IMG_1180Today was s fabulous day outside. A bit windy, maybe, but a great blue sky with sunshine and temperatures that were just right. So we went out for a long walk. Two, maybe three hours. I showed Pádraig and Pat the route where I go ‘running’. Pat didn’t want to walk back the way we came, which is what I always do, so we walked up a side street and discovered – that Tonndorf actually has a beach and an open air swimming pool in a natural lake! Tonndorfer Strand!


Zigarettenautomat – ad for and sale of cigarettes from machines on Tonndorfer Strand!

It was a great walk and Pádraig really enjoyed it, I think. On a day like this, why would you stay in the house when it is so beautiful outside? Maybe the only downside to all of this was that we were not the only people thinking that way, of course, so there were just a tiny bit too many cyclists, walkers, runners, and dogs around. But having people around is great and makes you feel alive!

Last night, I watched the last half an hour of Bladerunner, the movie Philip refers to about a dozen times in his book, It’s not dark yet, as one of his favourite films of all times. It’s a science fiction movie, now several decades old, and still a masterpiece. Turns out that the last sentence of the movie (in the final cut) is key: “It’s a shame she won’t live – but then again, who does?” says a voice referring to a female robot and now his friend, as Deckard discovers a paper unicorn and the crushing realisation that he, too, is a replicant (but has been programmed to believe he is human). Deckard is the Bladerunner, charged with killing (or ‘decommissioning’) human robots, slaves, that are running out of control.

There must be some deep meaning. Robots looking like humans. ‘Humans’ not realising they are robots and have a limited lifespan.

The one thing that distinguish robots from humans is that humans have emotions. They could love. They can be Dreamboaters. Robots, slaves just following orders, can not be Dreamboaters. Ever.

Today’s German Music Tip
Walter Mossmann, Sieben Fragen eines Schülers.
Good idea to check out the lyrics. Neither Walter Mossmann nor this song would be ‘cool’ these days. He was one of the German singer song-writers who had convictions, a sense of justice, and a believe that artists had a role in changing society (for the better). He died on 29 May, on Pádraig’s birthday, 73 years old. Loads of his songs are on youtube and other online sources. They are not just works or art and testimony to a certain time in Germany’s history, they make you think. Think that there’s no need for a sell out. That economy is different from society. That people always come first.
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