“Couple in love”

WP_20160716_16_45_33_ProRosengarten, Werda, Germany (photo: Gosia Sachse vel.Głowacka, 16.07.2016)

On the occasion of today’s Valentin’s day for all lucky people even more happiness, and those less lucky ones I tap on a glass of wine and let go of a cheerful eye 😉

Love is a real chemical-biological chain reaction! In order for the whole system of external stimuli and internal biochemical processes to “sparkle” between two people, the whole system of external stimuli and internal biochemical processes must work in the right order.
Visionaries? Students? No, smokers

It all starts with the smell. And it’s not about perfume or a gym shower. What is important is the natural scent and, probably, the odourless pheromones hidden in it. Their existence in humans is not yet exhaustively researched by science. In any case, the smell reaches the nose, where it encounters a very sensitive blade and nose organ. This, in turn, activates the hypothalamus, a small area in the brain. If everything “fits together”, we start to be interested in our partner and our grey cells start to shine (this can be seen during positron emission tomography (PET) examination). The hypothalamus begins to produce phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a neurotransmitter. Its elevated concentration in the brain on the one hand manifests itself in states of unjustified joy, self-confidence, excitement or excessive activity alternately with a lack of concentration.
On the other hand, it causes insomnia, anorexia, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression. This is how often drug addicts feel – phenylethylamine is a substance belonging to the group of amphetamines. No wonder that it is commonly called “a drug of love”. The increase in the level of PEA entails further changes. The secretion of noradrenalin – a hormone called “love substance” – increases. It works similarly to adrenaline – at the sight of a loved one our blood pressure increases, heartbeat accelerates, blood glucose levels rise and appetite decreases. As a result of shrinkage of blood vessels, we cover ourselves with a blush and become sensitive to touch.
The secret of happiness
 
As the level of noradrenaline increases, another compound, the “happiness hormone”, or dopamine, begins to release.  It completely masters the rest of the senses and the body. It is responsible for chemical processes taking place in the brain, which control the movement and activity of the body and the ability to feel pleasure.  We know dopamine from everyday life, because its level grows rapidly when we admire a new gadget, a spectacular dress or an unpacked gift. It is dopamine that is co-responsible for the fact that we love “to death and life”. The second molecule in this duo is serotonin. When the level of dopamine increases, the amount of serotonin decreases rapidly at the same time. It is responsible for a healthy sleep and a sense of peace, and its deficiencies cause a general discomfort and lack of concentration. A person in love gets confused and falls into extreme moods, while at the same time waiting for the next meeting with their other half.
Love has an expiry date

So we have phenylethylamine (PEA), noroadrenaline, dopamine and serotonin -neuroprogens that make us go crazy out of love. The most important of them is the former because it controls the others. Unfortunately, the body becomes immune to phenylethylamine. Research shows that usually between 18 and 48 months (4 years) of the relationship, the whole raging fire of love slowly burns out and dies out. Then the lovers can even part! Fortunately, this is not the rule. As a result of dopamine, all the time our body produces oxytocin and vasopressin – hormones of similar structure, but different effects. These compounds work in very important moments for man. There are more oxytocin receptors in women. This hormone relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, has an analgesic and relaxing effect. In men, vasopressin, released by testosterone and acting like adrenaline, dominates. Increased levels of these two hormones evoke a feeling of relaxation, peace, feeling of bond and mutual acceptance.  Thanks to their presence it is possible for mature love between partners to flourish.

(source: http://www.national-geographic.pl/nauka)

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Let peoplelove each other: who they want and how they want, because love brings goodness

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“The Sound of Silence”

wp_20170818_11_13_51_proJan of Tarnov with his son Jan; Jan Wagner; Bardejov, Slovakia (photo: Gosia Sachse, 18.08.2017)

The „Urban“ church bell
The original bell was made from older material in 1584 and was cast by a bell maker Jan of Tarnov and his son Jan. The latin inscription of the bell shows that it was duping during the reign of Rudolf II in 1685. The bell cracked and an unknown bell-maker recast it in its original form. The bell diameter is 162 cm. Its height without the headpiece is 135 cm and it weighs 4000 kg

The „Jan“ church bell
A gothic church bell from 1486. The old German inscription on the bell says that it was made by master Jan Wagner of Spišská Nová Ves, to honour the Lord, the Virgin Mary and Saint Giles. The Bell is 140 cm. in diameter and 120 cm. tall (without its headpiece), and it weighs 2200 kg. It was cast right in Bardejov, and served the church and the town continuously until 1990

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14.01.2019 at 14:30 The big heart stopped and everything died away … The second heart on the news about it burst and the world became silent …

