Saturday, October 31, 2009
You heard of course that this year is the 20 years’ anniversary of the fall of the wall in Berlin. So there are events in the city, though from my personal point of view, you don’t hear a lot about it. Not even people in the city seem to be that much interested. I am not that surprised as most of the people either want to forget History or regret it. It’s like this event has more announcement outside of the country than here in Berlin. We had the chance to welcome the giants of Royal de Luxe in October, which is the national date of re-union. But the official date of the fall of the wall, and the programm of the festivities are under the website of the 20 years of the Fall of the Wall, is November 9th. So because It is all about a wall, a good guy has the idea to recreate it with humans. This happening of 30 minutes will take place at the exact place where the wall separated the city. Strangely the guy who had the idea of the mauer-mob is English. But It is not that important and the link follows Its way through the city. A colleague of mine sent it to me and I linked as many people as I can. Some of friends registered themselves straight away so I guess the human wall will be complete, as there are 330 spots where you can situate yourself. The meeting time is 8:00 p.m. and we have 15 minutes to put ourselves in situation and then stay there for 15 minutes so the world can see what it was like 20 years ago. I just hope the weather will be nice enough to allow us to spend a nice evening outside like people did back 20 years ago.
Friday, October 30, 2009
The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra came to berlin for 2 nights last Sunday. They play music of Tschaikowsky, Beethoven and Dvorak. The main conductor of the orchestra Charles Dutoit was there and the event took place at the Konzerthaus in Gendarmenmarkt . I did not much anything of the pieces but I could notice that the public enjoyed a lot. At the break I met a friend I didn’t see for more than two years now because she plays in the orchestra and she travels a lot to play her instrument. And when she does not travel, she just want to stay home and take care of her family, that I understand perfectly. At the return of the break, we enjoyed la Moldau which is a piece I like a lot. It was Sunday evening and It was very foggy in the city. I went with the bike and because I was not alone that evening at the concert, we headed slowly back home and noticed that a most of the monuments of the city were illuminated. It was, like every year at the same time, the Festival of lights. The festival of lights which I completely forgot, as usual, though I had noticed beautiful and strong lights in the sky since a couple of weeks but without asking myself more questions. We passed the house of the Kanzlerin Angela Merkel and followed the road to the bridge next to the Berliner Dom and carried on to see the back of the cathedral illuminated with thousands of green light points, moving all together. We passed under the bridge and went to the Rathaus (where our mayor works). The building was full of light since It is already red. Of course we could not do the trip without seeing the Fernsehturm and Alexanderplatz and back home. The evening had a special atmosphere thanks to the fog and It was fabulous. All noises were diminished and It gave to the monuments a special attraction, especially for the Fernsehturm and Its strong lighting. We are happy to have been able to save the event on pictures. A very nice evening indeed.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I tried a new bar last evening, not very far from my place. I guess I like to stay around when I go out. It’s called Kunstliche Beatmung. There is a play on words with Beatmung. In the German language, you would read be at mung. But they did it another way and you have to read beat mung. The original translation would be kiss of life when they play with the beat movement. Isn’t it clever ? We went too early so we had the time to have a round in the bar. It’s well done 70’s like with color orange everywhere, some red and white. the deliriously retro look may well take your breath away. The psychedelic wallpaper could cause flashbacks while the white-ribbed tunnel will make you feel like Jonah inside the whale. Mellow electro, attentive bar staff and wallet-friendly cocktails give this place at the quiet end of Simon-Dach-Strasse an edge. The low-domed ceiling, plastic furniture and colored neon are like a cross between cocktail bar and space capsule. I heard from a friend that around midnight, the beautiful young things start dribbling in and any oddness is soon swallowed in the crush. But we decided to move because the friend I was with never went to the bar next door which I love, certainly because It’s French, Place Clichy. The bar Place Clichy gives a determinedly Parisian tone to Simon-Dach Strasse, one of the fullest of life streets of Friedrichshain. Thomas Laroche cultivates his nostalgia from Paris to East Berlin. In Simon-Dach Strasse, the banner attracts the eye of the Frenchman : place Clichy is a human-sized bar held by Thomas Laroche, a Parisian settled in Berlin for 3 years. The bar would have been able as well to be called Trocadéro or The Red Ball, but Thomas Laroche decided for Place Clichy. " The place in itself is not the madness, but it is the symbol of an alive thing. It is good Paris somewhere " he explains. Plate glass windows allow in a blow of eye to have an overview on the inside