Quite by chance I found myself in Berlin on November 9th 1989, the night the Wall fell. You can view a slideshow, accompanied by the Number One record in West Germany at the time, by clicking 'Audio Visual' below. It is best seen in HD.

Over the following months most of the former Eastern bloc countries toppled, one-by-one. Traveling to Bulgaria, I met a group of students in Sofia plotting the overthrow of their Government, before it politely stepped aside without violence.

It was a similar story in Poland, where my love affair for the place began.