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the only truth I know is my own experience

Vienna in Football fever + Russia Champion (slideshow) June 23, 2008

Here is a slide-show of my expressions from the Saturday night in Vienna City – the night when the Russian team won over the Dutch. It was so unexpected for everyone, that we could not even buy any Russian flag (!) – the shops had nothing to offer! Because the play was not in Vienna, there have been very few Russian fans on the street. But many disappointed Dutch ones.

What is really positive about the whole the mega-football Party in Vienna is that it goes on rather peaceful and joyful, not as aggressive as expected. I guess that the beauty and peace of Vienna itself has that great impact on people. Enjoy the slide-show!

P.S: I learned from a reliable source that Russia will not only get to the final, but also become the Champion! 🙂

LOVE; axinia

 

The spirit of play is older than culture itself – HOMO LUDENS June 22, 2008

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The most fascinating and profound studies on play I found by the Dutch lingusit and historian Johan Huizinga (1872-1945). He was one of the founders of modern cultural history, started out as a student of Comparative linguistics, gaining a good command of Sanskrit. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the role of the jester in Indian drama. Huizinga had an aesthetic approach to history, where art and spectacle played an important part. His most famous work is The Autumn of the Middle Ages (a.k.a. The Waning of the Middle Ages). interestingly, he reinterprets the later Middle Ages as a period of pessimism and decadence rather than rebirth.

In his book Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture Huizinga argues that play is one of fundamental drivers of human life, and is at the root of poetry, music, philosophy – even jurisprudence and war. (more…)

 

 
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