of the bar. A counter was papered with Canard Enchaîné, some posters of the Stiff Heads and old postcards hung on on the wall set the tone. The bar consists of two small rooms, lit by a warm light which inhale the Bohemia, a small charming port which could become a mark of writers, sailors and troubadours. The manager wanted exactly " a small place, an alive counter, where people of the counter are not far from based people, a place which made that people are close ". The music sticks very well on the atmosphere, we can hear it of the Noir Desir, Gainsbourg or Nina Simone. Tired by the Berlin bars, Thomas, big brown in the franc to speak, decides to realize this idea which trots him(her) in the head for a long time: " I had just a little short the bowl of it of bars in Berlin, or you have the old bars of district, "Kneipe", or you have the bars of factory as in the street, "bar-Ikéa", or bars " new Berlin ", I like but at the end of moment that makes too much grandmother's apartment of the 50s. I wanted a small bar as in Paris ". But Thomas, also professor to the French Institute, also wished that Place Clichy gives the opportunity to Germans to speak French and in a general way that it becomes a meeting place of all the horizons. The place was fool when we arrived and still fool when we left a few hours later, the bar completely smoky with cigarettes and our head with the (very) good wine.
Nicolas Sarkozy wanted for a long time to make a strong gesture towards Germany, amounting to the one that made his predecessor, François Mitterrand, when he took by the hand the chancellor Helmut Kohl during the remembrance of the battle of Verdun, in 1984. It is now made : today, on the eve of the European council which will take place in Brussels on Thursday evening and Friday, and just before the dinner between the President and the hardly reelected German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Elysée announced that November 11th would remain a holiday, but that it would not celebrate any more the armistice of 1918: " Nicolas Sarkozy wishes, after the death of the last Poilu (Lazare Ponticelli, died in 110 years, on March 12th, 2008), that November 11th becomes the day of French-German reconciliation, to build a shared future ". The President just announced to the Chancellor: " I shall be November 9th in Berlin at your side for the anniversary of the fall of the Wall " which was " an absolutely considerable event ". And " November 11th, we shall be together in Paris at the Arc de Triomphe ". November 11th is not celebrated in Germany and it is no holiday for the community institutions, no more than May 8th (which celebrates the German surrender in 1945). Germany never understood (me neither actually) that France carries on celebrating this anniversary, which celebrates the end of an European civil war which prepared the other one, that of 1939-1945. It remains to delete May 8th and to replace it by May 9th, anniversary of the declaration of Robert Schuman which launched the construction of the European community and become the celebration of Europe (it is a holiday for the community institutions).
Monday, October 26, 2009
It is only having exceeded the Minneapolis airport of 240 km that the pilot and his navigator realized their mistake. The Airbus then made a bend at 180 degrees to land in Minneapolis. The Airbus A320 of Northwest Airlines flies Wednesday from San Diego (California) to Minneapolis (Minnesota) exceeded its 240 km destination, starting inquiries of the Office of the security of transport (NTSB) and FBI. The NTSB will question the pilot and his navigator on Monday and will listen to the recording of the conversations in the cockpit contained in the black box of the aircraft during the weekend, said a spokesman, refusing to comment beyond the communiqué. According to the communiqué of the NTSB, based on information passed on by the FAA (the American authority of the civil aviation), the air-traffic controllers were able to establish the contact radio with the crew of the flight with 147 passengers on board during no more than two hours, arousing growing fears. The anxiety was such that four fighters of the Air Force were put on the alert, without taking off however, according to the daily paper of Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The contact with the tower was then restored and the Airbus made a turn at 180 degrees to land normally in Minneapolis. The pilots explained that they had an animated discussion about the future of their company and they were not concentrated (sic !), indicates the communiqué of the NTSB. Another possibility is naturally the fatigue and they were able to fall asleep. Some other report only the case of a pilot who had fallen asleep the last year and had missed its destination in the Hawaiian Islands. The passengers aboard the Airbus apparently noticed nothing during the flight with the exception of the fact of having found the time of flight a bit long according to testimonies. They were however surprised with the reception made at the airport. Federal agents of security, armed, went aboard to make an inspection before the passengers can leave the aircraft, without explanation. "That seemed serious ", said a passenger, who did not know what took place before the next day. However, he remembered a "strange" answer made by a steward whom one of the passengers asked when the plane was going to land. He then went in front of the plane, returned ten minutes later to announce: "I have no idea".
