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Amok Mama: S.A.D.

Jacinta Nandi does not have Seasonal Adjustment Disorder. Really, she doesn't. It's just Thilo Sarrazin and, well, life. But try telling that to her stepdad.... more »

Sep 13, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Amok Mama: A few of my unfavourite things

Jacinta Nandi loves living in Germany. She loves absolutely everything about life in this country. Well, apart from one or two tiny, insignificant details..... more »

Sep 20, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (10 Comments)

Amok Mama: A beginner's guide to Germany

Jacinta Nandi has spent 10 years conducting an anthropological study on German society, so you don't have to. Now she's thrilled to be able to reveal her conclusions... more »

Sep 27, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (3 Comments)

Amok Mama: Clever shit my kid says

Some mothers think that their kids are all clever and special. But Jacinta Nandi knows that hers is. Well, most of the time, anyways... more »

Oct 4, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Amok Mama: Miserable bastards

With this talk of integration being put front and center in Germany thanks to a certain SPD politician, Jacinta tries to wrap her head around the concept – and ponders the different reasons some people would immigrate to England rather than Germany. more »

Oct 11, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (3 Comments)

Amok Mama: Why do I FUCKING bother?

Some people get physically turned on by the smell of cinnamon. Jacinta Nandi isn't one of them. But could she pretend to be if she wanted to? And how long would it be before the truth came out? more »

Oct 18, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog

Amok Mama: Woof!

Jacinta Nandi acknowledges that she complains about Germany a lot. But there are some things she likes about living here – especially when certain qualities one finds in certain people are misplaced in others. more »

Oct 26, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Amok Mama: Sexy boys and sexy girls

Language is slippery, says Jacinta Nandi, just like the inner thigh of an oiled-up stewardess. This week she takes you through some of the sexist pitfalls of both the German and English language – and the danger the capital "I" represents to men. more »

Nov 1, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Polish wet t-shirt contest by Dobromir Sośnierz/August Diehl photo by Martin Kraft

Amok Mama: I would pay August Diehl, like, €100, for sex. Probably.

Has the misogyny of modern day society penetrated Jacinta Nandi's entire being or just her masturbation fantasies? Answers on a postcard, please. more »

Nov 8, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (6 Comments)

Photo by kindofadrag (Flickr; CC)

Amok Mama: In defence of Justin Bieber

It's not like Jacinta Nandi never slags anyone off. It's just that she doesn't enjoy it as much as she should. It's all Stephen Hendry's fault, of course. more »

Nov 15, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (5 Comments)

Amok Mama: We all have fetishes and that's OK.

Jacinta Nandi says we all have fetishes. And that's OK. But don't offer to make her a chai tea unless you really mean it. more »

Nov 22, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (3 Comments)

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Amok Mama: But where's your soup?

Life is a long never-ending chain of devastatingly disappointing disappointments, says Jacinta Nandi. And then you go to the soup aisle of a German supermarket. But never mind. At least you're not working there. more »

Nov 29, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Photo by Kevin Dooley (kevindooley; Flickr CC)

Amok Mama: Mum guilt

Jacinta's son doesn't believe in Santa anymore. And now she has to face the sad, bleak, miserable and harsh reality. Her son is a cynic – a major cynic. He's the six-year-old version of Richard Dawkins. more »

Dec 6, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog

Illustration by Kerri Mullen

Amok Mama: Feeling homesick

Nothing makes Jacinta Nandi feel more homesick than the thought of prodding Camilla Parker-Bowles in the chest with a stick. more »

Dec 13, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog

Photo by Dees Chinniah (cyberdees; Flickr CC)

Amok Mama: Crappy Christmas

Jacinta Nandi has gotten used to German Christmas dinners now, but for a while she thought that most of the German population was living below the poverty line. more »

Dec 20, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (7 Comments)

Photo by Thomas Vogt (VoThoGrafie; Flickr CC)

Amok Mama: New Year's resolution

Two thousand ten – what a fantastic year. It started cold and it ended fucking freezing, and in between it was wonderful. All that's left is for Jacinta Nandi to make her New Year's resolutions. more »

Dec 27, 2010 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Amok Mama: Kevin-Bobby's main source of information

Jacinta Nandi's IT teacher once told her that she shouldn't get all her information from advertising. Like, dur. That's what Wikipedia is for, miss! more »

Jan 10, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Amok Mama: My Little German

It's not always easy being the English mother of a German kid, especially if the German kid in question is a right smug little bastard. Still, says Jacinta Nandi, being a German kid with an English mother must be even worse. more »

Jan 17, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (3 Comments)

Amok Mama: Dubbing snobbery

We all know dubbing is a gruesome, despicable, barbaric practice, slightly less evil than female mutilation or happy-slapping. But, says Jacinta Nandi, you've got to learn German somehow! Don't you? more »

Jan 24, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (14 Comments)

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Amok Mama: Walking on RED

Inspired by a poetry slam, Jacinta realizes what makes a good person and a bad person – and it isn't charity. At least in Germany. What kind of person is SHE though? more »

Jan 31, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Amok Mama: Just stop being SO fucking German

In the olden days, when the kids were cheeky, they got a smacked bottom or a good old clip round the ear. All our kids get is insulted. But how, asks Jacinta Nandi, do you know when you've gone too far? more »

Feb 7, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (7 Comments)

Amok Mama: Entitled

Jacinta has a case of Schadenfreude. Especially in regards to ants and resigning politicians. But in explaining the reasons politicians who resign to her son, perhaps its just better for her to just enjoy it herself. more »

Feb 21, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (6 Comments)

Amok Mama: Poetry vs comedy

One of the most fun things you can do in this country is to go to a poetry slam. Poetry slams are great. They're the most fun you can have, ever, without breaking the law and/or spending lots of money. more »

Feb 28, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (3 Comments)

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Amok Mama: Hypocrisy and mendacity

If being bilingual in English and German is this precious gift we give to our privileged expat children, then being bilingual in Turkish and German can't be THAT bad, for fuck's sake. more »

Mar 14, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (6 Comments)

Amok Mama: I really hate hypocrisy in other people

Jacinta Nandi is the self-proclaimed Queen of Bullshit. She really hates hypocrisy in other people, though. She will be performing at the our monthly Wednesday at Kaffee Burger on March 23. Don't miss it! more »

Mar 21, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (4 Comments)