Poem No. 126: “Frühlingsglaube – Spring Believes” by Johann Ludwig “Louis” Uhland (Germany, 1787 – 1862)

Gedichte, Nature, poems
Flowers bloom at the Huasco region on the Atacama desert, some 600 km north of Santiago on November 27, 2015. A gigantic mantle of multicolored flowers covers the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, with an intensity not seen in decades, an effect caused by the El Niño phenomenon, which alters weather patterns across the Pacific basin.

Cit.: “FORGET ALL AGONY, ALL MUST CHANGE!”


Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht,
(The gentle breezes are awoken,)
Sie säuseln und weben Tag und Nacht,
(They whisper and weave day and night,)
Sie schaffen an allen Enden.
(They create in all ends.)
O frischer Duft, o neuer Klang!
(Oh fresh fragrance, oh new sound!)
Nun, armes Herze, sei nicht bang!
(Now, poor heart, don’t be anxious!)
Nun muß sich alles, alles wenden.
(Now all must change.)
Die Welt wird schöner mit jedem Tag,
(The world becomes prettier with every day,)
Man weiß nicht, was noch werden mag,
(One does not know, what yet will be,)
Das Blühen will nicht enden.
(The blooming doesn’t want to end.)
Es blüht das fernste, tiefste Tal:
(The farthest, deepest valley blooms:)

Nun, armes Herz, vergiß der Qual!
(Now, poor heart, forget the agony!)
Nun muß sich alles, alles wenden.
(Now all, all must change.)

Shared No. 100: “Greece in the “16+1” format? Reading the Sino-CEE tea leaves” — by the Asia Dialogue

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Written by Bartosz Kowalski. Prior to the upcoming EU-China summit in Brussels, the attention of observers has primarily been caught by the official inclusion of Italy in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The signing of the BRI MoU in Rome took place despite the dissatisfaction expressed by the European Commission (EC) regarding China’s trade…

Greece in the “16+1” format? Reading the Sino-CEE tea leaves — Asia Dialogue

Insight No. 92: “Austria is introducing online taxation” – TAX JUSTICE!

Insights, Technology, Tipps
Congratulation!!! Well-done!

Austria’s federal government has proposed levying a tax of as much as 5% on advertising revenue of big-tech corporations like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Alibaba.

The tax, which is much higher than the levy proposed by France earlier this year, is aimed at preventing the “unfairness”of internet giants that have routed their sales via subsidiary units in EU members with a low taxation base, according to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, as cited by AFP.

Unfortunately, the German government is hesitating to take action although it was discussed to complement its tax law. Surprisingly, the topic: “Transaction Taxes” was an extraordinary quick non-starter after one week of media attention, the supporter were silenced abruptly. Another example of the fairytale and false claim that Germany has got independent media.

There was just one brief note. Out of consideration for the German automobiler industry, the German government won`t call tax refugees like Amazon, Google, Alibaba, Facebook or non e-commerce businesses like starbucks, Nike, Apple etc. to account. Obviously, The government fears to kick of a trade war with the States that will target the German automobile immediately.

In my view, this in not acceptable. Whenever, new ideas or reforms are introduced the German government sabotage them with a hint on the automobile industry that will cut overhead due to digitalisation, automatisation (- 50% productive man-hours) and substitution of their products with e-cars in future anyway. Finally, it will be the regular citizen who will have to bear all tax burdens to finance banking institutions and industry sectors – like the car or aviation industry – whenever they have to face the consequences of their mismanagement and criminal and risky business practices.

It would be very important to reach a consensus in the EU as soon as possible to follow Austria to be better prepared to defend European interests and tax fairness towards blackmailing by the States, China and any other power system. Interestingly, the majority of tax scammers are based in the USA.

In the meantime, I will act as responsible consumer. Actually, I don`t purchase products & services of tax refugees anymore if feasible.

“NO TAX PAYING – NO SALES!”

