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Dear Stammtisch Friends

There are quite a few events happening, which you might fancy:

This Saturday, 22 September will see the launch of THE INNER EYE at the Side Gallery in Newcastle. This exhibition explores the narrative of documentary photography in the German Democratic Republic, featuring over 250 images by 13 of the key photographers.

On Sunday, 23 September there will be another ‘Kaffeeklatsch’ in the Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester. If you want to come along between 3 – 5pm, please let Bernhard know, just email him: servus@kaffeehaus-amadeus.co.uk.

Europe Direct North East England will host two more Brexit events here in the region:

Brexit, Business & Trade: Tuesday, 30 October from 08:30am – 10am in the Stadium of Light Sunderland – click here to register
Brexit & Higher Education: Thursday, 1 November from 6pm – 7:30pm in the Calman Centre, Durham University – click here to register

The German Embassy has also recently updated the FAQs for German Citizens in the UK. It may be worthwhile to check out this site from time to time if you want check what advice there is.

It appears that ‘The Oktoberfest‘ has become another successful German ‘export’:

The Broad Chare will go all Bavarian between 29th September to 6th Octoberclick here for further information. I have booked a table for the Stammtisch on the ‘Tag der Deutschen Einheit‘ – on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 for 7pm. If you would like to join us on the day, please email me as places are limited.

The Tyneside Bar Cafe is also celebrating with German beers & food from Friday, 12 October to Sunday, 14 Octoberclick here for further information

From 25 – 28 October, there will be another Oktoberfest in Times Square in Newcastle.

And if you have missed Comedian Henning Wehn’s ‘Get on with it’ show – he has added another date to his stay at the Whitley Bay Playhouse: 21 February 2019.

Enjoy the start of autumn!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

With the weather starting to feel a bit more like spring time, I thought I might just let you know about a couple of German-related events, which will happen here in the region.

On Saturday, 31 March 2018 there will be a Beer & Food Festival in the Buck Inn in Chop Gate, Teesside. You will be able to enjoy a BBQ, 10 German and English beers and plus live music and even an Oompah band. The Beer Festival will start at 2pm and last until 10pm.

In April, on Saturday the 21st, the Discovery Museum in Newcastle will host an event entitled: “Hope, Pork’s Glory and Decline – The Story of German immigration on Tyneside”. Historian Karl-Heinz Wuestner will take you back in time and tell the story of those immigrants from southern Germany. Northern Cultural Projects will also be in attendance, displaying information from their ‘Hunting the Hun‘ project.

And as we’re always on the look out for German food places, here’s another tip for you. But if you are regularly travelling to London, you may have already discovered the ‘German Gymnasium next to Kings Cross?

Brexit is still on many people’s mind and one EU citizen, Annette Dittert – decided to publish her thoughts: ‘London Calling – Als Deutsche auf der Brexit Insel

With regards to Brexit, you may also find the FAQ section on the German Embassy‘s website useful. The European Commission has also issued some more guidance for EU citizens on this website.

Businesses may also be interested in Brexit related events organised by:

The North of England Chamber of Commerce – Thursday, 29 March @ Crown Plaza
Institute of Directors – Thursday, 29 March – Webinar
Institute of Export – Post-Brexit Planning Workshops – various dates

I am also currently looking for an experienced ‘Synchrondolmetscher‘ English/German for a client in the North East. Please contact me directly.

On the education side, the German Embassy is inviting again nominations for the Annual German Teacher Award. If you know any outstanding teachers at a school here in the North East or somewhere within the UK, please click here for the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is 7 May 2018.

And I’ve just seen an article about a study, which highlighted Franconian city, which apparently beats San Francisco, Paris or Rome with regards to quality of life 🙂

I hope you enjoyed our update and I will soon let you know about our next Stammtisch.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

We have plenty of autumn events taking place and maybe you will be able to join one or two?

It’s again ‘Oktoberfest Time’ and I would like to invite you to our next Stammtisch on Monday, 9 October 2017 in the Broad Chare in Newcastle for 7pm. I have already reserved two larger tables, so please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to join us. This year the Broad Chare celebrate the Oktoberfest from Thursday, 5 October to Friday, 13 October and if you’d like to have a peek beforehand what’s on offer, here’s the menu.

If you’re still looking for things to do this weekend, here are two suggestions:
– 6 mile Culture Crawl tonight in Newcastle in aid of Maggies Centre.
Tynemouth Beer Festival on Friday & Saturday

The Tyneside Cinema will present its ninth season of live satellite opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. On Saturday, 14 October you can experience Mozart’s irresistible fantasy Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) in all its glory in an enchanting production with a cast of rising young stars, conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine.