To memorize of the tragically deceased President of my beloved city of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz (*02.11.1965 – †14.01.2019)

The Sound of Silence

 

Simon & Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend                                                                                          I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‚Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

„Fools” said I, „You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming

And the sign said, „The words of the prophets

Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

“Victims of Communism Memorial Monument”

Prague 119Sculptor: Olbram Zoubek, architects: Zdenek Hoelzl and Jan Kerel; Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Gosia Sachse (Głowacka); 16.08.2013)

The memorial unveiled in May 2002 by sculptor Olbram Zoubek and architects Zdenek Hoelzl and Jan Kerel consists of seven more or less fragmentary human figures symbolising political prisoners of communism. They stand on a staircase leading up the slope of Petrin hill in Prague’s historical centre on the left bank of the Vltava river.

(Quelle: https://www.alamy.com)

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13 Dezember 1981 – we remember…

“Monument to memorize of the bombing victims in 1944 in San Marino”

Jolanta KruszkaSan Marino, Italy (Photo: Jolanta Kruszka, 22.09.2018)

The monument was created to commemorate 63 victims of British bombings during World War II. During the war San Marino was officially neutral, but when the German forces used the state for the passage of troops, the Allied forces followed them. The Allied forces occupied San Marino only for as long as was necessary militarily, and it took only a few weeks. Many inhabitants of the republic joined the ranks of Italian anti-fascist partisans. As a result of the war in Italy, the city became a victim of British bombardments, which caused damage estimated at three billion liras, as well as 63 victims. Hunger and disease, including tuberculosis and typhoid fever, were widespread in the country.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Today is exactly 100 years since Poland regained its independence. This freedom did not come alone and would not knock on our door. To win it, several generations of Poles lost their life in the uprisings: Listopadowym i Styczniowym as well as during the First World War. After 123 years, Poland has returned to the map of Europe. The most important creators of Polish independence were Marshal Józef Piłsudski in 1918 and Lech Wałęsa in 1989. The task and their roles in history was not easy. Thanks to their charisma and wisdom, as well as the involvement of millions of Polish women and men, we have managed to regain what is the greatest value in life: freedom. Together we are stronger, divided, we can lose everything.

This year also passes 100 years from giving women’s electoral rights. Because freedom and independence is a woman!

“Tempodrom”

edfedfArchitectural projekt:  Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz, Berlin, Germany (Photo: Barbara Stachira, 15.09.2018)

The Tempodrom is a Berlin venue that was first established in 1980 by heiress and former nurse Irene Moessinger as an alternative venue on the west side of Potsdamer Platz in the immediate vicinity of the Berlin Wall.

With private donations, a compensation payment and state subsidies, a concrete building in the form of a circus tent was erected on the site of the former Anhalter railway station and reopened as the New Tempodrom in 2001.

The new Tempodrom building was designed by Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz, employees of the Hamburg architectural office Gerkan, Marg und Partner. The roof, reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasília Cathedral, is based on the shape of a circus tent and with its futuristic, white forms forms a contrast to the remains of the former railway station. The foundation stone was laid on 21 May 2000. It was ceremoniously opened with the presentation of the European Film Prize on 1 December 2001.

 The massive overrun of the planned construction costs (32 million euros instead of 16 million euros) led to the resignation of Peter Strieder (SPD), Senator for Urban Development, on 7 April 2004. Since August 2005, the Tempodrom has been managed by a management consultancy company appointed by the insolvency administrator. Irene Moessinger withdrew from Tempodrom in July 2005.[3] In the course of the insolvency, court proceedings were instituted against the former managing directors, Irene Moessinger and Norbert Waehl, for breach of trust. The proceedings ended with acquittals.

On 23 April 2010, the Bremen-based KPS Group took over Tempodrom It thus escaped the threat of a foreclosure auction that the lender, Landesbank Berlin, had requested.

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I wonder if anyone will bear any political and possibly criminal responsibility for the investments of the current governmant, spending or planning to spend tens of billions of zlotys on investments such as the Central Communication Port or the bridge in Przytoczna, which would connect the Notecka Forest with floodplain areas, fields and forests – no needed investment   by anyone.

“Robber Rumcajs”

WP_20180520_15_31_56_ProSculptor: František Vitásek, Frymburk, Czech Republic (Photo: Małgorzata Sachse, maj 2018)

The sculpture was made as part of the project “Together for Children” from 04-07/08/2014.

Rumcajs robber (org. O loupežníku Rumcajsovi) – a Czechoslovak animated series for children, based on a series of novels by Václav Čtvrtek. The series consisted of 39 episodes, its continuation was a new series called Cypisek – the son of robber Rumcajs from 1972.