The chart was issued in 2017
Basic Tax Evasion Scheme
United Nations University, 2017

Postcard No. 13: “My Bedroom” – The Weapons of a Woman …and the 2% NATO Defense Target”

Insights, Oddities, Uncategorized

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The US Government is trying to squeeze the NATO alliance partners – like Germany – to spend 2% of their GDP for defense purposes.

As you can take from the snapshot above, I am armed with “The Weapons of a Woman” and it would be a pleasure for me, to increase my spendings on high heels and other accessories significantly!!!!

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Who has invented the 2% target? Why shall Germany  and other NATO Partners rise their defense budgets?

At the occasion of the NATO summit in Wales 2014,  the 2%-target – that was originally agreed for the new NATO members (Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia) in Prague 2002 – was renewed. It was said that all NATO members shall target defense Investments in an amount of 2% of their GDP within the next 10 yrs (= 2% starting from 2024).

In this notice of intent, it was agreed that this target is non-binding and just a guide value because of the huge difference of the GDP among the NATO Partners so that the defense Budgets – resp. financial burdens – would be not fairly distributed.

Another issue might be that big payers might demand more rights & influence in NATO policies, tactics and action. The recent meeting between Trump and Macron, when the French president was agreeing on an increase of defense spendings to modernize & restructure the European armed Forces and Trump responded insulted and mad  revealed that the true objective of the States. The States want the Europeans not to strengthen their defense capabilities and to take responsibility. It is all about providing the States with financial aids for their armed forces and money for Powerplays. The European NATO Partners shall be limited to increasing the NATO budget.

At this occasion, it needs to be mentioned that the States are widely not perceived as “world police force in terms of good cops”. I know, that many Americans think of themselves as a good cop. In fact, many countries would appreciate it, if they could utilize their natural ressources for themself, if the sovereignity of their countries would be respected, if US economic hitman and other shady experts for destabilisation would stay at home, if the States and its military & clandestine bases would leave their territories  yesterday…and so on.

A recent survey revealed that there is one global consensus. The United States of America are perceived as the most dangerous country worldwide – endangering world peace & prosperity. An uncomfortable feedback…but honesty can be regarded as a compliment too.
The reason why I am sharing these little pieces of information is my conviction that it is time to get to know each other other better, if we want to live together peacefully and cooperative. We should know each others values, priorities, vison and opinions.  It is dangereous if you think you can ignore or simply overrule others…in particular if there are other possibly attractive alternative partners (e.g. a revived silk road) or ideas of a Switzerland-like neutrality. The Trump Government hurt many taboos & standards.
As side effect others are doing the same now. The terms & conditions of the  NATO membership for instance might become a subject to discussions in future too. 

Back to the single issue: defense budget increase…In case of Germany that spends about 1,2% of its GDP on defense currently, the claim for an increase up to 2% would result in a defense Budget of about Euro 60 bn.

Already in Wales 2014, it was highlighted that a higher NATO Budget won`t necessarily improve efficiency and effectiveness of the NATO alliance.

Furthermore, there are voices which outline that defense is not the German priority number one – even if others do their very best to fuel conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to create fear and then to justify defense spendings at the cost of budgets, the tax payer (who is finally the major investor) could actually take benefit of, such as: social housing, education, science, HealthCare, elderly care, pension funds etc.

By the way, for historical reasons and due to the huge peace movement in Germany, the military has got a bad image in contrast to the situation in the States. In the 80`s,  it was said: “Ich kann nichts, ich habe nichts, gebt mir eine Uniform!” ( = I have no qualification, I don´t possess anything, give me an uniform!” …but because Germany has got a propspering economy, free education for all and a good welfare system, it was not necessary to join the armed forces for living.

In fact, Germans don`t feel threatened by potential conventional  military interventions or terrorism at all…despite of a few terrible attacks.

