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@meanmistermustard, what do you think about sugar-free Irn-Bru? Do you think you will like the 1901 Irn-Bru they are putting out in December?

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30 years ago tonight, at roughly this time, because someone misspoke, the Berlin Wall fell and set off a chain of events that would - for good or ill - demolish the world that I, and many others here, grew up in.

We watched growing protests in Soviet Block countries but didn't expect any major change. Watching from afar, we were waiting for the crackdown. We feared another Tiananmen Square. East German leaders decided to ease travel restrictions to West Berlin to try and ease the growing pressure in East Germany. They would put in place easier travel rules once they'd worked them out.

They sent out a spokesman to hold a press conference, to tell the East German people that travel rules would be relaxed. He spoke about how travel restrictions between East (the centre of the protests) and West Berlin were to be relaxed, and he said "unverziiglich".

He meant that the East German government would start to put in place new rules as soon as possible, but "unverziiglich" means straight away, and East Berliners started flooding toward the wall, its border posts into the West, including the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, expecting to find them open. And the East German Government decided the only way to hold them back would be gunfire, and they were not prepared to do that.

Among those that crossed the Border from East to West that night was Angela Merkel, who would go on to dominate the politics of a reunified Germany.

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Though the ramifications went on far longer, the bookend to the Berlin Wall falling on 9 November 1989 was Nelson Mandela walking free from Victor Vester Prison on 11 February 1990, signalling the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa.

I still find it remarkable looking back at those months, watching things change we believed would never change, were writ in stone.

Not all that followed has been good but it was something to watch the last occupied countries of World War II get their independence back...

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@meanmistermustard, what do you think about sugar-free Irn-Bru? Do you think you will like the 1901 Irn-Bru they are putting out in December?

  

Never heard of it. Will give it a try but fiery Irn-Bru was undrinkable. 

It looks beautiful.

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@meanmistermustard, what do you think about sugar-free Irn-Bru? Do you think you will like the 1901 Irn-Bru they are putting out in December?

  

Never heard of it. Will give it a try but fiery Irn-Bru was undrinkable. 

It looks beautiful.

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@meanmistermustard , let us know what you think of it when you try it.

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I found this really fascinating. 

I saw that too, the sources for the style surprised me; I had assumed they were taking their cue from later movements that treated the same material (the art nouveau) in their own ways, but they had gone to the source.

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Story time: The reason I decided to join this forum was actually because of this thread–the concept (or rather lack thereof) just hit me in a certain way. It reminded me of this time years ago when I was on a search to discover the origin of the name of the Yes song Siberian Khatru (it turns out it's a made-up word), and ended up going down one of the most fascinating and wholesome internet rabbit holes ever: an old Google forum dating back to like 2002 or something (truly ancient by my standards), and then continuing on for at least another ten years, entirely made up of invented etymologies and explanations for the song's name. I don't know why, but there's something about those kinds of threads that just makes me smile.

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30 years ago tonight, at roughly this time, because someone misspoke, the Berlin Wall fell and set off a chain of events that would - for good or ill - demolish the world that I, and many others here, grew up in.

We watched growing protests in Soviet Block countries but didn't expect any major change. Watching from afar, we were waiting for the crackdown. We feared another Tiananmen Square. East German leaders decided to ease travel restrictions to West Berlin to try and ease the growing pressure in East Germany. They would put in place easier travel rules once they'd worked them out.

They sent out a spokesman to hold a press conference, to tell the East German people that travel rules would be relaxed. He spoke about how travel restrictions between East (the centre of the protests) and West Berlin were to be relaxed, and he said "unverziiglich".

He meant that the East German government would start to put in place new rules as soon as possible, but "unverziiglich" means straight away, and East Berliners started flooding toward the wall, its border posts into the West, including the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, expecting to find them open. And the East German Government decided the only way to hold them back would be gunfire, and they were not prepared to do that.

Among those that crossed the Border from East to West that night was Angela Merkel, who would go on to dominate the politics of a reunified Germany.

Over the next few months we watched, jaws dropped, as - sometimes peacefully, such as in Poland, and sometimes in appalling bloodshed, as in Yugoslavia - the Soviet Block countries broke free of their Communist and Moscow rule.

