Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Yes: There's always Something...naked...

©Brigitta Huegel

In Germany we say: "With a tear in the buttonhole". You say "With a tear in the eye" - ours might come from the parsimony of 1 tear in the buttonhole of a suit - a more manly version of showing feelings :-) 
This morning a Berlin radio moderator announced the winner of a competition - prize: a voyage to Cuba with the whole team - task: the chef has to come to work stark naked. (No place for a buttonhole or a tear). Winner: a doctor who will come nude to the surgery - and work that way - all day long. 
That doctor volunteered - argument: "As a dermatologist my patients have to undress in front of me too - so it's only fair." 
Aha. 
I hope that the few doctors I have will be able to pay their travels with the money they earn from us private patients (One handshake: 150 Euros, in combination with a smile: 250 Euros). 
Why the tear in my buttonhole (or on the Gaura on my balcony - took a photgraph yesterday - it is still raining - but isn't it lovely?) 
Well - at the moment I have lots of work to do. That's why I'll change the style of my posts - at least for a while - to shorter impressions. 
As the sign on German phone boxes in the Sixties urged: 
"Make it brief!" (Haha - I :-) - anybody knocking at the glass door?) 



15 comments:

  1. Knock, knock, just a sec? I wanted to say how beautiful your Gaura is! :)
    Greetings Maria xx

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    1. Oh thank you, Maria! Just come in, it is raining, and there is space for two - see: I do a long-distance call with my friend and insegnante Gloria - she is still in Ossana, you might help me to explain to her why I changed to a French course now...
      Greetings, Britta xxx

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  2. There is a general trend towards nakedness.... I don't really see the point.

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    1. Me neither, Cro - maybe they think that while offering her very private - umh - parts they become "special"? What next - showing their brain surgery? (And the winner gets... a trip to an island with many coconuts dropping from trees).

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  3. In England, you can have a 'buttonhole' and still be naked. Somewhere to put the flower when you are not wearing a suit...

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    1. I knew it, Tom!
      Did you see "Cold Feet"? Once he comes in his birthday suit, a rose in that place you might have indicated. Being a Lady I will not tell you the joke with flowers, a husband, a vase and legs. Not in that order, by the way.

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  4. Ummmmm.. I am not too sure about the hygiene involved with a naked doctor. I am uncomfortable with the idea as well as a nude chef. Who knows what might fall into the food?
    The picture of those delicate flowers is lovely.

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    1. Hahaha, Emma! Made me think instantly of Jamie Oliver - "the Naked Chef" - and his quarrel with the Spaniards at the moment, because he refuses to put his Chorizo into a dish.

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    2. I don't want his Chorizo in my dish! (Yes I know what Chorizo is.)

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  5. I am chuckling at the practitioner with no buttonhole. Your Gaura forms its bud just like my Mandevilla, but the petals all become separate when open. Beautiful.

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    1. But can you imagine, Joanne, entering a surgery - and you not knowing about the won contest? (Come to think about it: must ring my dentist in Hamburg to make an urgent appointment :-)
      Yes, the buds of both flowers are a bit similar - I always let the dark red Mandeville hang over the balcony (most people let it climb) and it is so very flowering, really dishy!

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  6. I had to visit the doctor this morning. He was not not nude, but had he been, I might have paid him to put his clothes back on.

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    1. Dear Geo., I hope your visit was helpful. Yes - sometimes that money to protect one's eyes might be useully spent :-)

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  7. I would not like to visit my doctor and find him in the nude, and it is far too cold anyway - I hope his surgery is warm.
    The Gaura is delightful, I don't think that I have ever seen one before, and the raindrops are glistening like little diamonds.

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    1. I thought about the cold too, Rosemary - maybe the prospect of Cuba keeps his body warm...mind over matter, he might mumble...
      The Gaura is behaving surprisingly on my balcony: it is modest, and long-flowering. Saw it first in a border in the Botanic Garden, and loved its fragile movements - on the balcony it is delicate and graceful versus the blue sky. I prefer the white version to the pink one (for once in my life I don't prefer pink :-)

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