Sunday Music

Here we are, on a greyish and rather cold Sunday afternoon with headaches – not smoke~ & drink-related, but caused by weather and air pressure. As you may have noticed, dear reader, Sunday Music was paused for two weeks, the longest break in the history of this feature (that btw will reach number six hundred in a few months, astounding).
Work started with my co-driver not showing up, I still do not know what happened. I worked alone the first week, and fear that it will stay this way for some time coming. My dispatcher was really not happy, and as I found out, I am not the only one who has to face a bus full of kids alone, but I am the only one on a long trip.
Anyway, it’s the way it is, and it comes with advantages too : I can hear the music I want, I can choose the roads I want, a nice illusion of liberty makes it all more bearable.
The elections in Germany are less than a week away, and it is not possible to determine who’ll win. I read somewhere that more than 30 % of the voters still have not decided whom they’ll elect, most of them will make the final decision only in the cabin, just before they’ll make their cross.
I only hope that enough people will actually go and vote. Especially in the East exists the real danger that many people will simply boycott the election out of frustration about whatever, while the far right busily collects sympathies and recruits its fellowship. There is the real danger that the state of Saxony will see the nazis as strongest party. I personally believe that parts of Thuringia and Saxony are lost. I may be wrong. But if you are a non-white, gay, and/or Jewish you better avoid these areas. And if you still feel the need to spent money in these regions, and get attacked, do not hope that the cops or jurisdiction will help you. As I already mentioned, a court in Saxony finds it is all right when nazis hang out placards with the slogan “Hängt die Grünen !” / “Hang the Green !”
I fear that the coming election will present us with one or two nasty surprises. Enough of this ugly nonsense !
Let’s turn to something nice : Vadim CHAIMOVICH (Ger., Eng.) performs live Henry PURCELLs (1659-1695) (Ger., Eng.) Ground in C Minor. I hope you enjoy the music. May the coming week be stressless & un-eventfull.

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Beauty Helps

I am firmly convinced that beauty is a remedy, and can be found in nearly anything, be it naturally or man made. I am not sure about the qualities of beauty, I think harmony, style et al. are “applied” beauty, beauty in action so to say. It has the ability to console, to solace humans, what is a very wanted quality.
The pianist Paul LEWIS (Ger., Eng.) performs Bagatelle op. 119 no. 1 by Ludwig van. Nearly two minutes and thirty seconds of applied remedy.

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Yes, I am back in Franconia, school started, work started, I’m driving alone through a wonderful autumn. Blogging will be resumed, things will settle in, einschuggeln

Beer, Virus, Glasses

I am in a chatty mood today. I bought some beer from foreign places. Some weeks ago a friend invited me to dinner, and we went to a place that offers Chinese food. I never have been to China, or Asia in general, so I have no idea whether the food offered here in Europe as “Chinese”, “Asian”, Thai” etc. is really something people in those countries or regions actually do eat. What is sold here may well be adapted to a common “European” taste. On their menue I found Korean beer, and ordered a bottle. The stuff was actually manufactured in Germany, a normal, nondescript “Pils”, drinkable, not bad, just a beer.
But today I bought beer from China – it seems that the big steamers now do arrive in Europe again : Brewed & bottled in Qingdao (Ger., Eng.) in a brewery established in 1903, when the city was a German colony. It contained only a very small amount of rice (3 %). I wonder if in other former German colonies also breweries can be found. It was a very pale, and “light” brew, nicely drinkable, less than 5 % alcohol. Just serve well cooled.
Out of pure curiosity I also bought a Belgian brew, something I usually avoid at all costs, simply because these people throw anything into their beer that can not run away : Rice, sugar, colour, more yeast, even chocolate. In my experience Belgian beer is synonym with headaches of the very bad sort. They produce these concoctions of course with a little more uumph than usual. So the “exceptionally rich and complex flavour palette” comes with more than 10 % alcohol. It is called “Gulden Draak” (Eng.) and comes in very small bottles. Two are enough, seriously.

In circa two weeks the new school year will start, it seems that for me nothing changes – same route, same children. We will have to start twenty minutes earlier than last year, so it nearly equals what we had before the pandemic. The virus’ “numbers” are all going upwards around here, it will be interesting to see if, and when yes, what, will be changed. Presumably nothing.
I have not read about the last “findings” of the virus’ origins, and frankly, I am inclined to doubt anything in this respect that comes from a stately source, be it USAmerican, or Chinese, or else.
I can not forget this article on Reuters from last year, nevertheless I do not know what to make out of it. I vaguely remember that the French also reported a virus related death from late 2019. Whatever it means, I hope someone will piece it together one day.
All I am interested in is that no one of the people I love gets infected, and that I meself do not infect nobody. If that means, I am the odd one with the mask, so be it. Surely I will not use something that is made for de-worming cattle as a medication.

I spent too much time on news sites these days, of course I could not escape the last effort of Mr West, who seemingly found something he calls “Jesus”. What I heard on youtube, and other occasions, was bombastically boring ; someone should tell him that the only person, who gets away with supersized glasses on this planet, is Ms Apfel, happy hundredth by the way.
Enough of this. Sorry for having bored you for another five minutes or so. Let’s finish with The Pylon of the Month, August 2021, here.

Sunday Music

At the moment it is not raining right here. All is wet, the air is fresh, nippy enough for me to roll myself in the old rug I use through winter, a very useful blanket. The Northern horizon is wiped out, there should be hills, but all I see is a wall of white mist – is it possible to speak of a “streak of rain” ?
I have some eggs & vegetables left, so later some kind of omelette will be prepared – yes, prepared. Because now I own not only a hot plate (a gift I am very thankful for !), but also a nice cooking pot. I am tempted to call it a Kasserolle (Ger. only). I have to learn how this induction plate works – it is fast ! – & how it reacts. But I am sure that I’ll get my head around this, simply because I want to.
I made a to-do-list for tomorrow, much to my chagrin I have forgotten a few things lately. I hate it when I finally sit down with that content feeling of “All is done”, and apruptly some things jump at me ferociously, yelling “You forgot me ! I am still here, you see ?! Shame on you ! Shame !” Astounding that a phone call or an envelope can have such a life of their own. Energetic beasts.
A total different kind of energy developed the gentlemen Jim HALL (1930-2013) (Ger., Eng.) and Paul DESMOND (sax) (1924-1977) (Ger., Eng.) in company with Gene CHERICO (1935-1994) (Ger., Eng.) on bass & Connie KAY (1927-1994) (Ger., Eng.) on drums. In 1964 they played HALL’s All Across the City in the most elegant way.
I hope you enjoy the music. May the coming week be relaxing and peaceful.

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