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Dear Stammtisch Friends

If you fancy a few ‘Steins’ of Paulaner beer, sausages, music (Oompah band was mentioned) and Lederhosen & Dirndl’s, then head to the Students Union at Newcastle University for a 3-day Oktoberfest from 17 to 19 October. Germany’s Honorary Consul in the region, Jo Chexal, will perform the traditional ‘tapping of the barrel’ at 1pm on the first day. For more information and to get tickets, click here.

If you prefer a more upmarket German meal and fancy a variety of German beers, you may want to head down to the Quayside’s The Broad Chare between 11 and 19 October for their Oktoberfest menu. As soon as I know what dishes are on offer,  I’ll share it on our Stammtisch blog. If there are a few of you wanting to go there together, let me know (incl. what dates are good) and I’ll try and reserve us a table – simply email me!

Last month, Newcastle has become an official InterNations group and we’re currently planning our next event for the end of October. Our guests generally come from all corners of the world and newcomers are always warmly welcomed.

Recruitment specialist Nigel Wright have forwarded us a vacancy for a German Speaking Team Manager in Tyne & Wear. The client for this permanent position is a leading SME energy consulting organisation and works across Germany. The team manager is responsible for the day to day operations of 15 energy consultants. For further information, see the Nigel Wright job description.

German actor Daniel Brühl (Good-bye Lenin, Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei) can be seen in two major films this autumn: Rush as Nicki Lauda and The Fifth Estate alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. Also in time for Halloween, the Tyneside Cinema will show Murnau’s 1922 ‘Nosferatu’.

One film that most certainly won’t receive a UK release is ‘Dampfnudelblues‘, which is based on the Rita Falk book. However, as it looks super funny (and yes, my friends in Bavaria who have seen it, all recommended it), we are going to get the DVD in December and will be showing it somewhere – together with some Leberkäs and maybe even Dampfnudeln. Check out the trailer and if you fancy a bit of Bavarian crime/comedy, let me know so that I can organise our perfect venue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFW2yAa3tj4

See you soon!

Manuela

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It’s winter time and I’ve found us a lovely new venue for our annual Christmas dinner. A great recommendation from German Recruitment’s Ali Guezel, Cafe Ei8ht in Gateshead is owned by Christian Vogel who will look after us on Monday, 3 December.

Our evening will start with a Gluehwein Reception at 6pm, followed by 3-course dinner at 7pm. Our traditional German Christmas menu includes Flaedles-Suppe oder auch Fritatten-Suppe (pancake soup for the British), followed by Gaensebraten mit Rotkohl und Kloessen (goose with red cabbage and dumplings) and as a dessert home-baked Stollen and Weihnachstsplaetzchen (biscuits) as well as coffee and tea (there is also a vegetarian option). The cost per person for the complete menu will be £24.95 and has to be paid upfront (either visit or send a cheque to Cafe Ei8ht, 8 Regent Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 1LU (opposite the council offices), or email/text Christian (cafe8info@aol.com/ 07842 757 567 and he’ll call you back for credit card payment).

Could you also let me know by latest 29 November, if you’re planning to go as we’re limited on space in the cafe. We will be a private party on the night and it will be very much a family atmosphere. Christian said he could organise beer and wine for our group, but has to s ell it by the bottle. Can you also please let me know what you prefer so he has an idea what to get? Thanks!

Just a little bit about Christian himself. He’s originally from Berlin, but also lived near Tuebingen where he did his apprenticeship as a ‘Hotelfachmann’, which he completed in Achern, Black Forest. Six years ago he moved to the UK, where he worked in Windermere for 2.5 years. After that he did a spell as a supervisor in Ontario, Canada, but returned to the UK in 2010 to help open a hotel in Cornwall. Before taking over Cafe Ei8ht in May this year, Christian was the restaurant/duty manager at Matfen Hall. Since then, he’s even been involved in a buffet for the Duchess of Cambridge. And only three weeks ago, Christian added German specials to his menu. If anybody is interested what he’s got on, you can check out his menu on facebook (Cafe Ei8ht) or twitter (cafeei8ht). He’s also doing outside catering and if there’s sufficient interest in a dish, he may do it for a small group. His mum is currently here in the region to support him and is baking Stollen for the Christmas season – they take around 2 weeks to settle, so if you want one, you need to let him know by latest 24 November (price £5.50 for ca. 500g).