Here in Alnwick, you’ll be able to attend the European Music Show on Tuesday, 24 October. This is a European Partnership in Education, facilitated and funded by Erasmus. For the past two years, Lindisfarne Middle School students have been collaborating with schools from Paris, Boblingen, Algarrobo and Palermo towards creating an original musical. The story, dialogue in five languages, choreography, music and costumes are all created by middle school students under the supervision of their project coordinators and parent volunteers. They even got the voluntary help of a professional movie director, Luc Porta, from Paris.

Then at the end of next month, Bernhard will host another ‘Kaffeeklatsch‘ in the Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester – here’s your diary date: Sunday, 29 October from 2.30pm. As usual, please register directly. The Kaffeehaus Amadeus is also planning a Christmas Special on Sunday, 17th December 2017.

On 3 November from 9pm, Newcastle based Jazz Cafe will host Nautilus, a prominent contemporary jazz quartet from Germany. This is one of only three performances that they will be giving in the UK. Nautilus are Leipzig- based drummer and bassist Phillip Scholz and Robert Lucaciu, Cologne-based pianist Jurgen Friedrich and saxophonist Hayden Chisholm from New Zealand. Their brief, three-date UK tour is to promote their album ‘Infrablue,’ released by the London-based label Two Rivers Records.

There are probably various things that you may miss from Germany. InterNations recently put a few ideas together. What do you think about these ‘10 Things the UK needs to adopt from Germany‘? Do you have any other suggestions?

You may have heard of the South African tv host & comedian Trevor Noah. What you may not be aware of is that his father is Swiss and he therefore has been trying to tackle our language – in this YouTube clip he explains more. I can also highly recommend Trevor Noah’s book ‘Born a Crime‘, which describes him growing up in South Africa under Apartheid.

I wish you a lovely weekend!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

Just to keep you updated regarding any changes for German citizens following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. There is an FAQ section on the Consular Website for Germany, which you may find helpful, in particular while the UK and EU are in negotiations as it states the current situation. The EU has a similar website for EU citizens in general – click here.

Even though we hear just about the ‘divorce’ in the media, you may be interested to learn that the UK and Germany have just announced doubling of funding for a youth exchange initiative, the ‘UK-German Connection‘. Click here for the press release .

If you are a German national and would like to vote in September’s German elections, you need to make sure to register – click Bundeswahlleiter for further details.

Congratulations to the Lake District, which recently achieved Unesco World Heritage status. This will surely bring another boost of visitors to this beautiful part of the UK and make it even more well-known around the world. It shares this status with Waddensee, a nature reserve for which Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands have responsibility for.

One of the best things about Munich, in my opinion, is its beer gardens. If you are visiting and you wonder where they are all located, check out the City of Munich’s ‘Biergartenfahrplan‘.

Holidays are always a great time to improve your language skills. Growing up in a country helps of course – Sandra Bullock is a prime example with her perfect Franconian accent. However, some native English speakers like Mark Twain, found it more frustrating and he ended up writing an essay about our ‘awful language. But author John le Carre just recently made a case for learning German in this Guardian article.

But if a drink helps too, you may want to head to Aldi for their gin (only available in the UK). It is apparently not a bad choice at all as it has been recognised as one of the best in the world. Maybe a tonic from Fentiman’s in Hexham may go well together?

Enjoy your summer holidays, lots of BBQs, ice creams and chilled drinks!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

The Tyneside Cinema has now released the show times for the German film Phoenix, which starts this Friday. Maybe you would like to join our Stammtisch next week Thursday, 14th May to watch it together (8.15pm film start). If you could let me know that you’d like to go, then we can all meet maybe a little bit earlier in the cafe.

Sylwia made me aware of a new free Language Cafe in Newcastle: Tomorrow, Thursday, 7th the first free Language Cafe will be held at the Fluid Bar in Gallowgate for people who would like to practice their German, French or Spanish. There will be tables with the relevant flags and you can join each group between 7pm and 9pm.

Comedian Henning Wehn had an interesting programme on BBC Radio 4 recently entitled ‘This is me totally sausage‘ about the subtleties of the English language. If you want to see Henning live, tickets are now on sale for his show in the Whitley Bay Playhouse on Thursday, 8 October. We could organise this as a Stammtisch event, however, everybody would have to get their own tickets. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll put everybody in touch who fancies going. Again we can either meet up before or after the event.

We have been contacted by a few other companies with information on their products and services that may be of interest to you:

Our Stammtisch member Heidi Ranson is a designer of original lighting and artwork. She currently has an art sale at her Corbridge studio, which will be running until Saturday 16th May.

German Grocery supplies typical German food and drink and delivers here to the UK.

