Police arrests two ‘terror suspects’

On Thursday night German Police arrested two people, suspected of planning a terror attack in Germany. According to media reports the men had planned an attack on Berlin’s popular sight Checkpoint Charlie and/or on Alexanderplatz. The police however could not confirm such details.

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Fatal Car Racing in Berlin

Last Monday’s fatal car accident in West Berlin’s shopping area between KaDeWe and Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church is only the tip of another iceberg. Two young men had been racing down Tauentzienstraße (continued from Kurfürstendamm) – crossing at least two red traffic lights – crashing into a third car and killing its driver.

In 2014 alone Berlin saw over 3000 traffic accidents caused by speeding – and 52 people got killed in traffic accidents. That means that on average every week one person gets killed on the streets of Berlin.

In the recent years Car Racing continued to be quite a common problem in Berlin. Mostly young men driving across the city a high speed – in 2014 some 38 special speeding tickets were issued for illegal racing.

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Berlin Weather in January: cold, wet, windy – and sunny

In January we had again something of everything: some wind, some rain, some snow – and some sunlight. The temperature went down to something like -12°C and up to around +12°C – not too bad, but also not really nice. Overall I would say: the Berlin Weather in January was “ok” so far.

Berlin Winter Weather - sunshine on Oderberger Stasse Prenzlauer Berg in January

Sunshine on Oderberger Stasse Prenzlauer Berg

On the weekend it may however become a bit stormy. Some warm air is meeting with some cold air. Temperatures are expected to be slightly above 0°C – rain and winds will probably dominate the weather condition on Saturday and Sunday. Well… Have a nice weekend then!

PS: Feel free to check this weather map of Deutscher Wetterdienst / German Weather Service:

Win Two Tickets for British Shorts Film Festival Berlin

I’m very happy to announce that I can give away two free tickets for the Festival Screening next Sunday evening at Sputnik Kino. No catch – no information collected, no email addresses harvested, no re-tweets necessary. Just send an email to till@nuberlin.com before 5pm Berlin time Friday January 22nd 2016 with “British Shorts” in the subject line.

And this is what you can expect:

Sun 24.01. 22:00 / Sputnik Kino

  • The Hedgehog (Drama), R.: Chris Lee, Paul Storrie, 6:47 Min.
  • Rickshaw Rick (Drama), R.: Robert Manson, 10:00 Min.
  • Role Play (Drama), R.: Brynach Day, 16:00 Min.
  • The Macaron Man (Comedy/ Mockumentary), R.: Ben Garfield, 19:00 Min.
  • Holding The Strings (Music Video), R.: Benjamin Cowie, 3:34 Min.
  • Last Night In Edinburgh (Drama), R.: Bita Shafipour, 21:00 Min.
  • Oh-Be-Joyful (Comedy/ Drama), R.: Susan Jacobson, 14:00 Min.
  • Princess For A Day (Black Comedy, Drama), R.: Tom Fergus Arnott, 10:00 Min.

For further information about the screening please feel free to visit the festival website: http://www.britishshorts.de/programmEN.html?id=392006930982179000

Average Salary in Berlin

The Berlin office for statistics Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg have just released numbers about the Average Salary in Berlin (2015 Q3). And I must admit I am a little bit surprised about some of the details.

If you add all the number up – the salary for full time employed, part time employed and marginally employed employees (men and women) the total gross salary would have been 2.953 Euro in the third quarter of 2015. That would equal a yearly gross salary of 35.436 Euro – about 1,9% more than in the third quarter of 2014.

Depending on what you are used to this may or may not sound like a lot of money. But when you take a look at the details, there are some surprises hidden. First of all: men and women are still not paid equally. And while the average salary for both men and women has risen, it has risen more for male employees – and a bit less for female employees.

Here’s the bare numbers:

average monthly gross salary change compared to Q3 2014
Full time, part time and minor employment
total 2.953 Euro + 1,9 %
men 3.325 Euro + 3,0 %
women 2.588 Euro + 1,1 %
Full time employment
total 3.656 Euro + 3,8 %
men 3.858 Euro + 3,9 %
women 3.357 Euro + 3,4 %
Part time employment
total 1.957 Euro + 2,5 %
men 1.798 Euro + 4,1 %
women 2.014 Euro + 2,0 %
Marginal employment
total 335 Euro + 6,2%
men 340 Euro + 6,5 %
women 331 Euro + 6,0 %

Please feel free to download the full statistics report here:
www.statistik-berlin-brandenburg.de/pms/2016/16-01-15.pdf

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Bye Bye Bowie…

It’s sad – very sad – but it is like it is: last Sunday David Bowie past away.

Berlin and Bowie had a rather special relationship. One could probably say that the city had at least changed, if not saved him – and that he had also somehow shaped and maybe even saved the city.

> Berlin 101 > David Bowie and Berlin

Happy nuBerlin! Happy New Year!

It’s the time of the year, when the turn of the year won’t get much closer. So I finally wrapped up some info page about things that might be worth knowing about New Year’s Eve in Berlin. But please don’t expect too much – it’s just some basic rants about Berlin New Year’s Eve traditions and rituals: What do people do on New Year’s Eve? What do they eat? How do they behave? etc…

Berlin 101 > New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day

Frohes Neues Jahr! Guten Rutsch!! Happy New Year!!!

Berlin Weather in November: something of everything

Yes, we also had some serious November rain – but also sunshine, blue skies, stormy weather – and the first snow. There was basically something of everything.

If you look at the average temperature for Germany, this November was the warmest for the past 130 years – even though temperatures dropped in the second half of the month and the first snow even made it to Berlin. And there was also a 30% ‘bonus’ of sunshine, compared to the average November. In Berlin however we had 4% less sunshine than on an average November. For most people November is probably always too dark and grey anyways.

With over 60 liters per square meter this November was more than 30% more rainy, than an average Berlin November. And if you ask me: I could have skipped last Sunday’s evening rain easily. That was just a bit too much.

Now jet’s see what December will bring along. Usually the temperatures should drop a bit further towards the 0°C mark. And if the rainfall continues at the November scale, we should have lots of snow – sooner or later.