Boeing 737 Max hassle not yet over

Last year, the 34 year old Boeing engineer, Curtis Ewbank, complained officially about shortcomings in the design and control of the Boeing 737 MAX production. According to the Seattle Times he now again has revealed severe and fundamental critics concerning this same jet in a report to a U.S. Senate committee.

Moreover, he criticizes  the FAA heavily: “If the FAA was truly regulating in the public interest, it would take action against Boeing for its continued deception and gross errors in the design and production of the 737 MAX by withdrawing Boeing’s production certificate.”

See also Designfehler wie für ein Lehrbuch (German).

 

What had happened to the Jewish friends? Berlin 1931 #1

In the beginning of the thirties my mother lived in Berlin Dahlem. She attended the Volksschule Lansstraße (?) in this quarter. Looking at two atmospheric pictures from her photo album I wondered what might have happened to her probably Jewish school mates, Martha Esther Hirschberg and her brother Walter Joseph (“Seppl”) Hirschberg. The photo was labeled “Mit Martha und Seppl Hirschberg Juli 1931” (“With Martha and Seppl Hirschberg July 1931”).

Looking on MyHeritage I got to know to my relief that both had survived World War II and the Shoah: Martha Esther Hirschberg died in 1979 and Walter Joseph Hirschberg in 1998. Apparently, Walter Joseph Hirschberg emigrated to San Diego. It would be nice to gain more information on both and the school they attended. I would be happy to send my photos to relatives of the Hirschberg siblings.

Lankum – a love affair

No, you won’t see them in the O2 arena. They definitely prefer smaller places to perform like clubs or pubs. I’m talking about Lankum the amazing band from Dublin consisting of singer Radie Peat, Ian Lynch, Daragh Lynch (both are brothers) and Cormac MacDiarmada. They master a variety of instruments and are – well – a kind of folk band with many influences from other genres. The Guardian wrote they were the ˮperfect house-band for a Coen brothers’ folk-horror movieˮ.

The Wall – British dystopia with new way to be read

An epoch-making, somehow vague event in the past divides the country in a time before and a time after the Change. The whole British island is protected by something reminding the Chinese wall: the Wall. Beaches are something from old ages, as far as the young are concerned. Every young woman and man has to serve on this Wall for two strenuous years. Consequences are extrem: If the Others – the foe – can overcome the Wall, the people from the Guard will be punished by set on tiny boats on the ocean.

This is the sound of John Lanchesters novel published in the mid-Brexit UK. In Covid19 times future readers might read it in a simular way: the time before and the time after Covid19. Gloomy dystopian novelle, a little bit soothed by the story of a couple – the word love story would be too much. Covid19 time is reading time.

Dorotheenstaedtischer Friedhof Berlin – a small Père Lachaise-like burial ground

Christoph Meckel *1935 2020

Christoph Meckel *1935 2020

Grab- oder Gedenkstein für Klaus

Grab- oder Gedenkstein für Klaus

Otto Sander *1941 2013 • Frank Beyer *1932 2006

Otto Sander *1941 2013 • Frank Beyer *1932 2006

Heinrich Mann *1871 1950 Johannes R. Becher *1891 1958

Heinrich Mann *1871 1950 Johannes R. Becher *1891 1958

Thomas Langhoff *1938 2012

Thomas Langhoff *1938 2012

Rainer Kirsch *1934 2015

Rainer Kirsch *1934 2015

eines der vielen Grabmäler aus dem 19. Jahrhundert

eines der vielen Grabmäler aus dem 19. Jahrhundert

Thomas Brasch *1945 2001

Thomas Brasch *1945 2001

Wikipedia (in German) lists all graves of famous writers, philosophers, poets and members of the German resistance that can be found here. There is one mistake about this burial ground: W. Biermann wrote about this place as “Hugenottenfriedhof”. But the real burial ground with this name is to the south-east of Dorotheenstaedtischer Friedhof. Moreover, don’t mix up this burial ground with ?Dorotheenstaedtischer Friedhof II?. This extension of the burial ground can be found in Liesenstrasse, not in Chausseestrasse.
A tiny cafe behind the chapel of this burial ground can be recommended: nice cakes and a lot of books are on display that are related to the people of this burial ground.

Happy birthday, Ralph Towner

It happens to me again and again: The heroes of my youth seem to remain as young as noticed at the first contact. Of course, that’s nonsense. Nevertheless, I noticed with some astonishment that Ralph Towner had his 80th birthday yesterday. So, happy birthday, Ralph Towner, and may you keep good health in the future. Perhaps you will enrich the musical world with other pieces of your great music.

Thanks for the solo concerts, your contribution to Oregon and your piece Anthem. No one should miss it. The recording above only gives a reduced idea of it. If triggered buy the cd or download the file.

Other releases worth listening to: Trios / Solos (ECM, 1973), Solstice (ECM, 1975), Anthem (ECM, 2001)

Fare thee well

It’s done: the Brexit will happen tomorrow night at 11 p.m. and the UK’s EU membership will end definitely. Yesterday the European parliament accepted the Brexit proposal with broad consent. Reactions were quite predictable: Nigel Farage rejoiced in the outcome of the whole procedure. Many, particularly young, members of the EU parliament expressed their sadness und hope that this may be not the last word.

Whether the treaties for the further relationship between the EU and the UK will be ready by June or July is rather unclear. Many experts expressed their doubts. The rest of the year would be needed for the long haul process of ratification in all the European national parliaments. Some even fear that this could be another attempt to force a hard Brexit.

How will the future long term relationship between the EU and the UK look like? If BoJo will undermine European product and labour standards they will be frostily. He still has to learn that he is in the weaker position: It’s the dog that wags the tail, not the other way round.

Thank God, the UK will still be part of Europe in general. But one must hope that e.g. Erasmus and the exchange of students and scientists will grant enough communication between both. Others are less happy: Many binational or continental families in the UK are anxious about their future citizenship.

Need some famous last words? Fare thee well, UK, and perhaps “au revoir“.