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Index of themes

Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229)

Pope Innocent II calls for the Crusade

Riches of the region of Languedoc

Simon de Montfort, first leader

All Saints' Day 1 November

Analysis of the painting La Toussaint, All Saints' Day by Émile Friant

Émile Friant, La Toussaint, All Saints' Day (1888) [image]

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, separate and together

All Saints' and All Souls' Days 2016

All Souls' Day 2 November

Jacobi/Schubert: 'Litaney auf das Fest Allerseelen'

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, separate and together

All Saints' and All Souls' Days 2016

Alldeutscher Verband (1891-1939), German expansionist movement

Misinterpretation of Hoffmann von Fallersleben, 'Das Lied der Deutschen'

Alpine choughs (birds of the crow family)

Winter visitors (alpine choughs / Dohlen) [image]

Die Winterreise, 'Rückblick': Crows throw things at the narrator when he is leaving the town

Die Winterreise, 'Die Krähe': A crow - 'magical animal' - follows the wanderer

Andenken, Lied, text by Friedrich von Matthisson, 1794

Analysis of the text, score

Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), caused by carbon dioxide

Our good friend carbon dioxide

Scientists have an almost unshakeable authority in the public mind

The science is settling nicely

Climate alarmism: down the rabbit hole

In praise of Stephen McIntyre

GWPF lecture: Global Warming versus Global Greening

Climate cognitive dissonance

Messing up energy generation and distribution without cause.

The disreputable state of post-truth climate science

Bedlam through the peephole

The Blaise Pascal guide to Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming

John Bates, NASA climate whistleblower

John Bates, NASA climate whistleblower

See: Green issues

Artificial Intelligence

Austin's AI test

Austrian Empire

See: The decline and fall of the Habsburg Empire

Babi Yar massacres Kiev, 1941-44

75th anniversary

Bad Aibling accident Train accident in Bavaria 09.02.2016

Signalman and designers at fault

Béziers, France

Sacked in 1209 during the Albigensian Crusade

Bible

1 Corinthians 13:13. The three 'theological virtues', faith, hope and love (a.k.a. 'charity') in Die Winterreise

Book of Job 5:7, 35:16, 38:1-7, 40:15

Genesis 22:1-18, 'The Sacrifice of Isaac' as a test of faith

John 20:24-29, 'Doubting Thomas' as a test of faith

Apocrypha (Susannah 15-24), Susannah and the Elders [image]

Genesis 11-4, 19, Lot and his daughters [image]

Carl Schubert uses Luke 22:39-46 on the statue Ölvater in Hohenseibersdorf

Exodus, 20:8-10, third commandment: keeping the sabbath

Cecco del Caravaggio, Christ driving the moneylenders out of the Temple [image]

The Bible: essential reading for atheists

Job, the story of a simple man [quote]

Job Mocked by his Wife [image]

Binary dates

Nice binary dates

Bluebell

Butch Spaniards on the rampage ravish effete natives

Brexit Proposed exit of Britain from the European Union

Inadequacies of the 'Swiss Model'

Europe, not like us

EU Referendum wrong for the UK

The EU referendum to date [04.05.2016]

A cut-out-and-keep guide to European wars, specially designed for the use of British Prime Ministers

No X please, you're not British

Ignorant? Uninformed? Thick? Please vote

The alien hatches, blood everywhere

Infamous last words and Ghulam Maniyar

Voters: now you see them, now you don't

EU Referendum: first thoughts after the non-deluge

EU Referendum: The Tory Chosen Ones

UK politics grassroots guide

Snowflake of the Month: Stephen Curry, tearful remainer [quote]

North gets it – not really

Brexit and the 'post-fact' era

Brigittenau Park in Vienna

Meeting place in the Jacobin Conspiracy

BrünnCapital of Moravia

Andreas Riedel held in the Friars Minor Capuchin Abbey

Location [map]

See:

