MIDSUMMER IN NIÈVRE / FRANCE

The Nièvre is a more quiet region in the heart of France, a lot of agriculture, meadows, small villages and forgotten cities while their centres are swept clear due to the everywhere spreading shopping-malls on the outskirts of such towns. But there an ideal place is waiting in the Summer’s heat, meaning the cool shadow of an old tree, for listening to the birds and dreaming the other stories of life. Now time has come to move faster to far away horizons. See you soon again.

Quick moving waters of a quaint stream

Bush at the front of an old country-house

Flowers and walls in the old city of Beaune

View on a typical landscape of the Nièvre

Funny warning sign at a rear door for burglars:
“SMILE. YOU ARE NOW LIVE ON POLICE TV. ALARM.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE’RE NUMBER ONE! BUT AT WHAT? – BY TOM CURLEY

A thoughtful and reflective post from and about the USA where insanity, egomania and a radical and dangerous chauvinism seem to be the new political doctrine.

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WE’RE NUMBER ONE, BUT AT WHAT?

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! We’re number ONE! We’re the BEST! 

You’ve heard it all your life. You hear it at ball games.  You hear it at every political rally, regardless of which party is telling you how great they are. Hell, we’re going to hear it in a few weeks as the 4th of July celebrations start.

But let’s get fucking real for a second. Are we really number one? Are we the best country in the world?

Recently UNICEF released a “Child Well-Being in Rich Countries” study. They ranked 29 developed countries according to the well-being of their children on a number of factors. Where did the greatest nation in the world rank? Number one, right? Nope.

The US ranks #26. To be more specific we rank:

#26 for “Material Well-Being”.

#25 for “Health and Safety”.

#26 for “Infant Mortality Rates”.

#26 for “Low…

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ISLAND MENTALITY FROM NYC

“Imagine an island not far off the coast of French Polynesia, floating quietly while it absorbs hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars in crypto capital. Idyllic animatronic palms made of stainless steel manufactured in Germany and coated in organic coconut husk waft gently in the breeze, while an underwater generator noiselessly converts salt water to a drinkable resource. A backdrop of impossibly green hills glimmer with solar panels coated in a thin layer of hyper-absorbent algae, courtesy of a Swedish start-up whose CEO lives in a villa nestled into the landscape. Welcome to the future of Seasteading.”  Island Mentality by Alice Bucknell

Read the full article published by Rhizome being situated in New York City here:

http://rhizome.org/editorial/2018/jun/14/island-mentality/?utm_source=Rhizome+News&utm_campaign=73dfbec534-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_15_02_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6f6e0ea86b-73dfbec534-11620149

LEVELLING SURREAL PERSPECTIVES

Approaching colourful inner worlds

Each night dreaming opens multiple gates to a more surreal world.  So what is really real?  For sure,  I do not know exactly but the regularly chaotic cosmic coincidence generator always accompanies and predominates an approach through the imminent walls of cognition.

You go to place for the first time in your life, then all of a sudden the scenery seems so completely familiar, déja vu after very long time in a hidden homeland. Doubt tells quickly that this can not be real, although the basical feeling differs gravely and reassures that this must be true.

Varied plants as seen by a honey-bee (blueish world)

Moving into the chaotic space/time

If you make 100 photos of a mountain each photo will look different depending on light, angle of view or season. The real mountain never gets definitely visible,  because even a serial view represents just a small glimpse on the surrounding and more confusing cosmos so we never can be really sure.

Human beings have attempted to design clarifying pictures of this strange ambition for long time in writing or by the arts, that does not lead necessarily to rational or illuminating explanations as the world is not limited to the ordinary reality of our daily-routine.

First step to an imaginary multi-cosmos

These subrealities may be met everywhere when dreamy greediness simply becomes part of life, a strange world without clear fixed rules when accessing a phantastic but also rural space.

Modern science offers the fascinating idea of a multi-cosmos with different laws of nature in each cosmos, a rather amazing, incredible and irritating outlook.

ORIENTAL SPOTLIGHTS

Well, I really had to search my old Chinese wedding chest for proofs concerning a 4 week trip of all Egypt in the 80s of the last century. Fortunately all photos still existing after more than 30 years of storage and now somehow also antique. So welcome back to the world of simplest analog photography which I find indeed more touching than all these bits and bytes of today. It is real paper and memory to be felt, rather oldfashioned these days I know.

Abu Simbel site in Southern-Egypt by mid of October 1985
Small temple of Nefertari, 13th century BC

The Oriental world has played an important part in my life, and this trip to Egypt in 1985 was my first encounter with this fascinating cosmos. The visit of Abu Simbel in the very Southern part of Egypt near the Sudanese border was truly a real highlight in this regard because the archeological site is a quite remote place in the Nubian desert at the shores of Lake Nasser. To visit the location was quite easy while diverse agencies in the big city of Aswan offer daily trips to Abu Simbel.

