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#berlinsights – downtown Berlin, May 2021 & Erich Kästner

Dear visitors * dear colleagues * dear friends

Submitted by malucamaluca on Tue, 15/05/2018 – 11:21

English translation

In his gala dress of buoyant squander,
With a flower recipe in his small hand,
May drives by, the Mozart of the calendar,
Greeting from his carriage, across the land
Everything blossoms at the wave of his hand
He waves! And rolls through a grove of colours
Blue tits fly ahead of him and finches as well
And peacock butterflies clap their wings behind him
The apple trees behind the fences turn pink
The birches curtsy all in green
On tiny flutes the thrushes play
the scherzo of the symphony of happiness
The carriage rolls through breathing pastels
We doff our hats, the carriage drives by
Times drowns in a wave of lilac
Oh, if only the whole year consisted of May
Melancholy and Happiness seem to be sisters
And from the trees withered snow is falling
With every beat of our hearts today turns into yesterday
Even happiness can hurt, even May hurts
He nods at us and shouts: “I will be back, don’t worry!”
Sky blue turns into a golden evening
He greets the hills, he waves at the lilac

He smiles. Smiles. And the carriage rolls on.

Und hier im Original Erich Kästner!
Der Mai

Der Mai
Im Galarock des heiteren Verschwenders,
ein Blumenzepter in der schmalen Hand,
fährt nun der Mai, der Mozart des Kalenders,
aus seiner Kutsche grüßend, über Land.
Es überblüht sich, er braucht nur zu winken.
Er winkt! Und rollt durch einen Farbenhain.
Blaumeisen flattern ihm voraus und Finken.
Und Pfauenaugen flügeln hinterdrein.
Die Apfelbäume hinterm Zaun erröten.
Die Birken machen einen grünen Knicks.
Die Drosseln spielen, auf ganz kleinen Flöten,
das Scherzo aus der Symphonie des Glücks.
Die Kutsche rollt durch atmende Pastelle.
Wir ziehn den Hut. Die Kutsche rollt vorbei.
Die Zeit versinkt in einer Fliederwelle.
O, gäb es doch ein Jahr aus lauter Mai!
Melancholie und Freude sind wohl Schwestern.
Und aus den Zweigen fällt verblühter Schnee.
Mit jedem Pulsschlag wird aus Heute Gestern.
Auch Glück kann weh tun. Auch der Mai tut weh.
Er nickt uns zu und ruft: “Ich komm ja wieder!”
Aus Himmelblau wird langsam Abendgold.
Er grüßt die Hügel, und er winkt dem Flieder.
Er lächelt. Lächelt. Und die Kutsche rollt.
  • original Erich Kästner ! Danke, immer wieder !

#berlinsights TOURS #
May 06, 2021, #berlinsights joined digital media tour Berlin Kreuzberg, conducted by put together by the team around Dimitra Maragkaki – the meeting brought together some 15 participants, exchanging their experiences around Kotti with joy, virtually of course. It was fun, constructive and informative, thanks a lot and cu again on Thursdays ! Susanne #berlinsights at

#berlinsights TOURS #
May 04, 2021, my first guided learning tour through downtown Berlin let us from Unter den Linden towards Pariser Platz, and along the Holocaust Memorial with its new construction works ongoing: a balcony view over the site, called “Palais” with 134 apartments, will offer various shops and tourist attractions to give “it” some flair. As a matter of fact, Berlin in both East & West is still in search for identity :-)

Dr.S.L.Bauer * 10999 Berlin *

taz lab 24.04.2021 Berlin, Germany

tazlab_Mia–CamyllaBattani-UnsplashWhat shall we say, how to judge?
taz lab DIGITAL for the 1st time, with a rich political community of green * red * critical thought in action … what a start!

Against less famous yet nasty Corona “Querdenker” these days , we know that we don’t know, really. So discusses virtually in spirit of diversity along various channels, encompassing green economy, heritage and life style, finance and age that matters. With almost 5000 virtual participants – by 19:30 only – a real taz SUCCESS!!! Below, just some excerpts of the virtual room debates is taken as a glimpse of all, see herewith:

– what was discussed? Of course media and newspapers, raising concerns of survival and sustainable products that pay to have a future beyond = digital LIFE! The weekend taz will remain in paper version – while throughout the week, we can rely on digital versions and apps. follows all streams throughout the day.
Habeck_tazlab 24.04.2021
Green co-chair Robert Habeck on Germany’s public sector bureaucracy, doing business in a common economic good: how to drive green indicators along fast gains for all? German politics are seemingly afraid of taking action towards effective growth – have a look at the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, only slowly going for efficiency. Habeck’s new work around “Macht*Mitte* Mehrheit* in philosophical debate with Hannah Arendt appears more than just thoughts: truly present in his political awakening, Habeck’s fresh call for citizen’s assemblies opens sound hints towards representivity of all. Whether “Mehrheitsfähigkeit” stands for the scope of majorities remains to be seen latest during forthcoming national elections win September 2021.

Harald Welzer tries to answer Silke Burmester’s moderation about people’s readiness to consume less and obtain more: does this value model not fully convince ‘generation solidarity’? Will the education system enable “a change is gonna come”? Why on earth calling for quantitative gains while developing creative ideas that would be much more conducive for a reform process? Where is the “Future Archive”?  Such institutions appear deficit-oriented, despite their attempts to become change resilient. Reality will show.

Luisa Neubauer’s “moments-of-overload” 2020 – 21 indicate ‘Fridays-for-Future’ call for more justice and better self-management, The will to ‘stay-strong’ for 2022 allows the taz-future-II format to look at the question of climate politics at times of German elections. Links of conservative CDU and economic lobby groups get increasingly confronted with corruptive mechanisms being made transparent. So how may federal Ministries such as Altmeier’s BMWI encompass change again?

Sociologist Hartmut Rosa highlights human capacity to generate insights into the availability of making change possible, in exchange with taz travel expert Edith Kresta and economist Niko Paech. Crises constitute means of change, enable opportunities to kick-off new venues and manage the vulnerability of addressing fear as a constant factor of resilience. Pure reason is part of the recepy to act green, and to address the urge to increase (in production, sales, etc).

Joschka Fischer refers to Germany’s future, asked by taz journalist Unfried about a ‘paradigm shift’ with female leadership: to the contrary, this has always been such,  says Fischer who proudly confirms the lucky team of Baerbock and Habeck as a strong potential for effective change in German politics. So finally change my materialize … thank you taz! I’ll tray to get the taz song as well …!