CAGW Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming

See: Anthropogenic Global Warming

Carbon dioxide effects on climate

See: Anthropogenic Global Warming

Carcassonne, France

Sacked in 1209 during the Albigensian Crusade

Cathars (Albigenses) (1200-1330), heretical movement

Doctrinal differences with the Catholic Church

Ascetic lifestyle

The 'Friends of God'

Considered as a monastic order with the consolamentum vow

Gender equality

Inquisition and demonisation propaganda

Trial by fire of Albigensian books [image]

Burning of 224 Cathars at Montségur 16 March 1244

Burning of 178 Cathars in Verona 1278 after the fall of Sirmione

Climate change

See: Anthropogenic Global Warming

Communism

Hans Erni, communist graphic artist

Unbalanced revulsion: toleration of communist monsters

Computer topics

Backup hell: a seasonal visit to the crypt

Declaration of Independence of the United States (1776)

The problematic use of 'self-evident'

Deutsches Reich (1871-1922-1933)

Deutsches Reich founded by Bismarck [map]

Die schöne Müllerin, song-cycle (1820/1824, Op. 25, D. 795), Schubert and Müller

Introduction

Source text Sieben und siebzig Gedichte...

Masks and personae in Romantic poetry

Marie Antoinette's bucolic village in the Trianon

Müller's 'Poet's Prologue' [quote]

Friedrich August von Staegemann's salon in Berlin

The birth of the song-cycle

Beethoven's song cycle, An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant loved one), Op. 98 (1816)

Müller's assertion of German identity and language

A 'Town Soldier' in Arrestmeldung (Arrest Report), by Carl d'Unker (1857) [image]

Textual analysis of poems 1-12

Plot summary of poems 1-12

Textual analysis of poems 13-23

Plot summary of poems 13-23

The epilogue

The problem of the integrity of the song-cycle

The opera scene in Vienna

The influence of Schubert's syphilis and its treatment

The influence of Therese Grob, the lost love

Rustling inspiration in Wohin?: Wilhelm Müller and Clemens Brentano

Die Schweiz, das Ferienland der Völker mural for the Swiss Landesausstellung 1939

Mural by Hans Erni (1939)

Down by the Salley Gardens, poem by W. B. Yeats (1889)

Growing up in Sligo [quote]

Verse 1 [quote]

The meaning of 'salley gardens'

A coppiced willow [image]

Verse 2 [quote]

Structural analysis

The weirs at Ballisodare, County Sligo [image]

Ezra Pound imprisoned near Pisa after WWII

Yeats and Pound at the Peacock Dinner (18 January 1914) [image]

Pound visits the grave of James Joyce in 1967

Pound's Canto 83, the memory of the grass on the weirs

Confucius: 'the sage delights in tranquility'

'Consiros': Arnaut Daniel's words to Dante

The grass on the church roof of San Giorgio in the Via di Pantaneto, Siena

'soll deine Liebe sein': unfathomable love

Pound: 'Grass nowhere out of place'

The Platonic waters of the nous

Easter, 1916 poem by W.B. Yeats (c. 1920)

'Easter, 1916': analysis

Economics

Keynsians and Austrians: still guessing after all these years

Storing Swiss cash just got easier

Enlightenment (~1650-~1800, but mainly 17th century)

The Enlightenment: done and finished

The Reformation: Breaking the Catholic monolith

Rudyard Kipling, 'In the Neolithic Age' [quote]

Max Weber, 'The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism I' [quote]

The 'Reformation Wall' (1909) in Geneva [image]

The Scientific Revolution: The world of things

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) [image]

The Enlightenment: The world of humans

Enlightenment trait: Collecting and classifying

L'Esprit des Loix (The Spirit of Laws) (1748), Montesquieu

Louis XIV: 'l'État, c'est moi' (attributed) [quote]

Die Landesmutter (Mother of the Nation)

Encyclopédistes: Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts

Enlightenment trait: The individuality of truth

Immanual Kant: The use of rational thought by each individual to test ideas

Enlightenment trait: The attack on superstition

The creation of the United States

The problem of social cohesion

The death of the Enlightenment

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Unity through the general will

The Enlightenment and the French Revolution

Thinking better of supporting the French Revolution

The Enlightenment: gone almost without trace

Uniting under the banner

W.B. Yeats: 'the best lack all conviction'

The Bastille Spirit: the Green Fairy is not your friend, Brendan

Pompeo Batoni: Emperor Joseph II and Archduke Pietro Leopoldo - an Enlightenment milestone.

