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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mr. Pommeroy, Mr. Winterbottom, Sir Toby & Admiral von Schneider

Sandra Juto is great at sharing Swedish culture on her blog Smosch. Not just the mainstream stuff, but real tid bits of contemporary culture. So on this New Year's Eve let me share a similar cultural nugget from my home country of Germany: "Dinner For One".

Uninterrupted since 1972, "Dinner for One" (in its original English, not dubbed!) is broadcast every New Year's eve and watched by millions of my fellow country men & women. "Dinner for One" is a slapstick sketch written by Brit Lauri Wylie in the 1920's. The version re-broadcasted in Germany every year was filmed in Hamburg in 1962 and it stars Freddie Frinton & May Warden.
You can find the sketch on YouTube.

One New Year's when I flew Lufthansa to Berlin, they even showed "Dinner for One" on the plane.
In that sense my friend Alex is right when he says: "Flying Lufthansa is so nice, because once you are on one of their planes it is as if you are already home in Germany".

Culture, Baby. There you have it.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosper & love-filled 2009!

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