Is it a festival? No, it’s just a Saturday evening on Tempelhofer Feld. The first really warm one this year.
Is it a festival? No, it’s just a Saturday evening on Tempelhofer Feld. The first really warm one this year.
Amazing, Akira Yomoyama has released his previous doujinshi booklets + a new story in this beautiful volume, so thick, with perfect print quality and a tasty obi!
As for the shipment:
This is perfect post-ride entertainment now that Yowamushi Pedal has ended! And perfect timing wheatherwise, people are strolling around in t-shirt today in Berlin, and some are wearing shorts.
You can buy Akira’s bicycle manga here. It costs 907 yen (about 7.12 euro) and you don’t pay the eight percent sales tax that people within Japan have to pay. Shipping to Europe is 1,400 yen ≈ 10.99 euro.
Wir haben schon lange auf dich gewartet!
Så var det dags igen. I morse återgav en kändis de negativa ord som en okänd man uttalat om henne på nätet. Det finns så många exempel på detta att jag tycker det är dags att börja se det som en genre.
Och jag har svårt att förstå poängen. Poängen med att sprida dessa bittra tirader till så många fler lyssnare. Är det meningen att vi ska chockas och oja oss? Vilja göra något åt det? Jag vet inte.
När jag var tonåring berättade Lena Philipsson i en intervju att det alltid var några bröliga killar som skrek otrevliga saker under hennes konserter. Intervjuaren (var det Jacob Dahlin?) pressade henne: Vad var det de skrek? Men Lena stod på sig på sitt envisa sätt. Hon sa ungefär: “Nej, jag vill inte säga det. För det är att ge röst åt en väldigt liten grupp idioter.”
Dagens kändisar verkar ha motsatt strategi. Alla dessa program där kändisar eller skribenter tittar allvarligt in i kameran och läser högt ur hatbreven. Alla dessa bombastiska kungörelser om att nu, nu har jag fått nog, nu slutar jag blogga, eller vad det nu är de gör. Och sedan börjar de igen.
Jag anar nästan … ett slags stolthet. Över vad? Kanske att man är tillräckligt viktig för att locka till sig hat? Eller för att situationen är viktig överlag, man är föremål för ett allvarligt samhällsproblem? Man är i centrum? Ja, något sådant anar jag. Narcissism. Mode. Näthat som accessoar. En exklusiv sådan som bara de hetaste kändisarna lyckas frammana, och som därför måste exponeras.
Kalla mig cynisk.
Jag har nominerat Jens Mikkelsen, Federico Moreno och Hussein El-Alawi på Sydsvenskan till Stora Journalistpriset i kategorin Årets Berättare, med följande snabbt hopknåpade motivering:
Nyheten om vakten som dunkade en nioårings huvud i golvet på Malmö central var en given klickfest – videon fick snabbt tre miljoner visningar. Men Sydsvenskan grävde djupare. De sökte upp Sami, historiens huvudperson, och hittade en värld av marockanska pojkar som reser runt i Europa och lever på gatan. Hela Sverige greps av Samis öde. Vi lyssnade när Sydsvenskan berättade. Men historien gav också upphov till näthat. Historien speglar Sverige av i dag.
De två längre reportagen kan läsas här:
Uppdatering 26 oktober 2015: Minsann, de kom med, i kategorin “årets avslöjande”:
In March 2015 I continued to bike on new roads, though three rides were Tempelhof only.
I participated in two bigger group rides:
I also biked twice with Simon in the north. The rest of the rides were solo, I especially liked the “extended laktatrunde” as I call it, which continues east from Königs Wusterhausen instead of just cutting up north.
I forget the most beautiful stretches of each route easily, but there were plenty of them in the first group ride, and I and Simon happened to find one west of Hennigsdorf as well.
Here are some photos from the biggest group ride:
This is now how my Veloviewer heatmap for 2015 looks like:
The storm “Niklas” has caused a state of emergency in Berlin. Hurricane blasts reach between 120 and 140 km/h. Trains and cars have been crushed by falling trees. And the TV tower had to be evacuated; the visitors had to take the emergency stairs to the ground – that’s 986 steps!
Naturally I wanted to see what it was like to ride in such weather. Maybe I could set some personal records on the runways on Tempelhof! Unlike yesterday, which was only rain storm, there is also sunshine today. But the weather changes so fast.
My first attempt at the northern runway was wonderful. I quickly reached 60 km/h and pedaled at 115 rpm on the highest gear. Yowamushi Pedal fans would say I pedaled like Onoda Sakamichi (who I don’t really care for) but used the wind like Manami Sangaku (my favorite). I couldn’t keep up that speed though. And I wasn’t even warmed up.
Then came some rain and I took a break before slowly making my way back to the western part of the field. Then I tried the southern runway, but it was nothing like the northern had been. I only reached 50 km/h, though funnily speeding up and keeping at 56 for the last part. Don’t know if it was lack of wind or if the southern strip is simply laid out differently than the northern.
