Shout it from the solar-panelled rooftops...

The following is an actual press release. No, it is. BM hereby hangs up hat.

Press release fromn the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation follows:


Secretary General of ESTIF has married, changed name to Uwe Trenkner

Brussels, 07. May 2007. Uwe Brechlin, Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), has announced his marriage to Ms Tanja Trenkner. In keeping with the dynamic changes in the solar thermal sector, he also announced that he will take on her family name. Uwe Brechlin thus turned into Uwe Trenkner during the wedding ceremony on Saturday the 28 April.

"After 2,5 years of long distance relationship, Tanja gave up her job in Germany and joined me in Brussels - which allowed me to stay with ESTIF. By taking on her family name, I am able to give a little something back to her", says Uwe Trenkner.

After having met at an Amnesty International conference in Wuppertal, Germany in 2003, Tanja and Uwe quickly realised that they had more in common than an interest in human rights. In January 2006, the two moved together in Schaerbeek, one of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels region.

"The solar thermal market is booming throughout Europe, the industry is growing, and so is its voice in Brussels, ESTIF. And with the newly elected president Gerhard Rabensteiner, everyone will quickly get used to two new names at ESTIF." adds Uwe Trenkner.


"..............." - (the sound of BM lost for words...)


  1. Tippler // 12:29 PM  

    Not quite a first.

    I have a lovely lady friend with the surname Valentine.

    When she got marred her hubby took her name.

    Romantic, huh, in this cynical world...

  2. Anonymous // 2:32 PM  

    Hey Berlaymonster, thanks for taking up our press release.

    In Germany, where I come from, it is absolutely normal that one of the two who get married, takes on the family name of the other. For centuries it has been the woman who gave up her own name... fortunately Germany has long since changed their rules and allows equal rights to both.

    I learned only after my wedding that there are actually still countries in the EU that would not allow men to take on the name of their wives - only wives taking on the name of their husbands. To me this is ridiculous and maybe one day the European Court of Justice will have to defend equal (naming) rights everywhere in Europe.

    Best wishes

    BTW: There is a recent USA Today article about More men taking wives' last name