Germans are aware of the fact that they are living in times of information war, technological innovation- and trade wars. It is said that missiles, tanks, tactical aircraft, military drones and other weapons won`t increase our competitiveness on the global market and won`t help to maintain fairly distributed wealth & therefore social peace in our homeland. Germany is not dependent on the Sales of the weapon industry. Higher defense spendings will decrease it because we would waste our ressources.

I´ve already published a post about the “German Angst” including surveys & statistics some time ago. The biggest concern of Germans is the impression that their Government is not qualified / competent and trustworthy enough to solve problems.

Of course, the majority of Germans know that our country will be abused as a battlefield with no chance for survival – in particular considering the intermediate-range atomic missiles and other atomic traps on our territory that have been provided by our “Friends & Foes” in East and West. In the event of a war, Germany therefore will have to face a bitter “lose-lose Situation” anyway. Exaggerated, we are asked to finance our own destruction…and in the event of WWIII, there will be no difference between friendly & hostile fire anyway from our point of view….strange idea, isn`t it?

By the way, in the German constitution it is documented that the German armed forces shall be exclusively employed for defense purposes.

The missions in other countries – like Somalia, Afghanistan and so on – is therefore unconstitutional. That`s fact and the reason why the German Government is always talking about humanitarian or technical aid or mere support services in favor of our NATO Partners (instead of Warfare…) if the German Forces are send abroad. If our politicians are critisized, they point to the German NATO Membership and the NATO obligations. Again: Strange….This reasoning would mean that an international agreement overrules our country`s constitution…?!

It has to be mentioned as well that the States doesn`t expect a modernization and extension of the German armed forces primarily. It demands that Germany pays the States for its services (that were never requested, by the way) – and as D. Trump outlined at the occasion of his trip to France that he expects that Germany purchases American products…”Honni soit qui mal y pense”.

Frankly speaking, no European seriously believes that the States are an unselfish world police force. No, like any other world power its all about geo-strategical interests / imperialism (=> Russia, ME) and access to natural resources and markets. “America First” is no invention of the Trump government. The US troops facilities and clandestine entities based in Germany are destined to restrict Russia….and not to protect Germany.

Today, 53 – 60 % (depends on the specific poll) disagree with an increase of the defense budget. Yes, in my opinion it is a waste of money. We have got other priorities. If the States have to cut cost by reducing their military presence abroad, it is ok.

Insight No. 91: EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2019 – The results of the recent “German Trends” opinion poll

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) was a German writer and statesman.

Subject of Election: The Formation of the European Parliament

Tasks of the European Parliament:
Parliament asserts its institutional role in European policy-making by exercising its various functions. Parliament’s participation in the legislative process, its budgetary and control powers, its involvement in treaty revision and its right to intervene before the European Court of Justice enable it to uphold democratic principles at European level.

Date: 23rd – 25th May 2019 (in Germany on Sunday, 26th May 2019)

Frequency: every 5 yrs

Eligible to vote: Citizens of EU member states with the minimum age of 18 yrs who are listed for elections (exemption: Austria – 16 yrs)

THE GERMAN OPINION SURVEY (tagesthemen of 04th April 2019)

50% of respondents in Germany think that the advantages of the EU membership predominate.


Of course, in all EU member states there are discussions about the scope of responsibilities of the future EU, the scope of national sovereignty and policies that shall be subject to a closer coordination & cooperation in future. These are the results of the recent German Trends Survey of April 2019, published by the “tagesthemen (ARD public TV news channel)”

Climate Policy

88 % - European issue
10 % - National issue

Refugees / Migration

75 % – European issue
23 % – National issue

Innovation, Science & Technologies

54 % – European
42 % – National

Social Minimum Standards

50 % – European
47 % – National

Brexit

16 % of respondents welcome Brexit
74 % of Germans interviewees regret Brexit

ADDITION:

German Trends about its NATO membership (April 2019)…

82 % of respondents think that the NATO is important for keeping peace in Europe.
71% rather think that the NATO membership provides Germany with more influence. 13% of respondents think that the NATO is obsolete.

