Carnival sessions in Mainz

By: barbamz , 7:36 PM GMT on February 13, 2014

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Some impressions from visiting the carnival parade some moments ago just around the corner.





Unfortunately I've got some work to be done despite the holiday. Helau!

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At the beginning of the funny days of street carnival the old town of Mainz on Rhine River is dressing up for the festivities. The decor matches the mural paintings anyway. And though the clowns look a bit grim - sun is laughing :-)

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Karneval festivities kick off in Rhineland
The Local, published: 27 Feb 2014 12:21 GMT+01:00
Germany's Rhineland exploded into colour and music on Thursday morning, signalling the beginning of the Karneval season. Cities in the area transform annually for a big party.
At 11.11am, swathes of fancy-dress clad revellers stormed town halls across the region to mark the start of Karneval, held in the run-up to Lent.
Partying starts early, particularly in Cologne, and it has become a custom for many to start drinking in the morning before hitting the streets with tens of thousands of others to soak in traditional German Schlager music.
"I'm stood next to a horse drinking beer," Cologne Karneval-goer, Heather G. told The Local just before midday. "There's lots of great costumes and people are ready to make friends with everyone around them," she said.
Known as Fat Thursday - or Weiberfastnacht - some people in the western states of North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate get the day off to enjoy the circus-like atmosphere.....

More and photo gallery see link above.



Women's carnival on Thursday at a place in Mainz nearby (one year ago, but same scenery this year of course :-)


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Weather may be whatever it is: real carnival freaks won't stop doing their thing, even if the weather is bad. Anyway, most of the common carnival "sessions" happen indoors in the evening (nearly every evening!), until the big open air parades will start at the last weekend of carnival. Some collegues of mine who perform during "the fifth season" nearly every evening (they hop with their program from one session to the next, but it's all voluntary, organized by local carnival associations) won't be able to work much until Ash Wednesday, lol. In former years I sometimes staged as a funny speaker by myself, but I won't any longer because preparation took too much time. But for decades I always watch the final TV compilation (live) of the best carnival performances of the season.

Here's an example of one of those many "sessions" (here in Mainz last year) which take place in many towns and villages of middle and southern Germany. Someone is performing as "Barack Obama", speaking in our regional german idiom and joking about stuff happening in Mainz but with heavy American accent. At least you get an impression.



Of course, there is always a lot of music, singing and dancing in those "sessions", too.



To understand those carnival "sessions" in the regions along the lower Rhine with a lot of political allusions, a "president" and his "council" leading through the program, and somehow "military" elements (dancing guards, funny military marches), one should know that they developed in the 19th century as a persiflage of the political situation of this time (and the often very harsh regime of the princes). Most of the towns even elect a carnival prince and princess for every "fifth season", only Mainz usually don't (we're more democratic, lol). - These "political" carnival customs differ a lot from the sort of carnival in more Southwestern Germany and in Switzerland which has a very different origin.

There are also a lot of daily nonsense speeches, f.e. this one in traditional rhymes, showing "the perfect husband" who is talking about the difficulties to prepare for going out with his wife in the evening and the struggles to choose the right clothes, to wait for his wife who needs too much time to put on her "war paint" in the bathroom and reproducing the usual arguments of an elderly couple (of course in local idiom):



And here is one of our famous local females performers, complaining about her husband:



Traditional finals of the above mentioned most know TV session from Mainz (which is attended by important politicians, too, though they might not like everything what they hear), performing the "Mainzer Hofsänger" (= Singers of the court in Mainz). At 6:00 the famous carnival song starts "A day so marvellous as today should never end ... unfortunately very soon it's Ash Wednesday again ...":



Well, I know, you won't be able to follow all these videos at lenghts (even Germans from other parts of the country will have difficulties at times to follow the regional idiom), but at least you get an impression of the sort of fun the society in my town appreciates in these weeks. But there are also people who flee this sort of activity every year, lol :-)

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99. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:05 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
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98. barbamz
10:44 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Ahh, Mike, very interesting to see the mystery solved so early! Thanks for posting!
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97. clearlakemike
7:03 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Source.

