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Time and the old lady: Leipzig in 1999

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Cover shot: View of the tower of the Petri Church as seen from my bedroom window. (Photo: John Paul Kleiner)

“The older generation here has survived to see virtually every aspect of the society and system they helped build be repudiated by their successors. It’s one thing to have your style of dress, taste in music, social mores, etc. rejected, quite another to witness the entirety of your previous way of life be deposited into the ‘dustbin of history.'”

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Moving through life’s assembly line

in Philosophies/Society by
From the time we are conceived until the moment we die, we are all products - moving through life's assembly line. (Public domain photo)

Love is often not entirely explainable and may seem quite random, and therein lies its power… to somehow stall the machine, though never quite break it.

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5 things I hate about Hong Kong

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A Hong Kong resident tells us why life for him in the hyped up city is far from fab.

“As a local, I was born and grew up here. Part of me always feels bewildered about the positive comments uttered from the mouths of tourists about this overcrowded city.”

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Media repression series: Ukraine calling

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Yevhen Hershov writes about media repression in Ukraine in the 2010s; published as part of a LeipGlo series on the theme.

How much has Ukraine really changed after Euromaidan? We hear from a young Ukrainian studying media, society and international relations at Leipzig and Wroclaw universities.

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Stellenbosch’s fortified mental juice

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Stellenbosch has been a fascinating place to spend a study period - for both its pretty and ugly bits. And of course, for the wine.

Did they put something in my wine? Cuz words are just pouring out of me.

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Happy in Hong Kong (Part I of series)

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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong. (Photo: Ana Ribeiro)

“So much light, so many happy people, a hotel just next to densely squeezed, Michelin-starred hot food stalls on the nearest street corner, and a burgundy shoe box shop offering all sorts of strange liquids and jellies.”

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