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Sunday, 24th May, 2015

24 May

Lake Illawarra

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aboriginal (Tharawal): various adaptions ofElouera, Eloura, or Allowrie; Illa, Wurra, orWarra meaning pleasant place near the sea, or, high place near the sea, or, white clay mountain[1]
Illawarra Lake[1]
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Lake Illawarra, viewed from Mount Kembla, 2008.

Lake Illawarra is located in New South Wales

Lake Illawarra
Lake Illawarra
Location of Lake Illawarra in New South Wales
Location Illawarra, New South Wales
Primary inflows Macquarie Rivulet, Mullet Creek
Primary outflows Tom Thumb Entrance,Tasman Sea
Managing agency Lake Illawarra Authority

Lake Illawarra (AboriginalTharawal language: various adaptions ofElouera, Eloura, or Allowrie; Illa, Wurra, or Warra meaning pleasant place near the sea, or, high place near the sea, or, white clay mountain[1]), an open and trained intermediate wave dominatedbarrier estuary[3] or large coastal lagoon,[1] is located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, situated about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of Sydney, Australia.

The lake environment is administered by the Lake Illawarra Authority, a New South Walesstatutory authority established pursuant to the Lake Illawarra Authority Act 1987 (NSW) with the aim of transforming the degraded waters and foreshores of Lake Illawarra into an attractive recreational and tourist resource.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Illawarra

Today, Sunday, Peter and I drove down to the lake (Lake Illawarra) and went there for a little walk. After a very cold night the midday sun was beautiful warming.

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This picture was taken on Monday, 11th May 2015, near Sydney University when we went to a court hearing.

This picture was taken on Monday, 11th May 2015, near Sydney University when we went to a court hearing in Glebe.

On the 11th and on the 12th of May we went to the Coroner’s court hearing about the circumstances of our daughter’s death.

State Coroner’s Court of New South Wales

The State Coroner ensures that all deaths are properly investigated. If necessary, an inquest into the death is held. Coroners can also recommend measures to prevent future deaths.

An inquest is a court hearing where the Coroner considers evidence to determine the identity of the deceased and the date, place, manner and cause of death of the deceased. Read more about the steps involved in an inquest.

http://www.coroners.justice.nsw.gov.au/

UTA’S DIARY

19 May

When I start getting a cold I immediately increase the amount of Vitamin C. I also take some Olive Leaf Extract. And I try to rest as much as possible. As far as I remember I still felt all right on Wednesday, the 6th of May when I went for a walk in the morning. Towards evening that day I started to shiver, the throat felt sore and all my limbs felt very heavy. I also sneezed a lot. So I started with the above treatment and retired to my nice warm bed. Still, I worried a bit, whether I would feel well enough to go to Wollongong early the following morning to keep the appointment with my specialist.

On Thursday Peter drove me to Wollongong for the 9 am appointment. I told the receptionist that I had a cold and weather it was still all right to see the doctor. It turned out, I was able to see the doctor who asked me in and then did all the required tests. I felt lucky that my nose had dried up, for some of the tests involved some stuff that went through my nose. The doctor happily told me that there was nothing wrong with me: I was free of any signs of cancer. He said it was close to four years now since I had my operation on the tongue. So in one year’s  time I should come back for another examination. But this would be the last time that I had to come for check-ups. He said, that it was very unlikely that any lesions would come back five years after surgery.

Thereafter Peter drove me straight back home. Thursdays I usually go to a one hour Gentle Exercise Class. But on that Thursday I preferred to stay home to have a good rest. The following day I also cancelled the games afternoon with my lady friends. The following days I took great care to dress extra warmly. I saw to it that a small electric heater always stood close by to keep me warm. I was thinking that under no circumstances would I want to go anywhere where there was air-conditioning blowing on me!

By Monday, the 11th of May, I was well enough to go with Peter on the train to Sydney for the court hearing about the circumstances of Gaby’s death. On Tuesday, the 12th, there was another court hearing. Both days we were able to catch an early afternoon train back home. The people who talked to us in Sydney were all very friendly. We thought that as far as we were concerned this inquiry by the coroner went very well. The coroner as well as the assistant coroner, who talked to us a lot. were both woman. Also one of the testifying doctors was a woman.

The following Thursday Ayleen and I turned up for the Exercise Class. To my surprise there was no class that day. Somehow I had totally forgotten that on that day the Seniors Citizen Group had a late Mother’s Day luncheon at the club. So the previous Sunday had been Mother’s Day, that’s right. I felt actually well enough on that day to go with Peter to our daughter Monika’s place for afternoon coffee and cake. The place was full with all of Monika’s children as well as her partner Mark’s daughter and Mark’s mother and the mother of Mark’s deceased wife.

Apparently Mark had a hectic working week last week, and he ended up with a cold. Still he managed to come to the big birthday celebration at the German Club on Saturday, the 16th of May. That night he warned me several times not to get too close to him for he had a bit of a cold. I said to him not to worry, I already did have a cold the other week, and I was sure I would not get it again.

Our son Martin had booked a flight from Melbourne to Sydney to stay with us for 48 hours to celebrate his Dad’s 80th Birthday. He nearly missed his flight back to Melbourne on Sunday. But this is another story.

