About: Joe Dodgshun

Berlin-based Kiwi writer in innovation communication. Inspired by social enterprise, science and tech for good, responsible travel and climate action. Sharing the inspiration through journalism and brand storytelling.

In focus, out of sight
6 Oct 2013

In focus, out of sight

The last few weeks have been a strange time for me; for the first time in more than a year and a half I have gone without using my trusty Sony NEX-5 digital camera. Don’t be alarmed – Nexie is fine – but she is just  getting a bit of well deserved cleaning and maintenance  after enduring tramping trips, festivals, backpacking, a near-drowning in Polish beer and several impacts that would destroy a less sturdy camera. (By the way, you...

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Tempelhof and the Fantastic Four
12 Sep 2013

Tempelhof and the Fantastic Four

Once apon a time, in the far and sheep-overrun land of New Zealand, where hobbits wear flip-flops and everyone commutes by bungy-jump (to work for our primary export industry; The Flight of the Conchords), a 13 year-old boy was given some music by Die Fantastichen Vier. His older brother, who had just returned from a year’s exchange in the German seaside resort of Usedom, pressed ‘play’ on their Windows 98 computer and in doing so created one of the most...

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Friendly Berliners: Don’t Get Used To It

Not long ago, as a few friends and I dozed in the summer haze at a Berlin lakeside, some departing picknickers approached us. “Would you like this?” they asked, offering us half of one of the enormous watermelons you see for sale everywhere here, which undoubtedly inspired the design of  Germany’s similarly over-sized zeppelins of yore. Hell yes we did. We thanked our benevolent sun worshippers and as they went on their way my Berlin-born buddy turned my way and...

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Snapshot Impressions
18 Aug 2013

Snapshot Impressions

  It’s somehow been three weeks since I excitedly arrived in my new home – Berlin – and now I’ve had a chance to sit down and catch my breath a little I wanted to share a few impressions of this unique community of millions. The problem is, to describe everything that’s happened thus far would be to write a novel (not an entirely un-Berlin thing to do), so instead here are my first photographic impressions: While on my way...

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Berlin
6 Aug 2013

Berlin

Surprise! I’m now living in Berlin. To be honest, I’m probably about as surprised as anyone; I only made the decision to move here two weeks ago, as I sat, frustrated by Scandinavian visa regulations, in the somewhat feeble sun of a Stockholm summer day. Stockholm is a gorgeous city, but you see, you cannot apply for a Swedish visa while  in Sweden (except via the convoluted act of sending an application to Australia). So, instead I decided to hitchhike...

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Concerning the kindness of strangers

Early 2011. Still encased in the cotton wool swaddle of a safe New Zealand life, I was unsure what kind of people the grown-up world of Europe would hold for me, curious at how my naievety would be tested. Sure, there are some rotten people in the world and yes, sometimes you have to be careful who you trust. I have met a tiny handful of characters on my travels who I would  trust  far less than I could throw –...

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Roskilde Festival
11 Jul 2013

Roskilde Festival

Contrary to appearances, no, I have not vanished off the face of the earth. Instead, I have just been released from the tender grip of Northern Europe’s biggest music festival, Roskilde Festival. On Saturday, 29 June,  two Kiwi friends and I entered the 80 hectare camp site. We wouldn’t depart until Sunday, July 7, absolutely exhausted but reluctant to leave what had become the fourth biggest city in Denmark for a week. We were only three of the 32,000 volunteers...

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Swedish Midsummer
24 Jun 2013

Swedish Midsummer

Anyone who read the last installment of my journey, The Northern Way, may have guessed where my hitchhiking thumb was next aimed. Three days of hitchhiking, being blasted with Led Zeppelin in truck cabins, riding ferries, camping in forests and finally succumbing to the Scandinavian transport network saw me arrive in the Swedish city of Göteborg (Gothenburg), on the longest day of the year. Anyone who has ever spent any time in one of the Nordic countries will have an inkling as...

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The Northern Way
17 Jun 2013

The Northern Way

Welcome back! It’s really been quite the week since my first post with BlogMercurial, but before I get into that I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone who got in touch about the site! I really appreciate the feedback and I have a few changes I want to implement over the next week or so, so thanks again for the suggestions. Well, on Sunday I said I was leaving Barcelona for a new adventure. I got one....

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CatchMercurial
9 Jun 2013

CatchMercurial

Kiaora koutou and welcome to the very first post of BlogMercurial, the companion blog to my brand spanking new website! Firstly, I´d like to make a massive shout out to everyone who has made their way here after following my Dutch travel blog Into the Netherworld for the last year; it´s great to have you back and I hope you didn´t miss me too much in between projects. Likewise, to everyone else coming across CatchMercurial for the first time, thanks...

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