Quote of the week

An optimistic one, by someone I increasingly like – AC Grayling. From his book The Choice of Hercules:

[W]hen we judge people most generously, what we honour is their aspirations, not only their successes; for if the latter alone counted, how few human beings would merit anything but pity or scorn.

Opinion | Opinie 21/03/2010

What, another day without an opinion!?

Yes, again because of time restraints. Maye this daily blogging is too much to ask for? Nah…!

To compensate, a host of small opinions originating yesterday – and to prevent the quote of the week/month/season falling below the fold I’ll give that right here, right now.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


Even though PSV is messing up in the Dutch premier league, my very own virtual football team has (finally) become the champions in their league. And unless something very strange happens, it will be promoting to the fourth level as well. Hurray!


is in the air, finally. Although it is still more spring on the calendar than anywhere else – it’s still not very springy, weather-wise.


Ireland lost to Scotland, boooh!

Dorian Gray

(below the fold because of spoiler – not like anyone who reads this cares :p)

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Opinion| Opinie 18/02/2010

My favourite emoticon


…bittersweet, happy but sad, sad but happy.

It’s the feeling I have for instance now, after a good friend has left, back to her home country. I miss her, but at the same time I’m really happy for the good time we’ve had – she’s had – here.

I hope that I will have plenty of use for this emoticon in the future, not just in relation to her, but in my life in general. I do think happiness can feel more intense and…rewarding, when it is mixed with sadness. This probably has to do with the idea that this is our only life, and in a way I have come to reach the opinion that any strong emotion is better than no emotion at all (within certain limits, of course :p). As a recent lyric by Placebo goes:

A heart that hurts is a heart that works – Placebo, Bright Lights

(that will be my quote of the week, too)

The West Pier

is partly gone! Oh my!

They’ve removed everything but the “main hall”. I feel sad – I suppose not even half as sad as some Brightonians who have seen the Pier decay through two blazes and several storms… I got this sad yet amusing photograph off it:

A fond farewell, or: no words minced

The note on the right reads:

Good Bye West Pier

No longer will we look forward to spring tides and a chance to visit the Pavilion again.

Now a romantic ruin made Disney wreck.

Oh the ignomony [sic].

The note on the left is quite more straightforward:

Fuck you Mary Mears[*] and the council.

Gotta love the people of Brighton!

Incidentally, I’ve decided these two are my Quotes of the Month. Hurray!

[*Brighton council leader, MV]

Quotes of the week

Yeah yeah I know, “what week”, but I mean that this struck me “this week”. Good excuse no?

Since a couple of weeks I’m back into listening to Depeche Mode (again) and one of their many lyrics that struck me is (from Policy of Truth):

You’ll see your problems multiplied
If you continually decide
To faithfully pursue
The policy of truth

Now when browsing throught the quotes of that Quotemeister General, Oscar Wilde, I found this one:

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Unfortunately for me, I tend to be honest; as a result I can attest to the truth of these quotes.

Maybe I should follow Oscar Wilde’s advice from another of his quotes a bit more often:

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

X-mas in München

No snow… but nice crispy cold winter weather with almost all blue sky! Well X-mas day itself was cloudy and grey :-( but we just stayed in the hotel.

***** hotel

Did I say hotel? That, our hotel, was pretty cool – what with 5 stars and an indoor pool and jacuzi =o). So what did I do on X-mas day…? See below…

The world is definitely changing if even in Bavaria you find Buddha next to the Bible :-)!

One of the quotes on the wall in the lobby

And that quote will be my quote of the month:

…niemand, der sich selbst Kennenlernt, bleibt so wie er vorher war. – Thomas Mann

You KNOW you're in a posh hotel when... they have especially composed elevator music... :S

X-mas day, outside it's cold and grey, so you head to the pool...

... and to the jacuzi... =D

And a great time was had by all (I guess even more so by the two, obviously gay, guys who remained alone after I left the pool… :-O)

The city

Impressions of the city…

At Karlsplatz

Weinachtsmarkt at Marienplatz (& Neues Rathaus)

If this doesn't make you smile... :-)

OK one of my arty-farty pics (at er... Residenz)

People basking in the winter sun...

...and others enjoying a -rather good!- chamber ensemble

The lake was partly frozen over

That lake is the Kleinhesseloher See in the Englischer Garten.

Can I offer you a Jägermeister, sir...? (" 'n Jägermeister, m'neer?")

Feldherrnhalle (at Odeonsplatz) by night

LOTS more below the fold! Click there… ish

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You make it easy

Quote of the week!

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie(Inspector) “You’re all the same, the lot of you, with your long hair and faggot clothes. Drugs, sex…every sort of filth. And you hate the police, don’t ya?”

(George) “You make it easy.”

From the 1974 zombie film Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (a.k.a. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue), as sampled by Electric Wizard at the start of their KICK-ASS song Wizard in Black.

Incidentally, you can listen to this track on Electric Wizard’s MySpace site – as I write, it is one of their most played tracks. Don’t forget to turn the volume up to 11 – this year is after all the 25th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap!

Then, after your eardrums have recovered and your neighbours have moved out, ask me to borrow you the album Come My Fanatics… and enjoy…

Come My Fanatics...