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INTERVIEW: The stalwart socialist stays impassioned to the end! Legendary auteur Ken Loach's supposed last feature, Jimmy's Hall, is a post-Irish Civil War drama with a heavy dance element. It hits Berlin cinemas on Aug 14. more

Aug 15, 2014 12:00 PM Film

Despite everything, the Sportsdesk loved the World Cup, and Berlin, this ramshackle place where the world really comes together, has been the best place to enjoy it. Here's why. more

Jul 16, 2014 12:30 PM Opinion 1 Comments

A man on the way to the Fanmeile at Brandenburg Gate holds up a German flag on top of the Holocaust memorial. John Riceburg says, "Too soon!" It's going to take a lot longer before we can feel good about German flags again. more

Jul 16, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion 27 Comments

Maggie was down on Ku'Damm last night for the German victory in the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, there was quite a bit of jubilation and flag flying at the scene. But there were other political messages thrown in, too. And that's a good thing. more

Jul 14, 2014 1:00 PM Opinion

GUEST BLOG: An expat on the frontlines of Berlin's single lady battlefield, Mossy stopped by in the wake of last night's victory to clarify what the World Cup means for the love-lorn. Or at least sex-starved. And it means going native... very native. more

Jul 9, 2014 2:30 PM Opinion 1 Comments

The Sportsdesk bears witness to the joyous chaos of Germany's 7:1 win over Brazil. In the pubs and on the streets the people partied, but there is a note of caution. No one has won the World Cup quite yet. more

Jul 9, 2014 12:30 PM Opinion

Excited about more World Cup fun with Germany vs. the US Jun 26? Not so fast. Call him a killjoy, but Andrew Jennings is hammering in the last nail in the coffin of FIFA's credibility with his new book on that “desperate old thief” Sepp Blatter. more

Jun 25, 2014 1:00 PM Zeitgeist

The World Cup may well be used by some as an excuse for nationalstic fervour, but in his open letter to Berlin the Sportsdesk feels that John Ricburg, on these very pages, has missed the point. It is inclusive, not divisive, and that is its beauty. more

Jun 24, 2014 12:30 PM Opinion 4 Comments

An open letter to Germany: Sure, we've had some great times together. This Fußball obsession, however, is turning into a deal-breaker for me. more

Jun 23, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion 19 Comments

Maggie's not quite sure where she wants to view the mania. She ponders the problem of not only being a woman looking for somewhere to watch the World Cup, but a woman in City West wanting to watch the World Cup. Ultimately lo-fi satisfies. more

Jun 17, 2014 11:00 AM Opinion

Another argument ensues as the Sportsdesk finds itself divided on the subject of the World Cup. more

Jun 12, 2014 11:00 AM Opinion

On June 12, most of the world (except for the Amis) will be caught in football fever. From couches at Stadion an der Alten Försterei to matches at the Pregnant Oyster and beyond, here's a round-up of best places for the big games. more

Jun 10, 2014 11:15 AM Insider Tips 1 Comments

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