Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Police State…!

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My post today starts with some police surveillance!

There are lots of paths in the English Garden, Hofgarten etc etc where people walk and paths where people ride their bike (footpaths and bike paths) and a lot of people walk on bike paths and a lot of bikers bike on the foot paths, it is mostly tolerated and people get on with their lives.  But there is a wooden bridge along a path by the Isar River and it’s quite narrow, I tend not to bike along it as it gets very narrow if there is a bike and a person going along there… but a few days ago I saw this:

which is a 2 man police patrol (well ok, a man and a woman patrol) and the stopped the bikes for biking along the bridge.  The couldn’t be seen until one had got around the corner!  I carried on down there and asked a bike who had got stopped what happened and he said “Nothing”, he told me he was supposed to get a 10 Euro fine but they only told him off!  Lucky him!

A bit further along the same bridge I also took this picture of some graffiti:

you might have to double-click on the picture to see it properly, it’s the outline of 2 bodies as one could see at a scene of crime where there are dead bodies – you know when they are taken away and so one knows where they lay so it is marked!  Weird eh!

As you can see still nice weather!

Although I must say it is a little autumn-y too!  Here are leaves on the ground already.  My dog walking friend says its autumn already and then I saw all these leaves lying around, the 2nd picture is close up (!):

Here is a picture of the Eisbach (a tributary of the Isar) coming out from underground to the Surf wave, although it goes under the road again before coming out to the surf wave:

I also saw this weird butterfly, although I suspect it is moth rather than a butterfly:

maybe someone knows?

Nothing to do with the Police State is what happened this week with my daughter, she was @ a School outing for 5 days near the Alps and got VERY HOMESICK, so we had to go and pick her up on the 2nd night and here you can see the Alps in the background:

My daughter had to go to school the next day, the rest of the school was @ an outing for the day and she couldn’t join that but her parallel class was still @ school, so she had to go there, but the first hour was cancelled so my daughter had to come for a walk with Daisy and me and we went to the Hofgarten:

and we came across this, which are curtains on the arcades around the edges of the Hofgarten, haven’t been able to find out why they are there!

In the afternoon I had to go to our office outside Munich and took my daughter and on the way back we drove past the Siegestor (Marble Arch of Munich!):

and you can see the weather is turning, it rained the rest of the day!

I have no news about dieting or any sports, but read a really interesting Dr. Briffa article about sports which got me a bit motivated – well enough for me to make a salad for dinner:

lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese with olive oil and vinegar dressing!

The Dr. John Briffa article (only works if you copy and paste):

http://www.drbriffa.com/2012/07/19/high-intensity-intermittent-exercise-helps-shift-fat-and-brings-many-other-benefits/

which you can find here if you are interested!

Let’s see if I can EVER find time again to do some sports, be it High Intensity or not!  TTFN!

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A little catch up…!

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I am so really busy, which was something I hadn’t planned @ the start of the blog!

I have a lot of work, mostly to do with our company and mostly to do with personnel stuff, so totally BORING!

But I have a few impressions from the last month or so… probably longer!

Here are some of the walk pictures, although I have not been walking as much.  I am managing my one hour in the morning where I meet my dog walking friend and her dog, and the other walks are much shorter and apart from dashing to things like shopping and little errands, only involving a bike ride of, @ the most 30 mins, I am not biking either:

there’s been a lot of weather (!) – we’ve had everything, lots of sun and blue skies (more of the skies later!) but also darkness and rain, although not too cold – luckily!

Munich has had lots of cultural views:

At the Haus der Kunst there is a Camouflage-like decoration, there was a blue installation and a pretend stone around the city centre, unfortunately I have no idea why they were there!

We also had Stanley Tunick do a photo session in Munich covering Wagner’s Ring which involved black and red painted people and the red paint came off the people onto Munich’s landmarks where he was photographing and it was a bit of a scandal:

here you can see a few bits left over which are being removed, some involving a hot-gun-thingy with a really hot flame coming out of it to burn off the paint (I don’t know what they are called in English – some kind of torch-thingy!)!

Me walking and biking along the Isar and a little tractor/mower thing showing off how organised the English Garden gardeners are:

As mentioned above, here some pictures of the Munich sky:

And here some of the sky of a darker colour:

Also a few funny pictures:

the first picture shows where you can ‘park’ your dog outside a shop and if you double-click on the 2nd picture you will find the word ‘eyüp’ which is a very Cumbrian expression!

Again a few sky pictures!

I’ve posted pictures of this Mae West statue in Munich, but never this near:

The Eisbach runs under a bridge and there seems to be quite a damn of sticks caught up:

@ the weekend there was an event in the English Garden around the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm), which is always in July and involved Bavarian dancing (all woman in Dirndl’s and the men in Lederhosen) early in the morning.  As far as I could find out it’s a party of the people who work there i.e. the waiters and waitresses who start celebrating early in the morning and by the time we got there for a walk @ about 9:30 am it was in full swing, unfortunately it was completely packed and I couldn’t take a photo as there were too many people and it would have just looked like a mass of people but here you can see a mass of bikes parked nearby (!):

it was also very loud!

So really today this is a blog about Munich and the SKY and not about losing weight in Munich, but I decided I should @ least let you know I was still here!  TTFN!