This new year, like many before it, at least half of all German people will see in the new year by watching the following. Go figure.
Many years ago, as a student, our host showed us this ‘famous’ English comedy sketch, and howled with laughter while we smiled politely.
At the time, we were in Berlin, which was still surrounded by a high wall, and we assumed the strange fixation on archaic, unfunny comedy was a result of them simply not getting out much.
But whatever the reason, this sketch has become part of German tradition.
Which only goes to say how much variety our cultures contain.
Whether you are watching dinner for one, or carrying coal through people’s back doors, Happy New Year to you all!