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I wanted to get a newspaper today at my favorite KIOSK Akuna Matata at U-Bahnhof Eberswalder Straße… –

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… and realised that it’s gone!

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My God! What’s going on here??? BYEBYEAKUNAMATATA –

(I was thinking about changing my header. Now I won’t)

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Once again Markt in der Bibliothek is right in the center of attention. When I left my house this morning, it looked like a crime scene:

DSC01453Most probably parts of a balcony came down last night.

P.S: shop is still closed. We would need it urgently since Vietnamese grocery store on Danziger Strasse (just around the corner) has turned into Vietnamese Restaurant number 15 000…

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After “Markt in der Bibliothek” next Vietnamese grocery store on Danziger Strasse, just around the corner,  has closed down this week. It will be reopened in March as a Restaurant. I wish the Vietnamese owners all the best with their new business plans – and still don’t know where to go now if I’ve forgotten to get milk. There’s probably just one solution: disciplined shopping!

My theory is: closing down the shops around the corner is part of an educational program initiated by Bezirksamt Pankow to try to discipline chaotic Prenzlauer Berg’s inhabitants. One of these measures already failed: the new parking rules on Pappelallee, established in April 2008 caused even more chaos. See also post “Unser Dorf soll schöner werden II”

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I’m back from Cuba, it’s autumn and while I was cruising around the island Germany and especially Berlin continued to change: Marcel Reich-Ranicki started a second career in the ad business, Jens-Holger Kirchner is now thinking about having Parking-Zones in Prenzlauer Berg (see also post “Unser Dorf soll schöner werden II“) , and the Vietnamese grocery-store guy (not the “Markt in der Bibliothek” one – the other one around the corner on Danziger Strasse) told me about his plans to close the store, go to Vietnam to learn how to cook and open a Vietnamese Restaurant at the same spot. So we will soon have about six Vietnamese, Thai and Corean Restauants in close neighbourhood, but nowhere to go to get milk.

P.S. “Markt in der Bibliothek” is still closed. But no worries: The owner is still thinking about what to do with his place. He told me, he wont rent it. He seems to be completely aware of the excellent adress he’s got.

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Choriner Straßenfest 2008 was a typical Prenzlauer Berg event:

A LOT OF KIDS

THE GRINBERG METHOD FOR THEIR PARENTS:

AND SPECIAL EFFECTS FOR TOP-ACTS:

Big surprise: one of the top acts actually came from Wedding: “Brauseboys – Die Leseshow aus dem Berliner Wedding“. See also their blog “browserboys“. So in the end there was a lot of traffic crossing the border between Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg this July 12.

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There is an invisible frontier between “rich” Prenzlauer Berg and “poor” Wedding. Only on summer weekends members of Wedding’s turkish community cross the borderline to gather in Mauerpark for picnic. For the people living in Prenzlauer Berg there’s no reason ever crossing the border to Wedding. Now “Gated community Prenzlauer Berg” offers guided tours to explore wild wild Wedding. Tomorrow, July 12 guided bicycle tours at 2pm and 4pm and a special tour at 1pm, also by bike, guided by “real Wedding kids” of social project “Route 65“will start from Gleimtunnel which connects the two quarters. See the whole program here. It definitely will be an adventure for everyone living in Prenzlauer Berg. See also post “we want more farmers.”

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In my post “foot washing against social injustice” I was wondering what religion could contribute in trying to solve the increasing problem of social injustice. And what about Anarchy? Let’s see what Edoardo Sanguineti (see post “Do we need new class hatred”) has to say about the “idea of Anarchy”:

Sanguineti considers the idea of Anarchy “the most innovative idea of bourgeois times (età borghese)” and says the principle of Anarchy was “to try to do something to feed the disorder (alimentare il disordine) of the world concerning a modification of reality and therefore to refuse a certain order of classes (ordine di classe)”. “Everybody is working on a sort of collective undertaking (impresa colletiva), on the refusal of the existing order (ordine costituito)” Concerning arts and literature he defines Anarchy as ” working together on the complete works of mankind.”

Isn’t it fascinating to watch this old Gentleman-Anarchist at work? (video was shot in September 2006 at Feltrinelli library Mantua). If all Anarchists would be like him “collective undertaking” would be a great thing. But, unfortunately, they are not:

Foto was taken during Actiondays demo on Helmholtzplatz

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