Hüpfen in Berlin

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"Almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new poll has exposed the enduring political divisions in Germany. The nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has surged to first place in the former communist east, with 23 per cent support. But it has failed to make a similar breakthrough in the former west, where it is in fourth place with just 12 per cent.

The figures for the Green Party, which is in second place in the national polls, are almost a mirror image of the AfD’s. In the former west, the Greens have 25 per cent support, but in the east it is they who are mired in fourth place with just 13 per cent. Just three months ahead of national celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, the findings of the poll for Bild am Sonntag newspaper have laid bare the deep divide that persists across the old Cold War border.

The AfD looks set to dominate the headlines in the run-up to November’s anniversary, with the polls suggesting it could come first in regional elections in three eastern states this autumn. The party's anti-migrant platform has proved highly effective in the former communist east, where the city of Chemnitz saw violent protests last year.

But the east accounts for less than a fifth of Germany’s population, and the party has failed to make the sort of inroads in the west it would need to challenge for power.

The poll’s findings suggest Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) are the only party that can claim nationwide support. They are first in the west with 27 per cent, and second in the east with 22 per cent — a single point behind the AfD.

Support for Germany’s other traditional main party has collapsed: the centre-Left Social Democrats (SPD) are third in the west on 13 per cent and a dismal fifth in the east with just 11 per cent.

While the AfD is unlikely to win a majority in any of this autumn's regional elections, and will probably be kept out of power by a coalition of rival parties, coming first would be a shot across the bows of Mrs Merkel's government."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/04/poll-shows-germany-still-div...

"In addition to the national and international celebrations, exhibitions and events that take place throughout the year and beyond, the grand finale is the festival to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from 4 to 10 November 2019. Berlin will be transformed into a unique open-air exhibition and event venue. Along the route of the revolution in the city, important events of the history of 1989/90 become comprehensible at seven original locations. At these locations (Alexanderplatz, Gethsemanekirche, Brandenburger Tor, Schlossplatz, Kurfürstendamm, East-Side-Gallery and Stasi headquarters in Lichtenberg) large projections with historical pictures, films and sound installations will be shown. There are concerts, lectures, readings, contemporary witness talks, poetry slams and film screenings in addition. This impressive festival will conclude with the evening of 9 November, when the entire city will become the largest concert stage in the world, featuring renowned musicians, orchestras and bands. Berliners and guests from all over the world are invited to celebrate the festival of freedom peacefully and exuberantly. 

More information can be found here or on the website of Kulturprojekte Berlin."

https://about.visitberlin.de/en/press/press-releases/berlin-celebrates-3...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La4Dcd1aUcE

Jemand muss etwas erforschen .. ;-)

'Harder than the Greek economy'

 

 

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Shake A Spear

"The setting is Carthage, in ancient times: the hero Aeneas flees from burning Troy and arrives in North Africa via the Mediterranean Sea with his fleet of ships, where he meets the beautiful queen Dido. They are lovestruck – and yet fail to bond because of fate’s intervention. Aeneas continues on his journey to form a new kingdom in Italy, while the abandoned Dido is left no alternative but to stay."

https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/en/veranstaltungen/dido-aeneas.7528/

Eeek ...

Adonis, eh ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0xJA-cWJ4U

 

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Royal Endorsed Quackery

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2019/aug/21/berlin-wa...

Ah, so ;-)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/02/berlin-zoo-celebrates-rare...

Ohm ...

“We usually collaborate very closely with the United Kingdom on environmental issues.

“Both countries are gravely concerned about the state of our oceans … And then you just leave thousands of tonnes of contaminated water in the North Sea? I don’t get it. That isn’t consistent with an environmental policy that has advanced Britain’s reputation.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/04/uk-facing-eu-outrage-ov...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMS1pPxngyw

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The Lives of Others

"It seems almost incredible watching this clever, poignant little movie from director Wolfgang Becker, that delivers the shock of the new and the shock of the old. We get a reconstruction of Berlin in the old German Democratic Republic: the Alexanderplatz's tatty architecture, the spluttering Trabants, the borderguards doing their pompous and sinister Paradeschritt. The lost world of communist East Germany looks so distant that people in the street might as well be discussing the Versailles Treaty..."

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2003/jul/25/artsfeatures.dvdreviews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3_iLOp6IhM

"Horribly, this party official is later shown reduced to humiliatingly minor clerical duties, presumably because of this one, ill-timed joke. The pettiness, the spite and the quiet desperation of East Germany are all there in that desolate punchline..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3_iLOp6IhM

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2007/apr/13/worldcinema.drama

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/meetings-organised-in-s...

"“At all our meetings in the past, we have given floor space to those who have differing views from our own. We think we’ve heard enough from them now. So as a result of wanting to keep our focus, we are only inviting those who support our cause.