On Saturday most of the family came to our place in the afternoon for coffee and cake before we went to the German Club for dinner. Peter and Caroline made a few pictures on that occasion which I have in my computer now, and I can show some of them here:

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Big Meal for Peter at the German Club.

Big Meal for Peter at the German Club.

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Veal Schnitzel and dumplings for me.

Veal Schnitzel and dumplings for me.

Everyone could order what they felt like. For entrees there was Rollmops, or baked Camembert cheese or soup.
Most people got German beer from the tap. Ebony left soon after dinner with the two little darlings, our great-grandsons. There were later on 12 people left for the welcome drink, a nice sweet bubbly.

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I wrote this on the 28th of April 2012

15 May

“Last Thursday we saw Gaby in Merrylands. She waited for us near Merrylands Station. Honey, her dog, was with her. Honey had been bitten by a big dog a bit over a week ago. She had needed some stitches which cost Gaby a lot of money. On Thursday these stitches were due to come out. We didn’t have to go far from the station to the vet’s surgery. Honey had her stitches out in no time. She seems to be all right now.”

This is what I wrote a bit over three years ago. It brings back to mind, how this happened that Honey got bitten. This vicious dog who bit Honey belonged to a woman who was nasty to Gaby. I think she shouted at Gaby, something very unpleasant. As far as I know, she was about the only person who ever treated Gaby in a nasty way. Otherwise Gaby always experienced a lot of kindness from people she met. I seem to remember that Gaby thought that this woman was jealous because she noticed that Gaby was always treated in a very kind way by people.

A few weeks later, when we were walking along with Gaby  somewhere in Merrylands,  Gaby pointed out to us a woman and a man with a big dog. Gaby said that this was the dog that had bitten Honey. She also said that the police had cautioned these people that they should  take better control of their dog. Gaby had great expense paying for the treatment of Honey after she had been bitten so severely. However Gaby  thought it would be of no use asking these people for compensation. She did not want anything to do with them. I think that woman had once abused Gaby before this incident with Honey. Gaby was just glad that this woman kept her distance after that incident with Honey.

 

Reflections on Travel

29 Apr

Recently I reflected a lot on our past two overseas travels. One trip to Berlin we did five years ago and another one two and a half years ago. When we travel we always try to economise, meaning we are not out to stay in expensive hotels or visit restaurants that are well above our budget. The greatest extra expense we consider to be the air-travel ticket plus insurance. Since both Peter and I are going to be past eighty when we travel next time the insurance is going to be sky high! We usually book a flight well in advance and look for special offers. The last two times we did fly with Malaysian Airline from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur and from there we had connecting flights with KLM. We thought these flights via Kuala Lumpur were pretty good. Soon we want to find out what’s on offer for next year.

2016 is going to be a huge family reunion in Berlin. Our Australian family is already planning for all this.  Some members in our family have never been to Berlin yet and are very keen to get to know a bit about the city and the German family members who live there. Especially Peter’s sister Ilse is very hopeful that a large family meeting can take place next year in Berlin. She and Finn are already thinking about all the arrangements that can be made. One of our grandsons is busy making plans about all the destinations where he and his family intend to travel to. He worked out that a nine day stay in Berlin could be included. They also want to stay for a few days in London and maybe some days in Switzerland, and I think there was also talk about Paris.

When Peter heard that they plan on staying for nine days in Berlin,  he  soon thought about a number of places he could show them in Berlin. Peter knows Berlin very well, partly from personal experience but a lot he knows because he keeps himself always up to date on the internet about what is going on in Berlin. When it come to history, he can tell you a thing or two about Berlin’s history as well. The past few days he published memories about the last days in Berlin before the end of World War Two. You can look it up under:

https://berlioz1935.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/tuesday-24-april-1945/

The memories start already here:

https://berlioz1935.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/berlin-the-last-battle-in-europe-during-world-war-2/

There are diary entries of Peter’s mother which he translated.  Also, Peter’s own comments about these eventful days continue for several days.

It is amazing how much Peter remembers about this time seventy years ago. This was just a few days before he turned ten! He also likes to read up on official records about the last days in Berlin before the end of the war, and he is also always looking for relevant pictures from that time.

Berlin in 2010

22 Apr
A street in Berlin-Friedrichshain

A street in Berlin-Friedrichshain

This is where my niece lives in Friedrichshain.

This is where my niece lives in Friedrichshain.

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Here I see Carlos, the son of my niece, for the first time.

Here I see Carlos, the son of my niece, for the first time.

This picture was taken some other day with Klaudia and Corinna.

This picture was taken some other day with Klaudia and Corinna.

I took this picture of Peter with my brother Peter Uwe and partner Astrid.

I took this picture of Peter with my brother Peter Uwe and partner Astrid.

This is a street in Berlin-Friedenau where my brother Bodo used to live.

This is a street in Berlin-Friedenau where my brother Bodo used to live.

Peter took this picture on my brother Bodo's 72nd birthday.

Peter took this picture on my brother Bodo’s 72nd birthday.

Some time later. . .

Some time later. . .

