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Michael Borgwardt

Hello! My name is Michael Borgwardt, I was born 1977 and have been living and working in and around Munich, Germany for a long time, although strictly speaking I'm a "Zuag'roaster", i.e. not a true native.

A view past Munich's cathedral at the Alps

Munich is rather expensive to live in, but I feel very comfortable here, since it offers all the advantages of a big city without being an endless concrete waste.

You can find out more about my work and my hobbies in the other sections of this website - hopefully it's not too boring :-)

Why 'brazzy'?

Brazil, the movie

My online nickname is based on the 1984 movie Brazil, a dark surrealist story by Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, which is one of my favourite movies. Its title in turn is based on a 1930s song.

Originally I therefore called myself "Brazil", ever since that nickname was positively remarked upon during my very first contact with the Internet (which took place via a Gateway between IRC and the German Telecom's proprietary BTX service), which must have been around 1993.

However, it frequently led to misunderstandings as people assumed I was Brazilian, and of course "Brazil" was often already taken as a nickname. Therefore I eventually swichted to far more distinct "brazzy".

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