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King of Kings, Lord of Lords (2)

In the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless ye the Lord. (Ps 133:2 DR, 134:2 NAB)

Note: It could, of course, be argued, that the municipal stadium in Sydney does not constitute a “holy place” in the sense of the Psalm, but you get my drift.

Hoffnung means hope…

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Pending between worlds

Contrary to what I had in mind, I’ve completely neglected this blog whilst staying in Bangladesh. While the reasons are manifold, maybe I should try to sum up the most important ones:

1. I’ve been to a different world. From the moment I left the airport, I was caught up in the dschungle of the city. Dhaka captured me with its noise, smell, looks… I was torn out of my habitat and catapulted to a different planet. Living in Bangladesh was like living an alternative life… it’s hard to keep the ties to the world back home.

2. The internet connection sucked. Yeah, it’s as simple as that. I’m not used to dial-up anymore, neither is wordpress… writing blogs could have taken hours. Hours that I decided to spend exploring the city, meeting exciting new people, discovering the planet that is Bangladesh.

3. The girl under the jackfruit trees. A non-neglectable factor. The black-haired beauty that I spent most of my free time with. It all makes sense now. I miss her.

4. The emotional overkill. Too many impressions to remember or work with. I could have written three blogs a day and still wouldn’t have come close to what I did and saw.

In the end, I’ll just keep most of the memories to myself. It’s safe, and they’re mine anyways. I came back a changed man – that’s about all anyone needs to know about my trip.

Hoffnung means hope…

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“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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Google Ads

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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An Rauer Küste

Raue Küste

Focus on waves so far away
their little whitetops seem like snow
on a mountain top in a far away land
a vision so desperate and cold

but they break so soon and they flow away
it’s what the ocean does to you
when you stare too long and you don’t watch out
you’re getting pulled into the blue

so what have you done to deserve all this?
you’ve given the answer yourself
in all those years that you stood and stared
the coastline’s eroded away

Hoffnung means hope…

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Update

Due to Chris Jones on my playlist, I’ve got a new Hintergrund der Stunde.

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