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How to Survive a German Wedding — 40% German

Details: The term “Wedding Breakfast” in the UK often refers to some canapés and a glass of buck’s fizz after a morning ceremony, in Germany you can easily find yourself eating a bowl of muesli, while awkwardly small talking with the bride’s great-aunt. There can be a lot of slow moments too, as things leisurely progress towards the evening.

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I don't Hate the Royals (I just don't see the Point) — 40%

Details: Commentators can declare this weeks wedding represents change, and maybe there is some truth in that. Yet, I doubt it will be the real change that the UK desperately needs. Others declare a new chapter of the modern Royal family, I would imagine than modernity has no place for hereditary privilege, but then again, I’m just a curmudgeon.

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Ain't No Party Like a German Grillparty — 40% German

Details: English & Intercultural trainer, English language blogger based in Germany since 2011. Founder of 40% German, Nic focuses on explaining German and UK culture, looking at the little details that are often misunderstood or misrepresented by both the British and the Germans. Latest Article. Featured. Nov 6, 2021.

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Britain, Germany and the Covidiots — 40% German

Details: Sep 11 How to Survive a German Wedding . Aug 28 Schlager and the Germans Related Posts. Jan 25. Jan 25 Germany and the UK: Weaponising History Jun 12. Jun 12 Germany: Memory and Memorials Feb 27. Feb 27 Woke, Voke and

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The Cult of the Spargel Eaters — 40% German

Details: Mar 27. Mar 27 The Cult of the Spargel Eaters. Nic Houghton. Food, Traditions, Society. It’s not an understatement to say that British culture revolves around sheep; we like to eat them, look at them in fields, count them before we sleep and insult whole sections of society for supposedly engaging in sexual relations with them.

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How Germany Works: The Freiwillige Feuerwehr — 40% German

Details: Things are more sedate, the rough and tumble of the city is quickly forgotten among the coniferous forests of the German countryside. Where the city is a cacophony of traffic and people, the rhythm of the village is twittering birds, sporadic tractors and especially in summer, the hooting car horns of a wedding party.

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Confusion Politics: Trump, Merkel and the EU — 40% German

Details: Like the wedding suit I no longer fit in. When asked for comment, Merkel declared that “ We Europeans have our fate in our own hands, ”, which I guess is the only thing anyone could say to such a confusing interview from a fellow national leader.

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How Fair is German Education

Details: Children who go to Gymnasium and attain the Abitur (think GCSEs and A-Levels rolled into one) are then allowed to apply for university. Children from the other two tiers gain qualifications, but they are not accepted for university entrance unless they sit the Abitur, either by staying in secondary education for a year or two longer, or by attending a free adult education course later down the

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Germany in Summer: The Junggesellenabschied — 40% German

Details: This is not to say that Junggesellen cannot go overboard. German newspapers are inundated with tales of drunken harassment or general stupidity from groups of men celebrating their friend’s upcoming wedding by starting fights in the company of prostitutes, being thrown in jail for sexual harassment or being found helplessly wandering the streets in their underpants.

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The Forgotten Small Differences — 40% German

Details: English & Intercultural trainer, English language blogger based in Germany since 2011. Founder of 40% German, Nic focuses on explaining German and UK culture, looking at the little details that are often misunderstood or misrepresented by both the British and the Germans. Latest Article. Featured. Nov 20, 2021.

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Brexit: the worst episode of Game of Thrones — 40% German

Details: Admittedly, the Wall or the Red Wedding are hyper re-imaginings of historical locations and events, but it's hard not to find apt parallels. It must come as no surprise to find out that many of the main actors in the drama engulfing British politics are big fans of the books and the HBO show. However, the contrast has it's faults.

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