Belated Mayday Links

Spent the 1. Mai with friends at an alpine thermal spa getting my Wellness on. The good vibes lasted all day and through most of the first half of a stress-laden technical rehearsal, after which they wilted and died under the heat of the spotlights. But it was certainly good while it lasted.

Arts: The Telegraph (UK) has a nice feature article on the fine old tradition of finding ways to insert worldly fare into the church service music. I myself remember noticing a subtly modulated “Happy Birthday” being snuck into some post-communion incidental music, in honor of a particular chorister, back in the day.

Sports: Champions League in a nutshell for the uninitiated: this year, both semifinal match-ups consisted of a German team (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund) playing a Spanish team (Barcelona, Real Madrid respectively), and both German teams moved on to the finals. FC Bayern is the Yankees of German Fußball (wads of money and they win a lot), Dortmund almost went under from financial problems a few years ago (in fact, Bayern helped bail them out and keep them afloat.) The finale takes place May 25 in Wembley Stadium, be prepared for a lot of “German invasion” commentary on social media.

Education: When schoolkids have no clue, they get creative. Some of the best examples of pupils defacing their textbooks and exam papers, often in a last-ditch attempt for extra credit in creativity. My personal favorite is Nr 18, “Neandertallica”, but many of them are brilliant.

Travel: Andrew at German Joys recently linked to this video of a streetcar ride through East Berlin before Reunification. As it so happens, the Beau made money during his university years in East Berlin by driving trams — and so all this looked very familiar to him, it could very easily have been him in the video (it’s not).

History: According to this article in Live Science, the genetic make-up of the people living in Europe changed dramatically for as of yet unknown reasons about 4,500 years ago. Before that time Europeans shared their genetic heritage with people in Turkey and the Middle-East, and at some point after that, they no longer did.  This just might be in line with what happened at the Goldbichl sacrificial burning site in Tirol — constant use until about 2000-1500 BC, then a few centuries of nothing, and then used again when the Raetians turned up.

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2 Responses to Belated Mayday Links

  1. paschberg says:

    Tram-driver :-). What does your friend say on drving style of innsbruck tram drivers?

    Wordly fare in church music – I remember an experience while visiting Gloucester cathedral (not during mass)- the organist played a melody fitting very well to the curch, but I couldn´t identify it immediatly. After half an hour (he played the piece of music several times), the wordly melody creeped into my mind – it was from Cats, “Memory”; sounds not very familiar on organ the first time.
    Our Organist in Amras sometimes uses some characteristic strokes from Dvoraks “Aus der neuen Welt” at the end of mass – but I wont call this insubordinative…

  2. Marcellina says:

    I don’t think he’s ever ridden in an Innsbruck tram — this must be rectified soon! My own experiences in them have always been good, which is something I cannot say about bus rides here. Some (not all) of the drivers like to really accelerate and then brake hard, which makes me nauseous. This is a primary reason why I prefer train travel.

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