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A guide to Germany's best city. (But not in German). Words and photographs copyright @willrolls.
Autohate
2014-02-01 10:57
Like many major cities, Hamburg has two big football clubs; St Pauli and HSV, both with strong identities, distinctive history and a lot of rude chants. And in common with Dortmund-Schalke… Read More
Get Yer Skates On
2014-01-09 22:29
Very occasionally in life, your body will be treated to a physical sensation that is completely and utterly brand new. The first time you were tickled as a child, inhaled a cigarette, wiped… Read More
Snap, Crackle And Pop
2014-01-02 22:07
This is an ad for my bike tyres. They’re made by Schwalbe and have a special ‘Green’ lining or something that reduces the chance of getting a puncture. The copywriting in t… Read More
Pricks
2013-12-22 19:52
Spend enough time in Hamburg, you’ll get used to seeing the letters ‘ACAB’ sprayed all over the city’s walls. It’s never written in that multicolour, 3D way tha… Read More
Dusk To Dawn In Hamburg
2013-12-01 07:36
“Night-time turns people into animals“ drawls a sampled quote in a lesser-known, Utah Saints track that the Shuffle feature in my iTunes seems to like. I’ve never placed th… Read More
2013-11-16 22:04
The harbour of Hamburg is like a pair of lungs; inhaling goods and ships’ contents and exhaling exports every day. The goods come mainly in containers, but also wrapped, ground, fresh… Read More
A Final Homecoming
2013-10-07 21:31
When you walk around London, occasionally you’ll see a blue plaque adorning the outside wall of a house, with the name of someone famous who lived there. It’s normally someone wh… Read More
When Pork Meets Dessert
2013-09-25 20:56
Anyone casually familiar with Germany will tell you a lot about autobahns, fräuleins and inevitably, the currywurst. The curry and the wurst - it’s an unlikely partnership of two… Read More
The Old Elbe Tunnel: Let's Get Down
2013-09-15 19:31
Now and again, you’ll watch an enormous container ship or cruise liner head up the Elbe, and you will marvel at how thousands of tonnes of steel CAN FLOAT IN THE WATER. You literally i… Read More
Hamburg's Singles: An Explanation
2013-09-10 21:56
After noticing that Hamburg has loads of canals, no parking spaces and it occasionally rains, you’ll spot something else: Everyone’s single. That’s right, everyone. The guy… Read More

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