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Paying the price for India’s appetite for coal

14 Nov


“India is ravenous for energy and much of that comes from coal — the dirtiest of fossil fuels. India plans to double its coal output by 2020. But coal production is already having a disastrous impact on the environment and on people.”

Going to the above link there is a follow up video to the video that was to be found here:


Diane Keaton Movie: Hampstead

12 Sep

Peter and I saw today this Diane Keaton movie about Hampstead. Peter had first to go to the Private Wollongong Hospital for an appointment with his podiatrist who is fitting him some insoles. These insoles might help him with his walking. The podiatrist spent with Peter a bit over an hour. It was already 11,45 when we left the hospital. This left us less than half an hour to make it to the GALA in Warrawong to see the movie. But we were lucky. We still made it on time. This movie was well worth seeing. I am glad we did make it.



“Starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, Hampstead is a heartwarming romantic comedy set around the beautiful Hampstead Heath in London, a quiet piece of countryside in a vast metropolis. Living in a lovely old apartment on the edge of the Heath, American widow Emily Walters (Keaton) feels like she is drifting aimlessly through life. Then she meets Donald (Gleeson), who has lived harmoniously on the Heath for 17 years in a ramshackle hut. When property developers attempt to destroy his home, Emily steps up to defend Donald in the escalating battle and soon finds that, despite his gruff exterior, there is something special about this gentle and unconventional man.”


5 Sep


Ich brauche keine Millionen
mir fehlt kein Pfennig zum Glück.
Ich brauche weiter nichts als nur Musik
Mir fehlt kein Schloss nur zum Wohnen
kein Auto funkelnd und chic.
Ich brauche weiter nichts als nur Musik

Nuclear Ban Treaty as a matter of human survival

5 Sep

Please go to the above page  and find out what can and must be done towards a Nuclear Ban Treaty! I absolutely agree that indeed human survival is at stake. Do we want that humans can survive or do we not care? That is the question.


For a World in Peace: IPPNW

2 Sep

Published on Dec 17, 2015

German original version: | Thirty years ago, IPPNW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the public education and advocacy work of its members on the dangers and effects of nuclear war. Today, IPPNW is still actively engaged in working for a world free of the nuclear threat, for a world in peace and for social responsibility. This short film, by Kathy Becker and Jonathan Happ, explains the organisation’s work and the motivation of its members. More about IPPNW here:

Consequences of Fukushima: Dr. Alex Rosen (IPPNW Germany)

Published on Feb 28, 2017

6 years after the nuclear accident of Fukushima, people in Japan have to live with the consequences of the catastrophe: More than 100.000 people are living as nuclear refugees scattered across the country. Radiation levels are still high. 184 children from the Fukushima region have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Fukushima address by Dr. Alex Rosen, Vice-president of IPPNW Germany

Dirndl and Lederhosen

31 Aug

Dr. Axel Munz was today a guest in the Deutswche Welle. This is why I googled the following about dirndl and lederhosen and copied it. It says that 

  • Traditional Bavarian costumes have had a resurgence in popularity




Tradition makes a comeback for fashion-conscious Bavarians

By Catriona Davies for CNN
February 28, 2011 — Updated 1001 GMT (1801 HKT)
  • Traditional Bavarian costumes have had a resurgence in popularity
  • Prices for dirndls range from 50 euros to 2,500 euros
  • Young people wear the costumes for Oktoberfest, weddings and parties

CNN’s global series i-List takes you to a different country each month. In February, we visit Germany and look at changes shaping the country’s economy, culture and social fabric.

(CNN) — To an outsider, lederhosen and dirndl — the traditional costumes of Bavaria — may seem like an outdated symbol of a bygone age, last seen in “The Sound of Music.”

But the outfits — short leather dungarees for men and wide skirts with corsets for women — have become must-haves for the young and fashion-conscious of Munich in south Germany.

They are particularly popular at Oktoberfest, Munich’s annual beer festival attracting 6.4 million visitors, and increasingly at fashionable parties and weddings.