Bedlam through the peephole

Equipment

An illustrated guide to emptying the Gtech floor cleaner

Ergotism disease caused by fungus in rye

During the 'hunger years' 1771-3

ESA European Space Agency

Failure of the Schiaparelli lander on Mars

Snowflake of the Month, October, Dr Stephen Lewis [quote]

European Union 'EU'

Swiss problems with the EU

The EU 'a continuation of the Holy Roman Empire'

EU referendum wrong for the UK

The EU referendum to date [04.05.2016]

A cut-out-and-keep guide to European wars, specially designed for the use of British Prime Ministers

No X please, you're not British

Ignorant? Uninformed? Thick? Please vote

The alien hatches, blood everywhere

Britain joining the EC

We'll do it our way: Blaming the Amis the European way.

See: European Space Agency

Excideuil, Château d', France

Ezra Pound, 'Canto 48': the wasp dismembering a spider

Forelle, Die [poem] (The Trout), poem by Christian Schubart

Introduction

Schubart's text

The Angler, by Carl Spitzweg (1808–1885) [image]

Analysis of verses 1-3, the capture allegory

Analysis of verse 4, the camouflage

Schubert's Schubart source

How much did Schubert know of Schubart?

Forelle, Die [song] (The Trout), song by Franz Schubert

Introduction

The creation of the Die Forelle

Manuscripts and publication history

Manuscript score of 1821

Schubert's Schubart source

How much did Schubert know of Schubart?

Forellenquintett (The Trout Quintet) by Franz Schubert

Introduction

The creation of the Forellenquintett

French language

The coming extinction of the French language

French Revolution

Death of the Princess de Lamballe (1908) [image]

The death of the Enlightenment

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Unity through the general will

The Enlightenment and the French Revolution

Thinking better of supporting the French Revolution

The Bastille Spirit: the Green Fairy is not your friend, Brendan

Source of Franz II's fear of revolution

Freundeskreise (Circles of Friends), Schubert's friends

The friends under Franz II's belljar

Green issues

Hans Erni, graphic artist

IKEA's loose screw

Suspension of disbelief: the Solar Impulse project

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden wants to ban taking baths

The Nobel Prize Banquet 2015

Hans Erni and Moritz Leuenberger

Bill Gates, Rousseau's new best friend

Bye bye, Energy Revolution

Rousseau in 'Nature'

Bye bye, democracy. Hello, general will

Rousseau's Swiss eco fans

Noble lies in Switzerland

Moritz Leuenberger: in praise of Machiavelli

Dark chocolate, green lunacy

The green tick in Norway

Gotthard tunnel. Gotthard tunnel?

The Nobel Prize Banquet 2016

Messing up energy generation and distribution without cause

The errors of the Peak Oil doctrine

The failure of immature technology

The solar road to nowhere

Charlie, the future King, saves the world with a stroke of his pen

Pie-in-the-sky charts and UK electricity decarbonisation

The disreputable state of post-truth climate science

Bedlam through the peephole

Habsburg Empire

See: Austrian Empire

Habsburg lip genetic defect

The Habsburg lip as a brand logo

Halloween

Halloween abjured

Headline of the Year, nominations

Oceans flow backwards

Entire home town of Italian Cambridge student found tortured and murdered

Many parts of your body are not there because you need them

HohenaspergFortress prison in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Schubart's incarceration on Hohenasperg

