Wednesday, 1 October 2008

October 2008 Theme Day: Lines #568
















I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings
I will not design ugly buildings....


I experienced secondary school in New Zealand during the unenlightened 1960s where physical violence against students was not only tolerated by society, but actively encouraged.

Writing lines was a fairly mild (and thus infrequent) form of punishment.


Detention was worse.
If it was winter and you'd figured on taking the school bus home, it was a loooong walk.


The next step up was the strap - wide strip of leather, stamped "Approved by the Education Board" - , brought down 6 times with malicious force by a grown man across a boy's open palm.

And then there was the cane.
Self-explanatory.

Across the bum.
6 strokes was standard and some of the bastards made a boy drop his trou.


So that they could see the blood, I suppose.


I'd like to get the cane out to the people who are responsible for these monstrosities.

The poured concrete fortification on the left (balistraria and all) now shields the Zitadelle from view. It was originally to be painted an ochre colour until someone realised that a 7º inclination is the ideal growing environment for moss and algae.

So the facing will now be....marble.

In a city with debts of half a billion Euros and rising by the day....


The catastrophe (there's a new collective noun for you...) of windows that covers the back of the Market Houses is almost beyond words.

(Just hope that Bat doesn't have anything to do with this..)


Corporal punishment?


Bugger that!


Hang 'em...

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8 comments:

Sally said...

Oh! How I wish...

Thanks for your comment at Sydney Daily Photo I’m not near my computer at the moment (have a visit to see where I am!), so sorry for not commenting earlier.

Guido Costantini said...

I thought they were going to cover teh bunker wih teh wodden panels that cover the adjacent building... sheesh, I suppose you can't get concrete bunkers out of German DNAs no matter what...

Kate said...

JB, You have two themes going today, neither of which is very appealing. The photos do their very good job of displaying the ordinariness of the buildings; older architecture is certainly more attractive. The second re. school "discipline" makes my heart race with anger; no-one has the right to lay a hand on a child or anyone else for that matter...this statement coming from a loving teacher as well as a victimized child who suffered embarassment from powerful and overbearing so-called teachers. I smile when I think of them burning in hell! You touched a nerve!!

Hyde DP said...

we had a latin master who wrapped you over the knuckles with a ruler before imposing 100 lines you than hardly write - used to go on about the "acid test" - we nicknamed him "esther" - the combination of an acid with an alcohol - my god - just had an almighty crack of thunder overhead!

Barbara Rahal said...

holly molly, nice one here!!

Bat said...

Nope, not my office. But the guy who did this parking lot at the Südbahnhof is from Wiesbaden, maybe his way to retaliate.

Tanya said...

Great post! I enjoyed reading it :)

USelaine said...

And I always thought of New Zealand as such a peaceful, gentle place. But that was the way of many teachers here too. Spare the rod, spoil the child.

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