SF heist at turn of century may explain buried gold
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96. barbamz
5:18 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Thanks GardenGrrl, thanks Sandi. Interesting with the hangars near your place. Seems they are built solidly, otherwise they would have been blown away with your storms this winter. Don't forget to take a photo for us when the big airship is released into freedom!
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95. sandiquiz
11:29 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
Hi Barbara - I had seen that news item about the new airship on the TV news yesterday.
Cardington is only 20 miles from me, so I might get to see it over the house when it is trialled next year.:)
The reporter also said that the airship hangers are so huge that they generate their own micro climate. During the cold winter of 2010 it apparently "snowed" inside the hanger, even though it wasn't actually snowing outside!!
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94. GardenGrrl
11:07 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
Haleu Happy Carnival!

So enjoyed watching the sessions discreetly at work. Made me smile.
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93. barbamz
10:45 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
This is new for me. Kudos to the UK!



World's longest aircraft is unveiled in UK
28 February 2014 Last updated at 00:09 GMT

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Ah, nearly twenty years ago some serious efforts were started in Germany with the similar project of cargolifter. They've skipped it because of insolvency in 2002. The already built huuuuge hangar south of Berlin now serves as "Tropical Island" for entertainment.

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92. clearlakemike
4:22 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
Helau! Barb. Glad that current events haven't spoilt the Karneval fun there.

Scott, you may quote yourself but if you start to interrupt yourself...
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91. barbamz
10:46 AM GMT on March 03, 2014


With the traditional cheer "Helau!" a good morning on Rose Monday - the summit of carnival in Germany when the big parades take place in several towns like mine. It's a bit rainy with the front of "Christine" passing by, but not too bad and should clear up later.



Live cam with the cathedral of Mainz:

In some minutes (around 11.15 UTC) the big parade of Rose Monday will pass our cathedral.

TV livestreams from Mainz here.

Another, better TV stream from the first public channel in Germany.
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90. barbamz
7:54 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
German Weather Service DWD has published an assessment of this "winter", the 4th warmest in Germany since records began.


Source.

German Weather Service DWD published an assessment of this "winter", the 4th warmest since records began.

Notice the record cold winter in 1962/1963. My sister was born in that more than chilly February when all the rivers were frozen in Germany. What a difference in respect to today!


Winter 1962/63 anomalies. Source wikipedia.


Rhine at Mainz in 1962/1963. Source.
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89. barbamz
9:21 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Quoting 86. airman45:


I was active duty in England at that time, so I didn't know all festivities were cancelled in Germany in 1991. Why was that? It didn't affect Europe. Yes, I was playing "war" in England, but that was because most of my military base was deployed to Saudia Arabia. Very short war, that one was. Was anything cancelled in 2003 when Iraq and Afghanistan started?


War in 1991 started at January 18th, amid the summit of the so called "campaign" of carnival in Germany. People were completely shocked in my country, as we weren't used to fresh wars at this time. Moreover, it was the first "live war" for the media. I recall me sitting in front of the telly this night, when news and first very fresh videos broke into the main late night news broadcast. The anchor journalist (a woman) was completely surprised and startled by the pictures of the bombing. And there was a feeling it would be inappropriate to cheer and laugh in Germany while people are dying in Iraq.
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88. airman45
9:15 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
How did I get two entries and quote myself??? This was all one entry. The mysteries of WU!!
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87. airman45
9:13 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Quoting 86. airman45:


I was active duty in England at that time, so I didn't know all festivities were cancelled in Germany in 1991. Why was that? It didn't affect Europe. Yes, I was playing "war" in England, but that was because most of my military base was deployed to Saudia Arabia. Very short war, that one was. Was anything cancelled in 2003 when Iraq and Afghanistan started?