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Read in the paper today, this article about AIDS. The debate is still open. I sincerely think all this story is very dangerous. It allows everyone to know your status and be able to do anything with it, for example starting chase. To fight AIDS, "goes towards a screening of all the French population from 15 to 70 years ". The proposition is new. Some years ago, this suggestion would have provoked the sarcasm, even the dismay. Today, It is on the table. It is indeed the key recommendation of a report on the "screening of the infection by the HIV in France" that the High authority of health ( HAS) has just finished. Until now, this serious institution - it is the highest sanitary authority in France on the questions of medical practices and evaluation - had accustomed to be careful, and took even harmless positions. This time, It suggests a real turnover in the policy of screening of AIDS. Until now, no other decision provided good results. The situation is indeed paradoxical : in France, we make out a will a lot, but we make out a will badly. "Although the activity of screening is particularly important in France - 5 million tests in 2007, placing France in the second world rank-, it persists a delay in the screening which concerns more particularly some group of populations or individuals ", notes the HAS. Example: over the period 1997-2005, " 47 % of the subjects for which a diagnosis of AIDS was carried, presented a delay to the screening ". A large number of patients discover their infection while this one is already very advanced. This delay is particularly significant for the person of more than 40 years, for the persons of foreign origin and, finally, for the persons who were contaminated by heterosexual way. And this delay is heavy of consequences, at first for the very person: " The screening allows the premature institution of an antiretroviral treatment. In the end, as notes it the HAS, we estimate at more than 40 000 the number of infected persons who ignore that they are HIV+. Every year, there is between 6 000 and 7 000 contagions, but that nothing really changes. In brief, the epidemic is by no means in the stop. The balance sheet is bad. " The current device of screening suffers of a significant number of incapacities ", insists the HAS. The reasons ? Until now, this device was filled with the first years of the epidemic " where the risks of stigmatization and discrimination against the person living with the AIDS were particularly important and where the individual profits of the screening were limited ". Where from, at the time, the creation of the units of anonymous and free screening ( CDAG) exist almost everywhere in France. More generally in the population, if the screening was proposed at some key moments of life, as during a pregnancy, It remained connected to a risk-taking. It is this model which the HAS wants to modify. As far as treatments profoundly changed the face of the disease. Taken in time, these treatments work well, even very well, and a HIV-positive person, following faithfully its therapy, has a low risk of contaminating sound or his (her) partner. You should not certainly establish a systematic screening, but it is necessary to propose it, more and more systematically. To reach there, the HAS proposes a coherent strategy: " mobilize strongly the actors of health over a definite period of time ". In particular, the general practitioners, but also the hospitable actors. More innovative, the HAS opens the way to more individual practices. It proposes that every person can go to a laboratory of medical analysis to be made out a test without prescription ". For all that, " it will be to the biologist who made the test to inform the patient ", specifies the report. "Any diagnosis of a new infection, adds report, has to be translated by an orientation towards an adapted medical care. " Finally, this new device " will have to be the object of an evaluation in five years This report, in any case, is from now on on the desk of Minister of Health. In some weeks, Roselyne Bachelot should receive the report on the new methods of prevention. About thirty years after the arrival of the virus in France, it opens a real opportunity to change gives it.