 ' ' '  we met Ilse and her friend Erica in Berlin-Friedenau.

‘ ‘ ‘ we met Ilse and her friend Erica in Berlin-Friedenau.

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That same day we went with Ilse to this 'Friedhof'.

That same day we went with Ilse to this ‘Friedhof’.

The ashes of Peter's and Ilse parents and of Ilse's husband are buried here.

The ashes of Peter’s and Ilse parents and of Ilse’s husband are buried here.

This site is in one of the next rows.

This site is in one of the next rows.

“Pankstrasse” (Berlin U-Bahn)

21 Apr

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“Pankstraße is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U8. It was opened on October 5, 1977 (Rümmler) with the line’s extension from Gesundbrunnen to Osloer Straße. The station’s name derives from its location: It sits under the intersection of Pankstraße and Badstraße.

The actual spelling of the station’s name is under debate. The German orthographic rules call for the spelling “Pankstraße”, but the signs inside the station spell “Pankstrasse”.
Like the station Siemensdamm (Berlin U-Bahn), the station is constructed as a “Multi Purpose Facility”. It is prepared and partially stocked to be used as a NBC shelter. It is specified to sustain 3339 people for 14 days.”

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This is one of the churches that Schinkel built in the 19th century.

This is one of the churches that Schinkel built in the 19th century.

This area used to be an outer norther suburb of Berlin. Now there is lots of traffic and U-Bahn Pankstrasse close by.

This area used to be an outer norther suburb of Berlin. Now there is lots of traffic and U-Bahn Pankstrasse close by.

Do you recognise this building?

Do you recognise this building?

Here you can find an impressive list of Berlin U-Bahn stations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Berlin_U-Bahn_stations

Berlin-Wedding and Travel to Scharnweberstrasse

20 Apr

I copied the following from the Wikipedia. Five years ago Peter and I lived for four weeks in this area. I must say we felt quite at home there. People were all very friendly. We liked the diversity of people and the many different shops and eating places. And it was also very much to our liking that everything seemed to be very affordable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_(Berlin)

 

“Today, Wedding is one of the poorest areas of Berlin, with a high unemployment rate (almost 26%). Almost 17% of the population live on social welfare; 27% live below the poverty line.[1] Foreigners make up 30% of the population.[2] Low rents accompany the poverty in Wedding so, like many inexpensive areas in large cities, it is home to a vibrant artists’ community. Many galleries have been founded by artists to provide a space for themselves and their peers to show their work.
Wedding has so far not experienced the boom and gentrification of the 1990s in Berlin. Unlike many other 19th-century working class districts like Prenzlauer Berg, the original character of Wedding has been mostly preserved. However, more recently more and more students and artists move to Wedding due to still lower rents as mentioned above and fairly high level of life quality. As a result some new, more bohemian cafés and clubs opened, organic food stores and markets are established, an urban gardening project has successfully started and high-brow galleries discover that area.[3][4][5][6] It is still said though to be a place to find the Schnauze mit Herz (big mouth and big heart) of the Berlin working class.

Along with Kreuzberg, Wedding is one of the most ethnically diverse localities of Berlin. The multicultural atmosphere is visible in the bilingual shop signs (predominantly German and Turkish or German and Arabic).
In recent years Wedding has seen a significant influx of African people. Wedding is also home to an East Asian community, mostly from China, which is reflected in many Asian and African stores and restaurants. As of 2011, the ethnic make-up of Wedding was 52% of German origin, 18% Turks, 6% Sub-Saharan Africa, 6% Arabs, 6% Polish, 5% former Yugoslavia, and 4.5% Asian.”

 

In 2010 we lived in Bastianstrasse that is near Pankstrasse. The nearest U-Bahnhof (underground station) was PANKSTRASSE.

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At this underground station we had to change when we went to Scharnweberstrasse.

At this underground station we had to change when we went to Scharnweberstrasse.

This is the U-Bahn station near where Ilse lives.

This is the U-Bahn station near where Ilse lives.

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This way to Scharnweberstrasse where Ilse lives.

This way to Scharnweberstrasse where Ilse lives.

From Wikipedia:

“Scharnweberstraße is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U6. It was constructed by B. Grimmek in 1958. Due to the extension of the U6, the trains had to go above ground after Kurt-Schumacher-Platz station. Soil for the embankment on which the line is built came from excavations for the U9, which was being built in parallel. As the trains had to go above ground, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), who operate the Berlin U-Bahn, had to install windscreen wipers on the trains.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scharnweberstra%C3%9Fe_%28Berlin_U-Bahn%29

Das ist Schasrnweberstrasse

Das ist Schasrnweberstrasse

Ilse has the Bus Stop in fronket of her house. U-Bahn Station is only a 5min. walk from there.

Ilse has the Bus Stop in front of her house. U-Bahn Station is only a 5min. walk from there.

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Ilse's apartment in in this building.

Ilse’s apartment in in this building.

 

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This Church is also in the Wedding borough and designed by Schinkel.

This Church is also in the Wedding borough and designed by Schinkel.

Back to Wedding I wanted to show the church in Pankstrasse which is one of the four churches that Schinkel designed and built in the 19th century.

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