Creole Berlin Contest 2018 – Visit Berlin

WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN invites you to ‘Creole Global’ on 7 – 9 September 2018.  An international musical talent show featuring world renowned GlobalBeat Bands.


To celebrate the 25th birthday of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, Berlin’s premier venue for global festivals, the first international creole event will be taking place 7th-9th September 2018 in Neukölln, within the heart of Berlin.


Creole is a unique, well established talent contest featuring performers who are influenced by intriguing transcultural experiences, from orchestrated performances, to dance music and fusion. The contest has been running for the last 12 years, but until now has only been open to performers with residency in Germany. Now, for the very first time contestants from around the world are invited to enter ‘creole global’.


Philippa Ebene (Managing Director and Artistic Director of WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN) explains, “creole has gone from strength to strength for the last 12 years and we have been receiving more and more enquiries from abroad, which we could not accept when the competition was ‘creole Berlin’. We are very excited to be able to open the competition to international bands as it takes both ‘creole global’ as an event and indeed the venue to a worldwide audience. The original creole has always had a global spirit, featuring artists who draw their skills and influences from diverse sources and the musical fusion they create, and as ‘creole global’ continues to develop organically we now have the opportunity to invite even more world class artists to perform in Neukölln”.


In total 77 applications arrived from Germany, France, Italy, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Iran, Austria and Switzerland.  All applications were from bands with solid craftsmanship and expertise; bands with the ability to create unbelievable fusions, collaborate styles and deliver compositions influenced by Worldmusic and Worldjazz.


“The numerous first-class applications overwhelmed us completely and did not make the pre-selection process easy” explains the head of the judges Biasch Akame from Universal Music.

This resulted in the judges making the unprecedented decision to open the contest up to 21 bands instead of the original 14. “We cannot wait to experience the varied range of bands from orchestral to dance music live in September during the contest, says Akame.

Get the best Segway Hoverboard in the UK 2018

Where to buy the best Segway Hoverboard

I have little experience with a segway hoverboard, but I have seen enough video to know this applies to them. Any difference will be a matter of degree. Hoverboard climb hills just fine. Even steep ones, up to about a 30 % grade. That’s quite steep. Steeper than any street you are likely to find.

What happens is that the contact of the tires on the ground moves a bit uphill. Lean forward when you are going uphill, and lean back if going downhill. So your weight must shift accordingly. It can be really disconcerting when going downhill. Just take it slowly.

But be aware that you need traction. If the hill is slippery, full of leaves beware or get off. If you might not be able to stand without slipping, you probably shouldn’t try a Segway there either. It might handle it but your margin of safety will be on thin ground.

The battery of the Segway hoverboard recharges while I’m riding downhill

Yes, the Hoverboard has “Regenerative Braking”, so when you are going down a hill, or even just decelerating on the flat, charge gets passed back to the batteries.

Other accessories to enhance the experience of the hoverboard include a brake light kit to to notify other drivers that they are going to stopp or turn. A hill kit which allows the Segway hoverboard to more consistently climb hills without any problems and a speed charger so that whenever the hoverboard needs to be charged the owner can save several precious hours of their time due to the fact that the speed charger nearly halves the charging time from 12 hours to roughly 6 hours.  It handled going up and down hills with ease — I never felt like I was going to pitch forward or backward off the rider. It can take you across any terrain and at a speed of 12.1 mph we blazed by the regular hoverboards with ease.

If you are tired of a hoverboard you can switch to hoverkarts


Find the best light fire extinguisher

light fire extinguisher

One of the best sites to find good products is Cubwolf.

The review of the best light fire extinguisher is in depth.

1. They can be held sideways or even upside down, so that fires underneath objects such as wardrobes or car seats can be extinguished.
2. The extinguishing agent does not re-light or re-ignite, as some other extinguishing agents do.
3. Cubwolf looks how the FireDefender light fire extinguisher can deal with electrical fires from a 1m distance in addition to other types of fire.
4. The extinguishing liquid in most of our extinguishers is bio degradable, the bottles can be chucked in the bin once their life cycle is up
5. Instead of aerosol or other toxic propellants, this fire extinguisher uses a pressure system.
6. They are made of a special plastic and are therefore light weight, even kids and the elderly can handle them.
7. Instead of a squeezable lever, the Tectro fire extinguishers use either a trigger, or a cap similar to those on hairsprays to make it super easy to use.
8. Fire Defender examines how all extinguishers can be used with one hand.
9. The light fire extinguishers cannot burst while in a hot car, caravan or when enveloped by a fire.
10. They do not inflate when the pressure drops in an airplane. This is why it has come to the attention of a large airline.
11. they are foam extinguishers, not powder hence they don’t destroy your surroundings and you can see the source of the fire unlike with powder extinguishers
12. It is manufactured in Germany.
13. Dry powder fire extinguishers should be rebranded as powerful laxatives.
14. It does not need CE as the inner and outer pressure of the fire extinguisher is the sam.
15. I don’t want to be Donald Trump on this, but anyone who doesn’t use this is an idiot.


Fidget Spinner – something different to do outside

Fidget Spinner sale


Another thing to do outside is playing with a Fidget Spinner – the craze of 2017 that swept over the big pond into Europe. Originally developed for kids with ADHS it has become a fun toy for young and old alike.

And while it is not exactly walking in the countryside it can still be an activity that keeps you concentrate on something other that a screen. And let’s be honest, anything that keeps us away from smartphones and other electronic screens, even for a short while, must be desireable – spinning out in a good way.

Fidget Spinner craze
Fidget Spinner craze

Fidget spinner in many different styles and colours are available for sale from

Walking Guide – Greenwich Meridian Trail Series

Greenwich Meridian Trail Guide Books

If you really fancy going out and about why not try walking through the country with a purpose. And seeing that the walking through Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats might be a bit overambitious, not to say overdone, you could follow in the footsteps of Hilda and Graham Heap who trailed along the Prime Meridian and wrote a book about it. Well, four books to be precise. The guides use ordnance survey maps for easy route finding and are full of information about the places you might visit and stay at along the way. Good access by public transport makes it convenient to do the walks in sections.

The Greenwich Meridian Trail (GMT Walk) is a long-distance walk along the line of the Prime Meridian.

The walk starts at the splendid monument to King George V at Peacehaven in East Sussex and ends, 273 miles later, on the coast at Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire.  The walk is divided into four parts, each explained by a separate guidebook. You can find out more about Hilda and Graham and their books here:

The four bespoke book covers were designed from photos taken on the journey by Book cover design prices can also be found there.

Springtime is St George’s mushroom picking time

Go out mushroom picking

Now that the morels should be mostly gone and before the chantarelles are raising their pretty orange heads, it is time for the St George’s Mushroom to be found. Fruitbodies appear in April around St George’s Day on the 23rd of April, hence its name.

Calocybe gambosa is the Latin name and calocybe means pretty head, which describes this white to cream coloured mushroom perfectly. You find it on meadows and the edge of woodlands. It often grows in large fairy rings. It is of rather solid, even build and smells strongly of flower or cucumber. Gills are white and crowded and the spore print is also white.

St Georges Mushroom
Edible St Georges Mushroom – white or cream
St Georges Mushroom
Compact, solid build









There are poisonous mushrooms that look similar and grow around the same time. So always ask an expert, or leave well alone, if you are not an experienced mushroom picker. Just stick to this rule: If I can’t identify a mushroom with 100% certainty, I do not eat it!