Roland Dürre
Thursday May 31st, 2012

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #119

Here are my tweets of last week on
Blogging and twittering, wisdoms and rules

120614 Too much sermonizing will tire the body – not to forget, Bloggers and Twitterers.  #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120615 You should honour priests, because what the preach is good – is that also true for twitterers and bloggers? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120616 An ounce of practice is worth a pound of theory – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120617 Try all and keep the best – also when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120618 Non-obedient children will last longest – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120619 Revenge is new injustice – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120620 Vengeance will turn a little justice into a huge injustice – also true for twittering and blogging?  #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See and “follow” RolandDuerre!


(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

This is the first time I visit this “new country“. It originated with the voluntary and peaceful separation of “Czechia” from “Slovakia”. I already experienced Slovakia during several bike tours, among others that to the “Black Sea“. The Czech Republic, however, is totally new territory for me!

We are staying in a rural area and the radius of our outings is limited because of the means of transportation we chose: horse-drawn wagons and bicycles. Consequently, the impressions we get will not be suitable standard models.

Without exception, we met very friendly and always helpful people. Often, it was hard to communicate, regardless of the area we are travelling through having formerly been bi-lingual (Czech and German) and the fact that the places are described in Wikipedia under their former German names.

Here, only very few people speak German. Even among the younger persons, trying English or French is not much of a success. It seems that the education at school in this region is basically restricted to one language.
On our first evening, we found a restaurant that had not closed (which was no easy thing). Ordering dinner was even more difficult.

But it seems that many Anglicisms found their way into the Czech language, such as “Kola” and “Pommfrits”. Thus, at least the children, daughter Maresa (16 years old) and her girl-friend Susanne (18 years old), were able to order something familiar on this first dinner of theirs in the foreign country.
The three “grown-ups” (Gudrun from Stralsund, Barbara and yours truly) ordered their dinner blindly and were pleasantly surprised to see what they were brought.

We were, for instance, brought “fried dumpling slices with cheese” or “baked cheese with potatoes”. But it was virtually impossible to order salad. I have no idea if this was because they did not understand what we said or because they just did not have it.

If you come from a EURO country, you will find the country very economically priced. That is perhaps even more true for persons from southern European countries than for Germans. You can feed five persons in a small restaurant for 600 Czech Crowns, which equals about 25 Euros.  Two months ago, we ate pizza at Palermo for even more than it would have cost in the “high-price country” Bavaria.

Mind you, we are talking this price even though the three “grown-ups“ each had two half litres of the Gambrinus we already knew from the Pilsen railway station and the two kids each had a “Czech Kola”. It seems that countries with their own currency always still have their own local Kola. It is also cheaper than the imported equivalent.

Yet the incomes seem to be so low that life is all but cheap for the people. By their standards, prices in shops like Lidl, Billa and Kaufland (all owned by “western” concerns) are very high.

The shops we saw most often were the “Konzum” shops. So it seems that some of the commerce is still Czech owned.

Our farm is owned and run by a Swiss couple. They keep the compound small on purpose. On a very large area, all you will find is five covered wagons for guests. Four of them are occupied by families with several small or fairly young children. Consequently, everything is very agreeable and straightforward.

Behind the camp, you will find a biggish lake where you can go for a swim and steer a boat.

Today, we plan a long tour (15 kilometres) and Barbara, our coachman, will be permitted to drive the wagon by herself, with just a little help by the rest of us. And tomorrow, we will go on to another camp – where we will spend the night.

(Translated by EG)

This article was created with self-produced solar energy, provided by the very nice Czech sun. I got some extra inspiration from a cup of Becherova.
And here is the link to the horse camp!

Yesterday, we took the Alex from Munich to Pilsen and then on to  Jindřichův Hradec (in German: Neuhaus). To be sure, the Alex was quite considerably late, because it had to go a long detour on a one-lane track in the Czech Republic.

Consequently, we missed our train in Pilsen and had to take the connection two hours later. On the first part of the way, there was also something like a “SEV” (bus service to substitute the train service). However, it consisted of several busses and one truck for the bikes.

Regardless, it was a relaxing approach to our destination. During our break at Pilsen, we drank some of the excellent Gambrinus (a nice local “Pils beer”) in the beautiful railway restaurant.