Unfortunately our usual venue, the Mansion House, will not be able to do a separate event this year, but Gunther very kindly invited the Stammtisch to join one of their events on 20 December. This will include a proper Christmas dinner, half of bottle of wine, Stollen plus entertainment on the night. So if you’re not heading to Germany for the festive period, the Mansion House might just be the place. Can you contact Gunther directly gunther.seebacher@newcastle.gov.uk/0191 281 0863). Thank you!

If you can’t wait that long, the 60th and last Weihnachtsbasar is just around the c orner at the United Reformed Church in Newcastle on 24 November from 11am to 2pm.

Tynemouth
is also putting on another Christmas weekend on 1 and 2 December, with Taffy the Storyteller at the Priory Theatre and on the Village Green you can meet Santa & feed the Reindeer, Pony & Trap rides, stalls, Christmas garland workshops, mulled wine and so on.

It would be great to see many of you at our Christmas Stammtisch on 3 December!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

It’s the time of the year again to dust off your Lederhosen and squeeze into your Dirndls. I’d like to invite you to join us at the Brandling Villa in Gosforth for their Oktoberfest on Thursday, 11 October from 6pmonwards. They’ve got a range of Oktoberfest beers already chilled for you and you’ll have a choice of various German dishes including sausages (Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Currywurst) to Schnitzel and Spaetzle. We were there two years ago and it does get very busy & hot – so be prepared!!! Let me know if you’re coming, so we can all watch out for each other on the night and conquer some tables.

If you can’t wait that long, West in Glasgow are also putting their 6th Oktoberfest. Every Friday, the ‘Bayrische Buam’ play traditional Oktoberfest music at the West beerhall from 7pm to 10pm, but as it’s popular you need to pre-book your table.

Thanks again to all of you that have filled in our travel survey. Newcastle Airport was obviously the key departure airport in the region, but Edinburgh was also popular for German connections. 100% of the respondees stated that they would like additional links to Germany and most popular was our capital Berlin, followed by Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt. So watch this space!

I’ve been contacted by language school International House here in Newcastle, who are organising voluntary international internships. Their students generally study Business English there prior to a placement where they can then enhance their skills and find out more about work life in Britain. They currently look for a placement for a 24-year old German graduate in communication studies, that is looking for a 8-week placement from Monday, 1 October. If anybody can accommodate this, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the relevant people at IH, who’ll forward you CV and further info. Thank you!

There’s a new free internet portal that may be of interest to you – www.deutsche-weltweit.de helps Germans abroad to find each other, share information etc.

And for any official business here in the region, you have to find Jo Chexal at the new German Honorary Consul’s offices, that are now located at Newcastle Civic Centre, Registrar’s Entrance, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8PS. Her email and telephone number have remained the same: newcastle-upon-tyne@hk-diplo.de / 0191 233 6317. 

There is a biometric machinery at the Honorary Consul’s office, so Jo can handle applications for biometric passports (including fingerprinting). However, you must ensure you make an appointment and bring along essential documents including originals or certified copies (beglaubigte Kopien) of birth certificates, marriage certificates etc. and copies of the deregistration certificate (Abmeldeschein). Photos are not the same as the British passport size. Robertsons of Gosforth, 202 High Street Gosforth, tel. 0191 2854652 can guarantee the right size as long as they are informed it is for a German passport. Also look out for other photographers that display a sign saying they can do German and other sizes (the specification is on the German Consulate/ Embassy website).

Jo can also stamp Lebensbescheinigungen for people who get a German pension, take applications for Namenserklaerung in der Ehe, Geburtsanzeigen, Unterschriftsbeglaubigung/ Identitaetsbeglaubigung, Erbschaftsausschlagung, Fuehrungszeugnisse, Beglaubigung von Uebersetzungen und Kopien, Genehmigungsvertraege for house sales in Germany.

And last, but not least – some more food recommendations.Siggi found Schwartau und Zentis Konfituere and Krombacher Bier in B&M Bargains in Bedford Street in North Shields, which apparently sells often German products. And as Lidl has given up on the rye bread, they’re now doing Brezn at least in the Battle Hill shop (somebody must be buying them as I’ve never yet managed to get any when I popped in!).

I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday, 11 October for a great night out!

Warm regards

Manuela

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

I hope you are all well and have had time to enjoy the lovely weather in the past week. It’s been a while since we had a Stammtisch and I’ve been recommended a great venue for our next one.

