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Dear Stammtisch Friends

We would like to invite you to our next Stammtisch, which will take place in the new Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester, County Durham. It only opened last December and is a joint venture of Austrian Bernhard Nausner and German Anna Groendahl, who specialises in chocolates and truffels – click here for her website.

Bernhard will open his cafe a little bit longer for us on Thursday, 5 June 2014 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. On the menu will be typical Jause or Vesper (bread, sliced meats, cheeses) together with their home baked cakes. Please let me know if you’re coming so that we know for how many people they will need to cater for (by latest Tuesday, 3 June).

Another cafe recently opened in Heaton that I can recommend for its rye bread – Baobab Bakery in Chillingham Road (close to the Coast Road end), but check with Ann for what she’s got on the shelves on the day (Ann also runs Doughworks, the bread making workshops). The Journal recently had a great article on Baobab Bakery – click here to find out more.

For fans of Germany’s Comedy Ambassador to Great Britain, Henning Wehn has announced dates for his next shows here in the North East on 20 and 21 September – click here for details.

If you like your German movies, then you may want to put the Edinburgh International Film Festival in your calendar. Germany is one of the two key countries and its national cinema will be highlighted from 18 – 29 June.

Our partner in Leipzig, the creative James Parsons, is currently undertaking his second crowdfunding project for a bi-lingual children’s book. His first featured ‘Daniel and the Cheeky Monkeys’, while his second project follows the ‘Leipzig Adventures of Viktor and Noonoo‘, which are again based on one of his sons and his fascination with a roadsweeper.

And if you can’t wait until our next Stammtisch, simply join us at ‘Pleased to meet you’ in Newcastle’s city centre for our monthly InterNations get-together. This trendy bar is a must for anybody that likes their Gin & Tonic as they have a fantastic choice. We meet on Tuesday, 27 May from 6pm onwards. You’re all welcome to join our very international group!

Enjoy the sunshine!

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I hope you are all up for a bit of German food as we’ve booked the Boardwalk in Whitley Bay for our Stammtisch night. Gunther Seebacher has been talked into providing the food for the night and for £14 a head you will be able to have some Jaegerschnitzel, Spaetzle, followed by Dampfnudeln. Let us know if you can join us on 25 February 2014 from 6.30pm, with dinner starting at 7.15pm. As it’s a closed event and they cater just for us, you will need to pay Gunther upfront for the food and I will let you know where to send cheque to, when you register with me.

Look forward to seeing you all soon for our first Stammtisch of 2014!!!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

It’s been a while since we last met for a Stammtisch and therefore I would like to invite you to the last one of 2013 on Tuesday, 3 December. We had a few recommendations for The Cave (formerly Krakow), 2 – 6 Shakespeare Street in Newcastle and will be our next venue. Our evening will start at 6.30pm, with dinner being served from 7pm onwards. Please email me by Friday, 29 November if you’re coming to join our Stammtisch and what you fancy on the night from the menu so that the restaurant can get organised for our group.
If you fancy some comfort food on these colder days, head to Grants Bakery in Hexham or Corbridge, where you can find some delicious European style patisseries and cakes. RTR Handelsgesellschaft, a German owned company in Gateshead, is currently looking for a Technical Sales Manager. If you have a technical qualification, work experience in a manufacturing/engineering environment and strong commercial/sales skills, click here for the full job description.
We also had an enquiry from the Head of German at St Cuthbert’s High School in Newcastle. they would like to establish some links with companies who use German in their day-to-day business, so that the boys can gain an understanding of how German can be used in the workplace.
Companies could be involved in a variety of ways, from sending brochures of the company’s work to speaking to the pupils or getting involved in a day’s activities. As St Cuthbert’s has a strong science department, and is currently planning to build an engineering block, they are keen to make the most of any companies who combine languages and science. If you’re interested, please let me know and I pass on your details.
We’re also having a night out with the InterNations crowd and will head to The Broad Chare on Wednesday, 27 November. Join expats and other international minded people from 6pm onwards for chilled drinks and tasty bar nibbles.
Our next Stammtisch will be a film viewing of the Bavarian ‘Dampfnudelblues‘. Thank you to those that have already responded and I will be soon in touch with a date/venue. The DVD will become available in December and it’s probably easiest to meet in the new year after the festive period. If anybody else still fancies coming along (I’m sure there will be subtitles for the non-Bavarians :-), let me know as the numbers will decide the best venue. Here’s a brief interview with the author Rita Falk about the movie. And yes, we’re aiming for Leberkäs and Dampfnudeln.
In the meantime, if you do fancy a bit of German food, ‘Memories of the Blackforest’ will have some Spaetzle and Sausages for you. You can generally find Gunther’s stall on Blyth market on a Friday and Newcastle Quayside on a Sunday. He will also be at the Stockton Christmas market from 27 November until 8 December and in Blyth on Christmas Eve.
Enjoy the autumn weather & see you all soon!

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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.

See you soon!