Now I intend to really enjoy the next five days riding my bike and the horse-drawn wagon. It is quite possible that, this time, you will not hear from me as often as you are used to, because my communication is exclusively through mobile telephone and solar energy.

Just for this purpose, I bought a power and solar gorilla. So far, it is better than I had expected. I hope to fill all the mobile phones, pads and computers I and my travelling companions are carrying with electric energy.

Well, it might just happen – although not necessarily – that there will be fewer IF Blog articles during the next few days than you are used to. But let us wait and see.

I think of you, and I look forward both to what I am going to experience directly and when we meet again. …

And please not to forget: all my friends are supposed to register for our summer party (link).

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Sunday May 27th, 2012

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Roland Dürre
Saturday May 26th, 2012

Invitation from Barbara and Roland: Summer Party

Save the date – Make a note!
June, 24th, 2012   

(how about you register right now!)

June, 24th is Barbara’s birthday. We want to celebrate it. She celebrates because she is still so young, not even 60 yet. We both celebrate because we feel healthy and well. And because we are content with our lot.

We would like to have many of our friends with us. All those who like us and are close to us. We have not yet decided on the exact itinerary for the party. The program is still in its planning phase. But we already know that we will start in the afternoon, at four o’clock.

The end will be around midnight. We want it to be as uncomplicated as possible. With good food and beverages. And with a lot of very special music.

We can easily do without presents or other kinds of gifts. We have all we need. Besides, we will soon move. That will be bad enough without some additional stuff to carry. Owning too much is a true burden, as I am sure will be brought home to us when we move from our huge house to a smaller house.

Consequently, I would ask you to bring nothing. Just bring your good mood. And if you really have to bring something, then only bring something to eat or drink. Such as wine or chocolate. But, please, buy moderately!

Above all, we wish for nice weather. If that is what you bring, you will be more than welcome. Because it would mean we can make good use of our huge garden.

I like many people. Consequently, I will invite many people. Most of the invitations will be sent by email. I will be very diligent about it. Since, however, I am not quite as well organized as I would like to be, I am sure to forget some of you.

There is no doubt that some of the people I am going to forget are quite dear to us. Which makes me truly sad. I would ask those I “forgot” to forgive me. Please do not hold it against me. Instead, why don’t you just invite yourself! Just take all the steps as described underneath.

Here we go: If you feel dear to me and wish to come, please send an email (E-Mail) and put your name here ( I would recommend you write both your first and second name, because I know many people with identical first names. And please do not forget to click on the checkmark – this will make the list nice and green.

I will send invitations starting next Saturday, June, 2nd. But do not hesitate to register right now!

Because we need to plan how many barrels of beer and wine and other beverages we need. And we also have to see that there is enough food.

Now I hope for a warm summer night suitable for a lavish celebration with music, food and drink. And I look forward to seeing you all. If you all come, there is no doubt it will be a nice party!


(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday May 25th, 2012

What Annoys Me … #27 Deposit-Free…

There it is sitting in the grass, next to the other waste, not far from an overflowing waste bin. And what you can read on it is quite provocative:


In my book this means:

Feel free to get rid of me and throw me away wherever you may have emptied me, because I am deposit-free!

So here is how I feel about it: you should all boycott the products sold by this enterprise. I am sure the title “Münsterland” is also a lie.

Yesterday, I was also quite surprised to find how many different types of beer bottles and crates there are. They ask a deposit both for bottles and crates.

Since, however, there are so many varieties of shapes, brands and systems, the dream of handing back your empties is also one you can forget.

And I remember how nice the world was in the days when we had standard bottles…

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday May 24th, 2012

The Demise of the Bicycle

Yesterday, I had an appointment in Pasing. In Google Maps, it said that it is about 20 kilometres from Unterhaching to my destination. Consequently, I started out early enough.

Of course I, again, arrived too early at the meeting point, the Pasing-Arcaden. I had more than 20 minutes at my disposal. Then I saw a note telling me that there was an exhibition “History of the Velo” (Geschichte des Velos) at the Pasing Arkaden. Well, that sounded tempting. Incidentally, I can highly recommend this exhibition. You will find beautiful objects and informative texts.

However, the exhibition will close after May, 25th – that is tomorrow. So you would have to be quick if you want to go and see it. For me, the most interesting thing was information about the role the bicycle played after the war.

