“Choo Choo!” The train glides along the Amish Country Ohio tracks as it always has. After crossing a bridge, it descends and then bends obediently with the track. A small group of farmers watch as the train whizzes by them. Then suddenly, a cow standing alongside the tracks leaps up into the air and lands squarely in one of the train’s cars. A little later, a tree beside the tracks does the same thing. Then suddenly the train comes to an abrupt stop. The passengers, which include a firefighter, a horse, and a road sign, disembark from the train. The child then places his hand back on the train, and guides it again along the winding tracks.
The founding of International PEN in London in 1921 by Mrs. A. Dawson Scott, a Cornish novelist, and John Galsworthy, a well-known literary figure who eventually became the first International PEN President was borne out of Dawson Scott’s belief that if the writers of the world could learn to stretch out their hands to each other, the nations of the world could learn in time to do the same. The idea came at the most appropriate time, when bitter hatred between nations following the First World War threatened world peace.
Berlin is famous for many things – its rich and complicated heritage, its eclectic mix of shops and its fabulous artistic movements – but Germany’s capital is perhaps best known by the party crowd as one of the finest places to have a good night out in the world. A large and sprawling city, Berlin has become synonymous with excellent nights out, and with so many different tastes and musical styles catered to, it isn’t hard to see why.