“The World we know…”

Mercure Hotel Berlin_Basia Satchira 25.02.2018Mercure Hotel, Berlin, Germany (photo: Barbara Stachira, 25.02.2018)

This world we know is dying on our eyes…

There is no time – we have to act!

Between here and now,
The abyss hides
I’m closing this theater now,
I’m running off anywhere.

Actors were chosen by fate,
The cast was bad,
And the role of the sufler here
He’s not responding to us.
The next day, and the art
It’s the same title,
Who is there to fool tonight?
And what’s this game about?

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Podobenství s Lebkou (Parable With Skull)

Praga maj 2018 fot. Peter Georg Kozdon 2 (mail 13.09.18).JPGSculptor: Jaroslav Róna, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Peter Georg Kożdoń, Mai 2018)

Jaroslav Róna, who also created the Franz Kafka statue nearby, is a rather prolific surrealist sculptor. In the 1980s he helped found the Czech art group Tvrdohlaví (The Stubborn). He built Podobenství s Lebkou, aka “Parable with Skull” in 1993, a bronze sculpture of a beggar weighed down by a large skull resides on a thick slab of aging wood.

The sculpture used to be found at the eastern end of the Golden Lane by Prague Castle’s Daliborka Tower, where Dalibor of Kozojedy, known as the Robin Hood of Czechia, was said to have played the violin while waiting out his days.

Parable with Skull is based on one of Kafka’s characters—the “beggar, who, with the death rattle already in his throat, insists on dying on the doorstep” from The Bucket Rider. The sculpture tends to intrigue and even confuse those who visit the castle without prior knowledge of Róna’s surrealist works. There’s also a surprise at the rear end of the statue: the beggar’s dangling bronze testicles are displayed quite prominently, often shocking admirers of the piece.

Prague is a city known for its strange public sculptures, and Róna’s are among the strangest, but Parable with Skull isn’t a public work. To see the strange crawling man, one must pay admission to tour Prague Castle.

(Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com)

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Elections to the European Parliament will take place on 26th May. Let us not be like this beggar and let us not to allow the democracy in Poland to die on the doorstep of our home, which is a united Europe. Let us go to elections and vote for wise and responsible people. Enough demagogy and manipulation!

Mural “Books”

Mural Utrecht Marta Piatkowska marzec 2019.jpgArtist: Jan Is De Man, Deef Feed Utrecht, Netherlanden (Photo: Jan Is De Man, March, 2019)

 Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed have asked people from the neighborhood to hand in their most precious book so that he can process it in this mural.
After a week of hard work they have finished an interactive wall painting, on which many nationalities and different tastes regarding literature are shown in a closet.

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On 31.03.2019 Catholic priests in Poland have burned books that they say promote sorcery, including one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in a ceremony they photographed and posted on Facebook.

Three priests in the northern city of Koszalin were pictured carrying the books in a large basket from inside a church to a stone area outside. The books were set alight as prayers were said and a small group of people watched on. A mask, various trinkets and a Hello Kitty umbrella were also visible in the pictures of the makeshift bonfire.

more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/harry-potter-among-books-burned-by-priests-in-poland?

“Where books burn, soon people will also burn.”

-Heinrich Heine-

Books are a source of knowledge. Knowledge gives power. I express my loud protest against any attempts to discourage the society from asking questions and having own independent unindoctrinated worldview. Knowledge rescues life – imbecility deprives it.

 

“Slight Uncertainty”

Peter Georg Kozdon Praga maj 2018 (mail 23.01.19)Artist: Michal Trpak, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Peter Georg Kozdon, Mai 2018)

This sculpture, located at the crossroad of Na zbořenci and Odborů in the Praga district called Nové Město, is part of bigger composition “Slight Uncertainty” done by Michal Trpák.  In his installation artist puts a philosophical spin on the Mary Poppins flight by umbrella. The piece features many cement figures hanging dearly onto open umbrellas in a rainbow’s spectrum of colors, all of the individuals floating in an atrium-type space in the EBC office center in Prague. Uncertainty rests in the state of being, whether these figures are anticipating a rise – or even descent – with excitement or perhaps dread. The contrast of the heavy, material concrete contrasts the situational lightness captured by the installation. One thing that is certain: the dreamlike, thought-provoking, and inspirational effect of the colorful umbrellas.

(Source: https://www.gessato.com/slight-uncertainty-by-michal-trpak/)

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Today is the International Women’s Day. To all women and the men standing by their side, strength and perseverance in the fight for their rights.

“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

“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”.