In the multicultural Wide Brown Land we are of course accustomed to all sorts of New Orstralians refreshing our narrow gene pool, including those of the Germanic persuasion. As one of the Olde Worlde’s founding tribes they’ve brought us lots of energy and ideas, particularly early in the Barossa valley growing grapes and making wine. Cultural mingling has also enriched the lives of those experiencing close-up the charming customs of this unique people. And back in the fatherland, the expat anglo (saxon?) has an acute opportunity to reflect on what is involved in being German, and here is an excellent guide. For those oblivious to Germanity, you may prefer the preceding story about Chinese peccadilloes. KC’s non-discrimination editorial policy means that we pick on everybody.