Kreuzberger CSD 2015

Kreuzberg CSD on Wassertor Platz in the back ground the buildings Skalitzer Straße 2-4 belonging to the GSW Immobilien AG, that gained infamy in recent history due to accusations of illegal evictions of tenants against a background of city wide rises in rents, and gentrification in particular of neighborhoods in Boroughs like Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The sign in the foreground reads "Alle Rechte für alle" (English: All rights for everyone).

We have not yet all been assimilated … yet.

The local gay monthly “Siegessäule” did a nice stretch on the Kreuzberger CSD. The photographer, J.Jackie Baier used an artsy filter to mute the edges of the images which coupled with the somewhat cloudy weather made us look like a more dour lot than we really are. So here’s proof that we were more colorful than one might think for such a serious lot.

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Fatma Souad about to get on the loudspeaker truck at the Kreuzberger CSD.Fatma Souad, a Kreuzberg Institution. Initiator of the popular, long-running Arabic-Turkish gay event “Gayhane” at the historic Kreuzberg Club SO36. Seen here at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg as one of the mistresses of ceremonies ready to take her place on the loudspeaker truck leading the Kreuzberger CSD (Christopher Street Day – annual LGBTI demonstration) on 27 Jun 2015.

March organizer Tülin Duman reads out the demonstrator's demands at the 2015 Kreuzberger CSD.Tülin Duman (standing on the truck bed in pink, holding a microphone) has done a lot for Berlin’s LGBTI world in her capacities as chair of GLADT e.V., Co-Manager of Südblock, or as a strong voice for “Netzwerk Diskriminierungsfreie Szene für Alle!” In the above photo she is putting the demonstrators at the Kreuzberger CSD in the spirit for the march, and reading out the protest’s proclamation.

Sign at Kreuzberger CSD. Sign at Kreuzberger CSD: “… bis dass der Tod euch scheidet” · Ehe Grenzen auf für alle.
English translation: “… til death do you part” · Marriage Open borders for everyone.
In keeping with the motto of the march, the protest sign above points to gains made by the LGBTI cause that benefit some whilst doing nothing to ameliorate or even exacerbating broader injustice that affect LGBTI people and others.

Keine pinke Camouflage – Queer bleibt RADIKAL. Eng.: No pink camouflage - Queer stays RADICAL The motto Keine pinke Camouflage – Queer bleibt RADIKAL (Eng.: No pink camouflage – Queer stays RADICAL), alludes to the relatively rapid rise public acceptance for some high profile LGBT causes like the call for so-called “marriage” equality, and the apparent adoption/cooption of common prejudices and questionable social conventions by some members of the LGBT “community” as a sort of quid pro quo for an apparently changed, less violently pejorative perception of LGBT people among certain members of Western society for whom such an insouciant posture in the matter would have been unthinkable only 10 to 20 years ago. It is well within my adult life-time, that anything less than an utterly hostile attitude toward “that kind of people” (gays and lesbians) was enough to make a person suspicious of being (at least partially) “one of them” him or herself.

We Queers have been replaced in the post-nine-eleven, socio-political ejector seat by the obstinately destitute ragged-masses, those stubbornly uncontrite Muslims, and other un-sexy, politically opportune pariahs. Indeed a rag-tag lot when compared “that nice double-income/no-kids, squeaky clean couple of (now marriageable) fellows” who just moved in next door. The neighborhoods real estate value should be soaring in no time. And even a sworn bigot’s gag reflex at the sight of two blokes smoochin’ behind their white picket fence can be assuaged by thinking of the shear cash value of an up-graded neighborhood for his property.

“Our” inroads into bourgeois respectability in and of itself could even be seen as a welcome change if it weren’t for those nice (married) fellows often becoming just as parochial as the worst of their neighbors, if not more so just to prove a point. So in a nut shell, what the whole event is about is some of “us” climbing into the social life-boat, and then shoving of without the rest.

textKreuzberger CSD on Wassertor Platz in the back ground the buildings Skalitzer Straße 2-6 belonging to the troubled, former company for the public good, now stock exchange noted corporation owned by a consortium consisting of Cerberus Capital Management and Whitehall Funds, GSW Immobilien AG. GSW gained infamy in recent history due to accusations of illegal evictions of tenants (in various buildings in Kreuzberg) against a background of city-wide rises in rents, and gentrification in particular of neighborhoods in Berlin boroughs like Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The sign in the foreground reads “Alle Rechte für alle” (English: All rights for everyone). (Skalitzer Str. 2-6 on openstreetmap.org here) The Neighborhood Organization “Kotti & Co.” addresses the rent, gentrification, and privatization conflicts in the area.