I did play in that one in 2009, and it was not short. Downtown Baghdad is NOT a place I would recommend to anyone, especially in the summer. Averaged 44C (112F) every day. However, that was the least of our problems, believe me!
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86. airman45
9:08 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Quoting 85. barbamz:
Unfortunately the situation in Crimea and Ukraine isn't like carnival in any way. Hope they'll find some agreement withouth using weapons!

Guardian live blog

BTW, in 1991 all carnival parades and festivities in Germany were cancelled because of the Gulf War.


I was active duty in England at that time, so I didn't know all festivities were cancelled in Germany in 1991. Why was that? It didn't affect Europe. Yes, I was playing "war" in England, but that was because most of my military base was deployed to Saudia Arabia. Very short war, that one was. Was anything cancelled in 2003 when Iraq and Afghanistan started?
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85. barbamz
8:28 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Unfortunately the situation in Crimea and Ukraine isn't like carnival in any way. Hope they'll find some agreement withouth using weapons!

Guardian live blog

BTW, in 1991 all carnival parades and festivities in Germany were cancelled because of the Gulf War.
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84. barbamz
8:15 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Yaawn, still tired from yesterday when the traditional TV carnival show took place (four hours) in my town Mainz and has been broadcasted to the whole country in public TV, as mentioned in the blog entry. Friends from another town stayed with me to boot. It was very late when we hit our cushions for some hours,lol ...

Below are some TV videos from yesterday's show with some traditional singing and dancing (sparing the funny idiomatic speeches for you).

And when you have a glimpse into the first video you see the people "schunkeln". Schunkeln means: to swing and sway to a certain sort of music with the arms linked to your neighbour's arms. You can do it while sitting or while standing, and it always contributes greatly to the collective mood which has been very good last evening. The politicians from regional and central governments who were guests and were bashed by the carnival comedians did the "Schunkeln" as well ... Angela Merkel wasn't there, though (chancellors usually won't come), but some of her ministers were.





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83. barbamz
6:24 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Addition to my post #75 above: Newspapers are picking up the news of the archeological findings in the ground of the church in my neighbourhood. Very exciting for me.

Have a look at the photogallery (click):



Germany's second oldest church uncovered

The Local, published: 27 Feb 2014 16:32 GMT+01:00
Archaeologists have discovered Germany’s second oldest church hidden within a cathedral in the west of the country. In [former] Mainz Cathedral, which is today the evangelical Church of St John, archaeologists found the remains of another church built 1,200 years ago in the time of Charlemagne, Deacon Andreas Klodt said on Tuesday.
Only Trier on the Mosel River has an older church, with its cathedral dating back to Roman times. This makes [Old] Mainz Cathedral 200 years older than initially believed and the second oldest in the country.
Professor Matthias Untermann from the Institute of Art History in Heidelberg said the remains of the Carolingian walls stretched from the basement to the roof.
“This is a big surprise,” he said.
The Rhineland-Palatinate state curator Joachim Glatz said: "This is the only surviving Carolingian cathedral in Germany." ...


As "The Local" seems to be a bit confused about the cathedral thing in Mainz (they are missing the fact that we speak of two different churches not only one) I tried to make a simple exmplanation with the photo below. The digging is going on in the smaller church at the right side of the photo which is said to have been the preceding cathedral before the new and much bigger cathedral to the left had been built 1000 years ago.

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82. barbamz
5:14 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Quoting 81. sandiquiz:
YELLOW WARNING of SNOW for south and central Wales, western and central parts of The Midlands and western England.


Poor Sandi! Really hope weather will give you a longer break with a lot of sunshine soon!
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81. sandiquiz
12:37 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hi barbara,
I haven't been by your blog for a few days, been out enjoying the sunshine!
BUT - the forecast for tomorrow is suggesting we might get some of that "white stuff"!!

Weather Warning
Friday 28th February 2014

YELLOW WARNING of SNOW for south and central Wales, western and central parts of The Midlands and western England.
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80. barbamz
11:44 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Quoting 79. GardenGrrl:
Barb, the more I read your blog, the more fun Germany sounds. You all have a lot of great street parties.


