Open letter to the Anglo-German Club e.V.

Is sexism British?

Update: the open letter has since been featured in The Local and The Times.

This week, a video of Andy Murray at a Wimbledon press conference did the rounds on social media. It showed him correcting a journalist when he said Sam Querrey, who had just knocked Murray out of the tournament, was “the first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009”. In fact, the US women players had been much more successful, but nevertheless ignored by the journalists.

Here in Hamburg, the Anglo-German Club e.V. thinks sexism is part of the “English charm” of their club. For years, it has refused to allow women to become members. I and a large group of other Germanophile Brits and Anglophile Germans are trying to do something about it. We wrote an open letter, and notified the press. Yesterday an article about us was published and the Anglo-German Club refused to budge, saying excluding women is part of the charm of an English gentlemen’s club. However, they did say the board would consider the issue and make a statement, but didn’t say when.

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Chartered Institute of Marketing

Chartered Institute of Marketing membership card

For many years now, I’ve been involved in Marketing one way or other. Learning on the job is a fine thing – but formal education is often a good way of consolidating knowledge, giving it some structure and filling in a few gaps. That’s why I decided to embark on a recognised qualification in Marketing. After some research and a recommendation from a friend, I decided to pursue the Diploma in Professional Marketing, which is a Chartered Institute of Marketing qualification. I chose to learn partly by distance learning and partly in-person, with intensive weekends in Birmingham. The course is run by the Oxford College of Marketing.

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I’m a Profiloptimierer “value-added partner”

profiloptimierer logo
Logo der Profiloptimierer

I’ve recently become a Profiloptimierer “value-added partner”, which means I’ll be continuing to support Holger Ahrens and his other excellent partners in optimising people’s digital profiles, mainly for business purposes. Specifically, I’ll be translating e.g. LinkedIn profiles for people who need them in both English and German.

Our partnership came about after we worked together a few times and it went well. I’m looking forward to working with the Profiloptimierer even more!

Hamburg Brexit event – writeup

Picture from Brexit event in Hamburg

Picture from Brexit event in Hamburg

Yesterday evening (30th March 2016) was the long-awaited Brexit event in Hamburg and – wow – what an evening!

Where it all started

It all started with the Berlin event, which Jon Worth organised. Brian Melican was on the panel during that event too, and the two of them thought it would be good to get something similar sorted in Hamburg. So I agreed to help, and booked the room and started asking around for people to speak. Louise Brown agreed straight away, which was a great relief – I’d already booked a BIG location and we needed a good moderator to help fill it! I asked Tina Stadlmayer (a journalist I know from the Kultwerk West team) if she had any ideas whom I could ask to tell us about UK-Germany relations – and she suggested Annette Dittert. I was pleasantly surprised when she agreed to take part as luckily she had time on just that evening.

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30th March 2016: Brits, Brexit (and beer) – Hamburg Edition

British car

Jon Worth, Brian Melican and I are organising an event to discuss the UK’s referendum on leaving the EU (or “Brexit”).

Time: 19.00
Date: 30th March 2016
PlaceSaal 73 (Schulterblatt 73, in the Schanze)

Hashtag: #HHBritsBrexit

Further details will be announced shortly here and on the Facebook event – but you can find an outline below.

Please confirm on or via the Facebook event if you wish to attend. This will help to give us an idea of how many people want to come.


Over 4,000 Brits live in Hamburg. We can because EU freedom of movement rights allow us to live here. But what happens if the UK leaves the European Union?

Come along to this informal event to discuss:

  • what’s likely to actually happen – will the UK leave?
  • what do German politicians think of this whole thing?
  • if the UK does leave, what then?
  • how to register to vote in the EU referendum
  • how to apply for German citizenship if you need it

Event timing

  • From 1900 – doors open
  • From 1930 – quick presentations and Q&A
  • From 2100 – back to the informal discussions / beer / food

There will be a €4 charge to attend to cover room hire costs. Please pay in cash at the door (and bring change if possible).


Jon Worth

Jon WorthJon Worth is an EU blogger and political consultant, based in Berlin. He will explain why the event is taking place, and how to register to vote in the referendum. More about Jon on his website,

Annette Dittert

Annette Dittert

Annette Dittert was ARD’s (German state broadcaster’s) foreign correspondent in the UK from 2008 – 2015. She still lives in London, commuting between there and Hamburg. Until 2008 she was posted to countries across the world – winning awards for her work in Poland and heading up the ARD studio in New York from 2006 – 2008.

More on her website (in German) at or on Wikipedia.

Louise Brown

Originally from London, Louise Brown moved to Germany as a teenager. She is an author and journalist. More information to follow. Louise will moderate the event.

TBC – someone who can talk about applying for German citizenship.

More information to follow.

Event organisers

We’re a bunch of politically concerned Brits organising this. There’s no official organisation helping out. We just think this issue is important, and if you think so too, join us!

Please confirm your attendance on Facebook, or drop me an e-mail on, so we have a rough idea how many people will attend.

Politics and language

Please note that this event is non-partisan – we each have our own views about the referendum, and whether what David Cameron is doing is right. Advocates of Remain and Leave are welcome to attend. All speeches will be in English. However as all panellists also speak German, questions can be posed in German.

Events in English at the Social Media Week Hamburg 2016

Can you believe it? Yes, it’s that time of year again: the Social Media Week Hamburg. Whether speakers flown in from abroad or natives appealing to an international audience, there are quite a few events in English. So to make it easier for people whose German is a bit flaky and who need a quick overview of the English-language events, here’s a listing. It’s up-to-date as of 8th February but is subject to change. Don’t forget to register for events via the SMW website and check there for definitive information.

Shameless plug

But first, a shameless plug for my own event in which I’ll be talking about my blog

A Lone Blogger In An International City – Why-Hamburg.Com

Date and time: Fri, Feb 26 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Markthalle – Kunstraum, Klosterwall 11

Talking about what I’ve learned through my blog and discussing it with the audience.

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Event at the Social Media Week 2016

The Social Media Week is rapidly approaching again, and this year I’ll be speaking about my blog called “Why Hamburg?“, which hopefully you’ve heard about before.

Social Media Week

The Social Media Week is a global event that takes place several times per year in many cities around the world. It all started in New York and has since spread across the globe, reaching Hamburg in 2013. This year it will take place from 22nd – 26th February. The vast majority of events are happening in the Markthalle and the Macromedia university.

Hamburg has held true to the original Social Media Week vision of a crowd-sourced, free conference for social media beginners and professionals. Anyone can submit an event and, so long as it’s in some way related to social media or digital stuff, you’ve got a good chance of getting a slot.

I was part of the organising team for a few years but this year I’m just speaking at my own event.

Why Hamburg?

You can find out more about my event and register on the event page. While you’re there, take a look at all the other stuff going on. in the schedule.

I’ll be talking about what I’ve learned from doing the blog, and looking at the list of people who have signed up we’ll have a good audience discussion when I’m finished. So come along to the Markthalle at 3pm on Friday 26th February. See you there!