Postcard No. 30: “Schleswig – Viking Days 2019” and “The Viking Museum Haithabu” (Germany)

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From 8th to 11th August 2019

at the King`s Beach of Schleswig,
Northern Germany 

…you can experience one of the biggest Viking Festivals in Europe .

Traditional Nordic craftsmen, merchants, jugglers, puppet players, musicians, viking chiefs, shield maiden and warriors will get together peacefully.

For 3 days you can visit a huge, colorful viking village and a kids village with a lot of attractions that perfectly combines fun with learning experience.

Sailing / rowing with viking ship replica, archery competitions, tug-of-wars, 1:1 fights and tribal battles guarantee some quality with your family & friends.The viking days in Schleswig are very atmospheric due to the fact that there are many viking groups located in the region and neighboring countries who send ambassadors to Schleswig.

In fact, the viking culture is still very much present in Northern Germany. Many visitors dress like people of the viking period. I possess viking jewelry with traditional motifs like dragon heady, Ygdrasil (= pagan tree of life), Hugin & Munin (= Odins two ravens, called Idea/Thought & Memory) too. And by the way, if you look at the header of my blog, you will find my bronze of Frija (sculptor: Nando Kallweit), the wife of Odin, who is known for “weaving clouds”. Frija is a warrior goddess (Asen goddess), who knows everything but do not always share her superior knowledge.

As a teaser, here are a few impressions from the stunning viking days in Schleswig 2018…

WELCOME in Schleswig in August 2019

For further details this “Must-See”, please use this link:

Unfortunately, the website is just in German language yet. I recommend to use the email address for any questions…or contact me for translation.

The Viking Museum Haithabu

…is one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany. If you`re in Schleswig-Holstein do not miss the opportunity to drop by in Haithabu.
The UNESCO has nominated the Viking Age trading venue and the Danewerk border building as world cultural heritage this year. Both the museum and the seven reconstructed houses located on the grounds show impressively how people live there during the Early Middle Ages.

The museum is offering numerous events for the entire family and special exhibitions beyond the permanent one. Just have a look at the multi-lingual website.


Shared No. 91: “Melting Ice & Changing Winds” – Dance and Music of Climate Change at The Center at West Park, Sanctuary Theater, April 8-10, 2019 — by Arts Summary

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Melting Ice/Changing Winds: Dance and Music of Climate Change continues the collaboration between choreographer Jody Sperling and composer Matthew Burtner, both acclaimed for their creative engagement with climate. The program features the premiere of Wind Rose, visualizing and sonifying winds patterns that are changing dramatically along with the earth’s atmosphere. Wind is the breath of […]

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance presents Melting Ice/Changing Winds: Dance and Music of Climate Change at The Center at West Park, Sanctuary Theater, April 8-10, 2019 — Arts Summary

….just a click to have look at a few images of the stunning performance.

Tipp No. 129: Powerful Documentary: “EMBRACE – You Are Beautiful!” by Taryn Brumfitt

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I watched the touching movie together with friends…
And all of us had a lump in our throats…actually, a few tears appeared too.

What are we doing to ourselves?!

“91% of women
hate their bodies.”

For centuries, women have been told that they need to be beautiful…as if that`s the most important thing they can be.

Instead of investing in their life quality, meaningful projects and development of their skills, women spend their time & money on fitness classes, fashion, diets, cosmetics, hair dressers, nail design shops etc. ….and sadly never ever feel being “enough”.

Join Taryn Brumfitt on their journey to free herself – also in order to become a role model for her little daughter who shall enjoy life and spend her valuable resources on more important things than on bullshit like beauty standards that are created to transform women into cash cows.

Do not try to please others…Be your own loving best friend….

AND everyBODY!”

Be smart and do not waste your time with excessive and insane beauty maintenance while you are capable to change and rule the world.

Before – After Photo of Taryn

Insight No. 7: “Awesome Wedding Haka, New Zealand” – (Haka auf Hochzeit, Neuseeland)

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Although your 1st impression might tell you that the family of the bride will rip the grooms head off every minute…


Awesome, powerful HAKA at wedding in  NZ…

Firstly, the short version including translation into English (subtitles);

Secondly, the longer version of the impressive wedding receiption….The mixed couple is accepted by the family.