Into the dungeon cell

The commander and the clergyman: Rieger and Zilling

His Serene Radiance Carl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg

Religious re-education

Some relief 1778: out of the dungeon

Fresh air 1779: a walk on the ramparts

The entertainer 1780: Schubart and Schiller

Renewal 1782: recovering from Rieger

The Crypt of Princes

Three views of Hohenasperg [image]

Two aerial views of Hohensperg [image]

The completely fake 'Schubart Cell' in the 'Schubart Tower' [image]

A photograph of the inside of what was probably Schubart's cell [image]

Two drawings of the 'Schubart Tower' from inside the fortress [image]

A photograph of the 'Schubart Tower' from inside the fortress [image]

Two photos of the 'Schubart Tower' in modern times [image]

The door to Schubart's cell in situ and in the museum [image]

Schubart's view of the door in his dungeon cell [image]

Asperg and its surroundings [image]

Hohenseibersdorf Schubert ancestral parish in Moravia

See:

Holy Roman Empire (Das Heilige Römische Reich deutscher Nation)

See: Austrian Empire

Humour

Accumulated wisdom

Orderly Swiss snow [image]

The judicial humourist, they'll none of 'em be missed

Mars will now say a few words

Wittgenstein's disease: conceptual framework

Red Burgundy

The bad old days

Lost causes and lunacy explained

S.E.E.D. The Society for Elegant Exits and Departures

Storing Swiss cash just got easier

A helping hand in the Lecture on Anatomy by Andreas Bonn, 1792

Boaty McBoatface

King-to-be in dressing gown receives President-soon-not-to-be

The social revolution rolls inexorably on, Prince Égalité!

Swiss snow having orderly fun in the playground

Accumulated wisdom (jokes)

Geography made easy in one dog

Lime-flower tea and madeleines in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (1913-1927)

Schrödinger's cat revisited

UK politics grassroots guide

Classic books: the great unread, best avoided

Ich denke dein, Lied, text by Friederike Brun, music by Zelter, 1795

Analysis of the text, score

Idealism, philosophical movement

Goethe's refutation of Idealism in Nähe des Geliebten

Descartes' cogito ergo sum as the foundation of Idealism

IKEA furniture chain

Lenten thoughts, newly assembled (miserliness)

IKEA's loose screw

Helping hard-up parents make ends meet at Christmas with 'Malm'

Inquisition

Saint Dominic presiding over a trial by fire of Albigensian books [image]

Saint Dominic presiding over an Auto-da-fe [image]

Jacobin Conspiracy 1794

Five circles of conspirators

Use of samizdat and secret signs

Mission of Karl Traugott Held and Karl Denkmann to Paris

Franz II's decree of 2 January 1795 'insolent criticism' frecher Tadel

Public opinion in Vienna

See: Martinovics, Ignaz Joseph

See: Hebenstreit, Franz Ignaz Felix von Streitenfeld

See: Riedel, Andreas von

See: Mesmer, Franz

Jesuitengymnasium Jesuit High School in Brünn, Moravia

Johann Karl and Franz Theodor Schubert attend

Curriculum and entrance requirements

Jesuits Society of Jesus, religious order

Pompeo Batoni: Emperor Joseph II and Archduke Pietro Leopoldo - the conclave of 1769

Kremsmünster Stift boys' boarding school (Benedictine)

Franz Schober enrolled, 1809

Haven of child abuse 1970-2000

Kufstein Fortress in Graz

Andreas Riedel the Jacobin imprisoned

Franz Seraph von Spaun imprisoned

Language

decimate

beg the question

adverse risks

adjectival below

Gender-aware definitions and rabid feminist

Sanitised swearing: pointless proxy words

Mohammed: not my prophet

Americanisms

Likes/loves/hates that

Need to do something

Way (adverb) + almost any other word

Whole lot

Step up to the plate

Spider web

The get-go

stress change on ice cream and similar two syllable pairs

An infestation of likely as an adverb

to reach out to someone

The multiple meanings of significant

earth, world and planet

random something or someone

Jigsaw-puzzle grammar and rule-based grammar

The misuse of climatic

data and 'uncountable' nouns such as damage and information

Rigour, not mortis

The coming extinction of the French language

Channelled speech: decorating the slaughterhouse with geraniums

Lavaur, France

Sacked in 1211 during the Albigensian Crusade

Le Temps des cerises chanson

Chanson associated with the Paris Commune (1871)

