Germany 3. BMW World futuristic showroom

Coming out of the BMW museum, across the plaza is a big space age looking building.

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BMW World is a giant dealership which complements the museum, but with free entry as a special dealership showroom on a big scale of all their current new products.

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Every car is represented, as well as BMW Motorcycles.

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Not every car is for sale, some seem to be just ideas.   This i8 electric as a police car?   hey if the Dubai cops can do it, why not in Munich?

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Mini is a British marque but owned by BMW.   There is a decent collection of merchandise on sale with the Mini logo on shirts, bags and other items.

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Rolls Royce is British, but also under ownership of the Germans.  Here, this ultra prestige marque has a cabinet with swatches and samples of interior fabric and paint options as well as more specialised customisations like LED stars set into the interior roof, that’s what the thing is on the right of the top picture.

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This place has a car park underneath with a sloped road that goes up into the middle of the showroom, offering an extra-special experience to take home a new car that’s been ordered.

Later on, I got to see even more motoring exotics in Germany….

GERMANY 1. Dachau concentration camp – 2. BMW museum – 3. BMW World futuristic showroom – 4. Neuschwanstein Castle – 5. 1972 Munich Olympics village – 6. Tourism and going out in Munich – 7. Deutsches museum – 8. Business in UK, Germany and Israel – 9. Friedrichshafen

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Germany 2. BMW museum

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When you think of German products you often think of motorcars which have got the reputation of being the most desirable in the world, with brands like Volkswagen, Mercedes, Porsche and BMW.

This tower block on the right looks like four cylinders is the office block of BMW’s HQ here in Munich.    Behind this is the actual assembly plant.

Just around the corner is BMW’s actual museum which a collection of historic cars.

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The M series has been BMW’s sub-brand for cars tuned for extra performance for a long time now.

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Not all of BMW’s products to start with were aimed as premium grade autos, this little Isetta car from 1955 was built as a simple tiny vehicle with the emphasis on economy.   I love the way the steering wheel has to pivot forward as part of the front opening door.

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Mock ups of technology-enhanced new vehicles.

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A collection of bigger 5 and 7 series sedans on shelves.  On the right is every generation 3 series until now (seven of them) plus the car in the foreground is a 2001 which was the model before in the late 1960s I think.

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There were more car related attractions to come later.

GERMANY 1. Dachau concentration camp – 2. BMW museum – 3. BMW World futuristic showroom – 4. Neuschwanstein Castle – 5. 1972 Munich Olympics village – 6. Tourism and going out in Munich – 7. Deutsches museum – 8. Business in UK, Germany and Israel – 9. Friedrichshafen

Jesus painting in religious Sikh college

I’ll talk more about Germany soon.

I moved away from Harrow close to London this month.  I visited today as I went and sat a computer exam course at this small college.   This works like this, if you do a course with Microsoft, you get given a list of test centres and you can choose to sit your exam at a one near you.

So I went to this place at 8.30am today, knocked on the door and a religious Sikh gent opened the door. I got shown up two flights of steps to a room to get my ID checked and turn out my pockets, as phones, wallets, keys, watches and everything has to be left in a locker.

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Pictures of these Gurus on the wall.  Seen similar ones in small shops run by Sikhs.

I confess I don’t know much about the Sikh faith.  I do know they have multiple gods, and at least three of the small convenience stores near my old Harrow flat are run by Sikhs, and sometimes has slow drumming music playing.   I think they are all ethnic Punjabi from the same named part of north India.

I think Sikh people who accept Christ are a rarity, but I do know one who became a Christian.

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This picture was on the wall here, when coming up the stairs.   Its in Chinese!

There is God the Father, a dove (Holy Spirit), Mary, Jesus and someone else (John the baptist?)

I like to look up languages using newocr.com which is a cloud based way of reading different types of languages and throw the results into Google translator.  Alas my picture is too blurry to make out.    There is ‘…10 11’ at the bottom suggesting a bible verse at the bottom.

I’d love to know what Sikh people think of Jesus.

As Chinese is an Asian language, maybe a gospel message from Chinese Christians would be more interesting than teaching from Christianity from the west.   The acceleration of the gospel in China as reported by secular and Christian media alike gave me the urge to visit in 2017.

I can’t quite get right in front, but the Sikh college is just to the left of this church.   I hope the Sikh community will get a chance to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  I’ve just looked up that Jesus in Punjabi is pronounced ‘Yisu’ similar to Arabic and Chinese words.

