Albert Mooney



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Former UK PM Margaret Thatcher dies

Margaret Thatcher dies peacefully following a stroke, aged 87
Margaret Thatcher, one of the most influential and divisive British political leaders of the 20th century, died on Monday 8th April, aged 87....

The Pebble that Wanted to be a Bridge

Munich Melody

In the evolution of my understanding of what it is to be a human being on this planet and what it is to be woman, Tuesday became an...

US presidential debates - time to take the Mitts off?

The clock in running down on the US presidential election, and Mitt Romney is hoping that October's high-profile televised debates will reinvigorate...

Spitz saves '72 and more

The Spitz legend inspired generations
Being a child of the mid-sixties, most of my first real memories came to me in the early 1970s, with the exception of the first lunar landing (my...

Atomic energy? Yes, please

Want to fight against global warming? Build more nuclear power stations and dump iron into the sea.
"I am in blood stepped in so far that should I...

Happy Birthday to the Blue Duke

The hunting lodge Amalienburg at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich. Photo: naocontemporary.blogspot.com
This week marks the 350th birthday of Kurfürst Max Emanuel, and a Jubiläumswoche (Jubilee week) of celebratory events is planned around Munich and...

Merkel accused of betrayal as Germany "reinterprets" euro deal

A joint statement issued by the finance ministers of Germany, Holland and Finland on 26th September has been met with dismay in European capitals...

"Pay and Pray": Catholic Church gets tough on tax

The Catholic Church in Germany has come under fire from both liberal and conservative church bodies for its recent decision to deny the sacraments to...

Confessions of an Oktoberfest Hater

It must be like living in Rio and hating Carnival. Or being a Dubliner who dreads St. Patrick's Day. Or a citizen of Nero's Rome who has long grown...

Dachau Volksfest - the bite sized Oktoberfest

Anyone passing by the Wies'n in the next few weeks will see preparations underway for the world's most mammoth beer festival. Oktoberfest will be...

Where Art meets History: 75 years of the Haus der Kunst

One of Munich's most well-known buildings (photo Jeff Ely)
Munich's Haus der Kunst has the rare distinction of having been on display in art exhibitions as well as hosting them. Albert Speer, while not the...

Gabriele Münter's Murnau: a day trip from Munich to the birthplace of abstract art

Grüngasse in Murnau by Wassily Kandinsky Photo: friendsofart.net
"The more frightening the world becomes", wrote Wassily Kandinsky, "the more art becomes abstract." Sharing his life and work with his partner and...