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By Robert Pimm
Financial Times Magazine, 29 January 2005
A tribe of extremely small men from the east has taken German by storm. These communist-era poster boys have found fame at last.
On January 5 this year, at the corner of Zeppelin Street in the quiet Berlin suburb of Spandau, a little green man made his biggest step yet in an irresistible, yet curiously congenial advance.
“He’s brighter,” says Eva Maria Kohrt. “Cuter. Funnier. He shows you when you can go.”
“He’s more colourful,” says Sandra Rieger. “Better for kids – especially at night.”
This Ampelmännchen is on my mouse mat at work – Photo Robert Pimm
“It’s great, the way he’s stepping out, with his hat,” says Claudia Schroder. “But he does look very… eastern.”
That’s about to change. Since 1989 (more…)