Monthly Archives: June 2007

“I heart ***” or the Hamburg graffiti

I lie awake
awake as you could possibly be
when it’s dark outside and you’re dreaming

I lie and think
as much as you could possibly think
when your thoughts are limited to a single name

I start to sing
as loud as you could possibly sing
when there’s nothing left to say

I get up and walk
as fast as you could possibly walk
when you’re turning around in circles

I stop to look
at something I can barely see
a graffiti written on the harbour walls

I stay to watch
as closely as you could possibly watch
when raindrops are clouding your vision

I shake my head
it can’t be true what I have noticed
that simple sentence could have been from me

I go to bed
as much as I would like to stay in town
to run around and seek more signs of you

I lay and dream
as much as you could possibly dream
when it’s dark outside and you lie awake

Hoffnung means hope…

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Buy me some unconditional love

You can buy unconditional love in Shanghai these days. It’s as easy as walking into a supermarket and paying with your credit card. There’s hope at the horizon for all those deprived of the affectionate surrounding of love, friendship, and shelter. Additionally, while you’re at it, why not get a flacon of empathy or an injection of collective consciousness? Certainly, everyone appreciates a bottle of good vibes, if all else doesn’t sound appealing. One way or the other, finally there’s a way to buy the immaterial. At the FLOWmarket, you can shop the unshoppable. The project of a Danish designer actually stocks transparent bottles of air or water, neatly etiquetted and stocked in grey aluminum boxes, representing the many things in life so many people wish for these days. The permament store in Copenhagen, Denmark, is actually drawing black numbers. The temporary store in Shanghai (closes June 23rd) is at least sparking some interesting discussions. Is it ironic that such a store should temporarily be opened in one of the fastest growing business metropolis of the world? A city of ever-rising consumerism,  the very symbol of capitalism in the heartland of the last big communist nation on earth? I won’t go as far as saying there’s a message the designer is trying to convey – but if he does, he’s being quite subtle about it. In any case, he could just be trying to make money – a motive way to banal for a project like the FLOWmarket. A project claiming to raise awareness for global problems. A project claiming to have a vision. A project claiming to ask questions. As I virtually walk through the webshop on the FLOWmarket’s homepage, I recognize a lot of familiar phrases. The “get-people-to-think” part definitely works. Would I actually buy a 5kg bucket of sustainable innovation? Probably not. Give me some time to let it think.

Unconditional Love

Hoffnung means hope…

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Is this even legal? Stumbled across this while looking for lyrics. Couldn’t help but burst out in laughter. Felt kinda guilty about that afterwards. Weird ad! Click to enlarge!!

Find an asian wife!

Hoffnung means hope…

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A sign of life from Hoogbrugstraat 40

We’ll see whether my Dutch and German roommates appreciate my sarcasm. Knowing them, it won’t take long for a smart response.

Fridge note

PS: Just to avoid any confusion – my roommates and I get along great. Our house rocks.

Hoffnung means hope…

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Your fist against poverty…

Just like last week, the G8 summit and the commotion around it drives me mad and brings me close to my boiling point. I still can’t believe how a couple of protestors, bathing in the tub of humanity & claiming to be “anti-G8”, can stir up a nation, provoke security measures that remind the Heiligendamm inhabitants of times almost 20 years ago and rip apart an inner city infrastructure just to be able to destroy. 1000 injured Sunday night alone, during violent streetfights of so-called “autonomous” left-wing protestors and clearly overstrained police agents in Rostock’s inner city. The G8 agenda: unkown to many Germans, due to the domination of the news media by reports and stories about security measures, violent clashes, fences, barbed-wire. Unbelievable. How an organised block of violent autonomous rowdies (“organized” and “autonomous” should be an oxymoron already) can actually make a difference in fighting world poverty and preventing climate catastrophe, I do not know. Neither do they, I guess. But hey, let’s give it a shot anyways… maybe Hu Jintao will be impressed by flying bottles and spontaneously join the anti-G8 demonstrations. I head things are going great for him these days anyways. Or, even better: Dubya and Vladimir will personally confess how these arguements have convinced them to radically change their political preferences, making the world a better starting today. Hmph. Let’s face it, there’s too much at stake this week. Let’s all pray that some brains may rain down on the mummed mob.

Hoffnung means hope…

UPDATE: Here’s a little overview on how exactly the weekend looked like. Disgusting.

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Journeying home

As I am about to make the long trip home in the middle of the night, I have enough food for thoughts for the 6 to 7 hours of Autobahn that lie ahead of me.

A painful email by a good friend and mentor today that recalled the mistakes I’ve made in and the past and the pain I’ve inflicted on people that cared about me. The chain of events one mistake can trigger, and the nagging “what-ifs” that embrace your thoughts and choke your mind.

Another email by a good friend and sister, telling me that she’ll leave this town tomorrow and won’t be back after summer – contrary to what I had thought. I didn’t even get the chance to say goodbye. Of course, I’ll visit her in Paris and she’ll come see me in Porto – but it won’t be the same once I return to the Maas and she’s not around.

But also the anxiety of my roommates UNL endeavor, his good performance so far and the ever more realistic chance of him making next year’s team. As I accompanied him to Nijmegen for the second selection round yesterday, I’m positive I was as nervous as I was when going through the procedure myself 12 months ago – if not more.

Lastly, the excitement about the upcoming months, as I’ll get the chance to explore new countries and cultures very different from my own and everything I’ve experienced so far. A good mix of emotions. Let’s see what I come up with.

Hoffnung means hope…

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