Back in the days before the internet was invented, 1992 or so, I made it onto German TV whilst a guest of Rene Lucio and Origami München. Having zero German linguistic skills in those days (and only marginally more these days!) I pre-learned a single phrase to impress the presenter, a former Miss World winner. When she asks me “what are you making?” I say “a bird”. See how I confuse the direct and indirect object and she corrects me in front of 20 zillion viewers. Oh how they must have laughed! My tasteful tie was a gift from Mark Kennedy and all in all, I’m a bit of a style icon.

Michael Peters tells me the presenter was called Petra Schürmann and died earlier this year, sad to say.

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