I have been to the Zander first time in February 2007 and had kept it in my memory as an expensive but worthwhile place.  I came back in November 2008 with a party of 6 ( the same party that had dinner the night before in ; Sol y Sombra for a mere 110 €.) This time I wante to show my friends from Boston that there is also "fine dining".

Kirk Royal

Kirk Royal

Kirk Royal
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 45 / Ecke Mariannenstr.
10999 Berlin

Ich bin jetzt zwei mal in diesem Restaurant gewesen,  das sowohl fuer die Qualitaet als fuer die Preise ins obere Drittel der Berliner "Esstaetten" eingruppiert werden muss.

Is this culturally relevant?

Following an article in the "Spiegel"  59% of all Spanish people believe in God in a traditional sense, 18% are not believers at all, whereas 74% of all Italians do believe in God in a tradional sense, whereas only 6 % are  not believers.  The numbers come from a survey conducted by the EC, 4 years ago.

What I liked: Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech mentioned non believers on the same level as Christians, Muslims, Jews and others.

Volksluxus ("luxury for the people")

This was a marvellous spring day! So I used the sunset hours for a walk through my neigbourhood "SO36". SO36 is the name of one of the most famous clubs in the area, but it is also used to indicate this part of Kreuzberg. Well, I crossed the border several times, the border between "Mitte" und "Kreuzberg", the border between what was until 20 years ago Berlin? Wild West and the eastern part behind the wall.

Time for Science to Reclaim Its Progressive Roots

Jonathan Moreno and Rick Weiss have published a collection of essays from "science progress" that will be published soon (

I would like to cite some of the most significant  passages from the introduction:

"One of the things we love about science is that it is nothing if not argumentative. Both as a way of thinking and as a wellspring of novel ideas and products, science is a tumultuous truth-seeking process and even further, we contend, a revolutionary force for human liberation.

What can be done?

Forscher zu Gentechnik: "Es gibt keine neuen Erkenntnisse, die ein Verbot rechtfertigen" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft

.... to clarify, that genetic modification of plant and animal is one of the key technologies to survive in a world with 9 billion human beings under decent conditions.  The linked article in the German Magazine Spiegel describes the destruction of test fields of a University (which were in full compliance with all German laws) by opponents of Genetechnology.

Assault against "Habeas Corpus" by the Berlusconi Government

The Berlusconi government has launched an assault against fundamental rights of individual freedom. They are going to decide a law in the senate and then in the "camera dei deputati" with the working title "testo unificato sul testamento biologico". A "testamento biologico" is a last will, anyone can write down defining what he or she wants in case of incidents or terminal illness when not beeing more able to decide.

Isabelle Stengers: Spekulativer Konstruktivismus

Merve Verlag: ISBN 978-3-88396-246-7

Aus dem Vorwort von Bruno Latour:

"Sicher koennten unsere Gesellschaft und Sprache, unser Verstand und Gehirn die Ursache fuer ein Missverstaendis sein, aber der Hauptpartner, der nach den Quellen von Ungewissheiten befragt werden muss, ist die Komplexitaet der Welt, die nicht draussen wartet und sich selbst nicht gleich bleibt."