It might be the last run this year on the Bahnhofstrasse before our Christmas lights start their cold and broken yearly show. Yeah you got that right, that is what the overly imaginative Zurich administration had for us in the last winters: hanging cold gray and flickering neon tubes. I AM NOT KIDDING!!! And then they also take offense for their town being called dull. No sir that’s Swiss art, got it? Geez… I’ll have a strong abbey beer then, Swiss too and with a story behind which I must double check before telling (an unpleasant one, I’ve heard). The beer is full of winter fruits, dates and plums and also barrel aroma, a not very sweet caramel dessert, winter feelings all over. Although Zurich in winter means mostly rain - which is already here as you can see…
We’re doing lighter posting on the weekends, so now is your chance to catch up on Games works!
Team: Remus Title:Looking For Trouble Rating: T Word Count: 9900 Summary: In which Remus always ends up in the middle of things. Prompt: #5 - “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” - Jane Austen, excerpt from the novel Pride and Prejudice
Team:Sirius Title:Bubblegum Blues Rating:M Word Count:5200 Summary:Remus actually looks down as she smiles, like a shy teenager in a first kiss scenario, and it gives Sirius deja vu. She’s lived this exact moment before. Only in another life. When Remus lifts the bass, Sirius sees a tattoo on the back of her upper arm, and drops her little notebook on the sticky floor. She’s only known one other person with a tattoo like that. But it can’t be… Can it? Prompt:E - “We are not the same persons this year as last; not as those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” - W. Somerset Maugham
Team: Sirius Title:You Were My Spring, My Summer Too Rating: T Word Count: 3500 Summary: When Sirius receives news that things have gone very wrong on an assignment, he heads north to bring Remus home. Prompt: #6 - “The flocks head north and the lilacs bloom At night they scent my moonlit room You were my spring, my summer too I’m going north to look for you" - from the song “North” by Joan Baez
Team:Remus Title:Epilogue Rating:E Word Count:16,000 Summary: After a lot of miscommunication and six years apart and maybe Remus and Sirius can finally rewrite their ending. Prompt:#40 - “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” - Orson Welles
Team: Remus Title:Just Smoke Rating: T Word Count: 10,000 Summary: Two very different impromptu trips to Amsterdam. One before and one after. Or: The boys do touristy things in Amsterdam while Sirius is mid-breakdown, Remus is very much Not in Love with Him, James is keen to get high, and Peter just wants to see some naked ladies. Prompt: #13 - “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” - Joan Didion
Team: Sirius Title:Sirius Possibilities, aka The Logic of Sirius Rating: T Word Count: 3800 Summary: Sirius buys a “cottage” for Remus and him. Obviously, there is a lot of work to do and Sirius has some high expectations. Prompt: #78 - Calvin & Hobbes comic strip about the stars and perspective, by Bill Watterson
Team: Sirius Title:For Bright Skies Rating: T Word Count: 11,000 Summary: Sirius remembers when the stars were idols. Now, he craves the sun. Prompt: #22 - The eyes that mock me sign the way Whereto I pass at eve of day.
Grey way whose violet signals are The trysting and the twining star.
Ah, star of evil! Star of pain! High-hearted youth comes not again
Nor old heart’s wisdom yet to know The signs that mock me as I go.“ - "Bahnhofstrasse” by James Joyce
Team: Remus Title:The sun always comes - ART Rating: G Summary: Sometimes it is too much, but there are always reasons to keep on going. Prompt: #48 - Song: “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
Team: Remus Title:Let Us Compare Mythologies Rating: M Word Count: 1700 Summary: Remus contemplates the time before, against his better judgement. Canon compliant, pre-POA. Prompt:: #95 - Picture: A stack of old books, with a jar on top.
Team: Sirius Title:Watch Me Go Blind Rating: E Word Count: 20,000 Summary: In which our heroes uncover a very well-kept secret. And about damn time, too. Prompt: #31 - “The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us…” — Marcel Proust
Team: Sirius Title:Hope & Legacy: Black Brothers Edition Rating: M Word Count: 24,000 Summary: A few weeks before the start of the next figure skating season, Sirius receives word that his parents have kicked the bucket. He promptly travels back to England for no good reason at all, exasperated husband in tow. Prompt: #35 - “We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” - Will Rogers
Last weekend, maybe a bit late (but better than not at all) maybe too few (but better than none at all), the women of Zurich marched out on the richest street of the world - the Bahnhofstrasse. They certainly know what they’re protesting about: Switzerland still shows a gender pay gap of almost 20% and in about any gender statistic lags way behind, not really the last but also nothing to be proud about. I didn’t know about this march so the pictures are only what kid sent me, no idea how she managed to land there… Well done, kid.
Even though I reckon the name’s mostly a marketing gag, Brew free! Or Die! fits pretty well the feeling of this post. A very good American IPA from the 21st Amendment, fruity with grapefruit and zest and thick malt without feeling heavy, the craft beer revolution coming to your lips.
And meanwhile, the Swiss walls and store windows get sprayed, because that’s how you make a proper statement.
@inaliem hi meilani! I decided to show you Zurich, since you asked me to talk about it in the letter, I figured it would be easier if I just did it this way.
1. This is Zurich during the day. You can see the three biggest churches, the one with the two towers is called the Grossmünster, which is the biggest. You can also see the lake of Zurich( in Swiss German: Zürisee).
2. Here you see Zurich by night. The church with the green tower is the Fraumünster.
3. Here you see one of those lil streets in the ols part of the town. This city was founded during the Middle Ages, that explains why the streets are so narrow in certain parts. But there are some remains of the Ancient Roman Empire, too
4. This is the longest road here in Zurich, the Bahnhofstrasse. And you can also see our Christmas lights, Lucy, which is a reference to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles.
5. Here you see a circus that’s frequently here. I don’t really support circuses with animals, but it looks pretty from the outside.
6. Here you can see the main train station during Xmas.
7. Here you see the Bahnhofstrasse again, but this time with snow.
8. Here you can see the Opernhaus during Xmas. I’ve seen a Ballet performance there once, the building is absolutely beautiful, from the inside and from the outside.
9. This is the Swarowsky tree inside the main train station. It has over 10 000 Swarowsky crystals. The decorator designs the tree for about a year. There are many little stands inside the station during Xmas, whoch sell handmade stuff, ginger bread, fondue, and other stuff like that.
10. This is one of the special tramways, the regular ones are white and blue, which are the citie’s colors. But in these you can either eat fondue, try different types of chocolate, kids can listen to fairy tales etc.
I hope this insipres you! I can tell you more about this city if you wanna, just hit me up :)
Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Entitled “Because who is perfect? Get closer.”, it is designed to provoke reflection on the acceptance of people with disabilities. Director Alain Gsponer has captured the campaign as a short film.
BECAUSE WHO IS PERFECT? GET CLOSER.
I am all about seeing ourselves in media and advertising - ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability… when we see ourselves in media we start to build normality in society. Not that we all need or want to be normal, necessarily, but I think we can agree that most of us do want acceptance.
My professor/boss once pointed out that the challenge with increased media representation is that the media then dictates what is reflected to us…what an older adult should look like, what a lesbian looks like…but I think the media is starting to include the people they want to represent in their research. and it’s paying off.
One step at a time.
One major problem with text messaging / emails is that i no longer have words to describe my feelings, i just feel so :3