Just before the thunderstorm
Just before the thunderstorm
Protesters and clothes swapping initiative in front of the new Primark store at Alexanderplatz
Today the second Primark branch in Berlin and the 13th in Germany opened. Primark is a budget clothes and home products manufacturer from Ireland. Its prices are scandalously low with T-Shirts often for no more than 2 €. The company is hugely successful in Europe and people go crazy about the stuff. The clothes can also be described as fast fashion, produced to be thrown away after wearing them once. Was it only about wasting resources like water, land or chemicals and polluting the environment it would be bad enough but it's also about exploiting workers who earn so little that they can't afford a living, working in unsafe factories that burn down or collapse from time to time, like in Bangladesh last year, where about 1.000 garment workers died. And people are often exposed to toxic chemicals as well. All those facts make the products of brands like Primark, KiK or Mango so bad, terrible yet lethal.
As long as the companies refuse to improve working conditions along the production chain and develop an environmentally friendly attitude the only effective thing to do is to stop buying them. There were a lot of people today at Alexanderplatz to protest against Primark and the Inkota network organized some good initiatives, here, like the clothes swapping booth. And there was lots of media with some articles also about the protests here and here. If you have a facebook account you can see the pictures of BUND here, or check out the Lebenskleidung page, here, they covered it very well, too.
By the way, if you need new underwear or basic shirts, check out the ethical clothes by NIKOLAIKIKI,
here. You can also have a look at how we produce, I documented the production in Izmir, Turkey, here.
Happy considered shopping!
We've been to the Fusion Festival in the Mecklenburg lake district the last weekend and it has been wonderful. It's a pretty alternative event on a former airforce base. They limited the tickets because it has become very popular the last years, this 18th Fusion was my first time. At the beginning I compared it to the Secret Garden Party that I've been to a couple of years ago and that I considered the most amazing festival so far.
In the end the Fusion is just a great festival on its own. I love that it's non-commercial with no brands or sponsors at all. All the food stalls are vegetarian or vegan and the event is pretty political, too. The footpaths on the area are named after famous revolutionaries and left-winged politicians. There's also a theatre and a cinema, handicrafts and clothes to buy. And a lot of music of course. I also liked the little lake nearby that made a perfect spot to relax and refresh on the sunny weekend.
People were very relaxed and easy going and you could literally dance all day to whatever music you love.
I really enjoyed the weekend and here are some pics ...
Fusion 2015, I'll be there ...
Train station, Shanghai
Only some articles from the last weeks ...
An interesting article about our president Gauck and his influence on a military level, here. (German)
Here you can see what stake investors own in Germany, there. (German)
Some interesting comment about political assassinations, here.
Did you know what area would be necessary to power the whole world with solar energy? The university of Braunschweig found out years ago, here.
And why not use drones against the state in return, here.
Till next time,
I have the brand-new Huawei Mediapad X1 7.0 here and I have to say I love it. It's a so called phablet, bigger than even the largest smartphones but smaller than an iPad mini for example. Great, when you only want one device that does it all, especially if you prefer looking at a big screen rather than fiddling around on a 4-incher. I recommended it to a friend for good reason and it doesn't disappoint in real life. Craftsmanship is great, mostly made of aluminium with two plastic parts at top and bottom, no play or sqeaking.
It has a beautiful 7" Full HD display with a special 16:10 ratio, giving you a little extra width compared to other cellphones or tablets. It's driven by a powerful, yet efficient processor and a large battery, good enough for a heavy working day and fast enough to make everything operate smoothly.
It's runs on Android 4.2.2, which is a bit odd as it's quite old, but it doesn't bother me, there may be a future upgrade available. With its own Huawei themes it looks fresh enough for me and does everything that I need.
It has a pretty good camera and a flash, too. You can put extra SD cards in to extend storage and Android gives you all the customizability you might miss on an iOS device.
Because it's really quite big it makes sense to use the provided headphones or quality third party ones for phonecalls. It's probably better anyway radiation-wise.
And the best, with a street price below 400 € from the start it's quite affordable, too.
It's a really cool phone/tablet combination, I like it, it's different and very pretty, highly recommended!
The Südzentrale is a former power plant in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Built in the Art Nouveau Style it forms a townscape defining building ensemble together with the Kaiser-Wilhelm Bridge. Since it was closed down in 1993 it's left to decay. Despite protests and even citizens' movements people didn't manage to save the beautiful old building. Demolition will start in two weeks. What a shame!
I didn't have my big camera with me but I managed to take some photos with my little point & shoot camera that captured the building quite nicely.
Sad it's going to disappear soon ...
Plain, Etzel, Ostfriesland, Germany