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29 May 2011 / leggypeggy

Little green men of Berlin

Lutz and Maren, our hosts in Berlin, tell us that at least one very visible aspect of East Germany has been retained all these years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. That’s the Walk and Don’t Walk characters on the traffic lights. Berlin’s little green and red men have jaunty hats and stand in a steadfast pose — arms outstretched — or stride purposefully across the street.

The figures have even made it into a variety of commercial uses, such as t-shirts, pens, key rings and even the lounge chairs used by sun-seekers along the River Spree.

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Poor John, who is observant in so many ways, hadn’t noticed that the traffic light characters were different in Berlin. I’m guessing he had never taken notice of them anywhere in the world. Perhaps he was just way, way overdue for the cataract surgery he had earlier this year.

Also: Don’t forget to pick a number by 29 February 2012.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / May 29 2011 1:23 pm

    I think those little men have a global future! Easy to understand and much more interesting than standard ‘go’ and ‘wait’ signals. Peggy, it sounds like you and John are having a really interesting, and fun, time.

    There was a bit of MasterChef drama this week. Cleo was eliminated for not following the instructions in a challenge and Sun made it through despite possibly doing the worst cooking of her life. However, I didn’t feel sorry for Cleo because the instructions were very specific and, as the judges said, the other nine contestants understood and followed them. It makes you wonder though.

    I don’t know if you’re hearing any local news but, just in case you’re interested, Jon Stanhope retired and Katy Gallagher is now the Chief Minister.

    As always, give my best wishes to Poor John, keep having fun and stay safe.

    Louise

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