Kina Beach

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Its New Zealand sister publication being “Yeah”….

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Not that we live in a high crime area…..

…but I’m not taking any chances.

Let’s see the buggers stroll off with my MacBook Air….

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Depends what you mean by dense…

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April Fool’s. In August?

This is the German phonetic alphabet.

It’s no good. No longer fit for purpose.

Has to be changed, because it still reflects the anti-Semitic changes made in 1934 – “David” became “Dora”, “Nathan” became “Nordpol”.

There’s also a gender imbalance and a severe lack of ethnic and religious group representation.

“Doesn’t correspond to today’s reality of life”

So the Deutsche Institute für Normung – the folks who bring you DIN A4 size paper and DIN 931 hexagon bolts – is looking at replacing it all with city names, making sure that they’re equally spread between to eastern and western states.

Except that Saarland, Rheinland-Pfalz (us..) Bremen, Hamburg and Sachsen-Anhalt don’t get a look in.

Fuck. Them.

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And the advice is ….

…that there *is* no advice….

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“Now, you’re SURE you’ve got nothing metal in your pockets…?

“No, but you might want to take my wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee……..”

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Happy birthday, Brian May!

Brian May, Eddie van Halen, Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon), Phil Chen, Fred Mandel (sessionista), Roger Taylor(Queen).

But if you really want to enjoy yourselves, have a listen to the full recording from the beginning.

Group of high class musicians noodling around until all the instruments are (sort of) lined up and WHAM, the power chord…

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If anyone’s wondering what the flooding looks like in Germany….

This is Schuld, population of around 750 and about 90 minutes drive north from here.

Before.

After.

At some stage, Ahr river made an oxbow, the sediment solidified and over the last 1000 years folks built on it.

Precipitation of 200ml in less than 24 hours.

The river a bit further downstream went from under 1 metre to somewhere north of 6 metres. That’s when the level measuring device either lost power or was washed away.

And the river reverted to its old route through the village and washed away 6 houses.

Disappeared.

No trace.

Plus damage to every other property.

And this is just ONE village.

Over 100 dead and over 1000 missing, although we’re hoping that they’ll just be “uncontactable” with power out and cell towers down over the whole region.

We tried to deliver clothing and crockery to the local fire station for the 40′ truck they’d hired to get stuff to the thousands of people who have lost absolutely everything.

Full.

Next fire station.

Full.

Try again tomorrow.

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Art. Frankfurt

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