Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Dancing with Diggers in Deutschland

Strange sights in Germany where I'm working this week. On my way back to my hotel this evening I saw a large crowd gathered and heard loud opera music playing. There was an earth mover with a bucket on the end of its arm and a man dangling from it. As I watched, the arm lifted, taking the man with it, spinning round above the crowd in time to the music. The man started weaving in and out of the bucket, again in time to the music. Man and machine were dancing together.
Once I was able to suspend disbelief and soak up the music and atmosphere this was surprisingly moving! In those moments there was an emotional relationship between the digger and the dancer who caressed the metal and slid around the mechanism in a loving way.
All of this was done with no safety harness but there were two ambulances standing by! Then something distracted my involvement in the dance and all I saw was a man and a digger again but as the performance drew to a close I joined the crowd and clapped and cheered the strangeness and audacity of the piece. The driver of the digger emerged from the cabin and both he and the dancer took several bows and were even presented with red roses.
In other German news...I have never woken up in a hotel bed thinking "what a lovely duvet." It's not something I've ever got giddy about. A duvet is a functional thing and that's that. Oh how little I knew back then before I discovered the world of Really, Really Splendid Duvets! Something else I've never done in a hotel room is remove the cover from a duvet to see if there's a label to tell me the brand of the duvet contained. Until now.
See the pretty label? A quick search on Das Internet taught me that this is a very special Bavarian made duvet and they cost more than I thought you could spend on a duvet. What's so special about them? Well, they are feather light and drape over you gently and feel amazingly soft. They keep you warm but not too warm and cool but not cold. This my friends is the Goldilocks of duvets and I have duvet lust.
Will I buy one? Hmmm, difficult to justify the expense. Will I turn criminal and steal mine from the hotel? If only I had any space in my suitcase! But it's full so I shall just return home with my duvet lust.

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