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53 % of respondents disagree with an increase of the defense budget because of other priorities and 43 % agree on an increase.

One of the most discussed challenges in Germany: AFFORDABLE HOUSING

In total 43% of respondents confirm that the availability of affordable housing is a problem.
62% of interviewees, who were seeking a house or apartment during last 5 yrs, state that this search was a big or very big problem.

SATISFACTION WITH PERFORMANCE OF GOVERNMENT

In total 66% of respondents are not satisfied – including 22% who are not satisfied at all.

Insight No. 90: “Let`s Be Good! Together.”

Creatures, Insights, Oddities
German proverb: “Never detain/hold back travelers.”

Brexit or No-Brexit,
Deal or No-Deal, 2nd referendum / elections or not…

What ever may come,
we will deal with it.

Let`s be good with each other!

All of us should carefully choose to whom to listen to.
But I wish we won`t let others to divide and therefore weaken us…
…nor in the UK neither in Europe.

Poem No. 83: “Love Declaration to the North – Liebeserklärung an den Norden” by Mona Harry (German Slam Poet)

Creatures, Gedichte, Insights, Nature, Oddities, poems, Reisen, Travel

Cit.: “Land between the Seas (= between North and Baltic Sea), even the trees bow to. You are the true reason, why compass needles point towards North!”


The video is on German language only. Please, find the translation below.

This post was a tough one…to record the poem in German language (listening to the video) and then translate it into English language…but I think, it is worth it. Please, find the result below. I hope you like it.

Yours,

Weiss-Nix,
…Proud to be a “fish head, shell pusher and dike walker” (like Southern Germans used to call us)

Country Road in Winter
Frisian House with thatched roof, Keitum
Frisian Mink = Raincoat

“LOVE DECLARATION TO THE NORTH” in English language:

You say:
The North however is this location with the boring landscape which is riddled with ugly cities in never-ending rain.
Characterless grasslands, located somewhere in the fogs, over there where the quest not to capitulate the wet is in vain;
over there where you are always surrounded by moisture and storms.

And then I say: 
Come and take your navigation instruments with you.
Adjust your angle of view;
Your clothes shall henceforth be yarn (= exaggerated stories told by sailors).
Cast your retinas (= German wordplay: Retina = Net+Skin) to fish new perspectives between the waves;
adjust the telescope another time so that your eyes will start singing songs.
let us set sails  to clear our view.
Because what I am fond of the North is simply what you`re
impeaching from another point of view.
Because I like this acerbity, this grey, the salty awness (roughness), the water,
the fog, the patter of rain, the wavy floods, the threatening gestures of the weather,
if cloud-towers height the sky.
I like the feeling to be thrilled by storm squalls.

Like the cows and dikes with sheeps made out of cotton,
like the dunes, the softness of the sleeping mud flats.
Like the vastness of the fields and the endless sight, where the sky is just
six inch above the wandering horizon.
I like the thunderstorm battles, and also when the sky tears open.

Yes, we like contrasts – even our cows are black and white!

We` ve got jolly-boats and cutter and tides.
Have got plaices and crabs and harbor odor.
And the cranes and seagulls in salty air.
Sitting at the shore till the wanderlust is calling me.

Oh, herring schools! Oh, weather turns! Oh sea-fire! Oh, end of September!
Oh, storms, which ooze with raving madness! Oh, Frisian mink (= rubber raincoat)! Oh,
rubber boots!

Ach, keep away from me with all your castles and mountains, all the churches for praying, your kitschy palaces, the disgusting charming cities with neat fronts in decorative colours!

Yes, I admit in regard to tasteful buildings, you can trust on your opinion.
You truely have built wonderful cities – at the wrong location!

And keep away from me with your forever blue and the sun that always burns.
You have got the “Till Schweiger” (= German actor with limited talent) of skies who knows just one facial expression.