Yeah, especially along Rhine River, including Mainz, lol. Women's carnival at a place nearby, the traditional opening of carnival on the streets, one year ago:

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79. GardenGrrl
2:53 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Barb, the more I read your blog, the more fun Germany sounds. You all have a lot of great street parties.
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78. clearlakemike
12:53 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Quoting 74. airman45:
Mike,

I'll bet the sale and rent of metal detectors went way up!

It would be interesting to know exactly why the coins were there. Most likely they were stolen, buried, and then the thief died. Bummer!


Scott, people still try to pan for gold in the Sierra's streams but they usually don't find much. Yes, I think they might have better luck with metal detectors, lol.

It would be interesting to know the story behind those coins!
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77. clearlakemike
12:42 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Quoting 76. barbamz:
And guys (excluding gals this time), don't dare to cross my blog with ties tomorrow, lol! I'll be a sort of fury:

Extended translation from wiki (German):
Throughout the Rhineland "Weiberfastnacht" (women's carnival) at Thursday before carnival weekend is considered an unofficial holiday. In most workplaces they will stop working at noon. The celebrations usually begin at 11:11 am. In contrast to the Rose Monday and other days usually there aren't any carnival parades. Dressed up people are celebrating in the streets. It's the custom of this day that women will cut men's tie as a symbol of male power.



ouch...or autsch
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76. barbamz
9:36 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
And guys (excluding gals this time), don't dare to cross my blog with ties tomorrow, lol! I'll be a sort of fury:

Extended translation from wiki (German):
Throughout the Rhineland "Weiberfastnacht" (women's carnival) at Thursday before carnival weekend is considered an unofficial holiday. In most workplaces they will stop working at noon. The celebrations usually begin at 11:11 am. In contrast to the Rose Monday and other days usually there aren't any carnival parades. Dressed up people are celebrating in the streets. It's the custom of this day that women will cut men's tie as a symbol of male power.

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75. barbamz
9:21 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Ahhh, yes Mike, I was sure you'll come up with the story of the Californian treasure :-))) Thanks! And hey, Scott!

BTW, in an old church adjacent to my place they at present are digging up the floor, originally only to fix the pipes of the heating system. But now the story evolved its own dynamics: archeologists already are in the depth of several meters and found older floors (and buried people) from the 8th century ore even much older. No treasures (yet) but nevertheless very exciting for the history of early christianity at Rhine River! I had always been curious if there's still something to find at this place but would never have expected that the digging would happen so soon :-)
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74. airman45
6:50 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Mike,

I'll bet the sale and rent of metal detectors went way up!

It would be interesting to know exactly why the coins were there. Most likely they were stolen, buried, and then the thief died. Bummer!
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73. clearlakemike
2:33 AM GMT on February 26, 2014
Source.

California Couple Finds $10M in Gold Coins Buried in Yard
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72. barbamz
10:28 AM GMT on February 24, 2014

Live webcam Mainz.

Good morning hello on Monday! Bright spring day in Mainz / Rhine River while beautiful "Yvonne" (system recently has been named) is approaching the western Atlantic coasts of Europe:




(Saved image). Source for updates.
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71. barbamz
10:57 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
As the usual weather pattern of this whole "winter" still persists, British Isles esp. Ireland, will be pounded by another low with very high waves Tuesday. Institute in Berlin hasn't named it yet. Are they running out of names after "Xenia", lol?


Map for tomorrow, Monday.


WU wave hight forecast.
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70. barbamz
10:47 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Hey bug, hey Scot (good luck to your friends and the Ukraine!). I was out today for visits and took the snap shot below in their garden (while it was sunset, flowers already were closed). Really springlike in mid February! And we're in for some even warmer days.



BTW, my Ukrainian friends live in the south, in Odessa. I really hope, Putin still behaves now that the Olympics are finished and won't try to get hold of the Crimea!
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69. palmettobug53
5:21 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Hi, Barb.

Haven't been around much this week and am trying to catch up with things.

