Thursday, December 28, 2006

First snow in Leipzig

After some very warm days in Leipzig we had the first showing of winter today. For a few hours we had snow on the ground. Now it is all melting away. But here is the proof from this afternoon:

Monday, December 11, 2006

Scandinavia's first astronaut

Scandinavia sent its first astronaut to space this past weekend. Christer Fuglesang, a Swede with a Norwegian father, started his trip to space on board the Discovery.
More can be found here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Pictures from summer 2005.

Sans Souci

Downtown in the late afternoon

Window in the Alexandrovka settlement

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Tamara-Danz-Straße is reality

Tuesday the Tamara-Danz-Straße in Berlin became reality.

Copyright by: ddp

More information (in German) here.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

City Blogs

  If you wanna know more about what's going on in cities such as these:

    Halle (Saale):

  I am sure there are many more.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Fall in Leipzig

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cottbus has the library of the year

The university library of the Brandenburg Technical University won the "library of the year" award, which comes with a grant of 30 000 euros. This library was chosen for the award because it is a center that combines library, multi-media center and computer lab in one building with an extra-ordinary architecture. Source: TU Cottbus

Copyright by Martin Ridder at

Since none of the East German universities could be named elite universities (no East German university placed in the top 10 even), it is comforting that an East German university has a well equipped library with an innovative concept.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Renft passes away, street to be named after Tamara Danz

This passed weekend another well-known East German musician, Klaus Renft, passed away at the age of 64. He had suffered from cancer. Renft was leader of the Klaus Renft Combo, a band that was founded in 1958 in Leipzig. One of its most-well known songs was "Wer die Rose ehrt". Due to its very politically critical songs, the band was forbidden in the 1970s.
Personally, I do not have a true connection to the Renft combo, but it still saddens me that after Tamara Danz of Silly and Herbert Dreilich of Karat another great East German musician has passed away. Having grown up with a father who loved music, I listened to the radio a lot as a child and followed the East German charts religiously. Thus, such "oldies" like "Wer die Rose ehrt", "Als ich wie ein Vogel war" and "Apfeltraum" are dear to my heart and I still listen to them. Just like I still (occassionally) listen to Karat and Silly.

And speaking of Silly: TAZ reports, that a street around the new Anschutz-Arena in Berlin (in the Ostbahnhof area) will be named "Tamara-Danz-Street". Tamara Danz was the lead singer of the band Silly and died from cancer in 1996. Information as to why the city council choose Tamara Danz isn't available. However, Tamara Danz lived and worked in Berlin and aften sang about the city.

Now, I am wondering if we will see in the future a Renft-square or a Dreilich-Road? Maybe a suggestion for urban planners?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Baltic Sea II

This isn't meant to be a photoblog, but since I just returned from another beautiful trip to the Baltic Sea, here some impressions.


Full moon rise

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Upcoming Exhibition in the Netherlands

The church of St. Nicholas in Brouwershaven/ Netherlands will be featuring a photo exhibition of my good friend Arthur Sevestre from June 9 to June 22, 2006.
The exhibition will show two subjects in Arthur's photography - his excellent landscape photography will be showcased in the pictures of the Dutch coast. The other pictures will be from Arthur's trip to Canada in the last year. Arthur set up the "Project Canada" last year which tries to raise the awareness for the natural values of the Rocky Mountains.

Arthur is currently preparing another trip to Canada to do further work on this project. If you are interested in the project and/or wish to support him, check out his exhibition and the website of the PROJECT CANADA.

Update: Due to unexpected circumstances the exhibition will only feature prints from the Dutch coast. However, you can see the Canadian prints on Athur's side.

Copyrights of the pictures are all with Arhur Sevestre.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Mein Leipzig lob ich mir

I found a link to a picture gallery with pictures of my hometown - Leipzig. I recommend a visit.

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