The series tells about the vicissitudes of robber Rumcajs from the forest of Laholce and his family – wife Hanka and son Cypisek. The main theme of the series is the conflict between the robber and the Prince, who lives in the castle in the nearby town named Jiczyn.

In the Czech original fairytale, the wife of robber Rumcajs is named Manka.

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I love such robbers as they fearlessly defend their freedom and punished dishonest “princes”.

“Monument of Anonymous Passerby”

nieznany przechodzien fot Ryszard Szpytman 31.07.2018Wrocław Świdnicka St., Poland (photo: Ryszard Szpytman, 2018)

The prototype of the monument was an installation by Jerzy Kalina from 1977 “The Crossing” (hence the installation at Świdnicka is often called this), set in Warsaw at Świętokrzyska and Mazowiecka Streets. Created for the purposes of the television program, it was dismantled and then went to the National Museum in Wrocław for 28 years. The monument, in which the plaster statues replaced the bronze figures, was unveiled on the night of 12 to 13 December 2005 on the 24th anniversary of the imposition of martial law. Hence, it is sometimes indicated that it symbolizes changes that have taken place in Poland since that time; other interpretation puts the emphasis on commemorating the difficult times of martial law and making anonymous people who fought communism, going underground.

Monument of Anonymous Passerby consists of fourteen bronze figures of human life size, standing on both sides of Świdnicka Street in the place where it crosses Piłsudskiego Street. It has already permanently been incorporated into Świdnicka and Wrocław streets. However, it is appreciated not only by the residents – in 2011, it was included in the list of the 15 most beautiful places in Poland prepared by Newsweek magazine, and the American magazine “Budget Travel” recognized the installation as one of the most unusual places in the world

(source: https://www.wroclaw.pl/pomnik-anonimowego-przechodnia, wikipedia)

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Difficult times are coming … Let us not waste the efforts and achievements of our ancestors

“Giggle of life”

IMG_4428IMG_4432Sculptor: Michał Batkiewicz, Olsztyn near Częstochowa (photo: René Sachse, 04.05.2016)

Outdoor sculptures by Michał Batkiewicz – a world-famous artist whose works are also known in the USA, Brazil and Canada – appeared in 03.04.2016 on the market square in Olsztyn near Czestochowa.

Over six meters, silvery clowns, taking different poses, create an exhibition entitled “Giggle of life.” One of the characters has a motion sensor that activates the circus melody.

(source: http://www.dziennikzachodni.pl/wiadomosci/czestochowa/a/olbrzymie-rzezby-stanely-na-olsztynskim-rynku-zdjecia,9830418/)

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History comes full circle and once again – as a hundred years ago – populists became populare and listened. You, who are reading this, remain faithful to reason and common sense. Do not let clowns to decide about your life.

“Schreitender Genesender”

Sculptor Richard Scheibe, Berlin, Germany (photo: Barbara Stachira, May 2018)

The bronze figure was created in 1935 by Richard Scheibe. After several changes of location, the sculpture was located in 1989 in the newly designed park at Park am Karlsbad
Richard Scheibe was born on 19 April 1879 in Chemnitz (Saxony) and died on 6 October 1964 in Berlin. He is buried in the cemetery Schmargendorf.

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On the occasion of the Children’s Day a lot of joy and cheerfulness for big children and as little as possible contact with the cruelty of the adult world for the smallest ones 🙂

“A harper”

DSCF8579.JPGSalzburg, Austria (photo: Gosia Glowacka, 28.06.2014)

The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers. Harps have been known since antiquity in Asia, Africa and Europe, dating back at least as early as 3500 BCE. The instrument had great popularity in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where it evolved into a wide range of variants with new technologies, and was disseminated to Europe’s colonies, finding particular popularity in Latin America. Although some ancient members of the harp family died out in the Near East and South Asia, descendants of early harps are still played in Myanmar and parts of Africa, and other defunct variants in Europe and Asia have been utilized by musicians in the modern era.

Harps vary globally in many ways. In terms of size, many smaller harps can be played on the lap, whereas larger harps are quite heavy and rest on the floor. Different harps may use strings of catgut, nylon, metal, or some combination. While all harps have a neck, resonator, and strings, frame harps have a pillar at their long end to support the strings, while open harps, such as arch harps and bow harps, do not. Modern harps also vary in techniques used to extend the range and chromaticism (e.g., adding sharps and flats) of the strings, such as adjusting a string’s note mid-performance with levers or pedals which modify the pitch. The pedal harp is a standard instrument in the orchestra of the Romantic music era (ca. 1800–1910) and the contemporary music era.

(Source: Wikipedia)