International House in Newcastle are also looking for local businesses that are willing to accept a voluntary international internship student. The placements are usually for a period between 4 to 20 weeks to enable the student to learn as much as possible about the British working environment in their specialist field. Prior to the placement, the student studies Business English at International House. If you have such an opportunity in your organisation, please contact IH directly – Jennifer on 0191 232 9551 or jennifer@ihnewcastle.com.

And if you’re travelling in Asia Pacific and fancy some German food & beer, we just got a tip from Marcus Lux. Brotzeit is a new chain of restaurants that you will find in China, Singapore, Hongkong, Australia etc.

See you soon!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

I hope you managed to survive the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness and are relaxed looking forward to the Christmas holidays. We have already arranged our first get-together for 2015, this time a cosy coffee & cake afternoon in the Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester on Sunday, 11 January from 3pm to 5pm. It’s a lovely area to go for an afternoon walk and it would be very nice to see many of you. As always, simply let me know by latest Thursday, 8 January if you can join us.

On 21 December, the Kaffeehaus Amadeus also has a ‘Deutsche Weihnacht’ event (session 1 between 10:30 – 12:30 and session 2 between 14:00 and 16:00) at a cost of £15. Click here for further details. They also hold Kaffeehaus-Musik events and Coffee Workshops, simple visit the website for further info.

If you’re more interested in savoury dishes, Gunther and his ‘Memories of the Blackforest’ are in the region. This Saturday you will find his stall in Newcastle’s Princes Square and on Sunday at its regular spot in Tynemouth Market. You’ll find updates on Gunther’s Bratwurst, Curry Wurst & Spaetzle on Twitter @MOTBF.

InterNations is heading to the coast for their Festive Get-together on Thursday, 11 December. If you want to join people from all over the world, come along to Brown’s Salt House in Cullercoats from 6pm onwards.

Last week, a new Bavarian style Bier Keller opened in the Bigg Market – see Journal article. A couple of people mentioned this to me already – has anybody been and what did you think? Is it a good venue for a Stammtisch evening

This week also saw the launch of the North East German Network (NEGN), which is part of a nationwide ‘Think German’ network. It is led by Dr Elizabeth Andersen from the University of Newcastle. For further information, please click here.

Earlier this year I supported the second bi-lingual book project developed by James Parsons – Die Leipziger Abenteuer von Viktor & Noonoo (The Leipzig Adventures of Viktor & Noonoo). It was published last month and is available via Amazon or ICC Sprachinstitut – here’s a brief reading.

I would like to wish you a relaxing run up to the holiday season and in case we only see each other next year, a very merry Christmas & a great start to 2015!

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Oktoberfest-Stammtisch

The The Broad Chare in Newcastle is again offering an Oktoberfest menu from 29 to 5 October. I have booked a table for 14 for next week Thursday (2nd October) from 7pm (meet in the bar from 6.30pm). If you would like to join us, let me know. If we have more guests, we’ll get another table. Please let me know if you’re coming as soon as you know.

If you are travelling a little further south, you may also want to pop into the Buck Inn in Chop Gate for a bit of ‘Buergerliche Kueche’. You’ll find the Buck Inn near Stokesley in North Yorkshire, ideal for cycling or walking and if you bring along your four legged friends, they’re also welcome.

The Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester has also expanded, with the upstairs Constanze Suite opening recently. A Kaffeehausmusik Series will launch soon on Sunday, 5 October. Click here for the new website, which offers more information on forthcoming events, etc.

Now that the new term has started, maybe you fancy learning a new language? Since the closure of the language courses at the University of Lifelong Learning, two companies have spun off that offer courses in popular languages. Check out Blah Blah Blah and The Language Centre for their new timetables.

I recently read online that there’s a new film out in German – ‘Die Biene Maja‘ – this may mean absolutely nothing to our British Stammtisch friends, but I’m sure many of you will  remember the programme from your childhood. And as it’s about bees, I thought I send you a few links to local honeymakers: there’s the Chainbridge Honey Farm in Berwick, which also features a visitor centre, Richmond’s Honey B Company, Honey Store in Ponteland or Tynemouth Honey -> check out stockists such as the Deli around the Corner in Tynemouth or Country Whey in Jesmond.

I look forward to seeing you next week!

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This is a bit of a last minute idea as one of our Stammtisch friends had just returned from Spargelessen in Germany.

It’s the (green) asparagus season here in the UK too and we thought maybe this is a good one for our Stammtisch. As we’re already getting to the end of the season, the Broad Chare in Newcastle is happy to have us on Tuesday, 17 June from 6pm onwards. They currently already have asparagus soup, starters with asparagus or asparagus with seasonal jersey potatoes and fish on their menu.

Let me know if you can join us so that I can reserve enough places for next week (ideally as soon as possible – latest Sunday, 15th). If you’re not into asparagus, click here for their full menu, which is also very nice!

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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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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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