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Heaton Park in Newcastle will provide the setting for the Swedish film ‘The Phantom Carriage’, which will be shown there on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 from 8.30pm. If you need any more info, contact silviefish@yahoo.com.The Phantom Carriage

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Autumn News

Dear Stammtisch Friends

The nights getting longer and with the first snow forecast, here are some ideas to keep warm:

The Tyneside Cinema will show this week the German film Barbara, which won a Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. If you go tonight – Wednesday, 24 October – the film will be on at 5.45pm and then followed by a La nguage Cafe session that you can join if you want to.

Also if you missed out on the Brandling Villa’s Oktoberfest and fancy some German food, then head down to the Broad Chare at the Quayside. Until the end of the month, they have some German dishes on the menu, such as Bratwurst, Sauerkraut & Kartoffelsalat, Schweinebraten, Kloss & Blaukraut and Jaegerschnitzel. On draft you’ll also get WEST’s Oktoberfestbier.

Another date in the diary is 16 April 2013! That’s when Germany’s Comedy Ambassador to Great Britain – the very funny Henning Wehn, will be at the Stand Comedy Cafe in Newcastle. Tanja, who saw him there earlier this year, got this tip well ahead by the Stand. I’m sure this would be a great night out for our Stammtisch!

Not so far in the distant future is the 60th and also final Weihnachtsbasar at the United Reformed Church in Newcastle. It will take pla ce on 24 November from 11am to 2pm and as usual there will be the cafe, stands and the Christmas carol singing. If you want to get involved, let me know and I’ll forward you the forms.

I can highly recommend to you Spotlight magazines that I’ve been subscribing to for almost three decades. They’re currently running a promotion, where you can download gratis this month’s magazine as an e-paper and get the chance to win an iPad. You’ll get magazines to learn/improve English (Spotlight, Business Spotlight, Spot on), French (Ecoute), Spanish (Ecos), Italian (Adesso) or German (Deutsch perfekt). Visit their Facebook site and enter the free draw.

The Guardian recently ran a series of articles entitled Germany: The Accidental Empire, wh ich you may find interesting.

And last, but not least – Jo Chexal is now not only able to do your biometric passports at the German Honorary Consul’s offices in Newcastle Civic Centre, Registrar’s Entrance, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8PS. A photographer can also join you at the appointments to get the right passport sized photographs done then and there. To make an appointment, either email Jo at  newcastle-upon-tyne@hk-diplo.de or call 0191 233 6317. 

I’ll also let you know soon about our annual Christmas Dinner.

Keep warm


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Broad Chare, Books & More

Dear Stammtisch Friends

Thanks again to everybody who has already registered for our Stammtisch next Monday, 23 April at The Broad Chare in Newcastle. Alongside the fabulous English menu, the chefs have added Gulaschsuppe, gebratene Schweinshaxe mit Kartoffelbrei und Sauerkraut und Apfelstrudel for our group. We will meet at 6.30pm in the bar and dinner starts at 7pm. If you haven’t booked yet, but want to join us, let me know by Friday. Also if you’ve booked and can’t come along, please let me know as otherwise we’re reserving too many tables and the Broad Chare does get busy.

We have also received a book recommendation, which has been warmly recommended for any German newcomer in the UK. It’s aptly called ‘Grossbritannien’ and was written by Thomas Kielinger (Verlag: C.H. Beck, ISBN: 978 3 406 57849 6). The ‚Welt’ correspondent apparently provides an overview of English history, in particular its relationship with Germany. It examines in detail the special character traits of the English and how that can create misunderstandings for those with a German background. According to our reviewer this has been explained very clearly, is written extremely fluently and entertaining, which makes reading of the 260 pages extremely easy and quick.

Another Stammtisch follower is German born Christiane Williams who lives in Teesside. She has recently written a children’s book in both German and English, which has just been published. It’s about a little girl that spends an afternoon baking with a fairy. The books are suitable to read to children from the age of 4 years. The book will soon be available on Amazon and in the iBook Store, but you can also check it out directly at the publishers: English Version, German Version.

In Leipzig, language school owner, three times dad and master story teller James Parsons is developing a new audio book both in English and German called ‘Gabriel und die frechen Affen’. This project will be financed through crowdfunding and if you want to find out more and/or support James in his activities, visit the website: http://www.startnext.de/gabriel

The Guardian recently had a survey entitled ‘Will language skills help you stand out in the job market?’ Visit the Guardian website for this article, but we would also be interested in your views.


See you on Monday!

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This year the Tynemouth Business Forum is organising its very first Christmas Festival on Saturday, 3 December from 12noon till 7pm.

There will be Christmas stalls at Tynemouth Village Green (just in front of King’s School), with mulled wine, hog roast, an opportunity to meet Santa & to feed reindeers, late shopping and carol singing.

The Priory Theatre is also showing some Christmas films – unfortunately Polar Express is already sold out, but there are still some tickets for A Wonderful Life (these can be bought for £5 at Tynemouth shops such as Children of the Revolution, Ruby & Frank’s, Allards’ or Busy Lizzies for the 7pm show.