We have got the biggest sky and the stiffest breezes, the fattest fishes,
the softest meadows, the sharpest shells and the most humid mud flats, where seals snuggle and sheeps copulate on dikes. 
Who ever decided to prepare this land, this cook was so much in love,
that he even oversalted the air!

Our weather comes with flashing blue light and changes quickly;
call it moody, I say it has got temper!

And it draws us to the water like a seagull to the fish-roll.
Over here, it is said: “Butter to the Fish.” (= be serious, be determined, consequent and take action) and because we are used to the weather, “you have to keep your ears stiff” (= be tough /resilient).
If the storms come close, in the gloomiest colours, there won`t be any lament about the weather over here; 
Over here, we have got “Windjammer Parades / Festivals” (German wordplay: Wind+Lament+Parade)!

We have got the biggest sky and the stiffest breezes, the fattest fishes,
the softest meadows, the sharpest shells and the most humid mud flats, where seals snuggle and sheeps copulate on dikes. 
Who ever decided to prepare this land, this cook was so much in love,
that he even oversalted the air!

You hike over hills, many a rock wall along. We ride wandering dunes chasing sunset.
We don`t need to beef about the weather.
The “straw in your heads” (= to be thick as a brick), we have got on our
thatched roofs.
With your “wood in front of the cabin” (Bavarian proverb: to have big
boobs in a dirndl skirt), we have built ships.

Sitting on the sand banks till dawn, always thinking of the wind
that is also just sky who has the heart to have skin contact.
  
Yes, I like this harshness, the grey, the roughness, the land and the people, the open Blue, the beach at the edge of the never-ending waters. 
Like the cows and the dikes with sheeps made out of cotton.
Like the dunes, the softness of the sleeping mud flats.
Like the vastness of the fields and the endless sight, where the sky 
is located six inch above the wandering horizons.
And no matter how often I am drawn to remote places while traveling,
a stiff breeze is carrying my heart back.

Land between the Seas (= North Sea and Baltic Sea), even the trees bow to…You are the true reason, why compass needles point towards North!
 

Please, scroll down for visiting the gallery of images, if you like.

IN DEUTSCH….

Du sagst:

Norden, das sei doch dieser Ort langweiliger Landschaft, durchsetzt von
hässlichen Städten in ewigem Regen.
Nichtssagende Wiesen, irgendwo im Nebel gelegen, da sei das Bestreben
vergebens, sich nicht dem Nass zu ergeben, da sei man stets von Kälte,
von Klämme und Stürmen umgeben.

Und ich sag dann:

Komm, nimm deine Navigationsinstrumente.
Stell deinen Blickwinkel neu ein.
Deine Kleider sollen fortan aus Seemannsgarn sein.
Wirf deine Netzhäute aus, um zwischen den Wellen nach neuen
Sichtweisen zu fischen.
Noch das Fernglas in die richtige Einstellung bringen, damit deine Augen
Lieder zu singen beginnen, stechen wir in See-Schärfe, um den Blick frei
zu machen.
Denn was ich am Norden so mag, ist schlicht das, was du anklagst im
andren Blickwinkel betrachtet.

Denn ich mag dieses Herbe, das Graue, das salzige Raue, das Wasser,
den Nebel, den prasselnden Regen, die wogenden Meere, die drohenden
Gebärden des Wetters, wenn Wolkenturmhöhen den Himmel beschatten.
Mag das Gefühl, mich von Sturmböen beuteln zu lassen.
Mag die Kühe und Deiche mit Schafen aus Watte.
Mag die Dünen, das Weiche der schlafenden Watten.
Mag die Weite der Felder und den endlosen Blick, wo der Himmel nur
eine Handbreit über den wandernden Horizonten liegt.
Ich mag die Unwetterschlachten, und auch wenn endlich wieder der
Himmel aufreißt.

Ja, wir mögen Kontraste, selbst unsre Kühe sind schwarz-weiß.

