two stories – with an interconnection…
wia die Zeit vergeht … one of our most beloved relatives perfectly spoke the Austrian dialect of the German language … we remember a rare conversation in the 1990s, a conversation from Austria with the Netherlands… a conversation with one of the first available mobile phones, a red Alcatel phone, with a flip cover, a phone nicknamed 'the fridge'…
wia die Zeit vergeht … one of the songs that describes in detail how time slips away, how we have to run fast to keep up with the present … Goisern … yes, in the Austrian dialect of the German language … yesterday has become today, and today is soon tomorrow … yes, a song once sung by Jens … wia die Zeit geght …
meanwhile we are several phones further… from the ultra-small Alcatel One Touch 310 to the Sony Ericsson Walkman W800, and then on to iPhone3 and many other iPhones finally to the iPhone 13… with ever better screens, with music storage, with finally moving images by a a connection to the Internet ... for our students it is an eye opener if you put all the telephones that have ever been used next to each other ...
und gestern is' heit word'n
und heit is' båld morg'n
huidiei jodleiri huidiridi
Jens, so weit, weit weg … von uns …
so far, far away … from us …
2022 01 15
Was it just something that arose over a cup of coffee ? ( Cohen ).
No. It went something like this: there still is a wish to raise a puppy, to have a puppy around in this life. Too many dogs vanished from our lives, for reasons. Is it wise to raise a puppy while being at a certain age ? Yes it is cos there are many back-ups in case of any fatalities. So let’s go for it. For the sake of any stray puppy too. Masha was our preference.
A lot of barriers to go … vaccinations … rabies … chipping … covid-borders. But there was a trust in the ones handling this, in Russia. There was a sincere trusting all these involved Soldiers of Kindness.
Meanwhile closed borders for over nearly two years, and January 2022 serious political questions in between ‘west and east’ arose. But do dogs know that ? Are dogs aware of stupid discussions in between ‘west and east’ ?
In our opinion dogs are not aware of any political questions, they only are waiting for a warm home, food, kindness, sleeping near the warm stove, long walks and being able to defend the boss in case of an emergency.
Masha luckily is ‘Дома’ in Moscow meanwhile. No need to use the metro … No need to discuss about ‘west and east’ … Masha is dreaming about wise people managing the stupid words in between 'west and east' ...
2022 01 14
Born at the time of a heavy fog, in the early morning. The news was spread via the landline of the farmer in the vicinity. It wasn't until the next day that grandparents could witness the miracle of new life, even though the distance to be covered was only 6 kilometers. The Volkswagen Beetle type I transported the grandparents.
Hundreds of miles were covered every day in the early years of working life, and it was often foggy along the way. The view through the - already small - windows of the Citroën 2CV was very limited. It was never scary, it was a safe cocoon, with speeds of up to 90 km/h. Until the moment you get involved in an accident, with a deceased other driver next to you, near Gorinchem with then a level crossing in the A15.
Fog has always remained intriguing. A small world. It gives a kind of false security, after all you are not seen, and you do not see the other. With surprises within seconds. A suddenly looming oncoming vehicle. But also nice surprises. Like today on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee. The stillness of the landscape, captured in an image. It makes you small, it makes you silent.
2022 01 12
It’s snowing. A lot of snow covered Russian streets already. More snow is to come ...
Xmas in Russia. Pождество. All over the country this night people watch the service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour ( Храм Христа́ Спаси́теля ) … Russians worldwide are present by a live stream, each year. Mandarins are available, as precious expensive fruit in these days. Russian-Orthodox people on every spot worldwide celebrate рождество, the birth of Jesus.
We do believe in the good intention of people, from their birth on. Religions and languages should not divide us. Music, songs and celebrations do connect us, even without understanding the words.
2022 01 06
What wonderful manifestations of human ingenuity! Sagrada Família!
Once again, a new piece has been added to a building reaching to Heaven, the Sagrada Família, a large unfinished basilica in Barcelona, designed by Gaudi, part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Can you imagine that this project started 1882 ? Day by day there is progress, depending on funds by the ordinary people. These months there was a stunning new light on one of the tops of the basilica, a light reaching to heaven.
To us this compares to the ‘sagradas’ of the Sretensky Monastery / Moscow, a very dedicated place in the inner City of Moscow where to common people gather, where they say their prayers, where they bring their worries.
2022 01 04
What beautiful people there were ! Like Tutu !
Bishop Tutu exchanged the earthly for the heavenly. A man of great significance for mutual relations in a torn South Africa. Desmond Tutu had a massive impact on the South African society cos at the time there occurred an Apartheid in SA ( a policy of segregation or discrimination on the grounds of race ) he decided to make a change in the African society so that all Africans in SA would have equal rights and wouldn’t be discriminated cos of the color of their skin.
2022 01 03
Yes, a two-year period with various restrictions due to possible contamination with covid-19 is difficult to fetch. Millions of Dutch people still stick to the rules. They mainly stay at home, they mainly work from home. In the meantime, their children cannot go to school or childcare for a long time. And thousands of entrepreneurs have been forced to close their businesses, perhaps permanently. Many thousands of young people and the elderly long for multiple visits, back and forth.
Recently there have been large protest rallies, mega-fireworks gatherings, tens of thousands of visitors to Antwerp, tens of thousands of people seeking out the snow of Austria. Is there still solidarity with the people who are waiting for a necessary operation ? Is there still solidarity with the young and old who long to receive a visit from 1+ person again? We leave other forms of solidarity to the imagination. Will there be a solution in 2022 ? Maybe more solidarity ? Empathy ?
2022 01 02