Hopefully the good weather will remain with us for at least another few weeks, as our next meeting is going to be the first ‘outdoor’ one of the year, under the chestnut trees at Landgasthof Köchlin (www.hotel-koechlin.de), Kemptener Str. 41. I have booked tables from 7.30pm onwards, on Friday, 27th June. Please don’t forget your mosquito spray, as there are sometimes a few insects around! For those of you who don’t know how to get to Gasthof Köchlin, you can reach it easily using the Lindau Stadtbus (route number 1, bus stop “Köchlin”) – the route number 1 goes directly from Lindau train station, for those of you coming by train or who live on the island. For those coming by car, if you leave the roundabout by the Lindaupark shopping centre, drive along Kemptener Strasse, past Lidl and the ÖMV petrol station, following the road as it bends left, you will find Gasthof Köchlin at the traffic lights on the left hand side. There is a large car park around the back (turn left at the lights and then left again). They have a good menu if you want to eat.

Entertainment News

The MetroKino in Bregenz is showing the following films in English during June:
“Dallas Buyers Club” – Sat, 14th at 10pm – the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning American comedy/drama about a cowboy who is diagnosed as HIV positive and whose world is turned upside down. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.
“Cerro Torre” – Weds, 18th at 8pm and Fri, 20th at 10pm – a true story about David Lama, the youngest world-champion in free-climbing, who sets out to conquer an unfathomable route on Cerro Torre, in Patagonia, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world.
“A Long Way Down” – Thurs, 19th at 8pm and Sat, 21st at 10pm – a British black-comedy, based on the Nick Hornby novel, about four strangers who all intend to jump off a block of flats on New Year’s Eve and who end up searching for reasons to keep on living. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Rosamund Pike.
“Tracks” – Weds, 25th at 8pm and Fri, 27th at 10pm – a beautifully-filmed true story of a woman who trekked 1700 miles through the Western Australian outback, accompanied by only four camels and her dog.
More info from the website: www.filmforum.at

The Cineplex in Friedrichshafen is showing the following film in English:
“The Fault in Our Stars” (in German it’s called “Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter”) – Fri, 13th at 8.15pm and Sat, 14th at 8.15pm – based on the best-selling novel by John Green, this American romantic comedy-drama is about two young people who meet and fall in love at a cancer-patients’ support group.
More info from the website: www.cineplex.de/friedrichshafen

The Kulturufer Festival in Friedrichshafen, which runs from August 1st until the 10th, has this year got one of London’s foremost acid jazz/funk bands playing: The Brand New Heavies, on Mon, 4th August, 8pm in the big tent. A couple of us from the Ex-Pats Club have already got our tickets, but if anyone else fancies joining us, then book your tickets (28€, or 20€ for students, etc), either online via www.reservix.de or from the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus booking office (Tel.: 07541/288-444 or email: kartenservice.gzh@friedrichshafen.de) and let me know. We can arrange to meet up beforehand for a drink or two and go in as a group, or possibly even organise transport together.

On the following night, Tues, 5th August at 7pm, Three Ravens and a Puffin are playing their usual foot-tapping mix of Irish and Scottish folk music in the Musikmuschel (I think this is free-of-charge), and for fans of contemporary dance, the DanceWorks Chicago company are in the big tent on Thurs, 7th August at 8pm (ticket reservations as for the Brand New Heavies, price 22€, or 16€ for students, etc).

Now onto the World Cup, which begins tonight with the Brazil-Croatia game………. if there is anyone in the group who intends to go to the various public viewings of games, could you please let the group know, ideally through the Facebook page or with a quick email to me so that I can publish meet-ups to the rest of the members. We have lots of different nationalities in our club, but I think that the games of most interest to us will be those involving Australia, USA and England.
Australia play Chile on Fri, 13th at midnight, Holland on Weds, 18th at 9pm and Spain on Mon, 23rd at 6pm.
USA play Ghana on Mon, 16th at midnight, Portugal on Sun, 22nd at midnight and Germany on Thurs, 26th at 6pm.
England play Italy on Sat, 14th at midnight, Uruguay on Thurs, 19th at 9pm and Costa Rica on Tues, 24th at 6pm.
(for dates mentioned with “midnight” I mean 23:59 on that day, not the day after!).