RE: the toilet pic in #62? Now, THAT'S what I call a throne!

Scott, Oh, dear. Poor guy. I hope he lucks out and the unrest is over by the time he and his wife go to Kiev and that his apartments are still there and in one piece.
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68. airman45
5:15 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Hi Barbara,

One of my American colleagues has a Ukranian wife. He is retiring in two months and they plan to go to Kiev in April. They have two apartments there. I asked him if the apartments are still there. He thinks so, but is not sure. He still plans to go. Hopefully this unrest will subside by then.
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67. barbamz
9:39 PM GMT on February 22, 2014

Robert Erkelens %u200F@Erkie999 7 Min.
#Ukraine / #euromaidan No words, just watch and remember those who are no longer with us to enjoy today and tomorrow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fvsYQlbuS0 %u2026



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66. clearlakemike
5:27 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Source.
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65. barbamz
5:19 PM GMT on February 22, 2014

Today's temps in Europe. Bought some shrubs and trellis today to prepare my terrasse for spring the next days. Very, very early this year! Flowers from last summer and spring still blossoming.
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64. clearlakemike
5:16 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
I think that is Donald Trump's toilet. Yes, you missed your opportunity, Barb. Better luck next time, I guess.
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63. clearlakemike
5:12 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
LOL...wow, things are moving fast there in the Ukraine. They are already taking souvenir photos at the palace.
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62. barbamz
4:56 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Yes, friends seem to be okay, thank you.

Ukrainian people and journalists had been into Yanukovich's abandoned palace today. Well, seeing the shot of the toilet I got some afterthoughts about the design of my new bathroom, lol!!!

Ridiculous toilet at Yanukovych's palace #euromaidan #Kiev pic.twitter.com/5b4w7zUYNi

Edit: Okay, just realized that this loo photo, linked to the Ukraine, is a fake, lol. But a good joke, eh?

Real pic from the palace. The toilet would have fit in ...

Source AP/Spiegel.

Compilation of real twitter pics of the residence today. Enjoy, especially the cars in the garage! Not bad, really ;-)


His bathtub - an understatement, lol. Source.
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61. clearlakemike
12:07 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
I just saw breaking news flash across the tv as I was walking back into the house that Janukovitch has left Kiev and gone to Eastern Ukraine and that Klitschko had been let out of jail. Haven't had time to catch up on the details yet. Apparently, some EU brokered deal in the works?

Venezuela experiencing unrest also, more closer to the US mainland.

Hope your friends are ok!
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60. barbamz
8:54 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Mike, I got friends, belonging to an Ukrainian choir in Odessa, for many years. Moreover Vitali (and Vladimir) Klitschko of course are very known and respected in Germany. I've been following the live reports fom Kiew the last days. I'm glad that they've found an agreement, but I fear it won't be the end of the uproar - until Janukovitch leaves right now.


Thousands of lights to commemorate killed protestors |PR News #Euromaidan #Ukraine #Kyiv http://t.co/Jl6sGP5erl
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59. clearlakemike
5:18 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Quoting 58. barbamz:
No news and no carnival fun tonight, folks. Had to work until very late ... and the development in the Ukraine with so many dead people is more than worrisome :-( Hope they who live will get their freedom soon!
Stay well everybody! German weather already feels like spring.


Very sorry to hear about the developments in the Ukraine. I have been following it as closely as I can with FB friends and aquaintances. Horrible and very sad. Yes, I had thought how worrisome that must be for Europe (and should be for others as well, I think.)

YOLO?!!!

I don't even know anymore
What that even mean though
If you only live once why we keep doing the same sh*t?
Back home where I come from we keep being born again and again and then again and again
That's why they invented karma




Read more: M.I.A. - Y.a.l.a Lyrics | MetroLyrics
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58. barbamz
12:58 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
No news and no carnival fun tonight, folks. Had to work until very late ... and the development in the Ukraine with so many dead people is more than worrisome :-( Hope they who live will get their freedom soon!
Stay well everybody! German weather already feels like spring.
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57. clearlakemike
1:30 AM GMT on February 20, 2014
We're here for fun and not for force, aren't we :-) ?