Lesegesellschaft Franz von Schober's reading club

Leseabende started by Schober before 1822

Schubert: Quality declines in Schober's absence [quote]

Restarted at the beginning of 1828

Role of Lesegesellschaft for Schubert

Schober restarts the Lesegesellschaft

L'Esprit des Loix (The Spirit of Laws) (1748) by Montesquieu

Seminal work of the Enlightenment

Lied der Deutschen, Das (1842), written by Hoffmann von Fallersleben

Analysis of the poem

Lili Marleen (1915/1937), song

Song with text by Hans Leip (1893-1983)

Lindenbaum (lime tree)

Die Winterreise, 'Der Lindenbaum', passim

Die Winterreise, 'Rückblick', 'The round lime trees flowered'

Litaney auf das Fest Allerseelen (Litany for the Feast of All Souls), Jacobi/Schubert D 343

Background to the composition

Two principal verses [quote]

Lugdunum Convenarum (Saint-Bertrand-De-Comminges), Roman ruins, France

Extensive ruins mentioned in Ezra Pound, 'Canto 48'

Modern aerial view [image]

View of the recent excavations [image]

View of the recent excavations [image]

Lunar Society, Birmingham (1765-1813)

Stimulation of research and the sharing of information

Marmande, France

Sacked in 1219 during the Albigensian Crusade

Microsoft

How do I hate thee?

Minerve, France

Sacked in 1210 during the Albigensian Crusade

Montségur, fortified Cathar village, France

Introduction

Location map [image]

General view, modern ruins [image]

Myth and fact

Bibliography

Description

View up to the ruins of Montségur III [image]

The ruins of defensive walls [image]

view down to the modern village [image]

Aerial view showing the remains of the terraces [image]

Remains of foundations of the houses [image]

Plan of the castrum [image]

Reconstruction of the castrum of Montsegur II [image]

Reconstruction of a building on the edge of the castrum of Montsegur II [image]

Contour map of the 'pog' on which Montségur stands [image]

View of the Roc de la Tour [image]

View of the Roc de la Tour and behind it the ridge [image]

view of the Roc de la Tour and ridge in winter [image]

Looking down from the ridge into the valley [image]

The anatomy of the assault via the Roc de la Tour

Footpaths and attack route [image]

Limestone balls for a siege engine [image]

Previous sieges

Start of the siege, May 1243

Mild winter 1243-4

Succesful attack via the Roc de la Tour

Final assault on the castrum, February 1244

Fifteen day truce, 2-16 March 1244

twenty-one receive the consolamentum, 13 March 1244

Execution by burning of 224 Cathars, 16 March 1244

Monument at the Field of the Burned

Scarcely a trace left of Cathars on Montségur

Inane mystical theories about Montségur

Des Racines et des Ailes, FR3 [video]

3-D reconstruction of the castrum of Montségur II [video]

Tour of the ruins of Montségur III [video]

Musical flyby of Montségur III [video]

Moravia province of the Holy Roman Empire

Ancestral home of the Schubert family

See:

Morgarten, Battle of (15 November 1315), Famous Swiss battle

The battle of Morgarten

The invading troops

Duke Leopold I von Habsburg

Defeat for the Habsburg troops

The cloud of unknowing around the battle

The battlefield

Was there ever a 'Battle of Morgarten'? The chroniclers write

A catastrophe, a skirmish or a setback?