Wir haben Jollen und Kutter und Ebbe und Flut.
Haben Schollen und Krabben und Hafengeruch. Und die Kräne und
Möwen in salziger Luft.
Am Ufer sitzen, bis das Fernweh mich ruft.
Oh Heringsschwärme, oh Wetterwende, oh Meeresleuchten, oh
Septemberende, oh Stürme, die vor Tobsucht triefen oh Friesennerz,
oh Gummistiefel!

Ach, bleib mir weg mit all euren Burgen und Bergen, all den Kirchen zum Beten, eure kitschigen Schlösser, den abscheulich schönen Städten mit diesen schmucken Fassaden in den schmückenden Farben.

Ja, Ich gebe es zu, in Bezug auf geschmackvolle Gebäude kann man eurem Urteil vertrauen. Ihr habt wahrlich ganz bezaubernde Städte – am falschen Ort gebaut.

Und bleibt mir weg mit eurem ewigen Blau, und der Sonne, die ewig brennt. Ihr habt den Till Schweiger der Himmel, weil er nur einen Gesichtsausdruck kennt.

Wir haben den größten Himmel und die steifste Brise, die dicksten Fische
und die weichsten Wiesen, die spitzesten Muscheln und die feuchtesten
Watten, wo Seehunde kuscheln und sich Schafe auf Deichen begatten.
Wer auch immer beschloss, dieses Land zuzubereiten, dieser Koch war
so verliebt, sogar die Luft ist versalzen.

Ihr wandert auf Hügeln, manche Felswand entlang. Wir reiten Wanderdünen in Richtung Sonnenuntergang.

Haben es einfach nicht nötig, übers Wetter zu meckern. Das Stroh in euren Köpfen haben wir auf den Dächern. Aus eurem Holz vor der Hütten, haben wir Schiffe gebaut. Sitzen auf Sandbänken bis der Morgen graut. Immer daran denkend, dass Wind auch nur Himmel ist, der sich Hautkontakt traut.


Ja, ich mag dieses Herbe, das Graue, das Raue, das Land und die Menschen, das offene Blaue, den Strand an den Grenzen des nicht endenden Wassers.
Mag die Kühe und Deiche mit Schafen aus Watte.
Mag die Dünen, das Weiche der schlafenden Watten.
Mag die Weite der Felder und den endlosen Blick, wo Himmel eine
Handbreit über dem wandernden Horizonten liegt.


Unser Wetter kommt mit Blaulicht, und es wechselt geschwind,
nenn du es ruhig launisch, ich sag es hat Temperament.

Und es zieht uns zum Wasser wie eine Möwe zum Fischbrötchen.
Hier heißt es „Butter bei die Fische“, und weil wir an Wetter gewöhnt
sind, heißt es „Ohren steif halten“, sollten die Stürme auch nahen, in
den düstersten Farben, hier gibt es kein Klagen übers Wetter,
hier gibt´s Windjammerparaden!

Wir haben den größten Himmel und die steifste Brise, die dicksten Fische
und die weichsten Wiesen, die spitzesten Muscheln und die feuchtesten
Watten, wo Seehunde kuscheln und sich Schafe auf Deichen begatten.
Wer auch immer beschloss, dieses Land zuzubereiten, dieser Koch war
so verliebt, sogar die Luft ist versalzen.

Ja, ich mag dieses Schroffe, das Raue, das Land und die Menschen, das
offene Blaue, den Strand an den Grenzen des nicht endenden Wassers.
Mag die Kühe und Deiche mit Schafen aus Watte.
Mag die Dünen, das Weiche der schlafenden Watten.
Mag die Weite der Felder und den endlosen Blick, wo Himmel eine
Handbreit über dem wandernden Horizonten liegt.
Und egal, wie oft es mich auf Reisen und in weit entfernt gelegene
Gegenden zieht, eine steife Brise trägt mein Herz stetig zurück.