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Dream Boy was presented at the Berlinale, the film festival in Berlin. I remember having been very moved by this movie and, though my friends I watched the movie with just left after the last image because of their schedule, I stayed just to enjoy a bit more the atmosphere of the characters. I was pleased then to see the team of the movie being invited on stage and then started a talk with the public. I remember one of the boy explaning how glad he was to have made this movie because he is straight and living in London, so very far away from the world of the story. They explained as well how pleased they were to have been selected at the Berlinale and It is good sensation that this movie brings. It is an adapted story by Jim Grimsley's novel, that tells us the chronicles of a subtle romance between two young men in the rural region of Louisiana in the middle of the 70s. Nathan (Stephan Bender) and Roy ( Maximillian Roeg) are two boys who cannot deny their attraction in spite of their fear. Nathan is uncertain and introvert and falls in love with Roy, an extrovert young man who is his neighbour. A love story begins immediately between them, whom they will have to hide because of taboos. Nevertheless Nathan will also have to make front with his internal traumas and for the familiar violence which he underwent through years. The exhausted love and the end of an interrupted innocence.
Monday, October 19, 2009
We were very happy to be able to go and see Pelleas and Melisande, opera by Claude Debussy, organized by the Neuköllner Oper, in a new release of Miriam Salevic and played at the berghain last Friday. There were 3 dates, sold out and we got tickets for Friday evening. This was good news because we were relaxed to go there before It opens for the week-end. The atmosphere of the place is really something different but the mood is still there, always expecting something different to happen. And It did. Of course It was sold out because only 60 guests could attend the event. Then you get the feeling that It is a private concert. It was played by young people but with future big talent. They are not afraid to involve themselves in this project of re-interpreting the Debussy’s opera in a new version, full of craziness. You could feel the scenery a bit aggressive but nevertheless interesting and even sometimes funny because ridiculous. But It is part of the game. I was positively surprised that It was played and sung in French with German subtitles. The young have nice voice and you can sense that while they will carry on to work, their art will improve, which is good news. It was also a good thing to see the Berghain without people. Because we arrived early, we could have a drink at the bar dowstairs and pay attention to the details of the place : the lamps, the huge stairway we climb as often as ye can preparing our entrance on the dance floor, the furniture we never see, the silence and the non-flashing lights. After this new experience, we needed a drink. It was Friday evening, It wasn’t late and the nights start to be really cold (we already have less than 5°C). Not very far we noticed a new hotel with what seemed to be a nice bar. Not necessary to mention it. Though the waiter is attractive, the place is OK, the drinks too expensive and not good and I can't talk about the service. Frustrated by this, we kissed goodbye with my friend and ended up at Bariton's, as usual, where the atmosphere is warm and the drinks good.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The War of the Roses is a 1989 American motion picture based upon the 1981 novel The War of the Roses by Warren Adler. It is a Black comedy about a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. He is a successful lawyer and his wife is building her own catering business. When their marriage begins to fall apart, material possessions become the center of an outrageous and bitter divorce battle. This is the third film to co-star Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito, after Romancing the Stone and its sequel, The Jewel of the Nile. In both the novel and the movie, the married couple's family name is Rose. The title also alludes to the battles between the Houses of York and Lancaster at the end of the Middle Ages.