Adalbertstraße underpass under the infamous Neues Zentrum Kreuzberg complex (erected 1969-1974, architects Wolfgang Jokisch and Johannes Uhl, planning by Werner Düttmann) at Kottbusser Tor. Above supporters to the Kreuzberger CSD with LGBT rainbow flag, Palestinian flag, and a banner reading “Berlin Against Pinkwasing”*. Just out of sight to the right of the people with the flags and banners is Café Kotti, a relaxed self-service place run by the socialworker Ercan Yasaroglu, a grassroots project addressing the daily concerns of the neighbors around Kottbusser Tor and beyond, and a meeting place for Turkish intellectual and others. (Location on opensourcemap.org)

*The same banner is to be seen at the commercial CSD in Berlin-Charlottenburg and Tiergarten in an image as part of a photo stretch by Brigitte Drummer.
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When all was said and done we were all a bit nackered.  (bulldog lady in front of a café on Oranienstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg during the rally after the Kreuzberger CSD)When all was said and done we were all a bit nackered.
(bulldog lady in front of a café on Oranienstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg during the rally after the Kreuzberger CSD – and yes, the skate board in the background is hers. She carried it around in her mouth, and sometimes rode it with her front paws while pushing off with her hind legs.)

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ground beef or lamb

Köfte takes all

· when i was a kid before the dawn of Western Vegetarianism, i loved “hamburg”! As an old cook trying to get a bunch of guys with no appetites (damn Tina!) fed, i love it again. ·

My ground meat comes from the halal butcher (i’ll have no “culture wars” in my neighborhood, thanks!) at the supermarket next door. For us non-Muslims he has a version with a bit of fat left on the meat. I take that for making ground meat dishes that contain breadcrumbs, and the like.
The butcher is my age, and an quiet, observant sort. He was a bit leery of my appearance at first (though never impolite). Over the past few years in which i have been his patron we have developed a good business relationship, and maintain a warm-hearted, gentlemanly tone with one-another. He gives me whopping rebates when he can. Bless him.

So if you are ever in Schöneberg, visit the supermarket at the corner of Dominicusstraße and Hauptstraße. They have a great deli, and good specials on produce.

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use-up-milk fruit tarte

One of the interns where i volunteer recently asked me,
Do you have your recipes in digital form?

· That got me thinking about where i was cooking-wise ·

Sure i jot myself notes when something works well, or to remind myself never to try “that” again. I also have a collection of recipes – my own, heirlooms, flotsam and jetsam. But it had been a long time since i had given my work much thought. I had been at a dead end just under 10 years ago. There was nothing left in restaurant work i still wanted to do. So i decided to start “givin’ it away”. That is when Babewyn was born.

Since then i have been trying to find the “why” in cooking i had lost to maturity and the reality of contemporary hospitality. So here i am thinking what i could give this kid, and it occurs to me i am doing something differently now than when i quit full-time ala carte.

Time to get crackin’ on putin’ some of my stuff out there. And maybe i can even explain a little of the why and how and what makes that different from “Take out table so-and-so, please!”.

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Fence

Hangin’ on the Fence.

… Just me and the dog-do bag dispenser at Park am Gleisdreieck …

Hangin' on the construction site fence. Just me and the dog-do bag dispenser.
Hangin’ on the construction site fence. Just me and the dog-do bag dispenser.

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Bubble ii

Blowing bubbles at Tilla-Durieux-Park near Potsdamer Platz, Berlin-Mitte.

… yeah that is the back of my head – Murmel (my pet name for my friend Goran) is taking the picture …

Blowing bubbles at Tilla-Durieux-Park near Potsdamer Platz, Berlin-MitteBlowing bubbles at Tilla-Durieux-Park near Potsdamer Platz, Berlin-Mitte .

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Ball

Neighbors playing ball

… Viktoria-Luise-Platz in Berlin-Schöneberg at dusk …

Neighbors playing ball by the Fountain at Viktoria-Luise-Platz at Dusk.Neighbors playing ball by the Fountain at Viktoria-Luise-Platz at Dusk.

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Fountain

Fountain aglow

… Viktoria-Luise-Platz in Berlin-Schöneberg at dusk in mid-April 2015. Photographed from the Motzstraße entrance in the north-eastern part of the square looking south-westward. The last evening rays of sun illuminating the square and the fountain …

The Fountain at Viktoria-Luise-Platz at Dusk.The Fountain at Viktoria-Luise-Platz at Dusk.

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Spatz

A very plump Sparrow

… not far from the Berlin Zoo on Tiergartenufer in Berlin-Tiergarten …

A very plump Sparrow (Passer domesticus) ♂ on Tiergartenufer Berlin-Tiergarten not far from the Berlin ZooPasser domesticus

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old west

Tourist Motif of old West Berlin

… house boats on the flood canal of the Landwehrkanal near the Unterschleuse (lower lock) in Berlin-Tiergarten …

house boats on the flood canal of the Landwehrkanal near the Unterschleuse (lower lock) in Berlin-Tiergarten

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Photo take on Tiergartenufer, in the Große Tiergarten in Berlin.

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BAMAG U7

Gas Lamp Type BAMAG U7 on Tiergartenufer, Zoo and Gedächtniskirche in the Background

… walking about Berlin with whom else on our weekly roundabouts. Hazy April day, with flowers in bloom, and Murmel has a weakness for gas lamps, so “click”, and here you have it …

Gas street lamp type bamag u7 on Tiergartenufer in Berlin–Tiergarten

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Photo take on Tiergartenufer, in the Große Tiergarten in Berlin.

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