Land zwischen den Meeren, vor dem sich sogar die Bäume verneigen,
du bist der wahre Grund, warum Kompassnadeln nach Norden zeigen!

Mag die Dünen, das
Weiche der schlafenden Watten.
Mag die Weite der Felder und den endlosen Blick, wo der Himmel nur
eine Handbreit über den wandernden Horizonten liegt.
Ich mag die Unwetterschlachten, und auch wenn endlich wieder der
Himmel aufreißt.

Ja, wir mögen Kontraste, selbst unsre Kühe sind schwarz-weiß.

Wir haben Jollen und Kutter und Ebbe und Flut.
Haben Schollen und Krabben und Hafengeruch. Und die Kräne und
Möwen in salziger Luft.
Am Ufer sitzen, bis das Fernweh mich ruft.
Oh Heringsschwärme, oh Wetterwende, oh Meeresleuchten, oh
Septemberende, oh Stürme, die vor Tobsucht triefen, oh Friesennerz,
oh Gummistiefel!
Unser Wetter kommt mit Blaulicht, und es wechselt geschwind,
nenn du es ruhig launisch, ich sag es hat Temperament.

Und es zieht uns zum Wasser wie eine Möwe zum Fischbrötchen.
Hier heißt es „Butter bei die Fische“, und weil wir an Wetter gewöhnt
sind, heißt es „Ohren steif halten“, sollten die Stürme auch nahen, in
den düstersten Farben, hier gibt es kein Klagen übers Wetter,
hier gibt´s Windjammerparaden!

Wir haben den größten Himmel und die steifste Brise, die dicksten Fische
und die weichsten Wiesen, die spitzesten Muscheln und die feuchtesten
Watten, wo Seehunde kuscheln und sich Schafe auf Deichen begatten.

Wer auch immer beschloss, dieses Land zuzubereiten, dieser Koch war
so verliebt, sogar die Luft ist versalzen.

Ja, ich mag dieses Schroffe, das Raue, das Land und die Menschen, das
offene Blaue, den Strand an den Grenzen des nicht endenden Wassers.
Mag die Kühe und Deiche mit Schafen aus Watte.
Mag die Dünen, das Weiche der schlafenden Watten.
Mag die Weite der Felder und den endlosen Blick, wo Himmel eine
Handbreit über dem wandernden Horizonten liegt.
Und egal, wie oft es mich auf Reisen und in weit entfernt gelegene
Gegenden zieht, eine steife Brise trägt mein Herz stetig zurück.

Land zwischen den Meeren, vor dem sich sogar die Bäume verneigen,
du bist der wahre Grund, warum Kompassnadeln nach Norden zeigen!

A FEW NORTH GERMAN IMPRESSIONS

North German proverb: There is no bad weather but inappropriate clothing.
North Sea
Early morning light in the Geest landscape (Nether Saxony, coastal moorlands)
Offshore Wind Park in the North Sea
North Frisian Hallig Langeneß (Schleswig-Holstein) during autumn time
Welcoming a thunderstorm, Nordstrand / North Sea Coast
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Simply cute!
Holstein Cattle
dike with sheeps – and no sex
Schmuddelwedda (= dirty weather = bad weather) in Hamburg. It`s summertime!
Hamburg Harbor – Wanderlust
Traditional fire called “Biikebrennen” at the beach of Tinnum, Sylt to say farewell to winter
Kieler Week Festival – Sailing Meeting with a lot of open air concerts and street food
Beach of Sellin, Island Rügen / Baltic Sea
Farmhouse in the “Altes Land” (Old Land) next to Hamburg during cherry blossom time.

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

Film, Insights, Musik, Oddities, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps, Uncategorized, Zen
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….