The first ugly dance world cup just took place in Hamburg, Germany last week-end. The French did not win. What a shame. But the main thing is to participate. You say dance? They say ugly ! Everyone is informed of the beauty of deformedness. This is why they organized the 1st annual Ugly Dance World Cup. It’s so easy to dance nicely. But ugly dancing is art. Be part of it next time. Get more information and videos of the participants here : Ugly dance world cup
Last July I turned 43. It’s a lot regarding what I achieved until now and It is nothing regarding what is yet to be done. Over the last years many events happened and I had to face them all. When I thought my world was perfect, it collapsed. I left Paris after have lived so many beautiful years, my friends, my family. I arrived in Berlin in the early 2000’s and It’s been a very hard time, being almost not compatible with this People, certainly due to our big differences. When the cup was too full, I left again and restarted, again, in south of France, to be clear with me and the administration, because to evoluate in a well-known system is much easier than to discover a new one, which I did not even a year after, being sure having done a big mistake and leaving for Barcelona where I had to adapt a new time. Everyone would say to you that It was so easy, which is true, but It is to carry on and try to grow in this city that is hard. Probably I was too hungry but I didn’t feel at ease and when Berlin passed by my life a new time, I did not hesitate and prepared my return, 2 years ago. I don’t regret it at all. In this short time, I established myself comfortably. I moved after a year from my studio to a 3 rooms flat in another area, much nearer from work where I go everyday with the bike, even when It snows so hard. I made new friends as well, because I go out a lot, and not afraid of failure, you can’t please everyone. I keep on thinking that in the end, there is nice people everywhere. I have found a nice bar round my corner where the wine is good. I remember, years ago, being always unsatisfied with the life I had. It’s like when one step was accomplished, to go further I had to renew the complete scene. Today is exactly the opposite. I guess It belongs to the age, maybe It belongs to the fact that I really found the place to stay, maybe It belongs to the fact that I made mine what my good friend told me once “It’s about time for you to be satisfy with the things you have”. And I have everything I need now. If you remember the movie “The war of the Roses”, at the beginning, when all is done, the character played by Kathleen Turner touches the pillow of the sofa just to give it a twist of non-perfection. And then she starts to get bored in her life. I used to be like that: When It was achieved, I crushed the cushion and started to look for something else, somewhere else. Today is exactly the contrary. I feel complete. No need to look after something else. It’s not that I am not ambitious anymore but life runs. And It runs faster and faster. Since my return to Berlin, I’ve got the feeling not to have achieve a lot outside the painting of the walls and going out a lot (maybe too much). But It belongs to the city to go out a lot. The offer is so big that It never comes to an end. Berlin is also so attractive now that friends want to visit it and my flat is never empty since last March. And once people discovered the city, they come back. Outside of that, you work everyday, sometimes you just want to lay on your sofa with the remote control in one hand and a glass in the other (I try to quit smoking). The major thing is to carry on establishing myself in the city. Compared to others, I have a big chance : I’m French and from Paris. You might find that strange but they like it here. My accent sounds for them so nice (“charmant” in German text) when I find it absolutely ugly. Thanks to the German friends I have, I could make connections to other people and suddenly my circle went big. Now I feel sorry not to have enough time for each and everyone each and everyone but I manage to meet them. I re-discovered the pleasure of making dinners at home, now that I have enough space (and the furniture !) to introduce people who don’t know each other, and that makes the event more interesting. So I manage to organize myself a very peaceful life that I deserve after many years of wandering and research. I guess I have my feet on the ground now. I am even afraid in a way to be too happy, especially since I realised I have the job, the house … and the boyfriend since some weeks (It’s getting serious). A friend told me that you never can be too happy when you have happiness in your life, well, just keep it. It means that after a long way, you are rewarded. My one and only thrill