Well, since I am arguably not a despot in this life, perhaps so, lol Got any more club mix videos?, I enjoyed that last one :-)
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56. barbamz
10:55 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Quoting 55. clearlakemike:
Barb, I was wondering where I had left the gold brooches. I had a psychic tell me once that I was a Roman despot in a previous life. Beautiful collection! It cleaned up nicely too. Haven't had a chance to look at the video yet. My mind can't handle that right now but I will get to it.



I see, Mike, lol (and don't bother about any video. We're here for fun and not for force, aren't we :-) ?
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55. clearlakemike
7:13 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Changing the topic...

@ClearLakeMike: There's a reason why it may be wise to buy volcano insurance, if you can get it. We live within eyeshot of South Sister, a hundred miles or so south of Mt Hood (and a couple hundred miles south of Mt St Helens). Like Mt Hood, South Sister has been bulging and rumbling off and on for years. While the Cascade range is nowhere near as active as some of the Hawaiian volcanoes, I wouldn't want to bet against another one erupting in my lifetime. Mt St Helens (1980) was one eruption too many, IMHO.


Thank you DP, yes, I do have lava insurance. I have it through a state insurance pool similar to the California Earthquake Authority. I think you can buy it from Lloyds of London also. I lived on Mt. Konocti at the southern end of the Cascade range before I came here to Hawaii. Lots of micro earthquakes and geysers in that region.

Barb, I was wondering where I had left the gold brooches. I had a psychic tell me once that I was a Roman despot in a previous life. Beautiful collection! It cleaned up nicely too. Haven't had a chance to look at the video yet. My mind can't handle that right now but I will get to it.
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54. barbamz
6:56 PM GMT on February 19, 2014
Data, Sandi, I'm glad you had fun with the horse in the hall, the real one as well as the musical one; enjoyed your memories about this pony of your childhood too, Data. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks, WeatherWise, for the nice words about my moony "shot by chance". In the moment I don't see much nature and take photographs of historical buildings and old books for a publication - so nothing for WU, unfortunately. But come spring ... :-)

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Something new for the ongoing treasure thread; last one was found not very far to where I live (southwestern Germany):



Amateur treasure hunter finds Roman gold hoard
The Local, published: 19 Feb 2014 11:18 GMT+01:00
German archaeologists have recovered a find of over a million euros worth of Roman gold and silver jewellery from an amateur treasure hunter who dug it up illegally in a forest.
The unnamed treasure seeker came across the buried treasure, estimated to be worth more than €1 million, while searching a wooded area in southern Rhineland-Palatinate with a metal detector.
The trove includes a number of leaf-shaped solid gold brooches which are thought to have formed part of the decorations from a coat of high office which once belonged a very important Roman ruler. They date from the late antiquity period - around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire.
Experts say the find could be the largest and most magnificent collection of late antiquity pieces ever found in Germany. It also includes a solid silver bowl set with gold and stones and a set of gold and silver plated statuettes which formed part of a military commander's portable chair. ...


More and photo gallery of the treasure see link above.
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53. sandiquiz
9:37 AM GMT on February 19, 2014
Oh, I am laughing.. I played that video and before the end I was singing along with it!!

Actually, the real horse in the hall at least matches the paintwork!!

We also could have sent some sand and grit to America... we have loads to spare, I am sure. I don't think one 10th of the winter supply will have been used!

Thanks for the warning - yes, I know there is a storm due to come through tomorrow, but not as severe as last weeks storm... only 50-60 mph!
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52. WeatherWise
3:44 AM GMT on February 19, 2014
Hi Barb. I just found your Easterly outlook with moon and tower photo! How exciting you got an AC and World View recognition for that photo! Great job! Looking forward to more great shots from you. Have a good week!
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51. DataPilot
1:22 AM GMT on February 19, 2014
Ohmygosh, the article about the "horse in the house" is hilarious! It brings back memories, too.

