Death is Dancing (by Rayen Kvyeh)

The other day, Rayen Kvyeh sent me some poems – they have their own beauty and I feel sorry that the translation cannot fully transport it. I met Rayen recently – it had been an event organised together with and by Kurds – I am greatful to Orhan who invited me to join for this … Continua a leggere

The World is a Stage or Felix Krull Enlightening the View on Capitalism Today

And frequently it is suggested that the sociologist Erving Goffman coined this phrase. Without disregard: what my great colleague Erving did, is nothing more than sociologising what William Shakespeare outlined already around 1600 in his comedy As you like it, (first published in 1623). All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women, … Continua a leggere

Ode of Joy and the Tragedy of Europe

In the tragedy Fiesco, or the Genoese Conspiracy Schiller’s Moor says at the end of the fourth scene the words The Moor has done his work – the Moor may go. And perhaps the times we are in require to say the same to the masterpiece chosen to be the EUropean anthem. A piece of … Continua a leggere

Be aware of Europe: where there is a chicken there is a hen

or: Hungary: Forseeable, though still sad – a word of caution Yesterday’s Guardian published an editorial under the Heading: Hungary: Playing Chicken Kind of mind-boggling, reading this at the end of 2011. I remember when I had been for the first time visiting professor in Hungary several years ago – at Elte univesity. Part of … Continua a leggere

The President and the Dairymaid

At least in the German language there is the saying of a calculation undertaken by a dairymaid, suggesting  a calculation is extremely simplified and important variable are left out. Sure, this extremely unjust as these people, as long as they don’t loose their common sense, are well able to take things right, much better than … Continua a leggere

Europe Ancient and Present

– Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus had to climb up a hill … …. and from the elevation he looked down on The Burning of Rome, devastating one of the cities we consider as major source of what we call today EUrope, devastating the living space for uncountable lives, and also being a factor in … Continua a leggere

Protecting the Environment – Aerlingus and Lyons Tea join forces ;-(

But of course, it is an example only – details are important, and still: they could look different, ending in the same societal detail. Reasonably late flight from Cork: 7:00 am, still, not too late for a cup of tea (sure, the cup is not really a cup but that is one of these details … Continua a leggere