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I have true good work colleagues. It is rare to have such a good mood at work and I enjoy everyday going to work. We also sometimes go out together and once in a while during the year, we organize dinners at home. For my birthday, they offered a ticket for the exhibition I wanted to attend for years : Körperwelten, in English Body Worlds, which is traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts that are prepared using a technique called plastination to reveal inner anatomical structures. The exhibition's developer and promoter is a German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, who invented the plastination technique in the late 1970s at the University of Heidelberg.Body Worlds was first presented in Tokyo in 1995. Body Worlds exhibitions have since been hosted by more than 50 museums and venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. Body Worlds exhibitions have received more than 26 million visitors, making them the world's most popular touring attraction. The exhibit states that its purpose and mission is the education of laymen about the human body, leading to better health awareness. All the human plastinates are from people who donated their bodies for plastination via a body donation program. Each Body Worlds exhibition contains approximately 25 full-body plastinates with expanded or selective organs shown in positions that enhance the role of certain systems. More than 200 specimens of real human organs and organ systems are displayed in glass cases, some showing various medical conditions. Some of the specimens, such as the Tai Chi Man demonstrate interventions, and include prosthetics such as artificial hip joints or heart valves. Also featured is a liver with cirrhosis and the lungs of a smoker and non-smoker are placed side by side. A prenatal display features fetuses and embryos, some with congenital disorders. To produce specimens for Body Worlds, von Hagens employs 340 people at five laboratories in three countries, China, Germany and Kyrgyzstan. Each laboratory is categorized by specialty, with the China laboratory focusing on animal specimens. One of the most difficult specimens to create was the giraffe that appears in Body Worlds & The Mirror of Time. The specimen took three years to complete – ten times longer than it takes to prepare a human body. Ten people are required to move the giraffe, because its final weight (like all specimens after plastination) is equal to the original animal. Body Worlds exhibitions have controversy and debate focused on various issues. Religious groups, including representatives of the Catholic Church and some Jewish minister ]have objected to the display of human remains, stating that it is inconsistent with reverence towards the human body. n 2003, while promoting a display in the Hamburg Museum of Erotica Von Hagens announced his intention to create a sex plastinate. In May 2009 he unveiled a plastinate of a couple having sex, intended for a Berlin exhibition. In 2007 The Bishop of Manchester launched a campaign to coincide with the opening of Body Worlds in that city, accusing the exhibitors of being "body snatchers" and "robbing the NHS", arguing that donation of bodies for plastination would deprive the National Health Service of organs for transplant. The site included a government petition calling for "a review of the law regarding the policies and practices of touring shows involving corpses". Consent is a primary focus of discussion. Paul Harris, director of North Carolina's State Board of Funeral Services, has stated, "Somebody at some level of government ought to be able to look at a death certificate, a statement from an embalmer, donation documents... That's a reasonable standard to apply."Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) said, "These displays do have important educational benefits, but using bodies against a person's will is unacceptable". All whole body plastinates exhibited in Body Worlds come from donors who gave informed consent via a unique body donation program. Only adults over eighteen years of age can sign up to the programme.The pre-natal and infant specimens in the exhibitions are obtained from morphological collections previously held by universities and medical institutions. odies from deceased persons who did not give consent – such as deceased hospital patients from Kyrgyzstan and executed prisoners from China – have never been used in a Body Worlds exhibition. In January 2004, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that von Hagens had acquired corpses of executed prisoners in China; he countered that he did not know the origin of the bodies, and returned seven disputed cadavers to China. In 2004, von Hagens obtained an injunction against Der Spiegel for making the claims. A commission set up by the California Science Center in Los Angeles in 2004 confirmed von Hagens' commitment to ethical practices, and published its Summary of Ethical Review.The commission matched death certificates and body donation forms, and verified informed legal consent of the bodies in the exhibitions. However, to ensure the privacy and anonymity promised to body donors, Von Hagens' Institute for Plastination maintains a firewall between body donors' documentation and finished plastinated bodies. To date, more than 9,000 individuals have pledged to donate their bodies to the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, in Germany. We all found this exhibition very interesting and we had to speak of it for hours after all.