When I was a kid, my pony followed me into our house without me knowing about it. I discovered him stuck in a stairwell, kicking the walls and making a terrible ruckus. Fortunately, my Mom was at the neighbor's house at the time, the stairwell walls were sheathed with beat-up old boards, and my pony wasn't wearing shoes. I was able to get him un-stuck and led him back outside the same way he came in. And I never told my parents, at least not for 20 or so years. :)

Changing the topic...

@ClearLakeMike: There's a reason why it may be wise to buy volcano insurance, if you can get it. We live within eyeshot of South Sister, a hundred miles or so south of Mt Hood (and a couple hundred miles south of Mt St Helens). Like Mt Hood, South Sister has been bulging and rumbling off and on for years. While the Cascade range is nowhere near as active as some of the Hawaiian volcanoes, I wouldn't want to bet against another one erupting in my lifetime. Mt St Helens (1980) was one eruption too many, IMHO.
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50. barbamz
8:12 PM GMT on February 18, 2014
To continue the German carnival stuff from the entry: One of the very known and very nonsensical carnival songs in my country got the refrain: "There is a horse in the hall, a real horse, it's so cute and it's looking at me". Here is a youtube video of it with some illustrations which may also help you to catch some German:



But if you have a look at the following news, the song doesn't appear to be so nonsensical any longer, lol:




Unstable living arrangement? Horse moves into house to shelter from storms, refuses to leave
The Independent, Feb 16/18, 2014
A horse that was moved into his owner’s house to take shelter from the winter storms in Germany won’t stop coming back.
Nasar, a three-year-old Arabian horse, has decided he likes the comforts of a human home and now prefers to spend his days wandering around the house rather than being out in the field with his own kind.
“He is not a fan of the wind and the rain,” owner Stephanie Arndt told Die Welt newspaper, adding: “Nasar is extremely curious”.
The inquisitive animal has now been captured in a series of portraits galloping around the home, drinking juice from a glass and even having bash on a keyboard.
After first moving in when storms hit Flensburg, northern Germany, in December, Nasar has his own room with hay, but enjoys investigating all the rooms in the house. ...


Whole article with photo gallery see link above.

Another photo gallery of Nasar in the Daily Mail:
Why the long face? Nasar the horse sheltered from storms in owner's house... and now won't leave
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49. barbamz
7:04 PM GMT on February 18, 2014
Forecasters: Winter is over, 14C highs this week
The Local, published: 18 Feb 2014 09:30 GMT 01:00

Winter is unlikely to come back to Germany with the spring-like temperatures set to continue, meterologists said on Tuesday. Snow and ice will not return making this winter one of the warmest since 1881.
Gerhard Lux from national weather service DWD said he could see no signs that chillier weather would be returning. "Not a lot can come from here on," he said.
He added that it appeared winter had left without really arriving in the first place. This season there was very little snow compared with an average German winter.
"For the time of year it was 2.5C warmer than it normal," he said. In the states of Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria, it was 3C warmer than it should have been.
The winter of 2012/13 saw snow fall on 36 days and 58 frosty days - while this year there were only 35 days of frost. Five of these were frosty for the entire day while the year before there were 28 days of full frost. "From where I'm standing today this winter was unusually mild," Lux added. Sun and showers are forecast for much of Germany on Wednesday. Temperatures on Thursday will reach a high of 14 degrees C in the south and south-west of Germany. It will also be sunny in the east, but wet in the north west of the country.

Germany comes to aid of USA

The extremely harsh winter which has hit some US states means supplies of grit have been running out - whereas in Germany the mild winter has left a surplus of grit. To help out, Germany has sent a ship carrying 26,000 tons of road salt from Wismar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania across the Atlantic, the Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday. It is the heaviest shipment that has even been transported from that harbour. The ship will take ten days to reach the US, where it will land New York and be used to grit roads.
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I'm Barbara in Germany (Mainz), and I'm interested in weather already for decades.