The date is Monday, 18 June and we’ll meet in the Marina Vista in Sunderland from 6.30pm onwards. Our German menu includes as a starter Geflügelpastete mit Champignons (chicken pate with mushrooms), the main course Spanferkel mit Semmelknödel and Blaukraut (roast pig with dumplings and cabbage) or Gedünstete Rahmrindschnitzel mit Bratkartoffeln und Gurkensalat (Beef Schnitzel with roast potatoes and cucumber salad) and as a dessert Pflaumenparfait mit Likör und Schlagsahne (plum parfait with liqueur and whipped cream). And you have also a choice of the regular menu if you don’t fancy German food – www.marina-vista.co.uk

Kostas, the owner, has a special relationship to Germany as he lived in Regensburg for nine years and his family is still there. You couldn’t get more international than Kostas, who is a Greek national, grew up in Germany, has a Chinese wife and runs and Italian restaurant in England. If anybody can beat this one, let us know!!!

As usual, please let me know if you’re coming so that we can reserve enough seats for our Stammtisch group.

I wish you all a very enjoyable and sunny Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you on 18 June!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

I would like to invite you to our next Stammtisch, which will take place on Monday, 23 April at The Broad Chare in Newcastle. It would be great if you could come along and welcome nine Germans who will visit the region from Brandenburg. The Broad Chare is obviously a great venue for the best British food has to offer and they kindly agreed to have a German food option for our Stammtisch group. We will meet at 6.30pm in the bar, with dinner from 7pm onwards. The Broad Chare also has an excellent selection of local and German beers. I need to know who will come along so that we can reserve enough tables in the restaurant – so quick email would be great.

Thanks again to everybody for their food recommendations:

  • Toby discovered that the Lidl in Consett also has an in-store bakery and make there a fine Graubrot, which is apparently fresh and very delicious.
  • Here in Tynemouth, the Deli Around the Corner, now stock Doughwork’s Russian rye bread every Friday and Saturday.
  • Since October 2011, Edinburgh has its very own German restaurant – the Frankfurter Eck, which is run by Joseph and Kristian. I’ll be popping up there soon to try out, but if anybody has been, let us know. On a Sunday, the Frankfurter Eck have a Bavarian Sunday, with all the traditional dishes you’d expect.
  • And a German butcher/chef called Stefan Kölsch works at Donald Russel in Aberdeen, that deliver the finest meat – check out their online catalogue for further information.

German speakers are also in demand and we received a few job advertisements in the last few weeks:

  • The German Consulate General in Edinburgh is looking for a new team member for legal and consular matters in the passport and visa section. Click here for further details.
  • BBA Reman, which is based in Rochester is looking for a country manager based in Hamburg. Click here for the full job specification.
  • Recruitment firm Elliott Browne in Newcastle is also looking for German speaking staff. They’re a leading supplier of Microsoft Dynamic and Microsoft Sharepoint professionals.

I’ve also had two emails recently regarding Au Pairs. Christine Goodwin, who runs the Northumbria School of English in Whitley Bay, has joined forces with Fiona Stöber, a Newcastle born teacher that now lives in Germany, to offer an au pair programme for German au pairs and British families. The scheme will run during a 5-week period in July and August. For further information contact Christine on 0191 2525265 or email english.school@btconnect.com. Click here for full article on the North Tyneside Business Forum website.

Another Stammtisch member is also looking for an au-pair position for a 25-year old German here in the UK. Does anybody in our group have any experience or recommendations that I can pass on? She’s looking for a family with children that she can care for. Thanks!

The German Consulate General in Edinburgh is responsible not only for Scotland, but also German nationals based here in the North East of England. They’ve recently started a Facebook page which gives you an update on what’s happening in their region and Germany.

Some more dates that may be of interest to you:

The University of Newcastle is holding some German research talks on the following topics:

3 May Elizabeth Andersen (SML) Brigitta of Sweden and the Printing Houses of Lübeck

10 May Debbie Pinfold (Bristol) Conceptions of Childhood in the Literature of the GDR

The joint concert of the Northern English Singers and Gelsenkirchen’s Madrigalchor on Saturday, 9 June at 7.30pm at St James’ United Reform Church, Northumberland Road in Newcastle.

Newcastle City Council are currently organising two events as part of the ‘Newcastles of the World’ – these will be attended by 17 people from Neuburg-an-der-Donau. First there is a river boat tour on 24 July (tickets £25/head), which includes welcome drink, buffet and music. Two days later, on Thursday, 26 July a dinner will be held to launch the new ‘International Newcastle’ initiative. They expect around 300 people for dinner and an evening of music, with tickets costing £45 or tables £450. We’re thinking of joining at least one of the events with the Stammtisch and I just wanted to have some feedback from you what you think. Thank you!

Anyway, that’s all from me for today. I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter and look forward to a catch up on 23 April.

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Thanks to everybody who came along to our Stammtisch at The Broad Chare earlier this month and made it a lovely evening.

