Category Archives: german television

Hitler meets Volksmusik

This has to be one of the most bizarre spoofs on Youtube…

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What the Germans think of American fast food

Meet the McBurgerQueen Burger.

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The lumberjack song in German

It’s a classic… but did you know they made a German version too?

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The best German fairy tales

The best German fairy tales are not always the version we thought we knew….

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An English taxi in Cologne

Many thanks to my brother for sending me this clip!

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The extreme dangers of using a phrase book

Continuing the Monty Python theme… one of their most thigh-slappingly hilarious clips is the Hungarian phrase book sketch. This is what most of us ex pats experience on arrival in a new country, because the phrasebook never quite communicates what you were expecting to say….

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Eating out in Germany

can be a totally, mindbogglingly out of body unique experience. As this clip shows….

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Organisation for Anarchists

Well German anarchists wouldn’t be disorganised, would they? Doesn’t matter whether they’re right wing nazis or left wing anarchists. Germans need proper infrastructure and shops selling suitable riot equipment… molotov cocktails and stones to throw at the police….

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Career advice for German children

A long running theme in our office is about the relative superiority of British versus German childrens TV programming. We Brits all remember Blue Peter, while the Germans wax lyrical about Die Sendung mit der Maus.

But which nation’s programming is most likely to help kids to grow up as happy, well-balanced socially integrated adults?

So I decided to have a look back at some of the old public service programmes aimed at educating the next generation…

First exhibit, ladies and gentlemen, is Blue Peter.  Note the subliminal messages for British children:

  • it is big and clever to do stunts on your bike
  • you too can aspire to become Evil Knieval
  • if you’re going to do motocross on muddy terrain, it’s really sensible to wear white trousers

Second exhibit, is Die Sendung mit der Maus.  Note the subliminal messages for German children:

  • if you’re going to have a crap job you might as well go the whole hog and sing out of tune too
  • the most aspirational heroes are those who do the dirtiest work cheerfully
  • and you get to wear trendy gear… in a sort of Guatanamo Bay chic kind of way….

Is it any wonder that both nations have different types of social problem?

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