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Castrop-Rauxel, town park
Schungelberg Housing Estate, Gelsenkirchen
Castrop-Rauxel, old town centre
Castrop-Rauxel, Erin trading estate
Old Henrichenburg Ship Lift
Schloss Beck leisure park, Bottrop
Jewish museum, Dorsten
Zollverein pit , Essen
 Zollern Colliery II/IV, Dortmund
Zollverein  Pit,  Essen
Stairway to Heaven, Gelsenkirchen
Sculpture wood, Gelsenkirchen
Lembeck moated castle
Monastery gardens at Kamp Lintfort
Rungenberg Mining Tip, Gelsenkirchen
Castrop-Rauxel, town park
Castrop-Rauxel, town park

The town park is within walking distance of the old town centre. It contains a disused open-air swimming bath which has now been refurbished as a bistro ("Parkbad Süd") and cultural centre. The old bath itself has now been changed into an open-air stage venue, and there is a "boules" area next door on the site. You can borrow "boules" free of charge in the bistro.
Family matters

My former wife Dagmar Kift is employed as a Wissenschaftliche Referentin at the LWL Industrial Museum in Dortmund. She is a world authority on the English Victorian Music Hall. Her book "The Victorian Music Hall: Culture, Class and Conflict" is available from Cambridge University Press. Her other main areas of research are mining history and culture in Germany, working-class leisure in Germany, and women workers in English and German industrial areas.

I have two great daughters. Paula and Martha 2014
Martha (r. born 1987), graduated with a First Class BA degree in communication sciences at the University of Münster, received a First Class Masters degree in Marketing in 2013 from the University of Nuremberg, and is now working in a company specialising in developing effective brand strategies.


Paula (l. born 1990), left her United World College in Norway in June 2008 to follow a BA course (actually they call it AB, I guess it's the Latin abbreviation), at Princeton University where she graduated with a 1st class "summa cum laude" degree in French, Italian and Politics. She has just graduated as a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where she was a "Future of Europe" scholar. In September 2014 she started a five-year course in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development as the holder of the Phyllis and Gerald LeBoff Doctoral Fellowship. After gaining her MA in late 2016 she left the university at the invitation of Palantir Technologies, a company working in the world of Big Data. She now intends to complete her doctorate with the company's support.

For United World Colleges see: www.uwc.org .


Erin park Castrop-Rauxel

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Other activities

Here you can read about my other professional activities...talks, theatre criticism, workshops, guided tours etc.

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