The Broad Chare had a fantastic German menu to choose from and  there were also plenty of German beers.

If you have missed out, you can visit the gastro pub any time and sample some of the WEST beers still on tap (I think the Hefeweizen and St Mungo’s is still there). There are half pint, pint and Mass (Stein) glasses for those with a bigger thirst. Also if you like your dark beers, check out Düsseldorf’s Schlösser Altbier.

 

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I have just found out Terry Laybourne and his team will run a ‘Oktoberfest’ at their gastro pub ‘The Broad Chare’ down at the Quayside from 10 October for one week. They have a fabulous menu on offer and on top of that will stock the award winning WEST Brewery beer, brewed in Glasgow according to the German Reinheitsgebot (Purity Law). I’d suggest that we meet next Tuesday at 6.30pm at the bar and then head upstairs for dinner from 7pm. Please let me know if you’re coming by the weekend so that Terry can plan table(s) and food accordingly.

Just to give you an idea what’s on offer: Gulaschsuppe (Classic goulash soup), Gemischter Salatteller (mixed Autumn salad plate), Wurstsalat (classic Baden style sausage salad on Bauernbrot), Matjes Hausfrauenart (marinated herring fillets with apples, onions, gherkins and Yoghurt), Eisbeinsülze (jellied ham knuckle), 2 Münchner Weißwürste mit süßem Senf (Munich style veal sausages flavoured with lemonzest and fresh herbs), Bratwurst auf Sauerkraut (grilled pork sausage with sauerkraut), 4 Wienerwürste mit Kartoffelsalat (Frankfurter style sausages with German potato salad), Schweinebraten mit Blaukraut und Reiberknödel (roast pork with red cabbage and potato dumplings), Gebratene Schweinshaxe, Sauerkraut und Kartoffelbrei (roasted pork knuckle with sauerkraut and potato puree), Eisbein mit Sauerkraut und Meerettich (poached ham knuckle with sauerkraut and horseradish), Jägerschnitzel (hunter’s pork escalope with wild mushrooms), Hasenpfeffer (jugged hare), Leberkäse mit hausgemachtem Kartoffelsalat (German meatloaf with potato salad), Münchner Sauerbraten mit Semmelknödel und Preiselbeeren (marinated braised beef from the Rheinland with bread dumplings and cranberries). And for desserts there is Apfelstrudel (apple strudel), Kaiserschmarrn (hot caramelised pancakes with sultanas and apple sauce), Dampfnudeln (sweet yeast dumpling with vanilla sauce) and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (proper Black Forest gateau).

If you want to get into the Oktoberfest mood – click here to see a short Stern video about this year’s Wies’n. And if you think you understood most, you’re maybe also ready to do Stern’s test ‘Bayerisch für Anfänger’. Being Bavarian, I thought I’d do very well, but was told that I must be a ‘Flachland Tiroler’.

I hope to see many of you next week at The Broad Chare – if you need any more information, please let me know!

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We’re currently planning our next few events for autumn/winter time. As it’s been a while since we met, I thought why not just attend one of the local beer events.

Popolo’s in Newcastle (Pilgrim Street) currently have an Oktoberfest Beer Menu, which includes Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräuhaus, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten. Why don’t you join us on Monday, 26 September at Popolo’s from 6pm for a few beers?

If you want to sample from around 60 UK ales, you need to head to Tynemouth today and/or tomorrow (16/17 September). In its 5th year, the Tynemouth Beer Festival, it is held at the Cricket Club (just behind the Rugby Club) and will feature live bands, plus many other drinks to try out and hot and cold foot. Entry is £5, you get a beer glass, programme and pen or for £10 it includes drinks vouchers.

WEST Brewery are, of course, also holding their own authentic Oktoberfest and this is probably one of the few places in the UK, where you can wear your Dirndl and Lederhosen without getting funny looks. If there’s some interest to go up to Glasgow together, let me know as I’m definitely heading north in the next few weeks!

If you’re heading south, why not call into Stein’s in Richmond-upon-Thames, a traditional Bavarian beer garden right on the river. They serve Schnitzel, Schweinebraten, Käsespätzle, Nürnberger sausages, Leberkäs, Currywurst und Obatzda to be washed down with German beers, wines and Radler. The dessert menu includes Sachertorte, Apfelstrudel, Dampfnudeln etc.

You will have all heard of various social networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing or Twitter. I’ve recently found two new ones in Germany, which I thought might interest you – My Social Petwork (social network for pets) and InterNations (which connects Expats worldwide).

Have a very good weekend and maybe see you soon in Popolo’s.