Sound of Music No. 1: “Der Hölle Rache” (Hell`s Revenge) by Florence Foster Jenkins

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Queen of The Night by Florence Foster Jenkins – known as the Worst Singer in The World Ever.

True passion and devotion doesn´t need to strike the right note.

The Artist

Florence played by Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins (born Narcissa Florence Foster; July 19, 1868 – November 26, 1944) was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. The historian Stephen Pile ranked her “the world’s worst opera singer … No one, before or since, has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”

Her TOP Hit…

A Recommenation:

The sweet-bitter movie about Mrs Florence – with some very good laughs and an excellent performance of Meryl Streep, singing the aria in person!!!

Amazing to be able to intentionally miss the notes – just by less than an inch.

In my opinion Hugh Grant is the perfect match for the role of Mrs Florences husband – great!

“Without dreaming big, drive, courage & loyalty, there is nothing.” 

Queen of the Night by Meryl Streep alias Madame Florence

The touching movie based on a true story….a lesson on courage.

Poem No. 25: Song -“Solidarity” (Solidarität) by Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1957)

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Music by Hanns Eisler; Text by Bertolt Brecht

Peoples of the world, together
Join to serve the common cause!
So it feeds us all for ever
See to it that it’s now yours.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

Black or white or brown or yellow
Leave your old disputes behind.
Once start talking with your fellow
Men, you’ll soon be of one mind.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

If we want to make this certain
We’ll need you and your support.
It’s yourselves you’ll be deserting
if you rat your own sort.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

All the gang of those who rule us
Hope our quarrels never stop
Helping them to split and fool us
So they can remain on top.

Forward, without forgetting
Where our strength can be seen now to be!
When starving or when eating
Forward, not forgetting
Our solidarity!

Workers of the world, uniting
Thats the way to lose your chains.
Mighty regiments now are fighting
That no tyrrany remains!

Forward, without forgetting
Till the concrete question is hurled
When starving or when eating:
Whose tomorrow is tomorrow?
And whose world is the world? 

For background information in English, please scroll down.


Musik: Hanns Eisler Text: Bertolt Brecht

Vorwärts und nicht vergessen,
worin unsere Stärke besteht!
Beim Hungern und beim Essen, vorwärts nie vergessen:
die Solidarität!

Auf ihr Völker dieser Erde,
einigt euch in diesem Sinn,
daß sie jetzt die eure werde,
und die große Nährerin.


Schwarzer, Weißer, Brauner, Gelber!
Endet ihre Schlächterei!
Reden erst die Völker selber,
werden sie schnell einig sein.


Wollen wir es schnell erreichen,
brauchen wir noch dich und dich.
Wer im Stich läßt seinesgleichen,
läßt ja nur sich selbst im Stich.


Unsre Herrn, wer sie auch seien,
sehen unsre Zwietracht gern,
denn solang sie uns entzweien,
bleiben sie doch unsre Herrn.


Proletarier aller Länder,
einigt euch und ihr seid frei.
Eure großen Regimenter brechen jede Tyrannei!

Vorwärts und nicht vergessen und die Frage korrekt gestellt
beim Hungern und beim Essen: Wessen Morgen ist der Morgen?
Wessen Welt ist die Welt?


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Poverty in tghe time of the Weimarer Republic

Das Solidaritätslied, geschrieben von Bertolt Brecht, vertont von Hanns Eisler, ist ein Arbeiterlied.

Das Lied ist zwischen 1929 und 1931, vor dem Hintergrund der Weltwirtschaftskrise (1929), dem vergangenen Weltkrieg (1914–1918) und der sozialen Frage für den Film Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt? entstanden. 

Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt? ist ein Filmwerk aus der Zeit der Weimarer Republik, das zum Genre des Proletarischen Films zählt. Es ist eine Mischung aus Spiel-, Dokumentar- und Propagandafilm, angereichert mit Elementen eines Musikfilms. Bertolt Brecht wirkte als Drehbuchautor mit.
Der Film ist unter massivem Zeitdruck, Geldmangel und politischer Repression entstanden. Zwei Szenen wurden sogar zensiert d.h. entfernt.

