Archive for May, 2009

Black Middens

May 30, 2009

The Black Middens are a shelf of rock off Tynemouth, notorious for drawing ships on to them and sinking them. In a dream, a jet black steam train emerges from the North Sea at South Shields laden with anthracite coal flanked by hills of coal in the sea.
The interpretation of this dream: A wish, a deep desire for Resurection, expressed through the visual imagination of an eight year old boy in 1963.

There is nowhere in the world quite like South Shields Beach: The quickly bracing wind and the purity and cleanliness of white rock, so necessary. The elemental seascape in silences.

The arctic weather sweeps in from the North directly off the North Sea making it more maritime and pure cold than say Kincardinshire.

Clouds arrive here as individuals and there is nothing quite like a cloud over Primrose or Tyne Dock.

Durham was stripped of coal and steel but there is still coal under the North Sea.

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Black Middens

May 30, 2009


The Black Middens are a shelf of rock off Tynemouth, notorious for drawing ships on to them and sinking them. In a dream, a jet black steam train emerges from the North Sea at South Shields laden with anthracite coal flanked by hills of coal in the sea.
A kind of resurection. Durham was stripped of coal and steel but there is still coal under the North Sea.

Ostkreuz

May 28, 2009


Berlin has stations Ostkruez, Westkreuz, Nordbahnhof and Suedbahnhof around Hauptbahnhof. There are derelict stations Ahhalterbahnhof, Hamburger Bahnhof and Gorlitzer Bahnhof, the so called Kopfbahnhöfe.

Zingst

May 28, 2009



Dreams about luggage and islands are about loss and death. Baltic Islands are a bit like imaginary places to go to after death. They are certainly Nordic. Go alone to Usedom and The Baltic Islands on the Ostsee but if you can go with a friend or loved ones. There is often a residual chill even when Berlin is sweltering, but the beaches are lonely and beautiful. You do not need a bicycle really. You can if you want. Anyway, according to Everyman you cannot take possessions or material things into the Afterlife.

Hiddensee

May 28, 2009


If you have arrived in England and then travelled by air to Berlin visit Hiddensee. Remember the new line, the TGV Est, runs for 300 kilometers (186 miles) between Paris and Strasbourg Deutsche Bahn ICE and France TGV only just started trains between the two contries and train tickets from London to Berlin via Hook van Holland are prohibitively expensive.

Between dreams and waking English News Speach Based BBC Radio 4 slips in a news item from the government about not intending to support English over 50. As time passes government planners know this is uneconomic. These reports are not repeated as the over 50s awake. Other similar and harsh messages eminate from BBC journalists staying at the Langham Hotel who know about time running out for over 50s who have lost work. Today between dreams and waking recalling dream images of being parachuted into a Peninne holiday zone alone whilst others fly off to the Mediterranean, and two blackbirds canabalising another blackbird may be about loss and a fear of death. Some over 50s will feel this nearness to loss and death. Hiddensee is a Baltic Island visited by Albert Einstein from his home in Kaputh, near Potsdam. Germany’s best kept secret holiday destination looks like it was in 1930, allows no vehicles. It flanks Ruegen Island like a lizard. Cycling is OK there but walking is perhaps better. Young Germans are seen gathering hay with pitchforks on to horse drawn carts. Nearby a derelict gun emplacement, and a remote beach overlooks the bay beyond Strahlsund. Remember Casper David Freidrich’s Koenig Stuhl lonely chalk cliff is on Ruegen. Hiddensee then is an island off an island off the Baltic Coast. Take the train from Berlin Ostbahnhof and change at Strahlsund. If you go treat the island with care and affection. Take litter, rubbish and packaging with you off the island. The ferry men in fast boats stare directly in your eyes but don’t be scared.
If you go please keep Hiddensee a secret. ‘You’ll be glad you did!’

Eisenhüttenstadt

May 22, 2009


Frankfurt am Oder is less than 100km from Berlin. Board a train from Ostbahnhof.

Homing in on the Polish question, in England, it is a fait acumpli workers who cannot or will not master English are doing themselves a favour effectively do not speak up. They are non unionised and almost like a paid slave labour.

As Berlin and Moscow sliced off Poland in WW2, moving the country west on to the Oder Vistula rivers so Poland and Poles are mentioned regarding zeitgeist gegenwart Immigration and Work.

In The Hunger War, the Second World War, real slave labour was used and discarded.
Ordinary Germans regarded foreigners from the east as not nice and from the west as nice, based on deep existential empirical reasons.

Meanwhile in England POW Prisoner of War camps held Germans in decent conditions in places which later became English Middle Class holiday camps like Butlins and Pontins.

English officers held in Colditz were treated well and even shot if they tried to run away.

Berlin v London

May 21, 2009



NOTE: The German song lyrics below are provided for educational use only. No infringement of copyright is implied or intended.

