Tipp No. 141: “The Wahl-O-Mat” – A Tool for Information and to check your EU political positioning

Insights, Tipps
For whom can I vote for?

The EU elections are coming soon…and I am lost.
And frankly speaking, I feel unable to pick a party because actually I cannot follow any of them. I agree on single thesis or opinions of many parties – covering the entire range from left to right. I was never as lost as I am today. Nevertheless I am determined to vote, of course.

German Polls show clearly that the number of EU voters grow, the older the reference group is. Are you serious, youngsters!? It is your future….Please, vote!!!!

There is help – The Wahl-O-Mat …

The Wahl-O-Mat EU election 2019: http://www.bpb.de/politik/wahlen/wahl-o-mat/287903/wahl-o-mat-zur-europawahl-2019

In total 41 parties and political groups can be elected in the EU election from 23rd to 26th May 2019.

705 members of the EU parliament will be elected.

In Germany, you can and should vote on Sunday, 26th May 2019 from 08:00 – 18:00 pm.

Not all of these 41 options for voting are well-known – like the newly founded party VOLT (paneuropean party of young professionals & digital natives) for instance.
The very helpful Wahl-O-Mat briefly introduces all 41 parties & groups equally and summarizes their EU programs as well. All information is easily to understand and to compare. The Wahl-O-Mat seems to be quite unbiased and for information only.

Thus, I appreciate the Wahl-O-Mat of the bpb (Federal Agency for Civic Education /Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung). In addition, the Wahl-O-Mat namely allows to check your political positioning within this political landscape by using a questionnaire that includes 38 thesis you can confirm, refuse or be neutral. In a second step, you can set priorities / put emphasis on the topics that are addressed in these 38 thesis. You simply mark the thesis most critical to you and it will count double.

The Wahl-O-Mat allows you to shortlist 8 political groups for comparison. Then, it analyzes the % of compliance of your responses with the programs of the 8 parties (you`ve shortlisted before) so that a %-ranking is created.

The e-tool also provides the reasoning for each statement with reference to the 38 thesis, provided by all 41 competing parties.

The Wahl-O-Mat suggest to use the ranking for further assessment in regard of your individual prios or consideration how much convincing the reasoning of the parties is in your view etc.
All parties are introduced:
https://www.bpb.de/politik/wahlen/wer-steht-zur-wahl/287905/europawahl-2019 . The bpb website provides also an introduction of the single candidates of each party – sorted by German federal states.

“Who can be elected?”-website: http://www.bpb.de/werstehtzurwahl

Please, have a look at the 38 thesis. The selection of topics tells you a lot about the concerns, agendas and state of discussion in our world region: EUROPE💖 . From my point of view, the catalogue of thesis reflects current discussions well.

The EU 2019 Questionnaire with 38 major thesis:

By the way, my results have been a little surprise…The questionnaire is very helpful in any case because it forces you to reflect and determine your position once more…and the e-tool compares your opinion with the programs of the parties.


The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany.

Strengthening Democracy – Fostering a Civil Society

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education – the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung or the ”bpb” as it is referred to in short – is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues to all people in Germany. “Citizenship education” in this connection broadly means educating and encouraging citizens to actively participate in society and in the democratic process. The bpb’s work focuses on fostering an awareness of what democracy is and on furthering participation in politics and social life.

Postkarte Nr.0: Die Insel AMRUM – oder warum in die Ferne schweifen, wenn das Gute liegt so nah!

arts, Kunst, Nature, Reisen, Tipps, Travel, Uncategorized

Ich möchte einige Impressionen von meinem Amrum-Trip (1ste Septemberwoche 2017 / Hochsaison, 28 -30 °C) und insbes. der gigantischen Düne Kniepsand (35 min Fussweg bis zur Wasserkante durch endlos-weissen Sand) mit Euch teilen… vielleicht fühlt ihr Euch ja inspiriert und schaut einmal vorbei….

Die Fähre ADLER V ab Nordstrand

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Asgard – Sitz der Götter…mit Blick auf das Meer.