The quality of the cooking is very good. The offer of dishes is variable every week, from meat to fish, and distinguishes itself by its creativity but always thanks to the seasonal ingredients. If starters as the smooth soup of potatoes of small milk, main courses as mais poularde tenderly basing on the tongue vegetables of leek or the bludgeon of piglet of crunchy shaving roasted with swedes, the Nansen, Maybachufer 39, manages almost always to enthuse thanks to the excellent quality of ingredients, the portions are measured well and the spices perfectly harmonized. This evening I had the lamm with cabbages cooked in honey and It was delicious. We finished with some chocolate mousse and fruits, then a coffee and we were very seduced by the welcome of the place.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Research shows that foot fetishism is the most common of all the fetishes. In 2006, America Online accidentally released a database of their members’ searches and some rough analysis showed that foot fetish was the most commonly searched for fetish. Some other studies by the University of Bologna showed that the most commonly fetishized part of the body was the feet and toes at 47%. They also found that of items of clothing, 64% were into shoes, boots and footwear. This was also reported in the Independent Newspaper). It is also interesting to note that there was an exponential increase in foot and footwear related depictions in pornography after the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic which mirrors a boom in interest in feet during the syphilis epidemics of the 16th and 19th centuries in Europe. Why feet? Well, Neurologists think that sensations from the feet and the genitals both end up in the same part of the brain, called the somatosensory cortex - and in some people there is neural crosstalk between the two, so stimulation of the feet causes sexual pleasure. Sometimes the effect is so pronounced that some people experience orgasms in the foot!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
When you came in the air went out.
And every shadow filled up with doubt.
I don't know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.
I'm the kind to sit up in his room.
Heart sick an' eyes filled up with blue.
I don't know what you've done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.
When you came in the air went out.
And all those shadows there are filled up with doubt.
I don't know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.
I wanna do real bad things with you.
I don't know what you've done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.
I wanna do real bad things with you.
After dinner last evening with a friend, we decided to carry on with the adventure of discovering new places, like we do a lot in the city. This time, not far from the restaurant Nansen, I had noticed a nice place behind some trees, at Ohlauer Str. 37. And it is a real jewel: The owner paid attention with a lot of love that the old atmosphere of lounge of the café bewares. This nice bar is the point of meeting for the neighborhood. Many people who were there last evening just opened the next door to go back home. You will find there a large choice but selective alcohols (whiskeys, brandy, French Armagnac and Calvados) below certain rarities. Besides, there are openly chosen red wines and white wines. And the music always magnificent. We were so happily surprised with the choice that we really thought we were back in our country in some exclusive bar. Even the prices are low regarding the offer. Outside last night was fabulous until the wind started. A wonderful place to recommend.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Beginning of September took place a very interesting festival in berghain. It was the C3 : club contemporary classical. C3 is dedicated to innovative mergings between classical music and club culture, presenting high-quality contemporary works that fit a club interior both aesthetically and aurally. Throughout the history of Western music, “serious“ music has been paired by composers with popular material, thereby pushing forward the development of the art form. This tradition continues today through composers utilizing techniques and aesthetics common to club culture and electronic music such as repetition, sampling or the integration of visuals. As an important location for classical music and the current world capital of the club scene, Berlin makes a highly suitable location for what is perhaps the first festival to exclusively showcase only music that blurs the boundaries between these two, usually very separate, worlds. C3 aims to open the ears of club and classical music fans, widening the audience-base for both, and to promote creative dialog between both scenes. Connections between art forms is also a focal point of the festival location, the berghain, considered one of the world’s top clubs. The artists featured in the C3 program were selected to reflect the wide variety of approaches underway internationally and are but a small representation of activity taking place in isolated pockets worldwide. Their work is presented in short, live sets of approximately 45 to 60 minutes accompanied by visuals. On the final night, DJs take over where the live performers leave off, building a purely electronic bridge from contemporary classical stage to dance floor.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
This is probably one of the saddest movie I ever seen. It's not that I particularly keen on sadness but sometimes It just makes you realize how lucky you are in life, having a simple life without troubles. How would I manage in the case that the event would happen to me ? I don't know. What I am sure of, is that I will not get the strenght of this little woman. It's worth seeing My life without me but please be strong ! The plot is about Ann, a hard-working 23-year-old mother with two small daughters, an unemployed husband, a mother, who sees her life as a failure, and a jailed father whom she has not seen in ten years. She works nights as a janitor in a university she could never afford to attend, lives in a caravan in her mother's backyard, and has no aspirations. Her life changes dramatically when after a medical check-up she is diagnosed with cancer and told she has only two months to live. Deciding not to tell anyone of her condition, using the cover of anemia, Ann makes a list of things to do before she dies.
