Sunday Music

It’s all a bit … Corona rages through Germany, thirty per cent are absolutely unwilling to vaccinate. I accidentally met my co-driver some days ago while I went grocery shopping. She is in constant pain, had meanwhile been sent to a pain therapy. In this shape she can not return to the job, I feel sorry for her.
We chatted and I asked whether she finally got vaccinated, and yes, she had two jabs. And started a lamento about this : It is only the politicians who forced her, it starts to feel like in communist Poland again – at this point I asked what the parallels were, but got no satisfying answer. “It feels”, and “you have not been there”, what is right.
My argument that it was an illness, not “politicians” that made her get a vaccination was ignored. In the end it was her greed that made her jump over her shadow : She had visited her mother in Poland in summer, and when the family wanted to return to Germany they had to show valid tests demonstrating their status as non-infected. It did cost money – and because of this she accepted the poisonous attack on her life. She actually calls it a “poisoning”.
What was under the radar for the last weeks, because of corona & new German gouvernement, is the dangerous situation on the Eastern front border of the EU. The idea that the Polish chauvinists protect the European Union, its laws and values they do not share, against a murderous & extortive dictator like the White-Russian despot, has a certain irony to it. Maybe we’ll see a winter offensive in Ukraine, who knows what Vlad will do ?
We were promised “winter”, and I am waiting for the first flakes – but there is nothing except cold wind and grey light.
Let’s listen, as an antidote to all the uglyness, to Idylle from Emmanuel CHABRIERs (1841-1894) (Ger., Eng.) Suite Pastorale (1888), J.E.GARDINER conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker. The video shows works of Édouard MANET (1832- 1883) (Ger., Eng.), a friend of the composer. I hope you enjoy the music. May we all come healthy through a hopefully peaceful week.

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Trippin’

You have not been alive when you can’t say that you once travelled on the Suebian railway (“Schwäb’sche Eisebahne”). So join me on a photographic journey from Neckarsulm to Metzingen. We start in Neckarsulm (Ger., Eng.), that dates back to a Roman foundation. Today it is mostly known for its automotive industry.

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Neackarsulm station in all its renovated glory

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Next we will reach Heilbronn (Ger., Eng.), a former Reichsstadt. The city is mostly indescribable, simply because (with the notable exception of the KIlianskirche (Ger., Eng.)) there is nothing worth to be described. Here usually strange people enter the train, humans wearing training gear, who have no qualms to describe intimate personal “things” in a fully seated railway carriage. Conversations may start with “Yeah, I’m out on probation now.”, phone calls may include “Only ten grams ?! Make it fifteen shithead, and we’re good. You owe me …” You get the idea.

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Heilbronn. There is always a train outbound.

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Next stop is Nordheim (Ger., Eng.). Obviously they like to leave assuring, positive messages on the walls.

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Nordheim says “Be positive” !

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Our next stop is Kirchheim (Ger., Eng.). They like their Abstandsgrün here.

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Kirchheim am Neckar. The river must be somewhere behind the greenery.

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Now we fly into BIetigheim-Bissingen (Ger., Eng.), where we are greeted with modern architecture.

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Bietigheim-Bissingen has one of these modern “Turmhäuser”, tower houses.

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Next is Ludwigsburg (Ger., Eng.). It was founded in the early 18th century, it is a planned settlement (“Planstädte” (Ger., Eng.), and shows how an 18th century ruler wished a city should look. Many barracks.

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Ludwigsburg

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Now we reach Stuttgart (Ger., Eng.), the Suebian capital The station is a terminus, but they are not satisfied with that, and dug a large hole, where billions of € vanish. They promised to keep the old (pretty ugly, but architecturally & historically relevant station building), but astoundingly a lot of it had to be cut down. Now some rumours of corruption go round (Ger.), a fool who thinks bad about it.

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This is still above ground, the new station will mainly be below ground. Nobody said that it would look any better.

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And now we leave, I just had to sit on the opposite seat to avoid unwanted bodily reactions.

