The past

Some things reveal their significance immediately at the first glance; others are highly significant for one person, whereas they are an impenetrable mystery for everybody else.


Mystifying, but I am afraid, I don't really get the whole of it. I have a few hypotheses, though, assuming that there is no deeper meaning embedded in the names themselves. But being a faithful reader of your writings, I have become careful when it comes to assuming.

@Dichand. I find it most depressing that we hope that the death of one man makes things better. By the way, the miracle already failed to work once. I fear that is because the overall situation in which one man could get that amount of negative influence has not changed. So I am quite sure that someone or something will fill the gap.

The dorbells: very strange. But I also find myself, on occasion, wanting to comment on your Twitter posts.
I had never heard of Hans Dichand - the following quote is from the Wikipedia article entitled "Hans Dichand":

"In June 2009 a commentary in the 'Wiener Zeitung' summarized: 'In this country he exercises power comparable only to that of the Roman imperators; merely by lifting or lowering his thumb he can point a two-digit percentage of the electorate this way or that.'"

Difficult to comprehend how one man could have that much power.

@Horst, that's because there is none. But as I am not going to twitter, I chose this place to reply on your tweet. Well, having a closer look at Jann's post, she got it.

@Jann. What I wanted to add yesterday: Having grown up in Austria with somewhat more than average interest in our political and media system, I do not find it hard to comprehend. Hard to digest it is, nonetheless. By the way, Wiener Zeitung was exaggerating, of course, but only slightly.

@ dieter. Well, even if it were only a high or mid one-digit percentage of the electorate swayed, it could and very possibly would still alter the election result :-), ... And here we have Rush Limbaugh, whom some consider the "top strategist and de facto boss" of the Republican party. This op-ed piece entitled "The Limbaugh Victory" appeared in The New York Times on May 19, 2010:

Pretty discouraging, I think.

And now, back to those doorbells.....

The doorbells keep mesmerizing me. It seems that newer door signs have been added below the older ones, except that the lowest has decayed completely. And Harris has a door sign and no bell. Is he trying to tell: "Yes, I live here, but don't bother getting in contact with me"?

I also tried to associate the names with historic figures, but I didn't get to a pattern going beyond the fact that there were American and British generals with those names. I think that several stories could start with the photo...

Funny, dieter, that you mention generals, because my first thought when I saw these doorbells was of Robert E Lee. My second thought was that I had a patient years ago whose doorbell was missing the button, but you could still make it ring by sticking a pencil or pen into the hole, which was what I had to do...

It is very telling that general Lee was also my first association. Although the Civil War had no direct implications on European history, the name does ring a bell ;-)

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