team, stressing the cultural and the creative rather than the metrics of sales and marketing, closer to the emphasis of her MA degree studies at King's College London in Cultural and Creative Industries.

She certainly picked a good moment to be in Munich. Two exhibitions delivered plenty of inspiration. Design, Revolte and Regenbogen was devoted to the Art Director Willy Fleckhaus from whose work I learned so much in the seventies. The Peter Lindbergh show impressed not least by allowing visitors to the exhibition to leave with a souvenir 'selfie', cleverly montaged as shown on the right.

Jessi in Munich for longer than a weekend also meant that it was possible for her to spend time with her Auld Da regularly, to enjoy much longer and more far-reaching conversations than our Skype 'long desk' can handle. Even if Jessi and Tino and their colleagues will be making their movies mainly in Berlin or Hamburg, I look forward to butting in with fatherly advice whenever my intervention is invited! I like the work they have been delivering up to now. 

[Links to Superblast, CarmiGrau and Selwyn Senatori videos for anyone interested.]

Needless to say, it was a happy old man who learned that Jessi felt thoroughly at home working on her new MacBook Pro (the first laptop she actually bought on her own) from my flat! I do try hard not to interrupt and to serve fresh coffee at appropriate intervals.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Imagine: One year on...

Timothy Garton Ash in The Guardian...
 "'The Brits don't know what they want', explained a front-page headline in that great Swiss newspaper, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Exactly so.Or to put it another way, the Brits can’t agree what they want and don’t know how to get it. On the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum vote, it’s painful to see Britain in such a shambolic mess. The rest of the EU, by contrast, is making a credible stab at pulling itself together. Ever since French president-elect Emmanuel Macron marched out in front of the Louvre to the strains of the European anthem, on the night of his presidential election victory over Marine le Pen, and even more since his success in the legislative elections, there has been renewed optimism about the Franco-German couple getting the European project back on the road."
Donald Tusk
“Some of my British friends have even asked me whether Brexit could be reversed, and whether I could imagine an outcome where the UK stays part of the EU. I told them that in fact the European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve. So, who knows? You may say I’m a dreamer, but I am not the only one.”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Danke schön

He was of a generation with a vision of Europe, a Europe which I am and always will be grateful to be able to call my home.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

London again