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I would also like to send congratulations to the West Brewery in Glasgow. The brewery and restaurant, which looks like a proper Munich Bierkeller, not only brews beer according to the German Reinheitsgebot, but also has lots of tasty German dishes on its menu. The Scots seem to really appreciate it as West has just been voted ‘The Best Family Restaurant in Scotland’. But that’s not all – the West brewing team also received three medals at January’s UK keg beer competition – for further details see www.westbeer.com.

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

I hope you all had a great start to the snow free New Year and are enjoying the slightly warmer temperatures. We have now got another date for the Stammtisch at the Mansion House, which will be held on Monday, 21 March, starting at 6.30pm. Gunther will prepare a warming Linseneintopf mit Bockwurst (lentil stew) at a cost of £7.95 per person and the leader of Newcastle City Council, David Faulkner will also join us for a talk about the Ruhr Capital of Culture (Gelsenkirchen, Newcastle’s twin city in Germany was part of the celebrations last year). As usual, just let me know if you’re coming and payment will be again at the door.

We are also currently planning a German wine tasting evening later in the year, but more as soon as we’ve got this organised. If you have suggestions for future events/themes, please let me know – it would be great to get your ideas!

The Stammtisch also received an invitation from Newcastle City Council to the Holocaust Memorial Commemorative Event “Untold Stories”, which takes place on Sunday, 30 January from 3pm at the Journal Tyne Theatre at Westgate Road. There will be a commemorative performance, including keynote speeches from; Youk Chang, Professor Roberta Greene and Peter Kurer and a celebration of ‘The Galloping Stone’ an anthology of writing by clients, staff and volunteers from the Medical Foundation for the Care of the Victims of Torture, by Gillian Allnut and others from New Writing North. The programme will also feature classical and contemporary musical performances from Katie Doherty as well as a solo performance from Bradley Creswick leader of the Northern Sinfonia and a performance by Hotspur Children’s Choir. For further information about the event and to order your ticket – please visit: http://www.hmd.org.uk/events/find/north-east/11733newcastle-holocaust-memorial-commemorative-event-untold-stories.

The Lit & Phil also holds some events to commemorate the Holocaust and if you don’t know this landmark building next to the Central Station, go and check it out. It’s open to non-members and you will be impressed by this little oasis in bustling Newcastle. The Literary & Philosophical Society dates back to 1793 and some of the North East’s leading thinkers, inventors and business people have been amongst its members. The current building was opened in 1825 and today houses over 150,000 books and an extensive music library. To find out more about the society, the library and forthcoming events, visit www.litandphil.org.uk.

That a dog is for life and not just for Christmas, we all know. But last year the shelters were full of unwanted four-legged companions and many unfortunately had to be put down. If one of your new year resolutions is to keep fit, why not check out some of the local animal shelters (such as Brysons – www.brysons.org.uk) to get a suitable partner. And if you’re worried if you can take your dog to a pub for a well-deserved pint, there’s a great website that tells you where you both can go to – www.doggiepubs.org.uk.

And if you’re New Year resolution is to learn a new language – another Stammtisch member sent me this link to this free award-winning online language learning community: http://www.busuu.com/. If anybody has been on it and has some feedback, please post this here on our blog.

And if you’re a fluent German speaker, you might even want to head over there – apparently the German economy is doing rather well – with a 2010 growth of 3.6%. And the Handelsblatt recently reported that there are even 40,000 open ‘Hilfsarbeiter’ (un-/lower skilled labour) positions, which is surprising as we still have almost 3 million people unemployed. If you want to know what are Germany’s top 10 most sought after positions – Stern carried Adecco’s Stellenindex 2010. Click here for further details.

And if you want to know what Germans find entertaining – then just get ‘Hummeldumm’ – this is the title of one of Germany’s top selling books in 2010. I picked it up while on holiday last year and had a few giggles If anybody wants to borrow it, let me know. The author Tommy Jaud (a fellow Franconian) had already previous bestsellers with Vollidiot, Resturlaub and Millionaer. My personal favourite Resturlaub is currently being made into a movie – as I’ve just seen on Tommy Jaud’s homepage – http://www.tommyjaud.de/tommyjaud/home. Maybe when it’s out, we can persuade the Tyneside Cinema to do a special viewing for us.

Anyway, that’s it from me for today – if you can’t wait till 21 March for our next Stammtisch – let me know and I’ll ask the pub over the road here in Tynemouth if they’ll do us a very nice Schnitzel with Pommes.
Have a very enjoyable and successful 2011!

Warm regards

Manuela

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