Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Today is Holocaust Memorial day in Germany. Offfical buildings have flags at half mast (most folk don't know why) and there are ceremonies around the place as well. Berlin also has its Jewish Museum and the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe and other smaller remembrances as well. I wonder though is it time for other countries to follow suit - putin could designate a day to commemorate the 50 million (or more) that Communism killed; - France and Belgium could remember the deaths in their colonies; - needless to say QEII could mark the deaths of so many people in former UK colonies; - the US could think about Vietnam; - the Israelies could pay respect to the innocent Palestinians they have killed in refugee camps and other attacks; - maybe we could look at the killings on our own island And maybe we would realise that every country is culpable of evil but only some get called to account. Let your email find you with BlackBerry® from Vodafone
I flew to Berlin today for a few days. Uneventful flight - we arrived early but didn't have to suffer the false fanfares to which Ryanair subject their passengers. So off with me to U-bahnhof Gesundbrunnen to go on a bunker tour with Berliner Unterwelten. It cost 9 euro and lasted 90 minutes. The first part showed us a World War 2 bunker which was converted in the 80's for civil defence. Even in WW2 this bunker was lacking in capabilities and its doubtful if it would have been any more useful than an aspirin in a nuclear war ( our guide called in nukuleer). No generator and sweet all filtering. The second bunker was in Pankstrasse station and the station itself was designed to be sealed off in case of war. Bunkbeds would be eeverywhere and it was designed to hold folk for 14 days and the other bunker was designed for 2 days. Entrance was behind an innocuous door in the station but behind that door lay a double airlock. The tour was excellent and any travellers should check out the webiste for times and further details. Let your email find you with BlackBerry® from Vodafone
Saturday, January 19, 2008
We had this soup earlier tonight and it has been repeating since then. It's a pity seeing as their mushroom soup in the same range is tasty. It's a bulky soup with spuds and a wee smattering of beef but the overall taste is bitter rather than peppery and ultimately it fails. I won't say anything about how the Green party interprets a less-than-majority vote as a mandate ... John Gormley's world seems to be a strange place...