Mythmaking

The Morgarten myth in modern Switzerland

Motor vehicles

Citroën DS23: Gone but not forgotten: the rustbucket goddess remembered

Munkács Fortress in Hungary

Andreas Riedel the Jacobin imprisoned

Franz Seraph von Spaun imprisoned

Commission examines Riedel's prison conditions

Museo Galileo, Florence

Archduke Peter Leopold's chemistry cabinet [image]

Some of the contents of Archduke Peter Leopold's chemistry cabinet [image]

Archduke Peter Leopold's chemistry cabinet as it appeared in 1929 [image]

Table of chemical affinities between substances [image]

Museum of Art, Lucerne

Hans Erni, 100th birthday retrospective

Nähe des Geliebten, Lied, text by Goethe, music by Schubert, 1815

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) and Edwin Fischer (piano), October 1952 [video]

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) and Gerald Moore (piano), May 1958 [video]

Analysis of the text

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Success of rover and lander missions on Mars

National Health System UK

Don't mention the private treatment

Cost of healthcare for the Swiss

Neudorf Schubert ancestral village in Moravia

Epidemic years 1762-3

Famine years 1771-3

Location [map]

Parish register extracts for Schubert family [image]

Parish register extracts for Schubert family [image]

Parish register extracts for Schubert family [image]

Mortality in the plague years 1761-3 [table]

Mortality in the hunger years 1771-3 [table]

Oxford Dictionaries

Getting it wrong: beg the question

Gender-aware definitions and rabid feminist

Word Of The Year 2016: 'post-truth' - how wrong can you be?

Pan-German League (1891-1939), German expansionist movement

See: Alldeutscher Verband

Paris Commune (1871)

Association with the chanson Le Temps des cerises

Paul Scherrer Institute

Swiss plutonium storage [image]

Philosophy

Ryle, Gilbert (1900-1976)

Oliver James: Nature vs. Nurture

Mark Steyn: 'The document is a mere souvenir of the idea.'

Rene Magritte, La trahison des images (Ceci n'est pas une pipe) (1929) [image]

W. B. Yeats, 'Among School Children' (1928) [quote]

Lemmy Kilmister and Arthur Schopenhauer: the will to die

William of Occam and his bladeless razor

Some of Nietzsche's poetry (for his 171st birthday)

Pascal: The appropriate distance [quote]

The 'Pillars of Creation' from the Hubble telescope [image]

Plague column (Pestsäule), Vienna

The statue of Emperor Leopold I on the Vienna Plague Column

Politics

Sharing the risk: contra Mark Steyn

Peter Hitchens, defending Western culture

Democracy and delegation [quote]

UK politics grassroots guide

Dinner in the desert: help yourself to whatever you want

Devaluing the family: Let's not upset the childlessly carefree with all these nasty value judgements.

Princess Hyacinth, 1911 poster

Princess Hyacinth, by Alphonse Mucha [image]

Reformation

Portrait of John Calvin by Titian [image]

The 'Reformation Wall' (1909) in Geneva [image]

Religion

Chimpanzees believe in god

Siege of the Cathars on Montségur

Pope Innocent II calls for the Albigensian Crusade

Bathtime for St. Kevin An analysis of an episode in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake

Mohammed: not my prophet

Lessing's play Nathan the Wise: which is the true religion?

Lunatic calendars: beyond moveable feasts

The Duke of Cambridge, Defender of the Faith

Archbishop of Canterbury's surprise at the problem of evil

Behemoth and Leviathan (c. 1805) [image]

When the Morning Stars Sang Together (c. 1805) [image]

Strage degli innocenti (The Massacre of the Innocents) (1611) [image]

Church going, from Jeannot, mémoires d’un enfant (2000) [quote]

The invention of fanaticism

Tests of lunacy and faith

Genesis 22:1-18, 'The Sacrifice of Isaac'

John 20:24-29, 'Doubting Thomas'

Halloween abjured

Heine's mockery in Romanzero (1854)