I ventured for a third attempt to see if I would have better luck with the wind. I didn’t. But at 49 km/h the tube of my back wheel burst with a loud bang. I quickly released the wheel and started changing the tube. But then the storm came – really quickly, you can see it approaching on the photo. And it was stronger than I thought would be possible today (cause yesterday was fiercer). The big trash container next to me flew away about 50 meters. Within a minute I was soaked by rain, which gave way to hail. Imagine changing a tube in a hail storm. And to top that, there was suddenly thunder as well. And I was in the middle of the field (you always are when you get a flat). I did the changing pretty fast and pumped up the tire just enough to be able to roll, but then I couldn’t get the wheel on again, the chain was total chaos, and I had lost the feeling in my hands, so I started walking – bike in one hand, wheel in the other. No, that wouldn’t work. The storm subsided a bit and I managed to get the wheel on (how hard can it be). Hadn’t really pumped the tire very hard, but at least I could roll slowly towards the exit. Then the rain and hail subsided as well, and soon it would be sunny again. But I was soaked and swearing and just wanted a warm shower. How could I have been so stupid to go out and ride in the storm!
But then I came home, took the shower and uploaded the ride to Strava. And damn it if I didn’t take the KOM of the northern runway! With over 2 km/h margin; my average speed was 57,3 km/h – number two has only 55,2:
So now I’m number 1 out of 429 competitors. The record will probably last for quite a while, or at least until the next storm strong enough to cause an Ausnahmezustand. It was worth it after all.
Update: The previous KOM holder “grt h” congratulated me on Strava (you get an email when your KOM is stolen) and said that he had just got out himself to steal back the record. He didn’t succeed though:
Hab grad noch versucht ihn zurückzuholen, aber keine Chance 😉
(PS: Now you all think that I care a lot about these Strava records. And you know what: I do! I’m proud as hell. In case that wasn’t obvious…)
Male cyclist, 29, crosses Jaffestraße at 22.00. A male car driver, 38, turns left from Messedamm and hits the cyclist on the pedestrian crossing. The cyclist suffered severe damages to the head and was taken to a hospital. (Meldung #0541)
Male cyclist, 79, bikes on the bike path along Falkenseer Chaussee at 15.10. It’s the kind of bike path that is painted red. A male car driver, 53, ignores the give way-sign as he wants to turn left into Falkenseer Chaussee. He hits the cyclist on the bike path. The cyclist was seriously injured – among other injuries he broke a leg – and was taken to a hospital. (Meldung #0555)
Male cyclist, 50, bikes in the bike lane on Tiergartenstraße at 19.35. A female car driver, 51, drives in the same direction on the road. She sees a free parking space and turns right over the bike lane and hits the cyclist, who came up from behind, probably as the car driver was slowing down. The cyclist was taken to a hospital. (Meldung #0558)
This one is not described in enough detail to be illustrated: A plainclothes cop was tracking a suspected thief, 15, in his car when he got stuck in the opposite lane when turning left into Boxhagener Straße, probably from Kynaststraße, at 19.45. Meanwhile a male cyclist, 31, got a green light and entered the intersection, but slowed down when he saw the chaotic traffic situation. The cop got his car free and accelerated, thereby somehow causing the cyclist to fall and break his collarbone. The cyclist was taken to a hospital. The cop fled the crime scene, but managed to catch the 15 year old he was tracking. The cop is now being investigated for careless driving and abandoning a traffic accident. (Meldung #0600)
Male cyclist, 36, bikes on the bike path on Kiefholzstraße at 10.25. As he crosses Südostallee, a male car driver, 48, driving a Ford Transit van, comes from the opposite direction, turns left without respecting the cyclist’s right of way and hits the cyclist. The cyclist got severe head injuries and was taken to a hospital. (Meldung #0665, #0679)
Male cyclist, 39, is biking on Wisbyer Straße at 21.00. A male car driver, 54, waits for a tram to pass. He then ignores the give-way sign, crosses Wisbyer Straße, and hits the cyclist. It’s not clear whether the cyclist was biking in the bike lane, but the police writes that the cyclist had the right-of-way, and the street view also shows the double give-way signs:
The cyclist got severe head and leg injuries and was taken to a hospital for intensive care. The car driver smelled of alcohol, a breath test showed 0.3 promille. (Meldung #0673)
Female cyclist, 29, bikes on Friedrichstraße. She bikes straight in the intersection of Kochstraße/Rudi-Dutschke-Straße, but is hit by a male truck driver, 60, who turns right into Kochstraße. BZ reported:
The truck rolled over the cyclist’s legs, so she got severely injured and was taken to a hospital. The intersection remained closed for traffic for two hours. (Meldung #0748)
3 March 2015: Male cyclist, 26, bikes on the bike path on Bismarckstraße at 13.00. The bike path is of the heightened kind that goes on the outer edge of the pavement between parked cars and pedestrians. A line of trees divides the bike path from the rest of the pavement.
At the intersection with Am Schillertheater a woman walks into the bike path. (My comment: This happens all the time – it’s the most dangerous kind of bike path for cyclists and pedestrians alike!) When the cyclist tries to avoid hitting the woman, he crashes into a tree.
The cyclist got severe injuries and was taken to the hospital, where he is still (as I write this on 5 March) being treated. The woman escaped the scene and the police are now looking for witnesses. (Meldung #0549)
More non-car-related accidents:
It’s gonna be a productive week! No biking. And as you can see, I wake up at eight sharp since I’m so moral.