The Perpetual Appeal of the Coffee House

SacherThroughout Europe many cities are popular for a café/bar-culture, e.g. Vienna, L’viv, Prague, Kraków and Ljubljana, to name only a few. In urban centres people like to spend their spare time in locales to socialise with other people. It is important to point out that “[c]afés are places where we are not simply served hot beverages but are also in some way partaking of a specific form of public life” (Laurier et al 2001: 195). The bar society, which we are taking nowadays for granted, was an important step in the development of modernity. Read More →

Comic · Confusions

The appearance of devotees to a subculture can lead to several confusions among outsiders.

Confusions

Click on the picture to enlarge. (c) by Lisica.

Nostalgia

nostalgia_thumbSpending New Year’s 2013 in Berlin, a city, where I had an amazing time some years ago, I was confronted with my own past. I visited places, bars, streets and the like, where I used to hang around. I drank the beer from ‘back then’ and even smoked the allegedly no longer available Nil cigarettes. Read More →

Ear-Worms · Songs that get stuck in our heads

20051118_ohrwurmWho doesn’t know this feeling, a certain melody playing continuously inside your head and there is no way of getting it out of your consciousness.

This can be a really annoying thing if your head tells you over and over that ‘I’m a big big girl in a big big world’ or that somebody broke your heart last Christmas (finally the heart breaking season is over for some time now). But, perhaps the worst ear-worm is the desperately hopeful assumption that ‘tonight’s gonna be a good night’ combined with the Sonic the Hedgehog theme. Read More →

Comic · Hipster Hunting

In this comic André Savetier is getting mistaken for a Hipster. Click on the picture to enlarge. Thanks to Lisica for this nice piece of art!

HipsterHunting