The god of the forest

See: Cathars (Albigenses) (1200-1330), heretical movement

See: Saint Dominic (Dominique de Guzmán c.1170-1221)

See: Inquisition

See: Pope Innocent III

Repression in the Austrian Empire

Franz II's repressive response to the French Revoution

Franz II's Decree of 2 January 1795 'insolent criticism' frecher Tadel

See:

Rigoletto (1851), opera by Giuseppe Verdi

The suspension of disbelief: needed for opera and for politics

Romanzero (1854), book of poetry by Heinrich Heine

Translated excerpts of the Postscript from Romanzero (1854)

Royal Society, London, founded 1660

Stimulation of research and the sharing of information

Schlossberg Fortress near Vienna

Andreas Riedel the Jacobin imprisoned

Schubertiaden Schubert's private musical evenings

Schubertiaden fundamentally selfish events

Schober invents the Schubertiade in 1821

Schubert gains no professional benefit from the Schubertiaden

Schober in Breslau, Schubert ill: Schubertiaden decline

Schubertiaden restarted by Enderes and Witteczek

Last Schubertiade: Spaun's residence 28 January 1828

Scientific revolution

Table of chemical affinities between substances [image]

Four decades of chemical discovery

Amateur science and the progress to professionalism

250th anniversary of John Dalton's birth

Shoemakers' Plot 1793

Tradesmen's plot

Alerted the authorities to the dangers of seditious groups

Snowflakes sensitive people

August, Stephen Curry, tearful remainer [quote]

September, Helena Veysey, vegetarian pasty eater [quote]

October, Stephen Lewis, terrified rocket scientist [quote]

Social issues

Brief Encounter II: didn't her mother tell her?

The suspension of disbelief: needed for Rigoletto and for politics

Gold: how to lose money

Yesterday's technology, today's junk

Antisocial media

The good old days

The bad old days

Classical snobs and pop bozos

The perils of boar meat

What happened to the Greenwich gasworks?

A crybaby High Representative aiding the enemy

How much is your health worth to you?

Tears: an instrument of foreign policy

Oliver James: Nature vs. Nurture

Wasting police time

Saving time: Friedrich Torberg – letter to Victor von Kahler, 1945

In search of the lost timelessness of childhood

Channelled speech: decorating the slaughterhouse with geraniums

Solar Impulse project

Suspension of disbelief: the Solar Impulse project

Sordello, poem by Robert Browning (1840)

From Sordello (1840) 'Ye believe?' [quote]

From Sordello (1840) 'Lo, on a heathy brown and nameless hill' [quote]

St. Anthony's Fire disease caused by fungus in rye

See:

Stadtkonvikt boarding school in Vienna

Franz Peter Schubert in boarding school there

Schubert's friend Johann Senn

Steyr, Austria

Location map of Steyr [image]

Schubert's visits to Steyr; Forellenquintett

Schubert ill on his visit in 1823

Sudetenland Nazi term for ethnic German setllements in Czechoslovakia

The rise and fall of the Sudetenland

The swastika shines down on Mährisch Altstadt [image]

German soldiers protecting Mährisch Altstadt in 1941 [image]

Russian soldiers protecting Mährisch Altstadt in 1946 [image]

Swiss Implementation Initiative Referendum (DSI)

Referendum on the deportation of criminals 2010

Problems of implementation

Implementation Initiative (DSI) 2016

Disaffection with the political class

Results

Autopsy on the referendum: the power of the lie

The wrong answer: Implementation Initiative (DSI) 2016

Swiss military

Disarmament

Armed neutrality

Bridges and tunnels mined

Hidden defences [image]

Swiss National Museum, Zurich

Die Schweiz, das Ferienland der Völker, mural by Hans Erni (1939)

Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne

Hans Erni Museum

Switzerland

Plutonium stockpile removed

Armed neutrality

Bridges and tunnels mined

Hidden defences [image]

Swiss application to join the EEC withdrawn

Swiss application to join the EEC/EU [image]

Orderly Swiss snow [image]

Election 18.10.2015: Switzerland swings right - sort of

Bye bye, Energy Revolution

Jean-Jacques, back in your box!

