Ed Cox of ICIS Heren returns from a night to remember in the old Berlin Tempelhof airport. He tells the Blog ...
"You may remember my post from last year in
Gazprom then flew in young Olympic champion skaters to show their skills in front of some baffled business men. That was impressive but this week's Gala dinner at the European Gas Conference in
One of the major German companies, RWE, managed to hire out the entire Tempelhof airport - which closed a couple of years ago - and put on an evening of entertainment for several hundred conference guests. It was a surreal experience walking round an empty old airport with familiar signs - 'departure gates', 'passport checks' but no flights to catch.
The night really encapsulated the past 100 year history of Berlin: we started off with a tour of the underground air raid shelters, still with the pictures painted on the walls by adults to keep their children entertained during months spent there. We had a tour of one of the 'candy bombers' that brought in supplies (more coal than candy really) to the city during the
Then feeling rather humble we still couldn't turn down the biggest of German buffets - all manner of meat and dense looking potato products while harking back to the happier days of