“Ich hab’ noch einen Koffer in Berlin”

Lyrics by Aldo von Pinelli
prose English translation by Hyde Flippo

1
It’s wonderful in Paris on the Rue Madeleine
It’s nice to walk through the city in Rome in May
Or a quiet summer night with wine in Vienna.
But I’m still attached, even if you laugh, to Berlin today:

Refrain:
I still have a suitcase in Berlin
That’s why I have to go there sometime soon.
The joys of days gone by
Are all still in my little suitcase.

I still have a suitcase in Berlin
It stays there, too, and that makes sense.
In this way it’s worth a trip,
Because whenever I’m homesick, then I go back.

2
Lunapark and the wave pool, a little bear at the Zoo,
Swimming at Wannsee (lake) with the water wheel, bright and happy days.
Werder, when the trees are in bloom, Sanssouci park.
Man, Berlin was really nice. I’ll never forget it:

Refrain: I have…

Obviously if you get bored with cycling round England fly to Berlin with your bicycle. Or rent or buy a bicycle and sell it when you leave. Berlin has it’s own airline now: Air Berlin.

In the Cold War only Pan Am, Air France, Danair and British Airways were allowed to fly to Tegel. Gatow and Templehof were still military airfields. Schonefeld was a couple of Aeroflot huts. Now Templehof is closed, Pan Am no longer exists and Schoenefeld is being expanded so Tegel will close sometime.

Berlin U-Bahn and S-Bahn Network are the best in the world. For a day in Berlin walk round Schlactensee. Cross Wansee by ferry to Kladow and visit lonely Sacrower See, set in The Eternal German Forest. Take a day trip from Potsdam/Glienecker via Kaputh, Glindowsee, Werder (Havel), Grosser Zern See, Wumblitz, Jungfernsee and back: A truely mystical journey. Visit Wansee Bad. Walk round Pfaueninsel. Visit remote resorts and empty lakes and forests like Ferch, Hermanswerder and Templiner See.

S-Bahn probably allows cycles but check. Sometimes a bicycle is seen in the U-Bahn but this could be students being mildly anarchistic.

Walk from U-Bahn Nikolasee north across Grunewald to Heerstrasse. In the north use the S-Bahn to visit Teglersee where there is a Strandbad at Flughavensee. Swim indoors at Stadtbad Schoeneberg, Krummstrasse or Friedenau. In deep cold winter as in 1996(tbc) Tegelersee is frozen over as Krumme Lanke. Access Potsdam via tram and walk round San Souci.

Use the S-Bahn to visit remote towns in Brandenberg. Penetrate Brandenburg Lake District via Prenzlau, Rheinsberg and Gransee. Visit Hiddensee via Ruegen and Stralsund. Visit Prora and Binz. After Prenzlau towards the Baltic Coast note the Allees, often cobbled tree lined roads only retained in East Germany.

In Berlin try cycling round the wall path especially beyond Marianfelde and Lichtefelde. Visit the Berlin Wall from Kreuzberg over River Spree at Uebeerbaumbruche to Warschauerstrasse and Lichtenberg district (tbc), Neukoelln and Prenzlauer Berg (Jahn Stadion and the Max Schmeling Halle Velodrome) away from the tourist centre.

Remember U-Bahn lines under East Berlin renamed. One was called Stadion der Welt Jugend.

Berlin is The Best City in The World for cycling, travelling by train and swimming outdoors, as at Schlactensee and Krumme Lanke. There is a secret bathing area in the centre of Grunewald forest at Teufelsee. An excellent walk is from Krumme Lanke via Grunerwald See to S-Bahn Grunewald. From there walk northwards to Teufelsberg.

Use the S and U Bahn to visit Inner City Berlin and The Hinterland. Remember Berlin is mainly forests and lakes. Probably the best setting for a city, and like Rome, Berlin is good to walk and cycle round.

Remember many of these places are Nature Security Areas and Unspoilt so respect them and do not leave litter. Keep the Environment Clean.

Remember to look left for oncoming traffic from left for cars driving on the right not look right for cars driving on the left approaching from the right. It can easily catch you out on the very first day. It has happened.

Berlin v London

May 21, 2009



NOTE: The German song lyrics below are provided for educational use only. No infringement of copyright is implied or intended.

“Ich hab’ noch einen Koffer in Berlin”

Lyrics by Aldo von Pinelli
prose English translation by Hyde Flippo

1
It’s wonderful in Paris on the Rue Madeleine
It’s nice to walk through the city in Rome in May
Or a quiet summer night with wine in Vienna.
But I’m still attached, even if you laugh, to Berlin today:

Refrain:
I still have a suitcase in Berlin
That’s why I have to go there sometime soon.
The joys of days gone by
Are all still in my little suitcase.

