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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

World Infrastructure Day 2010

By chance, I found out that today - 13th - is 'celebrated'(?) as World Infrastructure Day. Now infrastructure is important every day (see this 2006 US post-storm blog entry), so I got to wonderung why the powers-that-be chose October 13th? What infrastructurally significant things had happened in previous years that might explain the choice? Here are some potential candidates :-
  • In 1792, on Oct 13th, the foundation stone for the White House was laid.
  • In 1806, on Oct 13th, Germany opened its first school for the blind.
  • In 1950, on Oct 13th, the Lockheed Super Constellation made its first flight.
  • OTOH, in year 54, Emperor Nero burned down Rome :-(
  • And in 1925, grocer's daughter Margaret Thatcher (UK) was born ;-)
Missing out on October 13th, the World Infrastructure Summit will not be held until Nov 29 through December 1 (in Barcelona), where international bonkers bankers will meet to consume mountains of food (incl. waffles?) and have a wasteful hot-air waffle as usual. I hope they have a power(-point) outage ;-)


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In Memoriam . . . Inge Rogge

W ith sadness, I relay the news of the death (on 26/9) of Inge Rogge, who survived her husband Ernst Leverkus (the unforgotten motorcycle author 'Klacks') by a dozen years.

Inge and Klacks were friends of mine whom I saw on and off over 45 years, first at the Elephant Rallye at the Nürburgring, camping in mid-winter in the deep Eifel snows of the early sixties. A year later, Inge, herself a motorcycle enthusiast in her own right/rite/write, turned up at the Dragon Rallye in Snowdonia (Wales) in the mid sixties. This was on a sidecar outfit, with her grandmother in the sidecar, all the way from southern Germany! I was there on my Velocette Venom Cafe´ Racer, albeit solo. Camping in winter is not everyone's cup of tea, but we were harder back then (and had less money for a B&B or hotel ;-).

Inge concentrated on the photography, whereas Klacks wrote many motorcycle books. Inge had a magnificently well indexed motorcycle photo archive going back 60+ years. Indeed, when Norton-Paul and I visited them in the nineties, she surprised me by pulling up a photo of the Venom at short notice over a cup of coffee!

But Inge also co-wrote a couple of books with her husband, the one shown above is a 1992 reprint of a 1987 book , the Handbook of motorcycle touring. Her photos :-)

So Rest in Peace, dear Inge, from an admirer; my condolences go to their son, Volker.
Thanks go to Heinz Schulze for the heads-up.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Hiatus. . .

Time for a creative break, the first in eight years of thrice-weekly blogging.

This blog is going into Standby-Mode whilst I try to reinvent myself. I hope to be able to resume in November. In the meantime, thankyou everyone for reading me. You may go peruse the archives to avoid withdrawal symptoms ;-)

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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatently opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, blogger and webmaster living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours :-) Oh, and he also has a neat English Bulldog bitch 'Frieda'.

And her big son 'Kosmo'.

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Where are the bees?
A cause for cerebration
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