Off Hand

I’m tired.
Thankfully it has become cooler outside – and most importantly – less humid. Yesterday was terrible, sitting meant dripping, driving meant dripping from sweat, and to avoid suicidal idiots in charge of vehicles. I brought my boys home and returned in one piece, what I regard as small victory.
The evening brought a nice thunderstorm, the cell moved rapidly over the village in Easter direction, and I stood for quite a time on the balcony watching impressive lightning at the North-Eastern horizon. The rain did not bring the desired chill, but turned the area in a nice little sauna ; it was a very warm night, a warm morning, only since the late afternoon it becomes better step by step.
I am disappointed.
The state of the Union is bad. This date, the 20th of July 2017, marks a bad day for Europe, because the Polish state stopped to be a democracy. Today the parliament in Warszawa – the majority there that belongs to the PiS party (Ger., Eng.) – accepted a law that ends the independence of the iurisdictio in the whole country.
All judges, and it means all, are now out of job, and need to be re-installed by the Justizminister, the secretary or minister of justice. Effectively the separation of powers has ended, the jurisdiction (“Judikative”) is now controlled by the legislation (“Legislative”) – what is the parliament controlled by PiS. I only wonder if judges and attorneys will have to take an oath on this little wanna-be-leader (Ger., Eng.) …
In fact Poland, the Polish State, is no democracy anymore. I can not believe it, and this will take some time until the effects are realised everywhere in the EU. This should end Polonia’s membership in the EU. They just betrayed the basic principle of a democratic state, and spat on the values of this Union : Obviously they do not share them, as they already showed in the so-called “refugee crisis”. They followed the Hungarian blueprint, even more successful, because the little goulash-Adolf there did not come through 100 %. At least my last level of information is that the highest court is still independent in Budapest. In Warsaw not anymore.
I was wrong when I thought that Poland would share the principles and values of  the European Union. I really believed that shared history, common cultural & historical heritage would be stronger than small-minded & short-sighted nationalism. But – I just need to look towards the German East, to places like Saxony & Thuringia, where the reaction marches on the streets, where a new nazism is cultivated and already reached “the middle of society” – I should have known better. The same mechanisms, the same conceitedness, the same longing for “the good ol’ times” when everything was simpler, more understandable – backward backward, lets ignore actual problems, a strong “leader” is what we need, and for fuck’s sake : DO not think for yerself !
It’s disenchanting, to say the least.
I had a vision this afternoon.
When I read somewhere that the American Leader “warned” or strongly advised the investigators against poking their noses into the money affairs of the Leader’s family. Yeah, exactly, this is where the stink comes from. It is the complex of Deutsche Bank, Bank of Cyprus, and anything and anyone connected with this from roughly ten years ago. The Bank of Cyprus was nothing else but a giant money laundering facility, closely connected to Deutsche Bank. It was a tool for Russian oligarchs to bring their worthless rubles out and turn them into dollares, or something else that is accepted in the civilised world. Best way to filter money through to someone who is in need because of the ongoing housing bust (“Immobilienkrise”).
It will be found out, I have no doubt about this. And this will end the lousy charade we see in Washington, not the so-called “Russian collusion”, the tinkering with the election process. It is a capitalist system after all, and as we already see, money trumps democratic principles.
I only hope that there will be a real new start, that there will be a fundamental cleaning and that all those creatures the Leader allowed in will be flushed out : Once and for all.
But … there is always a “but”.
I am not very hopeful. The Leader is only a symptom. A very disgusting mushroom will be cut off, but the underlying mycelium will not necessarily be rooted out.

I am reading about FAULKNER lately, no idea why. Perhaps the Leader is but a born Snopes.

Sunday Music, Monday Edition

The weekend that was, was a little bittersweet, too short, too short …
Dreadful I slept last night, the air in my sleeping room seemed to stand, not a little breeze, warm air outside, inside, everywhere.
At one point I angrily pushed the curtain aside in the vain hope that fresh air would rush in – and a beam of moonlight fell right into my eyes. The celestial glop, despite already half-way through his shrinking, was so bright that I almost could discern colours, at least a lot of different bluish greys. But I did not feel like admiring the celestial influences on our sub-lunar space ; I wanted to sleep, as already two of the five hours assigned to this task had been spent tossing the duvet around, banning dark thoughts, listening to barking dogs, ach
Finally Morpheus caught me, or one of his helpmates who still learns the trade, really I expect the principal to show up in a difficult case, not to be fobbed off with an intern on his first shift – but complain and see what you’ll get : No service at all, headaches, and general crabbiness. To avoid the worst I simply shut up and took what I could get, even when it was only a sleep-Ersatz, garnished with strange, and thankfully not remembered, “dreams” of the most boring variety.
So it is no wonder that this Sunday Music is moon-related. We hear Franz’l SCHUBERTs (Ger., Eng.) Abendlied (D (Ger., Eng.) 499) – that is a poem (Ger., Eng.) by Matthias CLAUDIUS (Ger., Eng.) ; Dietrich FISCHER-DIESKAU (Ger., Eng.), accompanied by Gerald MOORE (Ger., Eng.), gives us the first three strophes. Doesn’t get much better than that.
I hope you enjoy the music, and will sleep well in the coming week.

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Sunday Music

Despite the fact that it is hot, hot, hot & hot, and did not become notably cooler through the night, I finally slept a whole night through without any disturbances or disruptions. And, what may be even nicer, I had enough time to come back from dreamland to reality. On usual workdays a machine roisters, I have to reach out and get up, turning around “for five more minutes” is disastrous, as experience taught. This totally ignores the processuality of waking & getting up, something I happily exercised this whole morning through. Others may see this as a cheap excuse for lingering in bed, it is the first step to a day of successful trullering I say.
The temperatures are expected to drop, from the first half of the thirties (in Celsius) to the first half of the twenties, rain thunderstorm & gusts are forecast for this evening and through the next two days – Yippieh !
I have done nothing today, and not so much yesterday – and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Time to look for another Sunday Music – variatio delectat, so no early baroque, no improvised jazz, but for a change, something a bit more conventional : Christine HARWOOD with her version of Wooden Ships (Eng.) from the lp Nice to Meet Miss Christine, 1970.
I found no additional information about Ms HARWOOD, all that is to know about the lp is here. According to this description Fräulein HARWOOD was sixteen when she recorded the album, and later married Mark PLUMMER (about), who nowadays lives in SanFrancisco & goes by the name Brixton Key ; he seems to have retired from writing, the last entry on his blog being from 2013.
I hope you enjoy the music, may the next week be easy for all of us.

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Happy Fourth of July to my American readers.
Now lets see whom The Leader will bodyslam this week in Hamburg, perhaps the Mexican. I am sure the Leader will bring us all even more unforgettable, historic moments, it will be great.

Here are some photographs of my new used bicycle, La RIXE (Ger., Eng.). The trademark is today used by Derby Cycle AG (Ger., Eng.) based in Cloppenburg (Ger., Eng.), one of the larger producers of bicycles in Europe.

First you see her in all her glory :

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What a stunner !

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La RIXE has a lot of gears.

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8 Ritzel hinten

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And she has a feature I never had before – a sprung fork.

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Federgabel, Bremse, Beleuchtung

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I really enjoy to cycle around on this thing. And it gets a little easier any time. I just am contemplating whether the seating position could or should be a little bit altered, in all other respects I find her perfect.