Monday, 25 July 2011

Lift off.... - #1400


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Sunday, 24 July 2011

1.... #1399

...very nice lady (Heike Heiseler) from Ono Koon in the Augustinerstrasse.

Not that I bought anything....

Saturday, 23 July 2011

2.... #1398

...chairs outside Ono Koon in the Augustinerstrasse

Friday, 22 July 2011

"I'm 3.... - #1397

..." said Grace Niklas, my little Irish friend "but I'm almost 4. And then I go to the BIG school"

Growing up in Dublin with an Irish mum and a German (Christoph and Uschi's boy Stephan) dad and perfectly bilingual.

When she leaves Grandma and Granddad's apartment, she says to Áine "We can speak English now, Mummy"

Cute as.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

4.... - #1396

Madonna on high with cherubims, seraphims and twiddly bits at Jakobsbergstrasse 4.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Gimme a "G" - #1395

Aqueductoral detail on one of the 9 carved stone cubes spelling out Johannes' name on the horizontal surface in front of the Gutenberg Museum.

Why do they always remind me of Country Joe and the Fish at Woodstock....?


(The song's as topical today as it was in 1969 - "Iraq" and "Afghanistan" don't rhyme nor fit the meter quite as well as "Vietnam", though....)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Under the spreading chestnut tree - # 1394

...a boy was playing cricket....

"Zum Goldstein" was first documented in 1568 and registered as an operating brewery in 1747.

Mainz had over 20 breweries at the time - "Zum Goldstein" being the 2nd largest - for the simple reason that well water was more than dodgy and the risk of contracting the Dreaded Lurgi from beer and wine was significantly lower.

Folk still say "Was soll ich Wasser trinke un kronk wern, ich trink liewer Bier odder Woi un bleib gesund!" - Why on earth would I want to drink water and get sick, I'll stick to beer or wine and stay healthy.."

A wise strategy and one that I can thoroughly recommend...

"Zum Goldstein" was swallowed by the larger Mainzer Actienbrauerei in 1860, closed down and reduced to selling their product until 1878 when a fire and significant roadworks emasculated the original structure.

These days, it's one of the best places in Mainz to chill out, eat well and enjoy the (Bavarian) beer.

Just stay off the water - you never know where it's been...

Monday, 18 July 2011

The suspense..........- # 1393

The foyer of the VIP lounge at Colosseum Cofacies decorated with Calderesque figures of "the beautiful game", separated from the photographer by a thick pane of glass and hefty bouncers.

Probably the closest I'll ever get to them, if I'm honest

Sunday, 17 July 2011

All the print that fits..... - #1392

Historical stuff, this....

"Typesetting and Design"
Typesetting machine knowledge"
"The serigraph manual"

In 30 years, we (you, actually, I'll have fallen off the perch by then...) will stumble over relics like 

"Adobe Pagemaker for beginners".
"Quark XPress in the newsroom"
"Adobe InDesign explained"

and smirk at the outdated stuff they used to work with back in the day.

Except we won't find them on the Johannisnacht bookstalls - they'll be flying around in The Cloud as pdfs or xmls....

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Climbing wall.....#1391

Beginner level stuff.

Urban recycling on the Kästrich.

(Just make sure you don't fall in through the windows....)

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