“EMBRACE YOURSELF
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

Tipp No. 9 (updated): “Graceful, natural and timeless wooden sculptures, bronzes and installations” by Nando Kallweit (Germany)

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Sina, 2018
Nordic Godnesses

 

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Magdalena, 2018

 

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Adam

 

 

 

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Guardians

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST NANDO KALLWEIT

Born: 1972 in Schwerin, Germany

Bio: Nando Kallweit is a German sculptor working in bronze and oak. 

As a young boy, he was inspired by the beauty and antiquity of a bust of Nefertiti housed in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin. 

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, his new-found freedoms allowed him to travel to Egypt and develop his belief in the basic strength and pride inherent in inhumanity. 

His sculptures seek to emphasize this through elongated forms and upright postures.   He reduces the figures to simple gestures and movements creating sculptures with a wonderful interplay between the archaic and the modern; between art and design.

Nando’s work has been exhibited across Europe and is held in many private collections.  He has produced a number of large scale permanent installation pieces for German municipalities and museums.

 

PHILOSOPHIE

Nando Kallweit – Ursprünglichkeit skulpturaler Visionen


Durch anmutige Ästhetik und grazile Anziehungskraft prägen sich die Skulpturen, Plastiken und Reliefs Nando Kallweits unweigerlich ein. 

Dabei gibt es keinen Unterschied, ob man sie in Galerien, auf Kunstmessen, als raumgreifende Installationen oder Außenraumgestaltungen wahrnimmt. Es sind Gefühl und Poesie, die im Wechselspiel zwischen Objekt-Künstler-Raum-Betrachter und in differierenden Reihenfolgen, je nach Kontext, zu schwingen beginnen. Die verwendeten Materialien Holz, vorwiegend Eiche geschwärzt und Bronze tragen durch ihre Spezifik dazu bei.

Spuren emotionaler Robustheit wirken dabei ebenso als inspirierendes Gestaltungselement, wie detailliert ausgearbeitete, vom aufmerksamen Beobachter unverhofft entdeckte Feinheiten. 

In diesem Spannungsfeld bewegt sich Kallweit permanent im Entstehungsprozess seiner Werke. Mit äußerster Intensität, Energie und Kraftanstrengung und gleichzeitig gefühlvoll und bedachtsam setzt er seine Visionen im Subtraktiven der Bildhauerei wie auch im additiven Herangehen des plastischen Arbeitens um.

Anatomisch der Statur des Künstlers ähnelnd, streben die Figuren mit stolzer Haltung, ästhetisch wohltuend dem Licht entgegen. Spannungsvolle Proportionsverschiebungen verstärken diesen Ausdruck. Die Sehnsucht nach unbekannten, nicht fassbaren, göttlich-geistigen Sphären scheint die Formensprache Nando Kallweits stark zu beeinflussen und zunehmend zu festigen. 

Durch mannigfaltige Beobachtungen unseres Seins, wie auch kulturgeschichtliche Ambitionen entstehen spezifische Grundtypen, die in unermüdlicher Vielfältigkeit vom Künstler variiert werden.

Das Figürlich-Menschliche steht bei Nando Kallweit stets im Mittelpunkt.

Galerie FLOX, khc

 

Website: http://www.nandokallweit.de/

Kontakt: BESUCH IN DER WERKSTATT IN BADOW
BITTE NUR MIT TELEFONISCHER ABSPRACHE

ALTE DORFSTRASSE 17
19209 BADOW / GERMANY
TEL. +49 (0)38874 / 23029
MOBIL +49 (0)162 / 21 35 101
nandokallweit@web.de

Nando Kallweit is also represented by The Gallery FLOX in Dresden / Germany

Obergraben 10, D-01097 Dresden
web: https://www.galerie-flox.de/

Phone: +49 (0) 351 27563677
DI, MI, DO, FR von 13:00 bis 20:00 Uhr
SA 11:00 bis 18:00 Uhr und individuell nach Vereinbarung

Additionally, Nando Kallweit is represented by …

The ARTPLEX GALLERY
7377 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
web:  https://artplex-gallery.business.site/