EU referendum wrong for the UK

Rousseau's Swiss fans

Leuenberger's 'noble lie'

Moritz Leuenberger: in praise of Machiavelli

Swiss National Exhibitions, Hans Erni: Die Schweiz, das Ferienland der Völker, mural (1939)

Storing Swiss cash just got easier

Gotthard tunnel. Gotthard tunnel?

The creation of the Gotthard route through the Schöllenen Gorge

The Bözberg Pass in Aargau, Switzerland

The Aare basin, a transport nexus

Swiss birthnames in 2015

Freedom of speech in Switzerland: alive and well.

See: Swiss Implementation Initiative Referendum

See: Swiss military

See: Battle of Morgarten, 1315

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber (1905/1920)

The problem of attitude of employers and workers

Types of Protestantism, Calvinism the true break

Salvation by faith alone, Christ alone and scripture alone

Old Testament as important as New Testament

The Protestant concept of the 'calling'

Perform work for the good of others

Other-worldliness of Pascal

Calvinism decisive step to capitalism

The concept of the elect

The Catholic cycle of redeemable sin and the Calvinist fixed plan of virtuous action

Calvinist rewards on earth

The elect scorn worldly honours, titles and rank

Use of titles in modern Austria

Calvinist honesty

Carl Schubert as example of Catholic use of money

Adolf Glassbrenner and the tomb of Saint John of Nepomuk in Prague [image]

Maria Theresia's silver screen in Mariazell [image]

Benjamin Franklin as an example of the productive Calvinist use of money

Benjamin Franklin's use of the idea of the 'calling'

Franklin's Plan of Conduct programme for self-improvement

The beneficial effect of work in pursuit of the 'calling'

The difficulties of employing women in Catholic societies

Catholic theological rejection of trade and work

No place in the Austrian Empire for people like Benjamin Franklin

Antonio Corradini designs the tomb of Saint John of Nepomuk in Prague

Toulouse, France

Sacked in 1216 during the Albigensian Crusade

Tristram Shandy, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, novel by Laurence Sterne

Tristram Shandy's conception

'He shall be christened Trismegistus, brother'

Westphalia, Treaty of 1648

The fragmentation of Germany in 1648 [map]

The fragmentation of Germany in 1792 [map]

Wikipedia, online encyclopaedia

Counting 'units of knowledge'

'Units of knowledge' per language

Entries are language specific: the cuckoo clock

Winterreise, song-cycle (1823/1827, Op. 89, D. 911), Franz Schubert and Wilhelm Müller

Introduction

The creation of the cycle

Structural comparison of text editions [image]

Autograph ms. score, 'Gute Nacht' [image]

Autograph ms. score, 'Die Post' [image]

Urania Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1823 (1823)

Deutsche Blätter für Poesie (1823)

Sieben und siebzig Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines Waldhornisten, Zweites Bändchen (1824)

Textual analysis of poems 1-12

Plot summary of poems 1-12

Der Lindenbaum: problems of standalone performance

Der Lindenbaum: pollution by Am Brunnen vor dem Tore

Textual analysis of poems 13-24

Plot summary of poems 13-24

The 'death paradox'

The 'three suns' conundrum

The author as narrator in 'Der Leiermann'

The Blind Hurdy-Gurdy Player, by Georges de La Tour [image]

'The Leiermann': psychological interpretation possibilities

Die Winterreise, Müller's biographical background

Spaun's memoir concerning the composition of Die Winterreise [quote]

Analysis of Spaun's Winterreise memoir

Die Winterreise, 'Gute Nacht!' [quote]

Wittgenstein’s disease

Conceptual framework

Scrapbook: Backward flowing oceans

ZuckmantelVietz ancestral village in Austrian Silesia

Description

Location [map]