Christopher Street Day Berlin 2011


More than half a million demonstrators and spectators were present at this years Parade. It was a diverse crowd: Men and women, gay and straight, young and old, from Berlin and all over the world.

The CSD Parade is a political demonstration. Every year there is a motto, and a list of demands for political changes that are necessary for the equality and acceptance of LGBT persons.

And of course it is also an opportunity to throw a big party down the streets of Berlin. There are dance beats, brilliant costumes, decorated floats, and the occasional naked upper body.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner German Premiere Berlin Tegel

About 1000 people followed the landing of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Berlin Tegel Airport today at 9:11 am. The visitor viewing area in the airport building was open to the public and provided an excellent view of the new Airplane.

The Boeing test airplane is referred to as ZA001 and is the first 787 ever built.

The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 210 – 250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 to 15,200 kilometers), while the 787-9 Dreamliner will carry 250 – 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers).

airberlin will be the first customer in Germany to receive a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for their fleet.

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Bud Spencer Autograph Session KaDeWe Berlin 2011

Carlo Pedersoli alias Bud Spencer, the Italian actor and filmmaker signed his autobiography “My Life, My Films” today at Hugendubel KaDeWe Berlin.

Carlo, born on 31 October 1929, is best known for past roles in spaghetti westerns together with his long time filmpartner Terence Hill.

The autobiography is written with humorous anecdotes and peppered with many autobiography sketches where Bud Spencer shows his personal side.

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David Garrett Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Berlin

The record-breaking German/American classical violinist and recording artist David Garrett got his very own wax figure today at Madame Tussauds Berlin.

The measuring in London took hours, as the portrayal should be exact: from every single hair over teeth and the last point of toe every detail was originally replicated. The musician of North American and German descent also gave his own jewelry and worn dresses to the wax figure. Even the pose was chosen by himself.

David himself revealed his wax figure today at 7pm, sadly without giving us a little concert.

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Carnival of Cultures Berlin 2011

After four days, the Carnival of Cultures 2011 ended yesterday with a big parade from Hermannplatz to Yorckstra├če. About 4.800 participants organised in 93 groups and about 700.000 visitors changed Kreuzberg into a sea of colours and ideas.

The street procession focussed on the cultural richness of Berlin, and also highlighted the often hidden treasures of its international cultural scene.

I took about 1000 pictures, but sadly I can’t show all of them, so I think that 29 pictures will be enough to give you an idea of what happened yesterday.

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