It was about the decline in the use of bicycles during the 1950ies and 1960ies, regardless of the fact that it was definitely de facto superior to all other means of transportation – and not just in the city.

They identified two main reasons for this demise:

  • Riding a bike is how the poor practice mobility!
    In times of the German economic miracle, motorization was synonymous for wealth. Owning a motorbike or later a mini car – not to mention the limousine – was a symbol for prosperity. I can only assume that it was either the consequence of superior marketing technology, or else of a newly developed attitude towards life prevalent in the now economic miracle country Germany. Probably a little of both.
  • Riding a bike will only give you technological problems!
    It said that one of the main reasons for this is that people often buy cheap bicycles as offered by department stores and discount markets. Those are (naturally) low quality, but still they are bought more often than the real quality bicycles. And then all you get is technological problems.

Well, who would volunteer for this: being considered poor and having nothing but technological problems!

Again, you see the mechanism. Marketing creates values and emotions and then the cheap cult is executed. Eventually, this is detrimental for all of us.

(Translated by EG)


I took the picture from the central media archive Wikimedia Commons.

Here are my tweets of last week on:

blogging and twittering, wisdoms and rules:

120607 Relying solely on your brains will make you immobile – not to forget, bloggers and twitterers . #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120608 Plunder will not make you rich – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120609 Those who insist and boast are no good swordsmen – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120610 Glamour will not make you more honest – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120611 Glamour, gold and glory will be gone by tomorrow – is that also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120612 As soon as we stop boasting, we will become paupers – just like when we twitter and blog? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120613 Boast and you are painting your own fully – also true for twittering and blogging ? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See and “follow” RolandDuerre!



(Translated by EG)


I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday May 23rd, 2012

Facebook Goes Stock Market …

When Mark Zuckerberg went public with facebook, he caused an earthquake. Not just in Italy and Bulgaria, but also in the media.

And now there is no end to the after-shocks in the media. Mostly, the headlines are nonsense, such as “Zuckerberg lost a billion”. Bild, too, was busy reporting (yesterday and six days ago). And in today’s Munich AZ, there is another article  on page one about the stock price of facebook.

So what did actually happen?

Marc Zuckerberg managed to place some of his stock on the market very much to his advantage. And he made a whole lot of money in the process.

So there are now a number of winners:

  • The banks who sold – they really profited from the deal big time
  • Mark – because he now really got a lot of money;
  • The US revenue office, because they took a fair share;
  • The enterprise facebook, because it probably now has quite a full war coffer.

Well, some parties might have lost through the deal. For instance the share holders. But it serves them right. After all, they continued believing into the mechanisms as before the turn of the millennium. In those days, everybody knew that shares of most “IPO’s“ were something you usually could sell at a huge profit shortly after they were sold out.

Mostly, this model used to work quite well. I myself was quite frequently offered “Family&Friends” shares. As a matter of principle, however, I never bought any and then I was angry with myself because, on the next day, you got twice what you paid in return.

With facebook, I can imagine that perhaps half of the share buyers hoped for such an easy and quick profit. The rest were probably “institutional investors“ who – at least in the short and medium term – followed the wrong “analysts”. Well, it is part of their business.

For the enterprise facebook itself, going public is something they need not be concerned about at all. Mark Zuckerberg still owns easily the majority of shares and thus can continue deciding the policy of the enterprise, as well as how the profit is to be spent and whatever else.

Basically, nothing interesting happened. Some spent money that, at least in the short term, is lost. Mark&FB, banks and revenue offices received exactly that money, sharing it among each other.

Perhaps facebook will eventually manage the sensational mercenary success that will justify the high investment. Or else not. But basically, it makes no difference. The success of facebook will definitely not depend on what the stock market says, let alone on what analysts say.

And the gamblers now have another horse on which to bet.

Now isn’t that nice for all parties concerned?

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Tuesday May 22nd, 2012

Make an note – Thursday, June, 21st – IF Forum

The next IF Forum will be held on June, 21st.

As always, it is at the Unterhaching InterFace building and starts at 6 p.m. Our speaker of the evening is Frau Susanne Hofmann of the Tölzer Kasladen.

Her presentation (Vortrag) will be about:

Quality Beats Quantity.

How you should produce high-quality food!

A detailed invitation will follow soon! However, starting now, you can register via email!

I look forward to welcoming you all!


(Translated by EG)