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3224 – The Lock

I’m sitting on a train that will depart a few minutes later than scheduled. A couple in their mid-fifties sits across the aisle and the woman complains about how bad this all is and how idiotic the bus driver was who brought them here and how the reservation labels are all wrong (hint: it’s a replacement train). My first reaction is irritation about all that negative energy, but in a way I feel drawn to listen.

The woman is ugly in her wild fury. She constantly turns to her husband for affirmation, who finds refuge in stoicism. As soon as the conductor arrives, she starts harassing him, and when finally nobody is there to listen to her bitching, she frantically starts making phone calls to make everybody aware of her plight.

What exactly motivates these people? What makes them think the whole world turns around them or, if it does not, it is their god-given right to complain?

After a few minutes of amusement I decide I can’t bear it any more. “Anything Could Happen” and “JOY” by Ellie Goulding help me get back into something like spiritual balance. Shall I call it my Song of the Day?

1667 – Chance Meeting II

“Meets / Hurts”? Whatever. In any case we have a chance meeting of two images.

The window with the flowers is from the “Pinong” Thai restaurant here in Vienna’s 7th district. Excellent food, not exactly expensive, not cheap either, but you get what you pay for. Try the mixed starter plate (the cooked variant) and you’ll be excited.

The Image of the Day is just something that caught my eye. I don’t even know what it was, but then I concentrated on the lock and the strange message, and in the end I liked the framing.

The Song of the Day is “Chance Meeting” from the 1972 Roxy Music debut album. We had the album a few times, but this is really a classic and every single song would be a reason to buy the whole album. Hear it on YouTube.

1643 – None Of Us Are Free

It’s gettin’ worse, don’t you feel it? Governments all over the world try to get instruments of repression in place. Sometimes they pretend it’s about terror, “Saving the Children” is an all-time best-seller, and sometimes we see how much it really is about money, for instance when the US government closes web sites.

It’s not only about money though. It’s about control as well. And it does not only happen in the Internet. You can also see it in real life. These locks tie together a set of metal fences that are used to keep demonstrations from approaching the parliament building in Vienna. I have first seen them in 2000, during the ongoing protests against JΓΆrg Haider’s party, that had just entered a coalition with the conservatives. At that time the police began to regularly close all streets leading to the parliament. Think of that: We are a state that is purportedly ruled by its people, but the mighty don’t want to be approached by the people.

Whatever. They began to close streets in 2000 when there were one or two demonstrations per week, but they have not stopped. The fences are still there, tied to street lanterns while not in use, but they are there. So are all the “anti-terror” laws that were passed using the post-9/11 terror hysteria.

The Song of the Day is “None Of Us Are Free” from Solomon Burke’s 2002 album “Don’t Give Up On Me”. Good stuff, hear it on YouTube.