I’m back…

… but a little to brain-fried to write much.

I have managed to get on to Flickr (link on the right-hand side under the photo’s) and upload a selection of the 153 I took!

I’ll try for a proper entry tomorrow, but the not-spouse-creature is shortly due home from work and we need to snuggle!

N

8 thoughts on “I’m back…

  1. Enjoyed photos but was looking forward to reading more ramblings, etc.

    But understand brain fry.

    How many of your overall peer group know about Checkpoint Charlie/significance of Brandenburg Gate?

  2. All the people we were with were educated to (at least) degree level- it was that kind of conference. So they were aware how important/infamous these places were.

    At checkpoint charlie there was a big display about the history of Berlin, the war and the cold war and the things that happened there, very frank. I was surprised to see that a lot of the tourists seemed to be stopping to read it.

    I did find it odd that it was the only place in Berlin that directly and openly (that I went to anyway) referenced the split.

    My overall peer group- e.g. friends back home? I’m not so sure. I think they would undertsand/know what they are, but perhaps fail to really appreciate the significance of the wall coming down.

    Ramblings will go up tomorrow- I’m working on them as of today 🙂

  3. Not trying to judge – just trying to open a debate about how we pass the something on to the other and our unfailing facility to not learn from the past. But them we get into morals and ethics which may have been where I was heading when initially posting?!

    (Sorry, haven’t managed emoticons yet!)

  4. It’s OK, just type them like you would in a text. 🙂 is : ) without the space…

    As for our unfailing ability to forget our collective past mistakes- I don’t know when we will ever get over it as a species. I know to some people ( Dad for example) Archaeology is just middle class navel gazing (though he has changed his mind about the death of history), but I think that work that tackles the past in any respect has a role to play in the future. If we can understand how/why we got to now, maybe we can do sometjhing about tomorrow?

    And archaeology does that in quite a unique way. It forces us to examine the past as ‘other’ which is why I think archaeologies of the recent past are so interesting (like my own work at Greenham). They make us take a forced perspective, step away from ourselves (whilst acknowledging that we never truly can). I find the tension of that fascinating.

    I can only hope that the tourists we saw will learn a bit form what they read on the walls, maybe it will make them think about the West Bank and Gaza and the wall there? We can take horses to the proverbial stream, but getting them to drink? Up to them…

  5. There was quite a bit of other Berlin Wall infromation. There’s a display in Potsdamner place, made out of wall segments, that sent me to a preserved segment of the wall and whole border area, at Bernauer Straße. I think you were flying back at about that time..

  6. Thanks Mark, I missed those!

    It is good to know that there were other references…. I can’t help but think that if it were in the UK there is a good chance that we would have some ‘Heritage Industry’ ”experience” thing going on… I’m not sure what the balance is?

  7. Can you remember “Ulli”? (Lovely German woman on large motorbike who stayed with us in Boro to learn English via Peace Exchange?) She was there and wrote to me afterwards and sent me a “bit of wall”…lost in the trash that appeared in Slim Rivets via Chigwell!

    I try and remember that study/discipline/evidence/verity/real stuff should survive the personal and political.

    But how do you bury a warrior, a child, a companion/mark an experience so that others will know/interpret a history or a shift?

    I have a colleague who is going through the “British Citizen” hoop – do you know (without googling!) when women got the vote (over 30 yrs and then at 21) and what the local dialect of Liverpool is called?

    A civil servants view of history/HIS-story.

    So we have academia but it’s still a MAN made language and if language shapes our thoughts…interpretation?

  8. Yeah, I thought about her a lot while I was there. I remember you and her crying on the phone to each other the night the wall came down.

    I don’t think we got the vote at 1 until well into the 1930’s but I couldn’t put a date on it. The Liverpool dialect is scouse isn’t it?

    I think history/ herstory (perstory?) can be personal and the big picture.. It is a really big question.. how do we convet the ‘fact’ but also the personal, the emotion… shoudl we even try? I don’t think I will ever know the answer to that.

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