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För att inte bli.. Slapp!

November 5th, 2019 Comments off

I can not describe it properly, the eternal love and appreciation that I’m feeling!

The raw musical talent, the expertise, the cleverness, the humbleness that I feel, the gratitude to be able to call them my friends. I cannot express the deep, deep emotions and I will never be able to truly explain it all properly. The whole thing is just too much!

Arbetsförnedringen – 3 Remixes Für Alle.

It’s… Art! Those people. They can do anything?

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November 2nd, 2019 Comments off

La Cigale, ayant chanté
Tout l’été,
Se trouva fort dépourvue
Quand la bise fut venue:
Pas un seul petit morceau
De mouche ou de vernisseau.
Elle alla crier famine
Chez la Fourmi sa voisine,
La priant de lui prêter
Quelque grain pour subsister
Jusqu’à la saison nouvelle.
« Je vous paierai, lui dit-elle,
Avant l’oût, foi d’animal,
Intérêt et principal. »
La Fourmi n’est pas prêteuse:
C’est là son moindre defaut.
« Que faisiez-vous au temps chaud?
Dit-elle à cette emprunteuse.
– Nuit et jour à tout venant
Je chantais, ne vous déplais.
– Vous chantiez? j’en suis fort aise:
Eh bien! dansez maintenant. »

La Fontaine, Fables, Librairie Hachette et Cie, Paris 1917.

This book used to belong to my father and it is about 102 years old come this 29th November. It was originally printed and published in 1917 – my grandmother was born in 1911 – bless her soul! The first World War was raging at the time and two decades later the second one was well and truly in the making.

I do believe that it is in fact one of the oldest artifacts that I have in my possession, however, there is one that is older. It may be merely by a year, but the oil painting hanging on my living room wall is in fact from 1916 (and it used to belong to my grandparents and was hanging on their living room wall.).

Does the title signify anything in particular? I’m confident that it does. My father was an avid fan of La Fontaine – Why? It has all to do with language, the written ones and in particular that of French. There are quite a few unanswered questions, I simply didn’t get the time to ask them all.

I know that he respected Strindberg as much as he loathed Hemingway, but I’m don’t know exactly why he did the latter (I could make an educated guess, but I’m refraining from doing so. And, furthermore I must admit that I haven’t read a single of his works; Hemingway’s that is.).

So, it is far from a co-incidence that this particular book was in his collection as were many others.

Condorcet (1743-1794) Un intellectuell en politique, E.Badinter & R.Badinter, Fayard 1988

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I Am Strangely Affected

October 22nd, 2019 Comments off

Yes, it is yet another loss… yet, another funeral and one being remotely situated in time, and I am strangely affected.

Why is that? I’m not entirely sure and I am indeed somewhat surprised of it being like so. I would not have thought so.

I’m holding a wake of some sort and that is equally surprising to me. I suspect that it has to do with history (as always), my own history in particular.

The loss is tied to my own history/memory, it is connected to another time, that has passed and that I’m relating to; the: way-back-times.

I guess that I’m just reminiscing. That I’m pondering as per usual the idea(s) or thoughts-of-the-imagined-future-to-be, in as many words.

I feel strange, affected or possibly estranged. In all honesty it is all quite surprising to me.

Or, maybe, is it simply that which is shared? The elder recognizing the youth and effort?

For the sake of continuity, and for the belief in; Europe, Education, Manors, Clothing, Shoes, Art, Music, History and in the end in Civilization itself?

Missed and remembered.

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Destination? Out-And-About…

October 19th, 2019 Comments off

Previous evening’s company?

AC, Fabio & Grooverider on the unstoppable: Of course, off course, and of course on course.

“Let It Go!” on Twisted Individual’s label Grid Recordings. I am speechless (it is a an uncommon state, believe it or not).

The unconditional love for drum’n’bass?

– Are you some kind of fanatic?
– Yes, I most definitely am and I want to go home (to London)!

Brexit or “BR-EWUT?*” I’m really, really, I mean really not in the mood. It is upsetting beyond my own comprehension and there is need for some heavy hands distributing severe punishment…

– No matter [how many?] people (it’s an unprecedented mumble. I mean on a never before seen scale) aks** [sic!] me about it? I have to shut them down. It’s not for you! I play this for DJ Flight, also my man Digital, Fabio loves this, I play this for you Boss. And for my man Scotty… I played this at… killed it! It’s the Assassinator and that is all I can tell you about this.