Here’s one of my favourite bible verses I looked up in Punjabi for any Sikh and Punjabi friends reading this blog:-

ਯੂਹੰਨਾ 3:16 

16 ਪਰਮੇਸ਼ੁਰ ਨੇ ਜੱਗਤ ਨੂੰ ਇੰਨਾ ਪਿਆਰ ਕੀਤਾ ਅਤੇ ਉਸ ਨੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣਾ ਇੱਕਲੌਤਾ ਪੁੱਤਰ ਵੀ ਦੇ ਦਿੱਤਾ। ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਕੋਈ ਵੀ ਜੋ ਉਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਰੱਖਦਾ ਹੈ ਨਾਸ਼ ਨਾ ਹੋਵੇ ਸਗੋਂ ਸਦੀਪਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰ ਲਵੇਗਾ।

Germany 1. Dachau concentration camp

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In February of 2019 I went to Munich Germany to meet my friend.    There was several places I wanted to see and also to go from Munich southwards to some other places towards Switzerland.

While in a youth hostel in Munich I was recommended to visit Dachau.    As the name of this blog suggests, I lived in Jerusalem Israel for a few years.   I’ve worked with Jewish people in Israel and in the UK for a good while.    I took a train that 30 mins from Munich and another 2km to this place wondering how do I prepare myself to see a terrible act of wholesale murder mainly aimed at one particular religious group.

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Dachau was the first of all the Nazi concentration camps.   I only got maybe 1 1/2 hours here as I had to an appointment to see my friend at for lunch so I didn’t see all of it.  I’ve been to Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem a few times to see the grand scale of tragedy inflicted on Jewish people during WWII.   This was a bit different as it was up close.

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I thought as well as Dachau, Auschwitz, and a couple of other places in Poland, just these were the main centres of death by the Nazis.    I was wrong, this map here shows more like a couple of hundred places of Hitler’s infrastructure of industrial-scale murder.

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“work makes you free”

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What are the hoists above the ovens?   Maybe its better I didn’t know.

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Copies of monuments from different parts of Europe and Israel.    There were school children on a trip here.    A chilling reminder needed this should never ever happen again.

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GERMANY 1. Dachau concentration camp – 2. BMW museum – 3. BMW World futuristic showroom – 4. Neuschwanstein Castle – 5. 1972 Munich Olympics village – 6. Tourism and going out in Munich – 7. Deutsches museum – 8. Business in UK, Germany and Israel – 9. Friedrichshafen

 

Liechtenstein 1. Plans

Liechtenstein is the next small country I am going.

I don’t know much about this little country yet.

  • It’s not part of the EU, its between Switzerland and Austria.
  • It’s really hard to spell.
  • It has a prince that runs it with his own castle and winery.
  • Its biggest industry is making false teeth.
  • It is double landlocked.
  • The capital is Vaduz
  • It uses the Swiss Franc as money, almost the same as a US Dollar, as 1 CHF = $0.99 as of February 2019.
  • Cars have stickers/plates marked (FL) which is Federation of Liechtenstein, and web sites and email addresses instead of .li
  • It’s flipping expensive like Switzerland.
  • There are only one Youth Hostel and its shut in the winter, so I will have to stay 15 km away in a town in Switzerland.

I bought two one one tickets, one into Germany and one out of Switzerland.   I have friends in Munich in Germany who is originally from my home town of Portsmouth UK, and another friend from Basel Switzerland who is going to rendezvous with me in Zurich before I fly home.

Plus I thought it would be fun to get all the non-EU countries done before the media tells me the world ends (29/3/2019 = Brexit)   haha.

GERMANY 1. Dachau concentration camp – 2. BMW museum – 3. BMW World futuristic showroom – 4. Neuschwanstein Castle – 5. 1972 Munich Olympics village – 6. Tourism and going out in Munich – 7. Deutsches Museum – 8. Business in the UK, Germany and Israel – 9. Friedrichshafen, a pleasant German town on a lake

SWITZERLAND 1. Trying to do ‘cheap’ Switzerland – 2. The town of Grusch – 3. Clever Swiss made things –

LIECHTENSTEIN 1. Plans – 2. Getting into this tiny nation – 3. Motorbikes, cars and kebab shops in Vaduz, Liechtenstein – 4. Small country topography

Borders on European nations chart

Whilst I have been travelling to different parts of Europe I’ve noticed something.   Some places have very formal looking borders with a checkpoint with police or army and some places you can go on a bus across and blink and not see a tiny sign that marks another nation.

