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Nikolaus Knebel

We played football together. In Munich. In the same team, however, not in the same half of the pitch. I was a classic striker, waiting for passes from my mates at the front, Niko was always at the back, a hard-hitting Vorstopper. Both positions do not exist in [more]

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Emily Dische-Becker

Syrian nuns apparently now rival Israeli soldiers as the most valuable hostages in the Middle East. Yesterday, in exchange for 13 nuns who had been kidnapped by a local Al-Qaeda franchise, the Syrian regime released 25 to 152 prisoners (according to state- and opposition sources, respectively). Jabhat al [more]

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Nikolaus Knebel

PLACEBOOK I don’t do selfies. I am not on facebook. I also don’t keep a diary. I even shut down my website that I had so carefully designed, because I could no longer stand spending so much time on polishing up my old works instead of producing new [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel

Are you more the kind of Taker-type, Giver-type or Barter-type? For Adam Grant, one of the youngest professors at the Wharton Business School Pennsylvania (USA), there are these three characters, that rule the world. The taker-type is a career focused person who is trained to use ellbows. The [more]

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Nikolaus Knebel

Le Havre, France. Memories return unexpectedly. Often triggered by words, sounds, smells, feelings, or looks, they can eventually bridging between one place and another. I had only spent a few hours in Le Havre on the way to embarking on a ferry across the channel. The city left an [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel

This method is influenced by Confucius and Bruce Lee. It is clear that our lives are situated in a permanent field of tension between two poles: plus and minus, day and night, supply and demand, giving and taking, and so forth. Followers of Confucius speak of yin and [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel

You can not solve the problems with the tools that caused them. This is what Einstein once said. So, when we talk about economical issues, we should try to look for some answers outside the economic box. We should not try to answer wages issues with more wages, [more]

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Nikolaus Knebel

Quedlinburg, Germany. Quedlinburg, is an important historic place in Germany. However, its main events took place thousand years ago, when it was a palatinate of the Saxon emperors. Today, this tiny town can hardly survive. Despite all the old half-timber houses being renovated, and the pavements redone in romantic [more]

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Tobias Holzer

I don’t know the numbers & statistics too well, but it started on january 6 & it ends today on march 6. If one sums up those days in between, you get more or less 60pages filled with spiracles out of my membrain. Pretty much straight from the [more]

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Pippin Wigglesworth-Weider

Wir lassen etwas kommen, sitzen am Tisch vor dem Fenster und sehen Bezirke, die am anderen Ende der Stadt liegen, essen, trinken. Ich tue es allein. Wieder Steak, mein Wasser, und der Wein für Jémand. Ich trinke beides und esse beide Steaks. Ich versuche mich an die alte [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel

I got famous a few years ago with blueprints for so called Hartz IV Möbel, Bauhaus inspired furniture. I do not sell the construction plans. I give them away for free. Well, that’s not entirely true. I do expect something in return: a story. People pay me with [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel

My friends were a bit taken aback when they saw my mother. She had shaved off her hair and was wearing a robe. “From now on, I am no longer only there for you, my son, but for all children,” she said. It was her way of dealing [more]