There you go: a bonafide, genuine and somewhat (and that is the definition of an understatement) grumpy DJ Grooverider 2019 quote. More following below.

That is elite! It is the way it is and always has been, drum’n’bass is and has always been at the very musical front-line and there’s simply no room…

“- I can play these naughty things all night long – it’s not even funny. You are never going to be able to buy this ever!” Q: is the vocal really as in shared reality: special super ni**er? Really? And those beats? Over-streatch if you aks me… I cannot begin to explain.

Come one: special super ni**er and no, it is not: ni**a, it is ni**er. Bass Line Smith? Possibly involved, but I personally think the real culprit is the one actually playing the track. The pressure? It’s just rude! Complete destruction. Pure and simple. Unbelievable. And that is the thanks for decades served? Again? What do you think?***

It is just, brilliant! The pressure and without a doubt absolutely true and it is what I have been loving for many decades no, no compromise, however the question remains is this attitude really necessary? I personally don’t think so, is it a part of the culture? Most definitely so.

I probably could write something on that subject as well. A “dual-thingy”… and maybe something about the eternal need of heroes/ins. Another time possibly…

* Please see: “May” Someone Please Stop This Catastrophe? published 03/03/2019, Claim Your Own State? What Then? published 31/10/2017 and UK Rules

It is not to late… proclaim an independent state: The State Of London (TSOL). Become a full-EU member, issue your own passports, staff the embassies, change the flag, pay/get paid in € and stop this nonsense.

Bring in the professionals! Look at the constitution and aks (mm, do believe that it needs to be “aks”** and not “ask”, consult Groove… if you have further questions regarding that particular subject/spelling) the Supreme Court. Do something!

Time is running out: 31/10/19 that is literally tomorrow. I can’t even bear to watch this (forced to) complete train-wreck, honestly. This is not what Evropa needs.


*** “- You have played the same thing (track/song is what I would prefer it being called) 20 times in a row now? And you need to STOP doing that right about now!”

“- What can I say? I get that, but then again it’s like that… maybe I’m just not listening like most [people] are? I honestly don’t know… I can, however have much sympathy, I can understand how it is hard, or even very hard to understand that.

But trust me, it goes both ways, it is a part of the human condition. The love for something supersedes everything else right or what do you actually love? Spending decades on something it will eventually/hopefully have an effect? Right?”. I saw the birth.

The unconditional Love… is Eternal! Credentials, I’m not worried.

ID These Items Will You Be So Kind?

October 19th, 2019 Comments off

No, I’m not telling, other than that, both my father and another used it or similar device.

I do have more than one in my possession. Can I manually handle and command the item? I surely used to be able to… it was a long time ago.


I don’t know if it is relevant or not, however the company Piller is celebrating 100 years’ in business this year. And yes, they’re apparently still based in Osterode am Harz (never been) in northern Germany. And no, I don’t think the use these items in their daily enterprise.

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Support A Free HK!

October 17th, 2019 Comments off

I always thought the “change” would be significantly more visible. I thought that I would get a clear; tangible “evidence” of the change… in my life-time. Then the time passed.

It may or not have happened, but with the decades’ passing, what more proof do I really need?

In all honestly it has already happened.

And when I see the really young, fighting for freedom of speech in Hong Kong and elsewhere; literally risking their lives for the sacred right to express themselves freely.

I feel deeply moved, humbled, hopeful and immensely proud of the younger generation!

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Six Millions Ways To Die…

October 17th, 2019 Comments off

…a lost generation, ‘always yearning for the time that just eluded us’: those who were born too late for punk but whose expectations were raised by incendiary afterglow; those who watched the Miners’ Strike with partisan adolescent eyes but were too young to really participate in the militancy; those who experienced the future-rush euphoria of rave as their birthright, never dreaming that it could burn out like fried synapses; those, in short, who simply did not find the ‘reality’ imposed by the conquering forces of neoliberalism liveable. It’s adapt or die, and there are many different forms of death available to those who can’t pick up the business buzz or muster the requisite enthusiasm for the creative industries. Six millions ways to die, choose one: drugs, depression, destitution. So many forms of catatonic collapse. In earlier times, ‘deviants, psychotics and the mentally collapsed’ inspired militant-poets, situationists, Rave-dreamers. Now they are incarcerated in hospitals, or languishing in the gutter.

