Brexit Flash Mob

On the eve of Brexit, a little birdie informs me there will be a flash mob at midnight in front of the British Embassy to sing “An die Freude” / Ode to Joy. It was good to see U. last night, whom I haven’t seen for quite a while. I think an interesting topic for this column would be to catch up with old Connect-ers who moved away, or even those who are still around. But I will ask permission before I post about them here so I can use a first name instead of just an initial.

One topic last night was vegans / vegetarians. This seems to have become very popular in Berlin, especially within the last few years. K. offered some book recommendations. We talked a bit about changes in Germany since “Die Wende”, some places in the East, a bit of history about the “Ostsiedlung”, living in Czechia, Holocaust Remembrance, Polish politics and several other topics.

Anyone interested in a trip to a museum, please get in touch. The Brunch is planned for the 16th of February so let Katja know if you plan to come so she can adjust the reservation.

I have reworked many of the pages on our web site. It has been planned to integrate the book club software into WordPress. Testing for the next phase is complete so book club members at some point will see a link on their profile page to create WP accounts.

I hope next time to have some news from Ireland.

Happy 2020

We hope you all “slid” into the new year without too many bruises. Last night we had good attendance and good “Laune” at the “Stammtisch“. We discussed how we could increase engagement. Is anyone up to be a model as in “Calendar Girls“?

More seriously, Katya is organising another Connect Breakfast at the Cana Restaurant some Sunday in March Sunday the 16th of February. They have an enormous buffet with delicious Lebanese dishes. Keep an eye on the Events Page and send Katya an e-mail if you are interested.

I am hoping to revamp the web page, select a better theme, etc. The book club will also be more integrated into WordPress with new and better features. There should be more frequent announcements. So in the spirit of a New Years resolution I plan to blog about once a week to keep you informed about what is going on.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Hello world!

Hi folks. As many of you know, on 25th, May 2018 new laws come into effect (see Wikipedia General Data Protection Regulation). We are happy that Europe takes serious steps to protect our privacy. But of course, these laws apply to all creatures great and small. Big companies have the resources to pay people to fix all the problems. We don’t.

How does this apply to us? The main points I am aware of at the moment are cookies and protection of user data. As far as cookies are concerned, we mostly weren’t using any – but we did have the forum and that uses cookies. We can’t really fix this quickly so at least for the moment we will shut the forum down. I know this sucks but we weren’t using it that much. We might bring it back in the future.

In the past, we sent out a newsletter. People had to sign up for this. But this is very old software and it was not written with GDPR in mind. And we haven’t sent out any newsletters for a long time. So this is gone too.

There are some other points we are looking at but I don’t want to bore you with details. The short message of this is that we are updating our web site. We will now use WordPress. So that uses cookies, but there is a plug-in to tell you this. There are all kinds of plug-ins and maybe we will be able to bring back some of the things we are removing. It is much easier for people to edit the web site and I hope people are happy with the changes.