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Walhalla ruft nach dem x-ten “Flens” …Bierkasten-Recycling einmal anders, lol!


Unterkunft & Seminarstätte (in meinem Fall: Aquarellmalen)


Blick zurück zum Strand am Ufer

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Meine Badelatschen…am Horizont das Meer wie eine Fatamorgana…Entfernungen können nur schwer eingeschätzt werden.

Auf der anderen Seite der schalen Insel gibt es übrigens kinderfreundliche Strände mit Sandstrand direkt am Wasser.



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Ein Klo – kein Scherz!!! Das nenne ich umsichtige Gastfreundschaft.


Geheimnisvolle Runen…oder doch das chinesische Schriftzeichen für Mensch / Person?

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Ballspiele am späten Nachmittag


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Kein Kamel oder Oase weit und breit!


Und endlich die flaschengrüne Nordsee nach 35 – 40 min Marsch durch die nordische “Sahara”! …Badewannentemperatur.


Der Lockruf des sich lasziv-keck auf dem Teller rekelnden Matjesbrötchens……!


Appetit bekommen?! Nix wie hin! …AMRUM heißt das norddeutsche Kleinod vor unserer Haustür.

Shared No. 93: “Day 35: America First?” (7 April 2019) — by 88 Temples: Travels Around Shikoku

arts, Food, Insights, Kunst, Nature, Oddities, Reisen, Tipps, Travel, Zen

An interesting, affectionate travelogue with nice illustration…. I`d like to share with you. You are invited to have a look:

My fellow ohenro must know something that I don’t. Whether veterans or rookies, they took the train five stops up the line to get a jump on walking to Temple 54 and beyond. The segment between Seapa Resort and Temple 54 must be considered a dead spot. After long stretches between temples in Kochi Prefecture […]

Day 35: America First? (7 April 2019) — 88 Temples: Travels Around Shikoku

Cartoon No. 9: Auf der Suche nach Zufriedenheit (Quest for Contentment)

arts, Cartoons, humor, Kunst, Psychologie, psychology, Reisen, Travel, Zen
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The Wayfarer: “Master, shall I travel to find contentment, or shall I discover contentment where I am?

The Turtle (Master): “Mmmh, if you`re able to be anywhere else than you are,…Go!”

Poem No. 137: “I used to be a roller coaster girl” by Jessica Moore

Gedichte, poems
I used to be a roller coaster girl 
7 times in a row
No vertigo in these skinny legs
My lipstick bubblegum pink
                     As my panther 10 speed.

never kissed

Nappy pigtails, no-brand gym shoes
White lined yellow short-shorts

Scratched up legs pedaling past borders of
humus and baba ganoush
Masjids and liquor stores
City chicken, pepperoni bread
and superman ice cream
Yellow black blending with bits of Arabic
Islam and Catholicism.

My daddy was Jesus
My mother was quiet
Jayne Kennedy was worshipped
by my brother Mark

I don’t remember having my own bed before 12.
Me and my sister Lisa shared.

Sometimes all three Moore girls slept in the Queen.

You grow up so close
never close enough.

I used to be a roller coaster girl
Wild child full of flowers and ideas
Useless crushes on polish boys
in a school full of white girls.

Future black swan singing
Zeppelin, U2 and Rick Springfield

Hoping to be Jessie’s Girl

I could outrun my brothers and
Everybody else to that

reoccurring line

I used to be a roller coaster girl
Till you told me I was moving too fast
Said my rush made your head spin
My laughter hurt your ears

A scream of happiness
A whisper of freedom
Pouring out my armpits
Sweating up my neck

You were always the scared one
I kept my eyes open for the entire trip
Right before the drop I would brace myself
And let that force push my head back into

That hard iron seat

My arms nearly fell off a few times
Still, I kept running back to the line
When I was done
Same way I kept
running back to you

I used to be a roller coaster girl
I wasn’t scared of mountains or falling
Hell, I looked forward to flying and dropping
Off this earth and coming back to life

every once in a while

I found some peace in being out of control
allowing my blood to race
through my veins for 180 seconds

I earned my sometime nicotine pull
I buy my own damn drinks & the ocean
Still calls my name when it feels my toes
Near its shore.

