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Helping you share your life stories with your loved ones for generations to come


The 1949 Berlin Airlift medal: a first class stairlift confusion

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My father-in-law was in the Royal Air Force during the 1948-1949 Berlin Airlift. That was a while ago.  He now has a stairlift in his house, 65 years later. On the face of it there could be no connection between the two: stairlifts do not take off and land at Tempelhof airport. But there is. The Berlin Airlift was a huge air supply operation launched by the West to stop...

Her laugh

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She left to find happiness. That's how everyone begins the story. She was very beautiful.  Another thing everyone agrees on. She lived at a time and in a place a woman's intelligence was not respected or nurtured. What a miserable fate. ...

An entrepreneurial childhood

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Have you heard the phrase "children are born entrepreneurs". In my childhood I used to spend my summers earning money by collecting snails and herbs and selling them to the local co-op for export to faraway lands. Collecting snails was great fun: wandering ...

A Pumpkin Pie I Will Never Forget

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  Grandpa Reinhard was always old. At least to me he was always old. I was the first of his great grandchildren and he was 78 years old when I was born. Even as a kid, I remember him as short, pudgy with a shuffling walk. He had a bushy white mustache and he combed his gray hair straight back. It was never totally white. He always wore a long slee...

From "brownie points" to "short-selling"

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The first job in my career was a low-paid 6-month marketing internship at a white goods manufacturer. I got it through a personal connection - via the wife of the CEO. She had offered me a home-cooked brownie during the break at language class at university (she was taking c...

The assumptions of a 100-m run

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Sometimes they tell you what the rules are. And sometimes there are no rules. But there are times when they don't tell you all the rules, assuming you know them. This is what happened in my first 100-m run at school. The Ph...

My first encounter with the Internet

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I used to listen to the BBC World Service in the mid 1990s. At some point around 1996 the hosts started mentioning a strange WWW at the end of each programme. I thought it funny. What could that be? I could feel something fundamentally new was coming but I didn't have any idea how big it would become. I started using the Internet after I got my first university email address ...

6,100 metres up in the Bolivian Andes

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In the summer of 2009, two university classmates and I went climbing Huayna Potosi, a 19,974-foot peak (6,100 m) in Bolivia. I was doing an internship in La Paz at a high altitude and was better acclimatized than M. & A., who came straight from the US. We started climbing from the base camp (located at 5,200 m altitude) at 1 am with two local guides. This was the only way to ...

A fruit story

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I've always had a special relationship with fruit, ever since my childhood. Both my sets of grandparents had big gardens, with many fruit trees and bushes. Whenever I would visit, my grandparents would send me off deep into the garden with instructions what fruit were ripe to pick and eat. I didn't have to ask their permission though - I would go foraging for fruit w...

A guinea pig up my trousers

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My friend bought a guinea pig from the pet shop: white, brown and black. It was the cutest and cuddliest animal I had ever seen. We would play with the guinea pig and let it walk around the room, exploring the known world and occasionally venturing into the unknown - outside in the corridor. One day my friend decided to try something new: put the guinea pig in my t...