1. Annie`s illegale Abtreibung, die von Ihren Arbeiter-Sportfreunden bezahlt wurde, die für Annie Geld gesammelt hatten. 

2. Der Aufruf zur Wohnungsbesetzung bzw. zum kollektiven Widerstand gegen Wohnungsräumungen.

Im Jahr 1932 wurde die erste Textversion des Liedes unter Mitwirkung zahlreicher Arbeiterchöre und -sportler uraufgeführt. Rasch verbreitete es sich in den letzten Monaten der Weimarer Republik besonders bei Sportveranstaltungen weiter. Der Urtext beginnt mit den Zeilen: „Kommt heraus aus eurem Loche, das man eine Wohnung nennt / Und nach einer grauen Woche folgt ein rotes Wochenend!“.


The solidarity song, which was written by Bertold Brecht and set to music by Hanns Eisler is a workers anthems.

The song was created between 1929 and 1931, against the background of the world economy crisis (1929), following World War I (1914–1918) and the social question of the movie “Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt?” (Kuhle Wampe or: Who owns the world?)

The movie was produced dutring the period of the Weimarer Republic and belongs to the category: Workers Movies. It is a mix of entertainment, documentary and propaganda movie, enriched by musical elements. Brecht participated in this project as scriptwriter. The movie makers had to face a shortage of money, time- and political pressure. 

Two scenes of the movie were even censored (deleted) by the authorties. 1. Annie`s illegal child abortion paid by her sport friends who gathered money to support Annie. 2. The call for collective resistence against eviction respectrively the call for occupying urgently needed low-cost appartments. 

The Weimarer Republic (characterized by a splitted landscape of political parties, democracy criticism, shift to right-wing parties, growing nationalism, radicalism & militarism etc.) and world economy crisis (poverty, mass unemployment, no welfare, no health care, no favorable housing, hurt / humiliation due to loss of WWI and unfair peace arrangements including  huge amounts of reparations to be paid to the winners of WWI etc.) finally resultet in a call for a strong “leader”…who finally came from Austria: Adolf Hitler.

Bildergebnis für weimarer republik wohnen und haushalt

On the signs:

  1. Down with the Blood Dictatorship – The Spartacus Union
  2. Workers be unified.
  3. Against tyranny and anarchy
  4. We fight against each putsch – from the left- and right wing parties
  5. Women and girls use your right for voting on 19th January
  6. For the National Convention…

Postcard No. 17: “HAMBURG” – The Elbphilharmonie – The Temple of Sound…innovative architecture and outstanding acoustics

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“Location, outstanding acoustics and a visionary concert programme.”

The Elbphilharmonie with its impressive glass facade and wave-like rooftop rises up from the former Kaispeicher building on the western tip of the HafenCity. Accommodated inside are two concert halls, a hotel and 45 residential apartments. Between the old warehouse and the glass structure is the Plaza – a public viewing area that extends around the whole building.

“Elphi” belongs to the TOP 5 concert halls worldwide thanks to its outstanding acoustics. After 9 years of construction and investments in the amount of €789 mio. the innovative landmark of the harbor city Hamburg – also called “The Gate to The World” or “Pearl” – was finally completed.

The Location – The Elbphilharmonie is located in the historic Sandtorhafen, which was Hamburg’s old working harbour for centuries. The Kaiserspeicher, Hamburg’s biggest warehouse on the water, was built in 1875. Destroyed in the Second World War, it was then rebuilt and renamed Kaispeicher. Cocoa, tobacco and tea was stored here until the 1990s.

The Plaza – At a height of 37 metres above ground level, the public viewing area offers visitors a spectacular 360° view of the city and harbour. Hamburg citizens, tourists, concertgoers and hotel guests are all welcome to take a stroll along this unique walkway.

The Glass Facade – The defining feature of the Elbphilharmonie: 1,000 curved window panels, tailor-made to capture and reflect the colour of the sky, the sun’s rays, the water and the city, turn the concert hall into a gigantic crystal. The glass facades in the loggias of the apartments and concert foyers are especially striking: with their boldly convex form they resemble huge tuning forks.

The Grand Hall, the heart of the Elbphilharmonie, has seating for 2,150 guests. In contrast to conventional concert halls, the stage is located in the centre of the hall, while the audience is seated on tribunes around the stage. This “vineyard-concept” that was invented by the architects of Herzog & de Meuron, ensures that each guest enjoy a direct view to the stage without any obstacles. Each visitor is seated in a distance of max. 30 m to the conductor. The highest seat  is located 17 metres above the stage. 