I don’t see borders and checkpoints as a bad thing, even if you are friends with a neighbouring nation its necessary to check who comes through and get information about the movements of criminals from another jurisdiction.   Often its necessary to keep a watch on tobacco and alcohol or illicit drugs.   It could also be that you need to pay a toll on certain roads.

This isn’t an EU/not EU thing, as while I write this my government of the UK right now (16/1/2019) is a bit of a mess with a future outside of the European Union not quite planned.

I decided to try an experiment because I am a nerd and work with data, I decided to use Google Streetmap view and a big chart to show information of what it looks like to cross from one country to another.

Here are some examples of some oddities;

TOP This is what happens when you from Spain to Gibraltar, a tiny piece of Britain.  I visited there in 2015, a year before Brexit vote so I was surprised to see such a military connection between modern two European places, but it seems the Gib government and Spain have fraught relations for years.

This is Moldova and Romania, not been to either of these places.    Both countries are poor, and this is as close as Google cars will take me.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rU0iAvXX6TuS5flRfQnvq1WnmChaml3tXvLPJSI4Ezw/edit#gid=0 

If you want to use this on your web site, I rather you just link to this if you could thanks, rather copy the whole thing.

I’ve not included UK, Ireland, Malta, Cyprus or Iceland as I was only interested in seeing land borders.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rU0iAvXX6TuS5flRfQnvq1WnmChaml3tXvLPJSI4Ezw/edit#gid=0 

Some caveats.  1. Roads that go from one nation to another chosen at random.  2. Germany doesn’t have any Google street map view data as their government had a falling out with Google.  3.  Russia shown is the “little” Russia which has the city of Kalingrad.  4. The Pink values that show two different gov borders are a bit experimental as don’t get a good look from GSMV.  4. No confidential information exposed, only what Google tells me.  5. There is probably some mistakes and improvements that could be made.  

Feel free to comment.

Richard’s Watch blog and prophetic plans for Britain

Do you like learning about biblical prophecy?  Want to see revival over the UK, and Christian support for Israel, as we enter the beginning of end times?

Interested in UK based Christians and friends from abroad think about the big changes in the happening to Britain (ie; Brexit) over 2019 and beyond?

A few people I know personally sometimes contribute to this really good blog.   This is really interesting and without hysteria or hype.

https://richards-watch.org

 

Big Jewish school in London UK introduces teaching on Christ

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https://www.thejc.com/education/education-features/how-jesus-found-a-place-in-new-jfs-curriculum-1.470665 

This article really encouraged me recently.

Why?  As well as living in Israel as a Christian supporting Jewish people, when I moved to London in 2014 I started doing IT for schools for a big mainstream secondary school close the outskirts of the M25 motorway. I did this for a year and moved on to various other jobs.   More recently in 2017, I worked again for a well known Jewish private school (although not JFS) for just over a year.

I really liked my employer for lots of reasons.  I didn’t even ‘choose’ to work in a school again, and didn’t realise it was Jewish until I drove up to the gates for my last minute interview, I had just finished some contract work for a big famous American company in London’s city centre.  The teaching standard is high, as were the expectations of the pupils.   Unlike the previous place, I rarely saw any kind of fights of bad behaviour.  The staff were great to deal with, although the job was high pressure and the IT setup wasn’t in the greatest of shape and several projects were a long way behind.  Some things made up for it, having Jewish holidays off, and really great canteen which is £2 to each anything you want, the food is kosher of course but a really great choice of healthy and quality meals, I usually had salmon on Wednesday, but also sitting down and eating with staff who about 50% are Jewish, who I know I am a Christian and my interest in Israel and Bible history.

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Yes the school has some old interesting bits like this

I learned more things about Jewish culture that I didn’t learn in Israel.   When the school was shut (for the kids) over the summer holidays I was busy working, installing software, testing projectors, in one of the religious studies room, I picked up a Tanakh, (what Jewish people call what Christians call an Old Testament)    these books are the real word of God, but alas has commentaries from Rashi on them that show crucially important texts that predict the coming of Messiah Jesus are actually something different.   But also with this school and about 4 other UK Jewish schools I visited, may have the walls covered pictures, drawings and celebrations related to Jewish holidays, famous Rabbis, photos of Israel, France Netherlands and Poland to see Jewish history, I never actually saw quotes of scripture.  So where the Jewish kids would put on their straps and boxes on their heads faithfully each morning and do prayers, it didn’t occur to me that verses of the bible weren’t ever used to express encouragement or affirmation in a public way like Christians do.   Still, I enjoyed my regular chats with different staff on more lower key (well, this is my workplace) religious matters, and also with things that interest me in computer studies, science, geography, and history.   So what have I learned?   Judaism and Christianity have some wonderful common framework, although different in other ways with certain traditions.

