Tuesday 16 February

I should of course have said that yesterday was Rosenmontag, celebrated particularly in the Rheinland with fancy dress and processions of a politically critical hue. This year of course they did not take place, only virtually, although apparently many people did don fancy dress and have fun at home. The Cologne procession is famed for its cynical outlook.

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This is mocking the hamster mentality of hoarding, in this case, toilet rolls.

Karneval or Fasching is normally a very amusing time, with plenty of beer and wine, and time off work and school. It’s an old joke that adultery committed during Karneval is not grounds for divorce. The last time I was in Munich for Fasching, I was in the town centre. mingling with the crowds, and had the pleasure of having my bottom pinched. I whirled round to face the giggling perpetrator. All part of the fun. But here in the UK we settle for pancakes, and I have to say, they were very nice.

My exercise today has been very mundane. a trip to Aldi and to B and Q. The weather militated against too much strolling in the open air. And I need a new Venetian blind for my study as the present one had unravelled in spectacular fashion, and Rod needed meths for the trout smoker. Such are the basic necessities around these parts.

I had a meeting about a meeting, for a Zoom presentation. So I set myself up as I would do for the real thing. Camera at eye level, neutral background, good lighting. I thought you may like to see the professionalism of it.

I heard this today, eine kleine Nachtmusik, and I am in German mode, so here goes. It is a truly epic piece of music.

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