The Acoustics – The leading acoustics expert Yasuhisa Toyota faced the challenge to ensure not only top-notch but a superior acoustic experience for Elphi`s guests.
Toyota’s goal for the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall: the hall should assist the natural acoustics of the music but also be sensitive to electronic sound systems. In this way, audiences can also enjoy rock concerts in the Elbphilharmonie.     

Toyota invented the so called “White Skin” of the concert hall. The White Skin is a surface which consists of 10.000 wall panels. Each single panel is highly customized. The unique design of each panel optimally breaks the sound at the very specific position of the panel. The panels are 35 – 200 mm thick and possess a weight of 150 kg / qm to optimize the acoustics – considering the thumbrule: The bigger the mass, the better the reflection of the sound. The intelligent, sophisticated sound concept  also ensures the optimal reverberant sound time of 2 seconds. Therefore, the guests of the Elbphilharmonie are able to enjoy a very clear, differentiated sound and an amazing 3-dimensional impression.

Among professional musicians, it is said that you are able to hear everything – even all the failures…

The Recital Hall – In contrast to the Grand Hall, the Recital Hall is designed in the classic »shoebox« style. An elegantly milled wooden panelling supplies a perfect acoustic. Both the Grand Hall and the Recital Hall of the Elbphilharmonie are acoustically autonomous spaces that are completely detached from the rest of the building. Massive steel spring elements perfectly buffer the concrete shell of each respective hall from the outside world. No ships’ sirens will ever penetrate these spaces, and not even the sound of a loud trombone ensemble will escape to the outside.

The Kaistudios – Housed in the Kaispeicher warehouse, the Elbphilharmonie’s wide-ranging music education programme offers concerts for children and families, a holiday programme, workshops and more. Many years ago, goods were loaded from ships directly into the warehouse using cargo hatches. Some of the cargo hatches have been now been given a new purpose as balconies, for example, the balcony in Kaistudio 1. A further six Kaistudios complete the music education wing and are used as rehearsal rooms, backstage and foyer rooms, and house for the »World of Instruments«.

The Music – Variety, quality and accessibility are primary criteria by which the Elbphilharmonie measures its musical profile. As a concert hall of the 21st century, engaging in animated dialogues with classical music masterpieces is as much in focus as the discovery of new sounds. The Elbphilharmonie plays host to acclaimed soloists and orchestras from around the world; at the same time, innovative festivals, experimental formats and concert series outside of the traditional classical music programme will break new ground here.

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Postcard No. 16: “DUISBURG” – Another Recycled Gasometer = Europe`s Biggest & Most Spectacular Indoor Scuba Diving Centre!

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Hello to all travelers – and in particular scuba diving enthusiasts!

After visiting the Gasometer in Oberhausen, I would like to send you further greetings from the Ruhr area. Let`s make a stopover in Duisburg!

 The City of Duisburg transformed its industrial smelter heritage into a huge recreation park called the “Landscape Park” in Duisburg North. The spectacular highlight of this park is the Gasometer, which serves  as indoor scuba diving centre today. In fact, it is Europe´s biggest leisure but also training scuba diving centre (for professionals like police, military, fire fighters, industrial scuba divers, instructors, special forces etc.).

The diameter of the Gasometer is 45 m and the depth 13 m. The Gasometer contains 21 mio litres sweet water with a varying temperature of 7°C in wintertime and about 26°C in summertime. The visual range can be 25 metres. 

There is a diving school that offers classes for beginners and experienced divers as well as trial lessons and “adventure diving lessons”. Of course, you can rent scuba diving equipement. Additionally, a repair shop offers support. Changing rooms and hot showers are available too.

Diving in an industrial facility is an amazing experience itself. The Gasometer Duisburg North is even topping this unique experience. The Gasometer namely gives home to wrecks of all kind of vehicles, such as different aircraft, various cars, boats & ships, industrial equipement / structures etc.  Scuba diving excursions in the Gasometer are thrilling and sometimes even a bit spooky… You shouldn`t miss this exclusive adventure!


The “Landscape Park Duisburg” offers gardens, cycling opportunities, outdoor climbing facilities, restaurants & “Biergarten” (beer garden), furnace 5 as viewing platform, concerts and more attractions. During night the industrial complex is enlighted. The very atmosperic industrial leisure park is also very popular among photographers.

As you can see, the Ruhr area – the former centre of Germany`s heavy industry & mining – successfully underwent a makeover and is worth a visit. WELCOME!