I still love roller coasters
& you grew up to be
of all girls
                     who cld ride
like me.

Tipp No. 123: “The World Through A Lens” – Fine Art Landscape Photography by Tim Hall

arts, Kunst, Reisen, Tipps, Travel
Fishing in Kotor
Skadar Lake
Tree Tracks

About Tim Hall

Tim Hall is a British Fine Art Photographer, who specializes in travel, landscape, and portraiture. His drive to see the world through the lens of a camera was inspired by the romance of 19th century travelers and more recently, National Geographic photographers. The work is a lyrical response to the people and places that he has visited and shows his deep interest in the urban and natural world as well as the people who inhabit them. The influence of painting in his work stems from his studies of Art History at Manchester University. The intention to strike an emotional or spiritual chord is evident in much of his landscape work, which is inspired by Rothko and Turner.

With over twenty years experience as a project-based photographer, his works are often conceived as a series, exhibited as a collective body or bought as single pieces. Tim lives in London and is represented by contemporary art galleries across Europe, South East Asia and the USA.

By the way, all atmospheric photos (limited editions) shown in the RedBox are available for sale at the regional affordable art fairs 2019 and online…

Thus, please feel free to visit Tim`s website:

…or the online shop of the affordable art fair:

Tipp No. 70: Water Colour Wildlife & Landscape Paintings by The Artist Ben Woodhams (Denmark / Bornholm Island)

arts, Creatures, Kunst, Nature, Reisen, Tipps, Travel

I totally fell in love with Ben`s work…I would like to share a few of his wonderful water colour paintings.

As you might have noticed from visiting my tiny blog, I am at home in Northern Germany. Northern Germans are often teased by calling them: “fish heads, shell pushers and dike tramplers”.  I suppose, I am touched by Ben`s art because on one hand I know his themes well and because ….I can feel the weather looking at his paintings, on the other hand I seem to share his perspectives and perception of moods, colours, surface structures etc…Besides, the picture composition and other details of Ben`s aquarelles reminds me on Japanese paintings. 

However, I am very glad that I stumbled upon his wordpress blog linked to his website:



Ben Woodhams is an English artist and illustrator currently living and working on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

After beginning a career in museums and art galleries as an exhibition curator and designer, Ben and his family moved to Bornholm in 2008, where he works as an artist, illustrator and educator.

Ben’s practice is founded in direct observation and specialises in birds, working primarily in watercolour. Studies of living birds are made in the field, while dead birds are taken to the studio. Moments in time, and the relationship between the process of observation and depiction, are the engines that drive Ben’s work – the tension between the ‘need’ to capture the moment or the vision, and the desire to let the medium speak its own language.

Recently Ben has been studying changes in the landscape through space and time. The patterns made by a passing flock of cranes, the rising tide within a rock pool, shadows moving over a rock during a day, an oilseed rape field blooming over a period of weeks, changes through the seasons and over years.

Of course, Ben is offering original paintings as well as limited printed editions for purchase.

Interestingly, he is teaching aquarell painting  & drawing (in English and Danish language) for private and public groups (all age classes) additionally.  
He focus on observation-based drawing, watercolour painting and relief printing techniques and put emphasis on outdoor drawing and painting.

Just a few impressions of BORNHOLM – as a teaser that I don`t need anymore….Maybe, we will see each other on Bornholm island in 2019?

Cartoon No. 24: No Step Further (Keinen Schritt weiter)

arts, Cartoons, humor, Kunst, Psychologie, psychology, Uncategorized, Zen
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The Wayfarer: Master, I`m exhausted. I am not able to make another step on this endless quest.

The Turtle: But you will do so…

The Wayfarer: No, I won´t do! I refuse to make any further single step…!

The Turtle: Ah, there it is.