Through a process of simultaneous events, mystified into the idea of ‘coincidence’, this arrived earlier – A Concrete Atlantis: US Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture by Reyner Banham. It is not really ‘about’ the working class of the USA. But without that class none of the grain elevators, car factories, print works and otherContinue reading “…the Great Atlantis (that you call America)”
On the recommendation of a friend I’ve acquired Patrick Keiller’s book ‘London‘. It complements well the other two books I’m currently reading, Voltaire’s Letters on England and Reyner Banham’s Theory and Design in the First Machine Age. We learn that in ‘1735 the French authorities were so disturbed by Voltaire’s book ‘Letters on England’ (LettresContinue reading “Hamburg to Dakar”
…I do believe I’ve had enough (Bob Dylan, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues) Al Kharj (Hapag Lloyd) -container ship – on its way from Hamburg to New York City. CSCL Mercury (COSCO) – container ship – to Hamburg from Piraeus. Trans Emerald – oil/ chemical tanker – Antwerp to Barcelona
…and the art of procrastination, but one needs a daily walk. I spent some time on the fore shore in the rain waiting for the road to be clear of vehicles. It was rather zen-like space and time. And reminiscent of the sequence in Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’ of the long car journey which the cosmonaut BretonContinue reading “Infrastructure…”
The CMA GCM Zheng He. Container ship with capacity of 17859 TEU. Departed Antwerp 10 Jan 2021 and is expected to reach Southampton at 18.00 on 12 Jan 2021.
The oil/chemical tanker Elaia at position 50° 35′ 10.968″ N, 0° 22′ 3.288″ E. On its way to the Port of Puerto Rico in the Canary Islands. It departed from Klaipeda, Latvia on the 6 January 2021 at 03.35 LT (UTC + 2). The Grande Abidjan, Ro-Ro cargo. On its way to the Port ofContinue reading “Klaipeda to Puerto Rico”
Part of the walk was across rough scrub land. It was much wetter and muddier than expected. Lines of barbed wire and keep out notices. Private property; which is a social relation, and a powerful one. The church of St Lawrence at Hougham has experienced a significant amount of alteration. These changes, expressed for exampleContinue reading “Hougham”
Script…is pitilessly dragged out into the streets of advertisements, and subjected to the brutal heteronomies of economic chaos…Before a contemporary finds his way to opening a book, his eyes have been exposed to such a blizzard of changing, colourful, conflicting letters such that the chance of penetrating the archaic stillness of the book are slight.Continue reading “Winter Walk”
Warship Elbfeeder – container ship. Departed from Rotterdam Waalhaven 06 Jan 2021. Destination Dublin, ETA 07 Jan 2021. Marvel Eagle, LNG Tanker. Rotterdam Maasvlakte to USCXM.
Luft, Licht und Sonne was one of the principles which formed the Neues Frankfurt movement between 1925 – 1930. It still holds good, and even an hour’s walk during the day makes a great deal of difference. Not much Sonne, but plenty of Luft und Licht. And a lot of rain. But the rain wasContinue reading “High Tide”