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Leaving Stuttgart

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Wendlingen (Ger., Eng.), here we come !

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Wendlingen

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Oberboihingen (Ger., Eng.). Where is Unterboihingen ? Every time I pass one of these pubs along the travel route, I feel the urge to stop and walk into the establishment. Of course I never do.

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Oberboihingen and its promising pub.

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I can not say something about our next stop, Bempflingen (Ger., Eng.). The structure in the distance is the Schwäbische Alb, a good place.

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Bempflingen

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And finally we reach the end of our little journey, Metzingen (Ger., Eng.), where they produce clothes.

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Metzingen. The cheap casino is on the other side of the track.

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And finally one last picture, somewhere in Suebia.

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Looks like snow.

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Stuff Read Too

SARKOWICZ, Hans ; CRONE, Michael (Eds.) : Der Kampf um die Ätherwellen. Feindpropaganda im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Frankfurt/M. 1990 (Sammlung historica, Tondokumente)
This comes in a little plastic box with six CCs (Ger., Eng.) – yes kids, compact cassettes, also known as music~, audio~ or tape cassette. You need a cassette recorder to play them, sadly I have none.
The little booklet describes the known (Western) allied, German speaking, propaganda broadcasting stations through WWII. They did not all quit in May 1945. BTW I still find that someone took the blueprint of the British “Soldatensender Calais” and used it for that “Q”-hoax.
Hans SARKOWICZ (*1955) (Ger.) is a German journalist and works for the Hassian broadcasting service. As for Michael CRONE I am not sure, I think he was temporary head of the Deutsche Rundfunkarchiv ten years ago. Informative little booklet.

RUTSCHKY, Michael : Auf Reisen. Ein Fotoalbum. Erstausgabe Frankfurt / M. 1986 (suhrkamp taschenbuch 1268)
RUTSCHKY (1943-2018) (Ger., Eng.) was a German sociologist and journalist. Not uncontroversial. This is a photographic album ; every page shows a black/white photograph with a two line caption underneath. Absolutely unspectacular photographs taken in 1980s Germany.

DEFFARGE, Marie-Claude ; TROELLER, Gordian : Die Herren. Ein Pamphlet gegen die Männerherrschaft. 1. Auflage Frankfurt/M. Juli 1985
More necessary than ever, a pamphlet against the rule of men. Wir waren schon ‘mal weiter ! DEFFARGE (1924-1984) and TROELLER (1917-2003) (website German only, that English-button did nothing for me) were a restlessly travelling journalistic couple. They did many documentaries together, among them “Frauen der Welt” / “Women of the World” (1979-1983). The pamphlet is a part of this effort.

ARNOLD, Hans Ludwig (Ed.) : Die Gruppe 47. Ein kritischer Grundriß. München 1980 (TEXT + KRITIK Sonderband)
About the German writers, who came together after WWII, and invented literature anew. Of course they did not. In fact it was a gang of cocks. But this is only my own uninformed opinion.
ARNOLD (1940-2011) (Ger.) was an important figure in the West-German literary scene, founder of an influential magazine, critic etc.

KING, Graham : Say “CHEESE” ! Looking at Snapshots in a New Way. NewYork 1984
Today it is not uncommon that snapshots themselves, or the aesthetics of snaps, are in some way used in artistic photographic work. All this seems nowadays to be categorized under “Found Photography”. But the snapshot needed to be discovered. And I think KINGs book is one of the earliest collections. I may be wrong. Sadly I found nothing about “Graham KING”.

