Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cars


My dream garage
(at least part of it)
Old, new, fast, not so fast, mostly German...












Here in my car 
I feel safest of all 
I can lock all my doors 
It's the only way to live 
In cars


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.


"And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad."
(Aldous Huxley)



"There is a pleasure sure
In being mad which none but madmen know."
(John Dryden)



"Madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push."
(The Joker)


"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
(Robin Williams)


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ecce gratum

Yeah...feeling much better...



Ecce gratumBehold, the pleasant
et optatumand longed-for
Ver reducit gaudia,spring brings back joyfulness,
purpuratumviolet flowers
floret pratum,fill the meadows,
Sol serenat omnia.the sun brightens everything,
Iamiam cedant tristia!sadness is now at an end!
Estas redit,Summer returns,
nunc receditnow withdraw
Hyemis sevitia.the rigours of winter. Ah!
Iam liquescitNow melts
et decrescitand disappears
grando, nix et cetera;ice, snow and the rest,
bruma fugit,winter flees,
et iam sugitand now spring sucks at summer's breast:
Ver Estatis ubera;a wretched soul is he
illi mens est misera,who does not live
qui nec vivit,or lust
nec lascivit sub Estatis dextera.under summer's rule. Ah!
GlorianturThey glory
et letanturand rejoice
in melle dulcedinis,in honeyed sweetness
qui conantur,who strive
ut utanturto make use of
premio Cupidinis:Cupid's prize;
simus jussu Cypridisat Venus' command
glorianteslet us glory
et letantesand rejoice
pares esse Paridis.in being Paris' equals. Ah!

Carmina Burana - Ecce gratum (Behold, the plesant spring)
Carl Orff

Monday, March 21, 2011

Need for change


I think I used to have a purpose
Then again that might have been a dream...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Maurice


Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
(1754 – 1838)

also known as
"The Limping Devil"
(Le Diable boiteux)


Was he one of the most versatile, skilled and influential diplomats in European history or a traitor, betraying in turn, the Ancien Régime, the French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Restoration? I will always choose the first option. He is indeed the father of modern diplomacy. It is said that Talleyrand, Metternich and Bismark were Gods who ruled the Europe in the middle of the 19th century (Marx).
How would he describe himself?
"Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not."
And what about Napoleon?
"Shit in a silk stocking"
While I was searching for some books on the internet, I've stumbled upon a book with an interesting title:
Napoleon's master: A life of Prince Talleyrand by David Lawday
So true...
 Such a brilliant mind!


QUOTES

At the Congress of Vienna, Tsar Alexander I of Russia tried to justify his actions with regards to the proposed annexation of the - formerly French-aligned - Kingdom of Saxony by Prussia by calling King Frederick Augustus of Saxony 'a traitor to the cause of Europe', to which Talleyrand replied:
"Treason is a matter of dates."
referring to Alexander's rapprochement with Napoleon in 1807, when the former had signed the collaborative Treaty of Tilsit.

"A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars."

"Since the masses are always eager to believe something, for their benefit nothing is so easy to arrange as facts."

"We were given speech to hide our thoughts."

With the 1830 revolutions going on and the tricolour raised over Notre Dame, he said,
 "We are triumphing!"
He was asked, "Who are we?"
"Quiet! Not a word. I will tell you tomorrow,"
 was the reply.


His home and the place where he was buried
Château de Valençay

During the occupation of Paris by the Allies, Prussian General Blücher wanted to destroy the Pont d'Iéna, which was named after a French victorious battle against Prussia. The Prefect of Paris tried everything to change the mind of Blücher, without success, and finally went to Talleyrand asking him whether he could write a letter to the General asking him not to destroy the bridge. Talleyrand instead wrote to Tsar Alexander, who was in person in Paris, asking him to grant to the people of Paris the favour of inaugurating himself the bridge under a new name (Pont de l'École militaire). The Tsar accepted, and Blücher could not then destroy a bridge inaugurated by an Ally. The name of the bridge was reverted to its original name under Louis-Philippe.
(taken from Wikipedia)

You gotta love this guy!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This beautiful silence calls me now...

I fell deeper and deeper as light now was gone
I could feel the dark embrace my soul
Agony was no more, and so was pain
At this point of solitude I knew I was there
There where I belong





Thus far a long journey through my souls infinity
It has been a journey far beyond mortality
I have found what I wanted, tranquillity
I'll thrive on evil, eternally...