tiistai 30. joulukuuta 2008


... sanoo saksalainen kun toivottaa hauskaa vuodenvaihdetta.
Auch ich wünsche euch allen einen angenehmen Jahreswechsel.

Had my creative moments after Murakami exhib
created a new year's version of SISU's Unikko Uolevi:
"marimekko went murakami"
out came:

inspiroivaa uutta vuotta teillekin!

sunnuntai 28. joulukuuta 2008


Today in MMK Ffm after brunch with Bömmche.


... the painter, Takashi Murakami, can only be seen in Frankfurt until next week, after that those colourful works will continue their trip to Bilbao, to Guggenheim: 17.2.-31.5.2009. If you haven't been in Gug's in BIO by now, this is THE opportunity to hit two birds with one stone.

perjantai 26. joulukuuta 2008

BOXING day and other funny ways

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IT'S ALMOST OVER, Christmas. When does your diet start?

keskiviikko 24. joulukuuta 2008


One of Frankfurt's xmas traditions is Stadtgeläute at xmas Eve, when at 5 p.m. 50 church bells of ten city churches are ringing at the same time. People gather at the Römer square and ...well, they should listen to the magic sound, but mostly they talk ... talk to their friends and relatives and even to the stranges, everybody has a drink, mostly parkling wine because the weather would be too warm for Glühwein ... After the bell thing is over some people even start singing xmas carols.

Some finns found the atmosphere a bit too loud, so their idea for the coming years is that the major of Frankfurt should hold a speech on the balcony of the town hall, in the manner of "joulurauha in Turku" where in Finland at noon the Christmas "peace" (peaceful time) is announced.

"The first time Christmas Peace was declared from Turku's Old Great Square is thought to have taken place as early as in the 1320's. Since then, the tradition has continued uninterrupted, with only a few exceptions. The church had a major role in maintaining societal order, and in the early days of the declaration, it was used for this purpose.
The ecumenical appeal for peace and the humanitarian message complement the Finnish tradition of declaring Christmas peace. The tradition of holding the ecumenical Christmas in Turku, Finland event in the Turku Cathedral started in 1994. Since 1998, the ceremony has also included a humanitarian message."

Tämän tuunatun joulubaskerin bongasin Römerillä! What a great xmas idea.

PS. Was again great fun in Petterweil, thanx kiddies!

perjantai 19. joulukuuta 2008

Don Carlos and other heros

Girls nite at the opera. Italians call him Don Carlo, all others call him Don Carlos. The spanish prince with his unhappy lovelife. Imagine, your dad is marrying your fiancé, your love of your life .... not funny, not funny at all. So it was all a big, heartbreaking drama last nite. Sung excellently. Haven't enjoyed opera like that since ages, was really, really good. Go and see in Frankfurt!

These guys are heading to the other side of the globe after xmas, before departure had great turkish dinner at Tandure at the Wall street and afterwards requested to have a look at their favourite pizza place in Alt-Sachsenhausen. Have so much fun in New Zealand, in Opu-Ursel or was it Obernake ... !

You could have had fun in Frankfurt, too ... like tonite in our neighbourhood ... jezz, xmas party in Sudfass. And look at the prices ...! HO HO HO ... HO HOOOOOO ...

maanantai 15. joulukuuta 2008

Family Fun

Y-Familientreffen am Mainufer.

Tante Ode müsste in die Küche : kiddies came for visit, with parents, grandparents ... HOHOHO!
Tämä siili ei kiroile vaan maistuu lapsillekin!

Fitness for everybody!

WIG FUN for everybody!
I told you folks, with the wigs you get the loudest laughs!

... at least when adults are having fun ...

...for little 2,5 years' old it might be tooooooo loud!

This gadjet I got ages ago from Florida, finally we used it.

Xmas card designed by Selim Y.
Schöne Adventszeit!

keskiviikko 10. joulukuuta 2008

Skating premiere and magic

Hi people, look what I received in honour of the big Nobel day! Ensipäivän leima. Mara-stamp with THE date on it. Thanks Mur.

My skating company Iisi, Annie, Basti and Mamma Mia!

Iisi still loves her pinguines.

Annie in action, great!


Apres mort c'et art ... Merja from Hanau is the artist. I like it. Can be seen in Synart Art Gallery in Sachsenhausen in der Brückenstrasse. See link in my linklist. Enjoy the other works of art as well.

