may 1 (labour day)

The Signs as Holidays.

• Aries: “Universal Children’s Day” (November 20).

• Taurus: “World Day of Food” (October 16).

• Gemini: “Siblings’ Day” (April 10).

• Cancer: “Mother’s Day” (Many Dates).

• Leo: “World Heart Day” (September 29).

• Virgo: “International Women’s Day” (March 8).

• Libra: “Valentine’s Day” (February 14).

• Scorpio: “Halloween” (October 31).

• Sagittarius: “World Tourism Day” (September 27).

• Capricorn: “Labour Day” (May 1).

• Aquarius: “International Youth Day” (August 12).

• Pisces: “World Oceans Day” (June 8).

The Weekly #4

May 1 to May 7

Monday was Labour Day in Germany so all the shops were closed and I didn’t really do anything

Tuesday was pretty uneventful too, I just read Harry Potter and watched some television (which I rarely never do nowadays, I’m more of a youtube kinda person)

I actually wanted to film a Roomtour for Verena…but something happened and I didn’t do it

I spent Thursday visiting Bonn with my very good friend and I bought a new book (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce), a Slytherin mug and I had a delicious vegan falafel sandwich…oh and we had a blackout in our house so my parents and I were actually forced to talk to each other

I went to Starbucks with a couple of friends and I picked up my mom from work

I spent Saturday with my best friend and her boyfriend (who is a good friend of mine) and we went to the huge merchandise store in Cologne and also to Primark where I bought new shorts and a top and then we had a chill evening at their place

Sunday was for sleeping in and being totally lazy

  • Police were set on fire and pelted with fireworks in Paris as they fired tear gar at anti-Marine Le Pen protesters
  • Hundreds of anti-Fascist activists hijacked the annual May Day parade before scenes turned ugly
  • Fighting broke out between anti-Erdogan marchers and police in Istanbul as officers used tear gas on crowds
  • Hundreds of thousands of workers took to streets around the world to demand better rights on Labour Day

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May 1, also known as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day, is supposed to be a celebration of the working classes, but is also used by activists to demand better rights.

ALRIGHT, so these next few “History in Gifs” will be looking at a particularly fun subject that I like to delve into: AMAZING BERLIN WALL ESCAPES. People got very creative and desperate when getting over the Wall; whether it was forging documents, tricking guards, lying to the government, or straight up trying to climb over the damn thing, an estimated 5,000 people escaped to the West through the Wall.

I’m going to cover some of the greatest of those 5,000 escapes.

First up is the story of Wolfgang Engles. As a teenager, he worked as a driver for the East German Army. You can probably, already, see where this is going.

Teenager + “driver” + reckless ambition = a story to tell

He grew up with a very staunch Socialist background, whose mother worked (secretly) for the Stasi. In 1961, he actually arrived in East Berlin for the first time when he was tasked to help build the wall.

This story takes place two years later, in the spring of 1963. Disillusioned by the blind patriotism of “The Party” that many of his associates had, he hatched a thorough, foolproof plan to escape:

Drive a goddamn tank through the wall.

There is literally no way this plan could go wrong in any sense.

Being a driver for the Army made it a little bit easier for him. A few days before 1 May (Labour Day), he saw that a bunch of army dudes had just left around a few brand new armoured vehicles, in preparation for the annual May Day parade.

He got the guys to teach him how the tanks drove (probably with liquor) and then - he put his plan into motion.

On 13 April 1963, waiting until the army crews went to lunch, Engles got into one of the cars and went on the most epic joyride of his life. Nobody noticed the random tank driving through, because this was East Berlin and that was just an average Tuesday.

On the way he offered a few bystanders a ride - “I’m leaving for the West, who’s coming?” were his famous words, and they were met with famous looks of “what the fuck?”

“Weird guys in tanks” are the same as “weird guys in windowless vans” in the GDR

WHEN HE REACHED THE WALL, despite revving up the engine and going the whopping 15 miles per hour speeds those things probably reach, he couldn’t break through straight through, and there was still a layer of solid concrete between him and freedom.

By this time of course, Border guards had heard reports of “holy shit some fuckbag just tried to drive a tank through the fucking wall” and went over to check it out.

The tank was stuck, but Engles wasn’t - he climbed out of the tank and proceeded to just climb over the rest of the fucking thing, because there was no way he was going to just stop now, god damn it!

Border guards were shooting at him, and at the top of the wall was a lovely boquet of barbed wire to greet him.

While this was going on, West German border guards were watching the scene unfold (popcorn in hand, probably), and, like cheering on their favourite reality TV star, fired back at the East Germans to cover for him and distract the guards. It was like an epic shootout, except with a stalled tank, a shitty wall, and a bloody teenager.

Back on the West, there was a bar nearby. A few people (“Half of them were plastered,” Engles would later report) came out and saw the scene - the gunshots, the bloody kid dangling from the barbed wire, the tank - and decided that this shit was too epic to pass up.

“wwe gotta go help…the kid…with the thing… ‘n the guns…”

They rushed over, formed a human ladder, and got the kid down. They took him back to the bar where the owner closed up shop, and they proceeded to tend to his wounds.

Engles was out, but not for long - when he awoke, he claimed that he knew he was safely in the West when he saw all the varieties of Western alcohol on the shelves.

The first thing he asked for was a cognac or a beer.

In the image above, East German officers congregate around the tank Engles smashed through the Berlin Wall.


Labour Day in Istanbul – May 1, 2014

1. Protesters wearing gas masks hold a banner reading ‘Workers who resist win’ as they march towards Taksim Square. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

2. A riot police officer gestures amidst tear gas during a May Day demonstration in Istanbul. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

3. Protesters advance towards riot police. (Can Erok/Reuters)

4. Turkish riot policemen take position behind their shields during clashes with protesters who try to reach Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

5. Protesters wearing gas masks use slingshots during clashes with riot police who prevent them from reaching Taksim Square. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

6. Riot police fires tear gas to push back protesters. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

7. A Turkish protester wearing a gas mask stands amid a fog of tear gas that was fired by riot police to disperse a May Day rally. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

8. A protester is hit by water from a police water cannon during a May Day demonstration. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)