Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

Yes, I was there but didn’t bring the wall down.

Though I did my bit for the West, exchanged money on the street to give western currency to an East German Guy. Though I almost paid the price for that gesture.

On my return to the West I was detained at Checkpoint Charlie for 40 minutes.

At that time I was a film editor for the BBC, so showed them my BBC pass hoping that it would help, they just pushed it to one side.

I was then hoping for a strip search by a Russian beauty but the East German police sent out a Russian female wrestler to deal with me. I quickly went off the strip search idea.

Walked safely back to the West to be greeted with a hug from a Canadian, who had witnessed my predicament. I felt like Solzhenitsyn.

I had a German girlfriend in Berlin at the time. She was livid when I told her what had happened. She was not so much annoyed at me being detained by the police and KGB but at me being set free. She said had it been her they would have kept her in a cell for a night.

“They’ve only let you go because you are British.”


Note: Photos of Berlin Wall to follow.