After art it's time for xmas markt ... it's romance, it's memories, it's Mützenmagie ...

Der Baum aus Österreich.

sunnuntai 7. joulukuuta 2008

Blüten in Dezember

Heute habe ich eine Fotorunde in meinem Garten gemacht, hier die Ergebnisse:

Ja, es ist Winter, aber der Garten will noch nicht aufgeben! Die weisse Rosen blühen!

Rosebuds ...

Einzelne Lavendelblüten zeigen sich stolz.

Wandelröschen geben bald auf - in Indien wuchsen die wie Unkraut.

Die Christrosen wissen, dass es noch über zwei Wochen sind bis zum christlichem Fest.

Pelargonie? Jawohl, soll Insekten fern halten ... die Kälte tut das schon!

Astern. So viele zartlila Blüten.

Macro Test mit dem Panasonic Lumix. Not bad at all.

Primeln haben als Tischdeko im Februar bedient, blühen immer noch, jihuu.

Unten am Olivenbaum blühen noch die zarten Glockenblumen.

Und oben am Olivenbaum hängt immer noch eine schwarze Olive. Sitkeä sissi.

Der Feigenbaum hat alle Blätter verloren, gut so.
Die neuen sollen sich auch noch ruhen.

lauantai 6. joulukuuta 2008


Hyvät ystävät kotimaassa: iloitkaa itsenäisestä Suomesta!

Dear friends, we finns do not celebrate Nikolaus today, no, this day is an official holiday:

Finland's Independence Day (Finnish itsenäisyyspäivä, Swedish självständighetsdag) is a national public holiday held on 6 December to celebrate Finland's declaration of independence from the Russian empire. The movement for Finland's Independence started after the revolutions in Russia, caused by the disturbances from the defeats of the First World War. This gave an opportunity for Finland to withdraw from Russia. After several disagreements between the non-socialists and the social-democrats about the matter of who should have the power in Finland, the parliament, led by Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, finally declared Finland as an independent state, on 6 December 1917.

Independence Day was first celebrated in 1919. However, during the first years of independence, 6 December was in some parts of Finland only a minor holiday compared to 16 May, which was the day of celebration for the Whites who prevailed in the
Finnish Civil War. During the early decades of independence, Independence Day was a very solemn occasion marked by patriotic speeches and special Church services. From the 1970s onwards, however, Independence day celebrations have taken on livelier forms, with shops decorating their windows in the blue and white of the Finnish flag, and bakeries producing cakes with blue and white icing. Today, rock stars and entertainers have been accepted as worthy interpreters of Finnish patriotism.

It is traditional for many Finnish families to light two candles in each window of their home in the evening. This custom dates to the 1920s, but even earlier, candles had been placed in windows on the birthday of poet
Johan Ludvig Runeberg as a silent protest against perceived Russian oppression. A popular legend has it that two candles were used as a sign to inform young men on their way to Sweden and Germany to become jägers that the house was ready to offer shelter and keep them hidden from the Russians. (Wikipedia)

... if these boys lived in Finland, how would they get to school ... ?

... if these girls lived in Finland, would they be able to travel with the boys ...?

... if this girl lived in Finland how would she do her washing ... ?

... if these fishermen lived in Finland how would they check their nets ...?

... if these guys were fixing the roads in Finland what would their wear ...?

... if these kids were living in Finland which sports would they prefer ...?

torstai 4. joulukuuta 2008

Portraits from South India

Kids, children, many of them everywhere.

These boys' dad was the captain of our sight seeing boat.

These girls gave me ayurveda dropping oil massage.

Hotel employee in Ooty.

Our tour guide in tribal village in Periyar.

Tribal village inhabitant and a working woman at a tea plantation.

In both pics kids from the tribal village in Periyar.

Nut seller with his client in Kumily.

Restaurant crew in Kattappana.

Helicopter fish in Kochi and a cattle master on the road.

Vasco da Gama was first burried in Kochi. Kochi school girls would know that!

Girls and boys in their school uniforms, education has high priority in Kerala state.

In Mysore, Karnataka state less education, more "free" children...

Tourist groups everywhere, mostly families travelling together.

Also school classes.

And boy groups doing their pilgrim things.