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures
Mark Fisher
Published: 2014-05-30

Where it’s @: k-punk.

It is condensed text/writing by a favorite author of mine Mark Fisher (11 July 1968 – 13 January 2017) that passed away much to soon and whom is sourly missed. A contemporary commentator of the “Human condition” that has rarely been seen.

I was fortunate enough to see/meet an author of my time in the flesh and extend my gratitude for the writings… and yes, it was a truly unique moment for me and in my life thus far; and it will probably never going to be superseded, ever, never, ever…

Photo: P. Merritt, ©2003

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History + Perspective Is Important

October 9th, 2019 Comments off

I went here; to Brunkensbergstorg, Malmskillnadsgatan, it is situated in the absolute center of Stockholm at Kulturhuset.

I was thinking, that when I was young – it was the most disregarded part of the entire city center. In all honesty an non-visitable place for more reasons than one.

And that things do change… now it is fashionable.

However, it has more than 700 year’s history, including a decapitation. The square is named after a knight named: Johan von Brunkow.

He was decapitated in 1318 and the square bares his name til’ this day: Brunkensbergstorg.

“Berg” translates to mountain in Swedish. But the mountain is actually a hill in this context – mountains in the city center are rather unusual. Mountain or hill? It is dependent of height right?

In all senses of the word it is a convention. I saw someone today stumble over a 2 cm (1″) obstacle. True? Yes. You or I could do it. A hill or berg is either tall or it is not. Like “Brunkensbergstorg”. Much later two areas/quarters were namned after him: “Brunkhuvudet” and “Brunkhalsen”.

What about it? “Brunkhuvudet” and “Brunkhalsen”?

“Huvudet” literally means head and “halsen”, literally means neck in Swedish. And they are separated by a street.

John was decapitated in 1318.

I realize once again that I need to split this text…

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The Lake Of The Gods

October 5th, 2019 Comments off

I cannot describe it properly. It is some kind of absolute theoretical construct. Lake Mashu in Japan.

The “Japanese” way-of-living and/or culture? The closeness and admiration/devotion/worship of nature in combination of a super high-tech culture?

The idea of “craft”, (as I’ve understood it…), is that it is not what is being produced that is important.

The materia that is produced does not matter, rather it is the way in which it is produced that is important – it is the knowledge, history, tradition, craftsmanship and the techniques used, that matters. I do believe there is an analogue to music and music playing.

For example; the most holy temple in Japan, the one belonging to the Emperors’ family (and as far as I know it is only members of the family that are actually allowed to visit it. Since the Emperor is a direct decent of God) is being completely rebuilt every twenty years or so… for many hundreds of years and at great cost.

That is such a completely different view of the World compared to my materialistic European upbringing. A building in the city is a ephemeral construct, the actual building in its self is not meant to be eternal – it may have a life-span of twenty odd years or so (on the plot), however the idea of the building is eternal.

In short it is an alien concept too me. And it has been fascinating me forever and it still does.

And the many other ideas that are utterly foreign, yet familiar and coveted. The realization that even if I’m just a curious visitor, I will per definition always and for ever be a Ganjin, a foreigner – which something that I used to.

There are so many similarities with my upbringing and I draw this simple conclusion. It seems to be a universal thing, based on the human existence. “- Me and You, rollin’ down the strip slammin’ Cadillac doors.”

My father was dubious towards the whole concept to say the least… he did not trust “them” and did not see any greatness in the far east what so ever. We had lengthy and animated discussions on this very subject.

“- Have you ever been to the far east?”
“- No, unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to visit the far east.”
“- Did your father ever visit?”
“- I can’t know for sure, but I’m quite confident that he never ever actually visited the far east and that his conclusions where utterly based in theory.”

Theory and the life of the mind? It is not necessarily the same thing. Ideas are always stronger – in the end. However, I’m confident that it is important to separate the two though.

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I Like Them

May 1st, 2019 Comments off

I like trees and trains too… The tree depicted is older than I am.

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