My city is more average than special. It is neither a capital, nor is it located at the beach or a well-known travelers’ destination. Nevertheless Mülheim an der Ruhr is one of the nicest places I have seen so far.

It won’t take long before you realise how great it is to live there. The river, to which the city owes its name, offers you the chance to spend unforgettable summer evenings even if the sea might be far away. You can enjoy a nice and cosy small town air in the middle of something like a spread-out Berlin.

FANCY some changes around your neighbourhood? Whether you are fed up with the current crew in charge, or happy with the decisions that have been made, this month gives you the opportunity to vote in the Municipal Elections. Held every fourth year on the fourth Sunday of October, the elections for 2012 will be held on 28 October, with local advance voting from 17 to 23 October.

Heated response to crap film
An filmmaker living in America has made a very bad film denigrating Islam, causing a select few in other countries to go mental and burn stuff. Luckily, most people don’t do this when they think something is stupid – they ignore it instead. Heck, if I started burning stuff every time I saw a bad film there’d be no cinemas left in Helsinki.

“We buy stuff we don’t want with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like,” says Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden in the cult movie Fight Club. Though said a bit harshly, the philosophy behind it isn’t far from downshifting, one of the latest trends inside slow life movements that have been around since the 1980s. It has lately been a popular topic in Finnish press, some debating against it and some defending it, all the while a bunch of people blogging about it. But what’s the catch behind all this?

Cosmopolitan Addis Ababa has been growing with an astonishing speed since it was founded more than a century ago by the charismatic and highly cherished Emperor Menelik in 1887. Many blame the city’s varied architectural design on the recent arrival of urban planning, however, the tall office buildings, elegant villas, fashionable hotels, muddy houses, functional bungalows and flats together reflect its unstructured evolution, simply growing in a natural way.