Archive for the ‘bits and pieces’ Category

Theo Juggling In Buxton

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

…and Emil filmed him doing it.

This is a tribute to Buxton, Derbyshire. We were fortunate to spend five months here and get to know the town, the Peak District and the amazing people living here. Thanks to all who made our time in Buxton so special.

Juggling: Theo Kurpierz
Filming and Editing: Emil Kurpierz
Song: Smashing Pumpkins, Never Let Me Down Again (Depeche Mode)


Juggling in Buxton from Steffen Kurpierz on Vimeo.

Snowden Interview with the “Guardian”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Edward Snowden on TED

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

“We don’t have to give up our liberty to have security. And I think by working together we can have both open government and private lives


Go to TED – ideas worth spreading for more great talks.


Kerry on Snowden

Friday, May 30th, 2014

John Kerry must really be quite helpless. How else can he seriously sit there and call Snowden “pretty dumb”?

I don’t think Kerry is dumb, simply because he is saying dumb things like that. It must have crossed his mind, that Snowden might be disillusioned about the fairness of the chance he would get in the American justice system – the disillusionment springing from his own experience working inside the American administration. The nonchalant way the Constitution of the US  is disregarded secretly – now more or less openly – by the intelligence agencies cannot be very encouraging to anyone.

“How does it become a man to behave toward the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it. “

Of course he had to run. Of course he had to go public. Of course he is a patriot.

Mr Kerry, if you call him dumb and a traitor and a coward, you have to apply the same attributes to Henry David Thoreau.

Steffen Kurpierz


Strange Maps

Friday, July 1st, 2011

When I was younger I thought very long and hard about how the world would be different if the maps of the world were drawn the other way around. After all placing North on the top half of the globe is a completely arbitrary decision. On my map Australia and New Zealand as well as Brazil and Argentina along with the rest of South America would be in what is our North, whereas the US and Europe as well as Asia would be situated in the Southern hemisphere. Today you can find reversed maps online. Wikipedia seems a good starting point.


Dylan Moran

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Hitler Hitler Hitler Hitler…

A pub called “Uncertainty”

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Meet Bill Bailey!

Cartoonists’ Views on the Potter Phenomenon

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Click the screenshot for a fine selection of Cartoons released in the wake of Potter 7.1

Henry David Thoreau – Civil Disobedience (read by Mark Ruffalo)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Many people are euphoric about Obama winning the election. What amazes me is the degree of excitement even in our country, Germany. I predict that next year when we are asked to the ballot box in order to vote for our own government, the excitement will be nowhere near as big as it was during the US election week. But at the moment people all over the world seem to believe that with the new President world peace will suddenly break out. (Christopher Hitchens warns of “the cousinhood of euphoria and hysteria” about this.) At the least, I am afraid that the the expectations of Obama are to high not for him to fail.

Over the last eight agonizing years, when we were not outraged, we Europeans have developed a tendency to lean back and smirk at what was going on in the US. This attitude has never been very becoming to us.

Hugh Laurie – America

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Hugh Laurie only needs three words to construct the lyrics for “America”. And yet, he says it all, at least it appears as if he does to anyone who has in some way a connection with the “The States”.