Though the ramifications went on far longer, the bookend to the Berlin Wall falling on 9 November 1989 was Nelson Mandela walking free from Victor Vester Prison on 11 February 1990, signalling the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa.

I still find it remarkable looking back at those months, watching things change we believed would never change, were writ in stone.

Not all that followed has been good but it was something to watch the last occupied countries of World War II get their independence back...

  

I've been fascinated by history all my life, and reading about the Berlin Wall and watching the news reports of the time really made an impression on me, for lack of a better phrase. I just discovered "WWII in Color" on Netflix, and it definitely appeals to my endless curiosity about not just what happened, but what it was like to be there while it was happening. And between impeachment hearings here in America and protests in Hong Kong and a million other things, I definitely get the feeling that I'm living in the midst of history right now. Scary, for sure, but it's sure as hell exciting. 

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Story time: The reason I decided to join this forum was actually because of this thread–the concept (or rather lack thereof) just hit me in a certain way. It reminded me of this time years ago when I was on a search to discover the origin of the name of the Yes song Siberian Khatru (it turns out it's a made-up word), and ended up going down one of the most fascinating and wholesome internet rabbit holes ever: an old Google forum dating back to like 2002 or something (truly ancient by my standards), and then continuing on for at least another ten years, entirely made up of invented etymologies and explanations for the song's name. I don't know why, but there's something about those kinds of threads that just makes me smile.

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30 years ago tonight, at roughly this time, because someone misspoke, the Berlin Wall fell and set off a chain of events that would - for good or ill - demolish the world that I, and many others here, grew up in.

We watched growing protests in Soviet Block countries but didn't expect any major change. Watching from afar, we were waiting for the crackdown. We feared another Tiananmen Square. East German leaders decided to ease travel restrictions to West Berlin to try and ease the growing pressure in East Germany. They would put in place easier travel rules once they'd worked them out.

They sent out a spokesman to hold a press conference, to tell the East German people that travel rules would be relaxed. He spoke about how travel restrictions between East (the centre of the protests) and West Berlin were to be relaxed, and he said "unverziiglich".

He meant that the East German government would start to put in place new rules as soon as possible, but "unverziiglich" means straight away, and East Berliners started flooding toward the wall, its border posts into the West, including the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, expecting to find them open. And the East German Government decided the only way to hold them back would be gunfire, and they were not prepared to do that.

Among those that crossed the Border from East to West that night was Angela Merkel, who would go on to dominate the politics of a reunified Germany.

Over the next few months we watched, jaws dropped, as - sometimes peacefully, such as in Poland, and sometimes in appalling bloodshed, as in Yugoslavia - the Soviet Block countries broke free of their Communist and Moscow rule.

Though the ramifications went on far longer, the bookend to the Berlin Wall falling on 9 November 1989 was Nelson Mandela walking free from Victor Vester Prison on 11 February 1990, signalling the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa.

I still find it remarkable looking back at those months, watching things change we believed would never change, were writ in stone.

Not all that followed has been good but it was something to watch the last occupied countries of World War II get their independence back...

  

I've been fascinated by history all my life, and reading about the Berlin Wall and watching the news reports of the time really made an impression on me, for lack of a better phrase. I just discovered "WWII in Color" on Netflix, and it definitely appeals to my endless curiosity about not just what happened, but what it was like to be there while it was happening. And between impeachment hearings here in America and protests in Hong Kong and a million other things, I definitely get the feeling that I'm living in the midst of history right now. Scary, for sure, but it's sure as hell exciting. 

  

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Hadn't noticed that, Holey. Thanks for pointing it out.

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Since she's dropped out of the top ten, I'll pour one out for parlance - one of the great Forumpudlians, and now an award-winning filmmaker with an IMDb page 

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That's amazing!!

I feel kinda bad kicking her out of the top 10, but it was always going to happen...

Long live @parlance !

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That's amazing!!

I feel kinda bad kicking her out of the top 10, but it was always going to happen...

Long live @parlance !

  

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Ohhh Boy and I had a nice time hanging out with her one night in L.A. Hopefully she will stop by the forum sometime soon.

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She popped in once (twice?) this year, and I missed her. 🙁 

I suppose she's busy with her career and projects (including her ace-awareness group, BeBu!)

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I love parlance, solid lass. Always good for the bants. 

 

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