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Summer Holidays

In Bavaria, there is an exhibition about King Ludwig II from 14 May to 16 October 2011. It is the 125th anniversary of the mysterious death of the Bavarian King, who left behind the castles of Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof. Related to the Austrian empress Elisabeth and a key supporter of Richard Wagner, the life and death of Ludwig II has been topic of various movies. Other Bavarian places to see are of course the capital Munich, Berchtesgaden, Starnberger 5-Seen Land, regional capital Nürnberg, world heritage site Bamberg or outdoor activities in Fränkische Schweiz (Franconian Switzerland).

This week, Tommy Jaud’s bestseller  Resturlaub saw its movie premier in Germany. A very funny novel about a man having his midlife crisis plays partly in Franconia and in Argentina. The trailer looks very silly (more a Hangover type of film) and won’t be an Oscar contender, but possibly quite entertaining.  Another bit of ‘easy reading’ would be Bavarian crime novels by Rita Falk. Winterkartoffelknödel was her first book and features an imaginary little village near Landshut. It also includes a glossary of Bavarian terms and some of her gran’s cooking recipes. Click here for a brief interview with the writer.

How real some of these stories described by Rita Falk are, just watch the news in Germany. Parts of Bavaria are currently on alert – no, not rioters – but because of an escaped cow. Yvonne has been on the run for the past two months and even Ernst, a bull brought in this week to provide a ‘honey trap’ has been unsuccessful. For a news video from Stern, click here.

Maybe while walking around Germany, you come across our fugitive cow and what else you can discover is described by Andreas Kieling who recorded his experience in ‘Ein deutscher Wandersommer’. And if you’re around Germany by bike, the ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club), Germany’s Cycling Club, provides some suggestions of tours on the 150,000 km of cycling routes in Germany. Deutsche Bahn obviously offers holidays by train.

2011 is also the year of the car. 125 years ago Carl Benz invented the first automobile and Bosch, the company of the inventor of the spark plug – celebrates its 125th company anniversary. Information on events places about the car, can be found by clicking on Automobilsommer Baden-Württemberg, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Porsche Museum, Boxenstop Tübingen, BMW Welt and the VW Museum.

We are currently trying to organise our Stammtisch events list for the autumn/winter and have been in discussion about a book swap event, a travel event, a beer festival and a historical link event (possibly Limes/Hadrian’s Wall). If you have additional ideas or know of venues where they will be able to serve German food, please let me know.

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I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter break – and those of you who were in Germany probably had to ‘endure’ the tropical climate there. And if you feel you had too many chocolate Easter eggs and are looking to watch future sugar intake, you might like this article in Stern on ‘Süssmacher’. It shows just how much sugar is in various (sometimes unsuspecting) products.

With Easter, Royal Weddings and so on, we thought April is just too busy for a Stammtisch. But in less than two weeks’ time – on Tuesday, 10 May – we will meet again. Ralph Sälzer, the managing director of the Liebherr factory in Sunderland has invited us to a factory tour, which will start at 6pm. From 7pm onwards, we will then be in the Irish pub TJ Doyles just up the road for German food (eg Schnitzel and Potato Salad) and German/Austrian beers. Dermot, who runs the Irish pub/restaurant, lived in Austria for a while and will make sure we have authentic food & drink. Please let me know if you will join us – either for the factory tour/for food & drink/or both – so that we can cater for this accordingly and I will also send directions to those who will come along.

Liebherr is one of the largest German family owned companies and employs around 32,000 people worldwide. It is not the only family owned company (Familienunternehmen) here in the North East, there is also Aldi, Lidl, Heraeus, Makro (Metro Group), Freudenberg and, of course, across the UK well-known brands such as BMW, Porsche, Dr Oetker, Bosch, Otto (they own Freemans/Grattan here), Würth, Haniel, Merck etc. Of Germany’s 1,500 world leaders (ie they are the number 1,2 or 3 in their particular sector), 70% are family owned and 51% of the largest listed 250 companies in Germany are also under one family’s control.

Just like anywhere else, family-owned companies in Germany face numerous challenges and a key one is to find a suitable and willing successor. The Handelsblatt has established a portal for business owners who are looking to sell their company. To see what type of businesses are available, visit the website Deutsche Unternehmerbörse.

Japan has dominated the news in recent months following the earth quake and subsequent impact on its nuclear industry. On a happier note, this year Germany celebrates 150 years’ friendship with Japan. Back in 1861 Prussia and Japan signed its first friendship and trade treaty, the foundation for this relationship. If you want to find out more about the background, activities and events that are taking place in Germany and Japan, visit the website. And do you know which German city is called ‘Klein-Tokio am Rhein’? In this German city, over 7,000 Japanese have found a new home and around 450 Japanese companies established a base in the region. The city on the Rhein will also be a focus for the 150 Year Celebrations with a traditional Japan Week from 21 to 28 May.

The Tyneside Cinema currently shows a new film directed by Wim Wenders. Pina is a tribute to the choreographer Pina Bausch and was filmed in Wuppertal. Click here to get to the film’s website. In the trailer you can see a famous train (Schwebebahn) and it’s safety was demonstrated in a very unique way. Does anybody know how and what happened next???

I would like to wish you all a great time on Friday whatever you’re doing and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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