I visited the library, this was moved to another building, the school needed to get rid of some books which were in a box to give away, so I got a nice Hebrew dictionary set, and some smaller books I gave to some close Christian friends who love Israel.    I had to install a new wifi point and replace 5 tired old Core2duo PCs with shiny new HP i5 all in one units.  Whilst there I looked through a religious section which had ‘other religions’ only to not see anything related to the life of Jesus or the New Testament.    There was some teaching on Christianity (which is required by curriculum) but sadly only brief bits on the life of Martin Luther.

So for the JFS to have actually explicit teaching on the life of Jesus Christ is really encouraging news for me, Jewish schools are quite competitive on marketing on getting more submissions for next term, so I am hoping the rest of the Jewish schools would follow suit on not shying away from the best Jewish teacher ever, Yeshua the Messiah.

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.” 

AirBNB boycots parts of Israel, so forget them and see places anyway

This morning (20/11/2018) I woke up to BBC Radio 2 at 6am to get ready for work, which mentioned a story about AirBNB deciding to unlist properties in disputed parts of Israel, this is sad. I’ve booked all my travels in hostels in Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Europe and China using hostelworld.com mostly when I travel and see things for myself and not told what to think.   Hostelworld act as a middleman for booking hostels by paying for a deposit in advance and knowing the place isn’t fully booked when you get there (can happen)

AirBNB would be the better choice for a couple, family or a group.   Now being a Christian Zionist, avid traveller and curious about places, this is yet another one of those depressing stories how countries, authorities and businesses ignore the plights of Christians persecuted who live in Muslim majority countries (Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan, etc) and decide to pick on Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

In some weird way this might be a good thing seeing as Israel based companies often succeed better in the holy land than multinational organisations, ie if you look at Eldan car rental is more popular than Hertz Avis Budget etc and Aroma coffee shops out did Starbucks.

This is Hebron by the Tomb of the Patriarchs.   This is considered disputed territory but contains crucial bits of history of Jewish people, and its a place where Jews and Palestinians live.  I’ve not been here and I want to go and see it.   This is a more unstable place to visit.   I think its ok to visit but to go with a tour guide.

AirBNB is one of these internet companies that ‘disrupt’ traditional businesses doing hotels and holiday villas using the power of the internet, and are probably the “go to” brand for many holidaymakers looking to rent a place as part of a trip.

I see this as an opportunity for Israeli businesses to be shrewd and take away some of their business.   Let’s hope Israeli travel companies make a new portal to book places for foreigners that can see the many exciting parts of the country

 

Meet a blogger. Want to meet me or try out my church in London?

After blogging for nine years about different things I’ve seen in various countries I have been to particularly and places that had historical value in works of Jesus, I’ve decided to do something new and different.

As a Christian, I often read about exciting testimonies of those recently following Jesus, some from those from different parts of the world which don’t have an established body of Christ or those from a different religious background.

I know it can be hard to show up to a church for the first time, and even with a welcome team, it can be a bit awkward.   It’s often better when going to a new church to go with someone you know.

See this picture above? This is my church Calvery Shoreline Church near Camden in London that I go to. In fact, this is a very small congregation of about 12-15 of us, which is a separate church which borrows the building of the main church meeting.   I’m not a pastor or leader, just a ordinary guy who writes online.

  • Are you new to London and looking for a community to join? Single, couple or family.
  • Are you looking to change from another church?
  • Are you from a different religious background with questions about the Christian faith or the works of Jesus?
  • Done Christian mission stuff? or just on holiday in London? want to go and visit for holiday or volunteer places related to the bible? I like chatting to people on these things.
  • Just want to meet and chat?

I’ve met up with other bloggers a few times, and other folks from different backgrounds both living in Jerusalem and London.

I notice some people may have a casual interest in faith, or joining or re-joining a community but don’t know where to start.

Want to meet me and come to my church? we can meet and have coffee before if you want.   I like churches with great teaching, worship and warm community.   I moved from a massive 600 seat church to this place around March 2018 and I’d like to open an invitation to anyone else who is looking for a place to fellowship.

I often go to this park before church, there are some great coffee places near by like this one.

So please message me here or privately, do tell me a bit about your background.