It is a shame that the weather today is not that good, rainy and cloudy, because the french theatre company Royal de Luxe is in town and will help to celebrate the national day of German reunification. "Bonjour Mademoiselle" Perched on the balcony of the city hall, the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, greeted in French a five metres high's doll which answers him by a graceful movement of the hand. Animated by about twenty puppeteers supported by a gigantic machinery, the " small giant " of wood and steel woke up, stretched and even took a shower in front of the crowd. According to the instructions received by loudspeaker, the puppeteers removed its pink nuisette to dress it in a green dress and in a fisherman's yellow oilskin. Hoisted by a crane, the mega-doll floated a moment in the gloomy air before embarking on a boat made rusty to search for its uncle from whom it was separated by an incomprehensible cataclysm. After a parade in the city center of the capital, the puppet is going to find its uncle, a giant of 15 metres, on Saturday, anniversary of the German Reunification 19 years ago and National holiday, in front of the Brandenburg Gate. They will be welcomed by Mr Wowereit and the French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand. The show, symbolizing the separation and the reunion after the opening of the Berlin Wall November 9th, 1989 will end on Sunday with a big festive parade of both marionettes finally together. In this occasion, tens of thousand censored letters, symbolizing the years of separation, " will be returned to the population " by means of artillery firing at the crowd.
I always said myself, that the most difficult, in the death, it was the solitude. We go away and everybody stays. Moreover, we ignore where we go. And people who stay do not know it either. It is a goodbye on a platform. We are alone in an empty train, the destination of which is indicated nowhere. Neither on the car, nor on the ticket. We are conscious that the persons to whom we make a small movement of goodbye, will join us some day in this place of which none of us knows the name or the place, which does not maybe exist, but they do not seem urging to make it. By diverse subterfuges, they will delay at most the moment of our reunion by reducing their consumption of alcohol and tobacco, rolling less faster with the car, wearing a helmet on the bike, eating 5 organic fruits a day, jogging. These deaths that we loved, who wait for us and that we apply to make dawdle. I would soon have more dead friends than irritated friends, it is about it that we recognize that a Leo has just celebrated its 43rd birthday. The only possibility not to be alone the day of its death, it is to be among the victims of an air crash or a wreck. There is also an bus accident. Or the collective suicide like with the Solar Temple but it is difficult to find fifteen or twenty friends crazy enough to kill themselves the same day. There is also the war. Is it not this craze of people for the war, from prehistory to our days, due to the perspective not to die alone ? Few places are less sad than a military cemetery filled with dead boys together. They give the impression to live together. Their youth and their good-companionship seem to have been preserved in their grave. The drama of Titanic fascinates us because, during two hours, a community of several hundreds of persons built up itself : the one who had not found a place aboard lifeboats. She has just died, the last survivor of the Titanic. On April 15th, 1912, she was 2 months old. There are never survivors. I dream about these deaths, not separated from the flight AF447 and crashed in the Atlantic. What feelings had they any for the others in the minute when they died together? The fury? The condolence? The tenderness? Was there a moment, in the death, where the fear is crossed and where we arrive at the other place ? The passengers of the Airbus A330 are more united between them than they had been with the other human beings throughout their life, they share with 227 strangers the non transmissible experiment of the death. Every time I go in a plane, I look at the other travelers and say to me that I shall end maybe my life with them. I try to find in all of them something special and it works, because everybody has something special, even me. I think of the sense of guilt which the parents of the flight Rio-Paris had to their children whose ticket they had paid. In the last crazy love glance of the husband to his wife that he believed not to love any more or to love less. In the smile of the friend to the friend. The millions of split concerns : health, house, taxes, examinations. All these modest, careful and attentive existences destroyed in one minute as it will be ours in some seconds, if we live old. The biggest human community is the community of deaths, because the living human is in perpetual disappearance. There is no morality in this, it is necessary not to do any morality.