We were leaving Aswan at around 4 a.m. very early (due to the high temperatures) and driving with some kind of jeep or SUV first on a road later on a good sandy piste. Camel caravans from Sudan passed our way on their way to the camel markets of Luxor and/or Cairo, food for the many Egyptians living in the valley of the Nile. The trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes about 3 hours, so we arrived shortly before the sun was rising above Lake Nasser. The sun is still very strong and dazzling even in October, so the temperatures increase rapidly.

With the first sunrays of the day I was able to make some photos of this spectacular place constructed by the ancient Pharaonic kingdom of Egyot. At this place in the wide desert you already get a good feeling of vast Africa stretching further thousands of miles to the South.

Zoomorphic Arabic calligraphy by Mohammed Negm, 2009
reflecting his full name in the form of an eagle. (1) (2)

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age

(1)  This graphic being published under the GNU Free Documentation License.
(2)  The national emblem of Egypt is Saladin’s famous eagle – also on its flag.

PATHS TO WILD BERLIN

An intense ride and walk today to the elemental attitudes of quite green Berlin being equipped not only with lots of culture and visionary street-art but besides to be discovered also huge forests, lakes and numerous parks on the municipal territory.

Colorful house painting on the outskirts at Spandau

Bushes on white sand of the last ice age

Waiting endlessly for the next train

“We can use patterns from the previous era to guess at some features in such a new era. As each past era has felt its ways to be superior to the ways of prior eras, we may expect the next era to see their ways as superior to ours.” (The Age of EM, Robin Hanson)

Forestal pond nearby Devil’s Mountain being in fact only a hill

Ornithological mural near Lake of Tegel

Summ summ

Around 2,000 years ago forests were regarded in Central-Europe as holy locations,  so the woodlands meant the natural temple those days as already reported by the Roman historian Tacitus in Germania IX. This may explain somehow also the romantical view on this special location being virulent till today. Now nature is in any case wild as ever and beyound our control.

Dry like in a desert at a place called simply sandbox (Sandkasten)

Human legacies becoming part of secondary jungles

Wetlands somewhere in uncultivated woodlands

Wild boars are a real plague in Berlin, while foxes have also settled on each inch of the city ground as well in the very busy and hectical centre. Since some years beavers have moved to the town which offers to them many attractive water highways and lakes. Birds of all kind return from Africa each Spring, some stay here all year like the kingfisher or the mandarine duck (an invasive species from Asia).  City authorities have therefore appointed a commissioner for wild animals to take care about all of them.

Facade greening at Wilmersdorf

Old giant waving on the riverside

View on Havel river and Church of the Redeemer (Heilandskirche) at Sacrow

Thanks for following this short non-comprehensive excursion to diverse pristine locations in Berlin. There are of course much more.

 

 

 

 

 

TWILIGHT OF THE POPULIST IDOLS

A malicious ghost is creeping again over the streets of Europe, it is the spirit of simplified truths and self-proclaimed saviors of occident as a whole . The nationalist ideologies of 19th and 20th century are on the verge to a disgusting revival in many countries.

Those responsible politicians – harmlessly named as populists – have initiated a postmodern witch-hunt, the victims of this unproclaimed war today comprise refugees, foreigners or people of different belief and way to live. The globalization of this retrogressive zeitgeist has opened new battlefields where peace should be.

These ruthless ideologists want to put the clock back, what implies the risk of warming up old already forgotten conflicts. Like unscrupulous pupils in magic the radical nationalists have lighted blazing fires and stakes everywhere in Europe and elsewhere which need to be urgently extinguished  again.

 

 

FLOWER OF THE DAY / MEXICAN COLORS

Spanish Flag (Ipomoea lobata)

The plant originates in South-Western Mexico and blossoms till October. More than 500 different Ipomoea species are actually known, this Spanish Flag above now found a real secure place in the small varied jungle of our balcony being very well visited by wild humble-bees, ants and honeybees.

Some Ipomoea species are renowned for their properties in folk medicine, herbalism and even ayurveda. Seeds of Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) were thus used by Aztecs and Zapotecs in religious and shamanistic rituals, their remaining sites and buildings remind us also of this.

Uxmal, Temple of the Magician,  Yucatan,  Mexico

 

CEE’s Flower of the Day Challenge of 6 June 2018

PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS

Holiday season is not far away, so time to mentally prepare for the next flight whereever. Here to be seen the perfect place for training and testing the real  economy-class. A soft take-off or landing can not be guaranteed, but welcome on board.

Last-Minute Journey in the Country

Wishing you happy and safe travels whereever it may be.

 

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