Roland Dürre
Monday December 24th, 2018

Merry Christmas (2018)

Most of us know the Christmas Story (Weihnachtsgeschichte) by Charles Dickens.

The story tells us how Christmas cures the old miser Scrooge. What a nice Christmas Spirit! Is there anyone among us who, on listening or experiencing this story, did not have tears in their eyes?

Consequently, I would wish for this Christmas that the miseries of the old “white men and women” may be cured. Whatever their names: Seehofer, Trump,….

This is the spirit in which I wish everybody freedom and wisdom for 2019!

But for tonight I wish us all a Happy Christmas. And on December, 31st, I wish us all a Good Start of the New Year! And always all that is good and well and beautiful.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday December 21st, 2018

(Deutsch) Weihnachtsgrüße

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Roland Dürre
Tuesday December 27th, 2016

Cyber Christmas.

Klaus Hnilica (KH), who created
“Carl & Gerlinde”
regularly writes IF Blog articles.

I received special greetings from him while staying in the Caribbean.

Then I asked him if I may publish his poem.

And Klaus said yes.

Here comes (Translated by EG)!


Our first Cyber Christmas ?!?

Moritz, Stella and Agathe,
even Granny says: I’ll wait,
until Sonja shows us all:
the tree is beamed against our wall
as hologram in 3-D space
where real trees sat in former days,
it even has some sparklers on,
which means that Granny’s fears are gone!
It was our Grandpa’s strange desire
that we wear cyber glasses with frames of wire,
But Simon put no glasses on:
he navigates the Christ-Child drone,
which – and Granny wins the bet –
is naturally a little late.
That means we all will see and hear
with “real augmented“ coming near,
how “virtual“ is now rather old
and our dinner gets quite cold.
The cyber angels are not able
to blow some warmth towards the table.
When finally we hear next door
“hallelujah”, we yearn for more.
For Simon this is no big deal
his smartphone makes it all quite real!
A drone is doing all the singing
with tyres quite still and rotors swinging.
And when our Grandpa rings the bell
it says: I come from heaven, not from hell,
I bring the presents right from there,
old Santa Claus knows where they were!
The heap grows into quite a tower
a virtual presentation shower,
that makes our Markus yell quite loud,
and Anne falls from her chair of cloud,
when small Agathe squeaks with pleasure
and yells like crazy for good measure,
just as the goose is much enjoyed
by all the guests today employed.
The drone alone remains aloof,
it will land on another roof.


(Translated by EG)

Happy season’s greetings from 

Brigitte, Klaus and all the family!

P.S.
I’d like to thank so much Eveyln (EG) for the translation. What a great work! She has all my adoration.

Roland Dürre
Thursday December 8th, 2016

Good-Bye Until After Christmas!

And a Happy Christmas to You All!

The picture was taken two years ago when we were rafting in China.

Starting tomorrow, we will be in the Caribbean.

To be sure, I do not feel
“that the time is ripe to begin afresh“!!!

But still, I will be gone for some time. On Christmas Eve, I will be back and meet my children and grandchildren – those of them who are in Munich.

It looks a lot like I will not read any emails until then. My many chat dialogues will get a break and I will probably only rarely be on the internet at all.

During the next two weeks, I will try to live only for Barbara and myself. Many thousand miles from “sweet home”, I will simply ignore all messages from the world. And during that time, I will not publish anything on the IF blog, either (if anything is published, it will be by one of my friends or by my bot).

Normal life as I had it will start again on the evening of Christmas Day. As has been my custom for many years now, I will again spend the evening in the Munich Lustspielhaus to watch Willy Michl (It is well worth clicking onto the link). I will also howl “Silent Night, Holy Night”, listen to the eternal ISARFLIMMERN and enjoy the fact that the days will gradually get longer.

It would be a huge delight for me if I were to meet a few of my friends in the Lustspielhaus on December, 25th for Willy and if we could then do some “exchange of ideas” before the concert and during the interval!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday November 5th, 2014

Festive Advent Concert

So here I am again, advertising the wonderful sound of the Arcis-Vocalisten choir. Let me cite:

arcisBeyond all the pre-Christmas turbulence and hectic, Evelyn (EG) and the Arcis-Vocalisten München under Professor Thomas Gropper, who are well-known for their expressiveness and creative power, this year again invite you all to come and experience a musical event. You will witness how the contemplative advent charm and the pleasant anticipation directed towards Christmas awakens.

The range is from traditional tunes and works by baroque composers such as Michael Praetorius, from chorals of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and festive choir pieces from Handel’s “Messiah” to trips into romanticism as in the “Gloria” of the mass for eight voices in E flat major by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger.

With their advent concert, the Arcis-Vocalisten present a selection of impressive works all of which have established their reputation as “classical” advent and Christmas vocal music with just cause. The music reflects the formative emotions and the charm of this very special time of the year from hopeful and trusting expectation to joy about the Christmas miracle.

RMD
(Translated by EG)