I still have a suitcase in Berlin
It stays there, too, and that makes sense.
In this way it’s worth a trip,
Because whenever I’m homesick, then I go back.

2
Lunapark and the wave pool, a little bear at the Zoo,
Swimming at Wannsee (lake) with the water wheel, bright and happy days.
Werder, when the trees are in bloom, Sanssouci park.
Man, Berlin was really nice. I’ll never forget it:

Refrain: I have…

Obviously if you get bored with cycling round England fly to Berlin with your bicycle. Or rent or buy a bicycle and sell it when you leave. Berlin has it’s own airline now: Air Berlin.

In the Cold War only Pan Am, Air France, Danair and British Airways were allowed to fly to Tegel. Gatow and Templehof were still military airfields. Schonefeld was a couple of Aeroflot huts. Now Templehof is closed, Pan Am no longer exists and Schoenefeld is being expanded so Tegel will close sometime.

Berlin U-Bahn and S-Bahn Network are the best in the world. For a day in Berlin walk round Schlactensee. Cross Wansee by ferry to Kladow and visit lonely Sacrower See, set in The Eternal German Forest. Take a day trip from Potsdam/Glienecker via Kaputh, Glindowsee, Werder (Havel), Grosser Zern See, Wumblitz, Jungfernsee and back: A truely mystical journey. Visit Wansee Bad. Walk round Pfaueninsel. Visit remote resorts and empty lakes and forests like Ferch, Hermanswerder and Templiner See.

S-Bahn probably allows cycles but check. Sometimes a bicycle is seen in the U-Bahn but this could be students being mildly anarchistic.

Walk from U-Bahn Nikolasee north across Grunewald to Heerstrasse. In the north use the S-Bahn to visit Teglersee where there is a Strandbad at Flughavensee. Swim indoors at Stadtbad Schoeneberg, Krummstrasse or Friedenau. In deep cold winter as in 1996(tbc) Tegelersee is frozen over as Krumme Lanke. Access Potsdam via tram and walk round San Souci.

Use the S-Bahn to visit remote towns in Brandenberg. Penetrate Brandenburg Lake District via Prenzlau, Rheinsberg and Gransee. Visit Hiddensee via Ruegen and Stralsund. Visit Prora and Binz. After Prenzlau towards the Baltic Coast note the Allees, often cobbled tree lined roads only retained in East Germany.

In Berlin try cycling round the wall path especially beyond Marianfelde and Lichtefelde. Visit the Berlin Wall from Kreuzberg over River Spree at Uebeerbaumbruche to Warschauerstrasse and Lichtenberg district (tbc), Neukoelln and Prenzlauer Berg (Jahn Stadion and the Velodrome) away from the tourist centre.

Remember U-Bahn lines under East Berlin renamed. One was called Stadion der Welt Jugend.

Berlin is The Best City in The World for cycling, travelling by train and swimming outdoors, as at Schlactensee and Krumme Lanke. There is a secret bathing area in the centre of Grunewald forest at Teufelsee. An excellent walk is from Krumme Lanke via Grunerwald See to S-Bahn Grunewald. From there walk northwards to Teufelsberg.

Use the S and U Bahn to visit Inner City Berlin and The Hinterland. Remember Berlin is mainly forests and lakes. Probably the best setting for a city, and like Rome, Berlin is good to walk and cycle round.

Remember many of these places are Nature Security Areas and Unspoilt so respect them and do not leave litter. Keep the Environment Clean.

Remember to look left for oncoming traffic from left for cars driving on the right not look right for cars driving on the left approaching from the right. It can easily catch you out on the very first day. It has happened.

Bormio, Italian Alps

May 16, 2009




Geographically, cycling is split in two. Cycling in the Flat World or on Business Cycles. At a more earthly level cycling needs a track. Cycling in Corsica is very, very steep but cycling across the fragrant gorse would be near impossible. Cycling on the Silk Road means carrying a bicycle through jungle roads more like the Hadrian’s Wall. Cycling up the Pass Stelvio affords a view of Bernese Oberland loops relentlessly upwards. So be prepared for a steep but spiritual journey to reach the glacier.

India v Sri Lanka

May 16, 2009


Cyril John Radcliffe, 1st Viscount Radcliffe may have partitioned India without visiting India and may have drawn the suspiciously diagonal line which is the Iraqui border. This is how the British Empire influenced empires far away. Viscount Radcliffe is a kind of Hindu Amateur Cartographer. Hindu being linked only to soil of the Indian Subcontinent. So Cyril Radcliffe never visited India.

Cycling is common in India but walking is more common. The Hindi Indian taxi is based on an English car made in Cowley, Oxford.

Nanotechnology has produced the worlds cheapest car like a rickshaw with four wheels.