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  • Space Oddity show CANCELLED

    David Brighton's Space Oddity show – the world's number one homage to the late David Bowie, and due to come to Paderborn on November 3 – has been cancelled.

    The promotors say "with a heavy heart" that the show at the Paderhalle will not go ahead because of poor ticket sales.

    For further information, please visit: www.owl-konzerte.de 

  • Space Oddity show CANCELLED

    Space Oddity, Davis Brighton's tribute to David bowieDavid Brighton's Space Oddity show - the number one homage to the lateDavid Bowie, and due to come to Paderborn on November 3 - has been cancelled.

    Promoters say that "with a heavy heart" the event at the Paderhalle will not go ahead because of poor ticket sales.

    For more information, visit: www.owl-konzerte.de

  • Unique race on November 1

    Baderbach Schätzlauf on November 1 in StieghorstOn Tuesday, November 1, the SuS Phönix Bielefeld 09 e.V. sports club will hold its 4th Baderbach-Schätzlauf is taking place on a 2000-metre-long-course through the park in Stieghorst.
    The race is unique, because winning is not as easy as normal. Every athlete has to estimate his or her time he/she might need to cover the track before starting.
    Then the time has to be hit correctly or as close as possible to being hit. Every contestant has to be under the estimated time without using an electronic device. Every athlete starts on their own, at two minute intervals. The track can be covered by walking, nordic walking, trekking, running or race-walking.
    The first start takes place at 10:30am in the park near the tram station Stieghorst-Zentrum. Registration can be done online until October 28 via www.sus-phoenix-bielefeld09.de/events for 3 euros, paid on  November 1. Later admissions after that date will only be available on race day - November 1, from 8:30am to 9:30am at the Gesundheitszentrum Stieghorst, Schneidemühler Straße 10, in Bielefeld. Entry will be 4 euros then. Cake, coffee and tea buffet is available. 
    The first three winners will get a trophy as well as a running certificate and a material price. Running certificates go to all finishers, material prizes also to those, who are the youngest, oldest one und to the athlete with farthest journey.
    The Stieghorst club invites all readers of the newspaper to come and have a good day.
  • The fun of the fair

    Infinity: The highest mobile looping carousel in the world at 65m, includes three 360-degree swinging gondolas.  With a top speed of 120 km/h, the acceleration forces of up to 5G acting on the passengers are similar to the entry of a spacecraft in earth’s atmosphere. Infinity can be found at the Soest Allerheiligenkirmes in the parking lot on Great Pond.The highlight of this year’s Allerheiligenkirmes in Soest is undoubtedly the exhilarating Infinity –  the highest transportable looping ride in the world. 

    Every November some one million punters flock to Soest for Europe’s biggest inner-city funfair, where there’s something for everyone.

    For five days, November 2-6, the centre of the medieval town of Soest (45-minute drive west of Paderborn) is sealed off and some 42 amusement rides and 400 stalls are set up in the pedestrian areas, covering some 50,000 square metres.

  • Guardian of the gate

    An FV606 Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier, used by medical regiments as an armoured ambulance, has been painstakingly restored and now stands in Dempsey Barracks as 1 Armoured Medical Regiment’s gate guardian.

    Maj A’Lee unveiled the Saracen, which was in service between 1954 and 1985, and highlighted how it represents the first time the medical regiment has had the chance to mark their position at the Barracks with a guardian since their relocation from Hohne Garrison. From left: SSgt Dave Smith, Maj Joseph A’Lee and Capt David Hart with the newly restored FV606 Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier

  • The squeal deal

    Pig fan: WO2 Roger Johnson When a BFG couple wanted Pumba the pig to join them in their Army home, following a posting to Bielefeld, it seemed to be a case of fat chance.

    But Roger and Jane Johnson did not muck about – indeed they were ‘pig-headedly’ determined to bring over their 20 stone pot-bellied pet from the UK and house it in their married quarter. 

    Their efforts were far from ham-fisted, though, as eventually they got all the relevant authorities to grant permission.

    Now the loveable swine is regularly seen being taken for walks around the Army estate, and the couple are happy for Pumba to hog all the attention.

    Roger, a WO2 with HQ BFG Health Services, said: “She has bags of personality. She loves to go out for a walk but doesn’t go far, just to the field at the end of the road."

  • Roll up, roll up!

    Calling all dancers! West End star brings dance show to BFG. Book your place in the  masterclass now!Jennifer Ellison will be bringing her Dance Mums UK Tour to BFG as she visits Paderborn on October 27, from 12pm.

    The famous television personality will be teaching a masterclass of modern jazz and lyrical dance next week, followed by a demonstration of choreography from the television show and a question, answer and photo session. The session will be aimed at all children over the age of three.

  • The games people play

    Stadtmuseum Gütersloh director Rolf Westheider, left, holding a model aircraft carrier with exhibition curator and miltary paraphernalia collector Frank Föste from BielefeldA Bielefeld man with an in-depth understanding of military paraphernalia is planning his next exhibition – titled War Games Throughout the Ages.

    Anglophile Frank Föste is the curator of the exhibition, which opens today, October 13, at the Stadtmuseum in Gütersloh and runs until December 4; later the exhibition will be on display in other museums.

  • Masters of the kitchen

    Army chefs have all the right ingredients to be master chefsChefs from 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade have spent the last week toiling in the kitchens in Sennelager with the sole aim of perfecting their signature dish for Exercise Joint Caterer to be held later this month in Shrivenham.

    For the 11-strong team this has meant long hours cooking and refining their chosen dishes to ensure maximum marks are achieved for flavour, presentation, kitchen skills and techniques.

  • Want to go see them plaid?

     

    Win tickets to see Celtic-rock band Runrig in Bielefeld on October 28Sixth Sense has three pairs of tickets to see Runrig in Bielefeld’s Stadthalle on October 28 at 8pm, courtesy of Stratmann-Konzerte.

    All you have to do to enter the draw is send your name, address and daytime telephone number to: carol@sixth-sense-newspaper.de by October 18.

    Winners will be notified by email and must pick up their tickets from the box office on the night of the concert (bring valid ID).

  • Let's Dance

     

    BFG’s budding young superstars are dancing their way to Disneyland Paris for the UItimate Dance Championships next year.

    Thanks to Andréa Hannon and Athina Crabb, BFG Dance Academy are set to take part in the prestigious championships. Preparation is under way and hopes are high as they train every Saturday to take part in three solos, three duets and two group events.  

    Determined not to stop there, the BFG Dance Academy are reaching for the sky as they anxiously await the outcome of their submitted audition tape to perform in the Disneyland Paris street parade.

  • Amputee John's bionic tonic

    John Williams with his bionic leg enjoying some sightseeingFormer Army sergeant and amputee John Williams is walking tall after regaining full mobility for the first time in almost 30 years – thanks to a bionic limb.

    The ex-signaller, who lost a leg in a military training accident in Herford in 1987, depended on crutches and a wheelchair to get around. Now the high-tech prosthesis, costing €35,000, helps him to walk normally.

    The seven kilogramme technological marvel was paid for by Veterans UK – but Germany resident John, 57, says it was limbless veterans charity Blesma who made sure he got it.

    And he is so grateful for its support that he wants to devote the rest of his life to helping the Service charity.

  • Powder to the people

    30 degrees, blazing sunshine and not a cloud in the sky: the perfect day for a ski and snowboard competition.

    Graeme McIlmurray puts in a good  performance to gain a medal at the Championships
    EX SnowSummer BFG was successfully held at one of the biggest Snow Domes in Europe, in Bispingen, and saw Military teams from across BFG and the United Kingdom compete as individuals.