The German edition of Vogue magazine regularly features Bavarian costumes in its September issue, according to Simone Egger, a researcher in cultural studies, and shops open around the city every August specifically to sell Oktoberfest costumes.

When you see someone in dirndl or lederhosen they look wonderful.
–Lola Paltinger, fashion designer

Lola Paltinger, a designer who sells couture dirndls for 2,500 euros, or about $3,440, said: “When I first went to Oktoberfest everyone was in jeans. The only traditional costumes were dark, sad and unfashionable.

“Now they come in bright colors, modern designs and are more comfortable. It still has a wide skirt and a corset, but it’s one you can breathe, eat and drink in.”

Paltinger began designing dirndls as a project at her fashion college, and after an apprenticeship with Vivienne Westwood, began her own business.

She said: “I was sitting outside at the Oktoberfest with my friends talking about what we were going to do for our diplomas. The atmosphere of the Oktoberfest got to me and I just thought of doing traditional costumes.”

When she started her business 11 years ago, Paltinger sold about 20 dirndls a year. She now sells 1,000 a year, both custom-made and off-the-rack, and supplies 20 to 30 weddings.

She said: “When you see someone in dirndl or lederhosen they look wonderful, and you are really disappointed later when you see them in normal clothes. The dirndls in particular are very sexy and feminine.

“For women there are bright colors and modern styles, but for men you can’t really do lederhosen in a modern way. In my opinion, there’s nothing nicer than a real, traditional lederhosen.”

Of course, most people can’t afford to buy their outfits from designers like Paltinger. You can pick up a new dirndl for 50 to 60 euros or lederhosen for 120 euros, according to Karoline Graf of the Munich Tourist Office, and there is a thriving second-hand market.

Paltinger said: “Many, many shops sell dirndl and lederhosen in the run up to the Oktoberfest. Some of them just open up especially and sell them very cheaply, made in India. It’s a big business.

“Some people say it’s not good to sell cheap ones, but I think it’s really nice that so many young people want to wear them and pay homage to Bavarian tradition.”

Angermaier, a traditional clothes business with two stores in Munich and other temporary stores in high season, has seen lederhosen sales double over the past 10 years. Sales of dirndls have risen 500% over the same period.

Axel Munz, director of the company, said: “The customers have become younger and more trendy. Fashion has found its way into tracht (traditional costumes).

“People wear traditional costumes at weddings, special events or folk festivals, but mainly they wear it at the Oktoberfest.”

Egger, a researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, wrote a diploma thesis on the popularity of traditional Bavarian costumes.

She said: “About 10 years ago I noticed all the young people wearing dirndl and lederhosen and thought ‘what’s going on?’ I’m a cultural scientist so I wanted to find out why.

“At the beginning, it was just for the Oktoberfest, but now it is for parties and sometimes weddings. Nowadays pretty much everybody in Munich and the surrounding region has at least one traditional outfit.”

She added: “The choice to wear traditional costumes appears to be more than just a fashion trend.

“Possibly, a mobile society wishes to demonstrate affiliation. In times of international networking, local and regional references become even more important.”

She added that the first to take up the fashion were 16 to 18-year-olds who felt free to wear traditional costume precisely because there was no pressure from their parents to do so.

Gabriele Hammerschick, chief buyer of traditional clothes for the clothes store Lodenfrey, said customers had become younger in recent years and bought dirndl and lederhosen all year round for weddings, parties, christenings, Christmas and of course, Oktoberfest.

She said people had rediscovered tradition for its permanence in a fast-paced world.

Graf said: “Twenty years ago, no young men or women would go out in traditional costume because it wasn’t fashionable.

“Now teenagers, students, people of all ages wear them.”



Exercise Noble Jump 2017

12 Aug


Nearly two months ago I mentioned the ‘Nato Exercises in Romania’ in a  post. Today I had another look at some of the YouTube videos. It is hard to describe what I feel when I watch these videos. After World War Two I grew up thinking that it was possible that mankind should live in peace. That World Wars could be prevented because people did not like these wars. People wanted to live in peace, didn’t they? What do people want now, really?