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New York

My favorite city of them all ! I was lucky enough to live and study there for 2 years and went back numerous times ever since. Here some autumnal and wintery impressions… ( Number 2 of my all time favourite cities is Vienna, closely followed by Shanghai, London and Wellington ( NZ ). More to […]

Art Films 1

In a new series I will post a movie per week for those who are interested in Art Film. If possible a link to the complete film will be included, but be aware these links often disappear. Here is the first recommendation if the week: Tran Anh Hung’s “The scent of Green Papaya”. The Scent […]

2019 has begun

2019 has arrived and it’s summer here in New Zealand and some reading can commence ! An ongoing project is “Livro do Desassossego: Composto por Bernardo Soares, ajudante de guarda-livros na cidade de Lisboa”, shorter known as: “Book of Disquiet” by Fernando Pessoa, one of the truly important books of the 20th century. The longer […]

Norway – New Zealand

After a stressful week of excessive eating and drinking, packing, organising and good bye-ing I have now finally left the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo and have arrived back in sunny New Zealand. I have spent some wonderful 5 years in Oslo at a musical institution that is truly excellent and provides a […]

Christmas Mystery

As an ardent mystery reader ( with most of my interest focused on the so called “Golden Age” period, 1920-1950 ) one of the yearly and recurring pleasures is to read some good yarns that are set within a Christmas setting. I stumbled across a gargantuan list compiled by Janet A. Rudolph and it contains […]

Tractatus versus Poetry

“The whole sense of the book might be summed up in the following words: what can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence. ( Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus ) Fair point, but what about poetry ? What about things that are only […]


During a music festival last week I was introduced to the art of Slinkachu, a street artist who creates fascinating miniature landscapes via his miniature people he positions out in the streets.

11 minutes

One of my favorite You Tube channels is “Sommer’s World Literature to go”. Most of these videos were originally presented on a sister channel in German, but now Sommer goes English !! Approximately one work of world literature per month will be posted ! Here is “Crime and Punishment” by Fjodor Dostojevsky. In 11 minutes. […]

A little story

A few days ago I read the story on the Slippedisc blog by Norman Lebrecht about Polish dancer Franciszka Mann, who shot a SS Officer in Auschwitz on 23rd of October 1943 minutes before she would have been sent to the gas chambers. Here is some more background information. About Franciszka Mann: The SS officer […]