“The invitation has not been extended to BID directors or employees.”"

"A Rip Van Winkle parable unfolds here, showing a world that changed, or seemed at the time to change, with extraordinary speed."

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/mp-s-praise-for-winkler-servic...

"Mr Goodwill said: “It was great to see how Winkler Services are helping EU citizens who are working here on the coast, and making such a contribution to our local economy.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv5FO9PtAvY

"Without knowing it, Alex has mobilised almost every agency of a communist state. He distorts and concocts the news media; he coerces people into acting against their real natures and principles by a mixture of bullying and emotional blackmail, manipulating their loyalty to a "leader" figure. It is a farce, founded on dishonesty: like the old regime itself. And Alex has become the neurotic, control-freak prime minister, acting on behalf of an ageing, debilitated monarch."

Grrrr ...

https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-bike

Temperance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EK55vXsN_o

"a great Pirate does not require such intracacies"

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Wormwood Scrubs

https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/weird-and-wacky/mysterious-a...

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/27/checkpoint-charlie-iain-ma...

https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-social-democrats-reject-expropriation-of-ho...

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/dec/08/cell-mates-a-good-traitor-...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjWokqBxODs

"In the 1960s, the deprivation of liberty was discussed with far more gravity; Lord Mountbatten wrote his report on prison security as a direct result of Blake’s escape, and out of that the parole service – 50 years old this year – was born. Given the collapse of communism in Russia, and its rise in North Korea which can’t have been what anybody had in mind, it is a quirk of the story that probably the most lasting effect Blake had on society was the creation of parole as we know it.

Blake’s story turns to Boy’s Own adventure as he escapes from prison and makes his way to Moscow, but the extraordinary thing is what a success he makes of his life thereafter. He is still alive, and celebrated his 95th birthday last month. “If there’s such a thing as a good traitor, a successful traitor,” Carey says, “he was underrated.”"

Spooky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxh4XF_zAMM&list=PLohYzz4btpaQ-Yu-PKM9ay...

lol

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-26/boris-johnson-is-building-bridges...

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The Final Curtain

"World events often move fast, but is hard to match the pace and power of change in 1989.

It culminated in one of the most famous scenes in recent history - the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The wall came down partly because of a bureaucratic accident but it fell amid a wave of revolutions that left the Soviet-led communist bloc teetering on the brink of collapse and helped define a new world order... Berlin was split four ways, with British, French and American zones in the west of the city and a Soviet zone in the east. West Berlin became an island surrounded by communist East Germany.

The wall was eventually built in 1961 because East Berlin was haemorrhaging people to the West."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50013048

"It is clear that Westminster isn't working. Yorkshire deserves better."

https://www.tripsavvy.com/guide-to-berlin-public-transportation-4584825

lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAtBhZisvE0

To Urge ...  "to find and task someone who had no previous connection to the authority to carry out the investigation."

Oh.

"The heliosheath appears to vary in its thickness. This is based on data showing that Voyager 1 had to travel further than its twin to reach the heliopause, where the solar wind and the interstellar wind are in balance."

Mittens.

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'Boot Camp'

Hi Honies ....

https://www.thelocal.de/20191109/germany-marks-30th-anniversary-of-fall-...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDybu8DTXbM

I'm Home.

Oh Dear ....

About that Transpennine Express...

tis all new and shiney.

Boot Camp.

Did I miss anything?

Grrrr ...

No Brown Bears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUis9yny_lI

'Dog Grooming'

ffs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SbUC-UaAxE

Oh.

https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2987776/conservative...

Ah, So ...

" ... 'a' huge inspiration for the whole team."

Sehr Gut. ..

Thank You 

Berlin.

Next Stop ..

Bejing  ... ;-))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkK8g6FMEXE

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'Groundhoggery'

"Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, has said Berlin will be the site of its first major European factory as the carmaker's expansion plans power ahead.

"Berlin rocks," Mr Musk said, adding Tesla would build an engineering and design centre in the German capital.

Tesla previously said it aimed to start production in Europe in 2021.

The moves come as the firm, which has also invested heavily in a Chinese factory, faces intensifying competition in the electric vehicle industry.

Mr Musk made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Germany on Tuesday. The company already has an assembly site in the Netherlands, but the plans for Germany are on a far larger scale.

"Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding and that's part of the reason we are locating our Gigafactory Europe in Germany," he said..."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50400068

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-13/what-is-a-mass-extinction-are-we-...

Oh.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49759626

"I can now admit that I've had a recurring fear, for the past 10 years, that we might have chosen the wrong desert."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9wvTuDC-H0

Hmmm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50374942

The Odd Mouse .. ;-0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQEKPP0ewRw