Angela Merkel Germany’s Chancellor, for a 4th consecutive term


It comes as no big surprise – the German federal election have brought Angela Merkel and her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party as the largest party and therefore she is  set to remain Germany’s chancellor, for a 4th consecutive term. Merkel is now mulling her coalition options.

Voter turnout was at 76.2%.

Frau Merkel has won the most votes, but her party has been weakened and […] Continue Reading…

HSV in 2017 – prospects not looking good, but it is still early days!

HSV in 2017 – prospects not looking good, but it is still early days!

In a not really dynamic game earlier this evening, Bayer Leverkusen beat Hamburg Sport Verein 3-0. And this all thanks to the Argentinian player Alario who played his first game for Bayer Leverkusen after weeks of wrangling with his former South American club.

But enough about the win – it is more the […] Continue Reading…

Hamburg Airport -Irritating gas affects 68 passengers


 Hamburg Airport evacuated after toxin gas scare

Passengers at Hamburg Airport were evacuated after 68 people had been injured by as of yet unknown hazardous material that had spread through the airport’s air-conditioning. 

Fire services rule out terrorist attack after toxin, believed to be pepper spray, leads to air traffic shutdown of more than an hour,

A small gas cartridge was found in a trash can in the security-area, suggesting […] Continue Reading…

No music of Alfred Schnitke at Celebratory Opening Concert of Hamburg Elbphilharmonie!


No music of Alfred Schnitke at Celebratory Opening Concert of Elbphilharmonie!
The celebratory opening concert has now taken place – and we can conclude without any bias or prejudice that the acoustics are very good. About this there was never going to be any major dispute in any case. The question was/is whether the acoustics are fabulous, fantastic or ‘just’ very good. On this issue much […] Continue Reading…

2017 Rostock Cruise Season expects 192 Calls

Rostock Expects 192 Call Cruise Season
According to the ‘Cruise Industry News’ the North German port of Rostock/Warnemunde is expecting up to  190 vessel calls in the following  Cruise Season. 

“The year starts for the port on April 27 with the AIDAdiva, and there are five first-time calls including the Columbus, MSC Magnifica, Norwegian Getaway, Seven Seas Explorer and Viking Sky. AIDA will homeport the AIDAdiva and […] Continue Reading…

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – Official Opening – Wednesday 11th Jan. 2017  1830hrs

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Opening 
Wednesday 11th Jan. 2017  1830hrs
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
NDR Chor
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Camilla Tilling soprano
Wiebke Lehmkuhl alto
Philippe Jaroussky countertenor
Pavol Breslik tenor
Sir Bryn Terfel bass baritone
Iveta Apkalna organ
conductor Thomas Hengelbrock

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Cavalieri, Liebermann, Messiaen, Praetorius, Rihm, Wagner und Zimmermann
The time has finally come: the inauguration of the Elbphilharmonie! The celebratory opening concerts that mark the start of a three-week festival are in the very capable […] Continue Reading…

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal Tuesday, 17th Jan. 2017  20:00 Missa solemnis

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal
Tue, 17 Jan 2017  20:00
Missa solemnis
Elbphilharmonie Opening
Symphoniker Hamburg -conductor Jeffrey Tate
Camilla Nylund -soprano
Sarah Connolly – mezzo-soprano
Klaus Florian Vogt – tenor
Luca Pisaroni – bass-baritone
The Symphoniker Hamburg, orchestra in residence of the Laeiszhalle, enhances the opening week of the Elbphilharmonie with a »major work« – as Beethoven himself described his Missa solemnis. Like his famous Symphony No. 9, the Missa solemnis celebrates […] Continue Reading…

New York Times finds time to laud Hamburg’s ‘Elbphilharmonie’

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg- foto Wikipedia - source -Thomas Wolf,

The New York Times used to be a wonderful paper and respected – that was a time ago. These days it seems to not find too much time other that to mindlessly laud Hilary Clinton, oppose Trump and create shrill hysteria and hate against Russia.

So it was nice to see a break in these negative trends and a nice article appear about Hamburg’s new cultural […] Continue Reading…

HAMBURG PORT & Hanjin Shipping’s Troubles

Hamburg from above - foto Wikipedia - Cnes - Spot Image

 ‘Satellite image of Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg stretches along the Southern shore of the River Elbe and branches into numerous natural river arms.’ Wikipedia
The financial troubles of one of, the world’s biggest shipping companies – South Korean, Hanjin Shipping Co.- have left circa €10 billion worth of cargo locked out on its containers in its vessels at sea.

The American Wall Street Journal reports that..”  dozens […] Continue Reading…

Joel Pohjanpalo 3 – Hamburg’s HSV 1


There are different ways for Hamburg’s HSV to lose a game of football. They can just lose by a slim margin and still play a good game. Or they can play a good game but the opposition is just a tad or more than a tad better then HSV. Or you can have a new Finnish player in the opposition team of ‘Bayer 04 Leverkusen’ – called Joel Pohjanpalo – who is […] Continue Reading…