BUCHNER, Edmund : Die Sonnenuhr des Augustus.Nachdruck aus RM 1976 und 1980 und Nachwort über die Ausgrabung 1980/81. Mainz 1982 (Kulturgeschichte der Antiken Welt, Sonderband)
The author published two articles in Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archaeologischen Institutes, Roemische Abteilung (= Römische Mitteilungen, or RM). In those articles he explained his research regarding “Augustus’ sundial”, known as solarium or horologium Augusti (Ger., Eng.). BUCHNER came to the conclusion that it was in fact a sundial – an opinion that is not shared among scholars nowadays. Undisputed is the location of the instrument and its connection to the ara pacis (Ger., Eng.) and the mausoleum Augusti (Ger., Eng.) as BUCHNER described it. In the end, another excavation should take place, but these Romans must built their houses anywhere.
BUCHNER (1923-2011) (Ger., Eng.) was a German historian, he held various important positions in scientific organisations.

AKERMANN, Manfred : Die Staufer. Ein europäisches Herrschergeschlecht. Darmstadt 2003
Good readable, modern description of the Staufer dynasty, earlier called Hohenstaufen (Ger., Eng.). From the Alb into the world, from the stupor mundi Friedrich II. (Ger., Eng.) (1220) to the bloody finale of little Konrad’s beheading in Naples (Ger., Eng.) (1268), the poor sod became only sixteen.
AKERMANN (1931-2018) was a Suebian archivist.

Maybe you find something interesting, encouraging own studium & further reading. I am glad that I can put away these books and tidy up. But I know that it is an unequal, and, in the end, vain fight. They will conquer that chair again, I just know it.

Sunday Music

For diversion a Sunday Music on a Sunday. I spent the last working days instructing my successor. I only hope that he’s not too fast, and I mean not only the driving style. My co-driver and me carved out a certain amount of time for this particular “job”, so it wouldn’t be nice if he does it all needing an hour or so less a day. But I think the colleague is seasoned enough to understand this without further discussion.
A lot of discussions took place in Germany over the last week regarding the epidemic situation. I can not understand it, there is nothing to discuss : Get your vaccination as soon as you can.
Violent protests against necessary, heavy-handed actions like partial “look downs” etc. erupted, notably in The Netherlands, but in other places throughout Europe.
The development in Germany is frightening (here is an actual overview in a newspaper). What I find remarkable is not the high number of infections, or the proven connection between voting for the new fascists and vaccination refusal (a simple look on a political map shows that areas with high infection rates are most likely areas with high outcome for neonazi parties – yes there is not only one) – what I find most interesting is the fact that the number of daily vaccinations is pretty high, but the percentage of newly vaccinated people does not go up accordingly (a friend who is good with numbers brought this to my attention). Of the daily vaccinated people roughly two thirds are people who get their third jab (booster), while only one third gets the first (!) or second injection.
According to a survey more than 60% of the still not vaccinated are “absolutely unwilling” to accept a vaccination, 20% are “unsure” (!). If my memory does not fail me, we have now short to 70% of the population vaccinated – what leaves us with nearly 30 % of idiots. I think the number of idiots is even much higher, they want their Karneval and Weihnachtsmarkt, they expect to go on vacancy like usual, they do not wear masks, scramble in the streets and stand close by close – while we (not so) slowly but steadily run out of ICU beds, and people who work in hospitals & care still have no mandatory vaccination.
The really sad thing is that all this was avoidable. The agency in charge, the Robert-Koch-Institut, warned in July and explained what to do. Countries that had been hard hit by the virus, like Spain and Portugal e.g., showed the way out : People vaccinated, and – oh Wunder ! – it works. The head of said institute gave a passionate speech last week where he expressed his anger and frustration, and gave a grave warning. The death toll will rise, no doubt. We see a disaster of political cluelessness, aimlessness, and plain fear of “unpopular” decisions. In the end a loud & reckless minority yells and hollers nonsense, and spineless politicos do not scrap the courage together to follow the advice of experts.
Even the sun is forced to make a statement : The coronahole (image) spews out particles over Earth.
Let’s turn away from the deadly nonsense.
Let’s listen to Mr KESSELs (1923-2004 ) (Ger., Eng.) song titled Lison from his 1969 lp Kessel’s Kit. I do not know whether the title refers to the French river (Ger.), or an Italian white (Ger.). I hope you like the music. May the coming week be relaxed & easy for all of us.

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