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Jim Dunleavy said
Looking forward to seeing its adventures amongst the fjords! 🙂
I'm not sure Danmark (aka Denmark) has any fjords, but in case she should meet any and later be pining for them, nobody is to nail her feet to anything.
Just wanted to make that clear.
( Monty Python reference, for those who are totally confused at this point. 🙂 )
Danmark (aka Denmark, aka Dänemark) has Limfjord and it has the Danish side of Flensburg Fjord. Germany has the other side of Flensburg Fjord.
Both these fjords are not fjords in the pictorial sense of Norwegian fjords.
There are also fjords in Greenland, & Greenland may be considered to be part of Danmark geo-politically.
There are few if any parrots in Danmark. No refunds will be offered for dead parrots. We do however offer to repair dead parrots at no charge. Return your dead parrot, complete with cage, and pre-paid return postage, to the place of purchase. The turn around time for this free service is two minutes. The supplying storekeeper's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Also, remember that a parcel is a parcel and a Parcel is a Parcel, and that parcels and Parcels are not to be confused, because by Royal Mail definition the two words are not interchangeable.
There is one photograph so far, which shows the violin checking in at the "Blue Point" for train travellers at Rødvig railway station.
As this photograph was taken with a non-digital camera, on a roll of 35mm film, which is about one third used, there are another 20 or so frames left before the film is processed, which is when I will obtain digital scans from the film on CD.
In the meantime, the violin intends to check itself in at a variety of other railway stations, such as Køge, Copenhagen, Fredericia, Padborg, Flensburg, Hamburg, Bremen, and Oldenburg. I can possibly manage opportunities at other intermediate stations and from the railway viaduct over the Kiel Canal at Rendsburg.
I will also try to get photographs at several airports, such as Kastrup, Schiphol, Abu Dhabi, Sydney and Coffs Harbour.
There is some prospect of video recording happening locally (Rødvig), although I have no further details so far, and I am not in control of arrangements.
I have an 11 year old PocketPC with a digital still and video camera built-in, but the batteries are all flat and I cannot find the charging cable. Hence the PocketPC is currently useless.
Wow 😀 you guys not only managed to pull this project off, you even managed to ship it to Europe 🙂
I'm new here so I read the first 2 pages of this thread a couple of days ago and it sounded like a really interesting idea, but today I skipped to the last page to see what's up 🙂
Nice one! Cheers!
The violin's first train ticket takes it on October 11 from Rødvig to Køge to Copenhagen to Fredericia to Padborg. At Padborg it disembarks from its carriage to sneak over fields along a country footpath across the unguarded border to Germany and Flensburg.
At Flensburg, also on October 11, with its second train ticket it embarks on a German train from Flensburg to Hamburg, then changes trains to Bremen, and then (in theory) changes trains to Oldenburg.
Both these train tickets (Danish and German) were bought on or about September 19.
However, one week ago, about the end of September there was something like a hurricane in Germany (sound familiar to those in Florida or Louisiana or Cuba or Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands ?).
This "something like a hurricane" is known in some quarters as "Orkan Xavier", but I think calling it a hurricane is a German exaggeration.
Various German railway lines have been blocked by fallen trees and other damage.
At the moment, there are teams of Germans struggling to re-open the railway line from Hamburg to Bremen in time for the travelling violin to reach Bremen on October 11, with the forecast today (October 9) being that trains will resume services to Bremen on October 10.
Also, at the moment, other teams of Germans are struggling to re-open the railway line from Bremen to Oldenburg in time for the travelling violin to reach Oldenburg from Bremen.
Two days back there was a forecast that the Bremen - Oldenburg section would re-open on October 11. But as of today that forecast has been withdrawn and Deutschebahn is not making any prediction when traffic from Bremen to Oldenburg will resume.
However, there is a possible way around via a deviation from Bremen to Osnabrück to Oldenburg. I am not sure what the violin's position is there, as it has a Deutschebahn ticket from Flensburg to Oldenburg good for October 11, and on the other hand the railway company operating passenger trains from Osnabrück to Oldenburg is NordWestBahn, which is not DeutscheBahn. I doubt that NordWestBahn honours Deutschebahn tickets.
In case readers have not already noticed, I have a penchant for writing long expository messages about subjects of interest to me, with varying degrees of drama.
Are there any more hurricanes in the offing ? Where will the travelling violin land next ? Who holds the fickle finger of fate ?
Oldenburg or bust.
First picture, Oldenburg in olden times.
Second picture, the former Oldenburg central station well before any hurricane arrived (note the absence of automobiles).
The travelling violin is now in Oldenburg in Germany (near Bremen).
The railway line from Bremen to Oldenburg is not yet fixed, and there are no trains from Bremen to Oldenburg until the weekend.
The violin drove by car from Bremen to Oldenburg, last night (October 11).
There are about nine frames exposed so far, but not processed.
Some photographs taken with a digital camera (which is not the camera I am using).
In the first photograph the violin is being played in a house in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, by a visitor Ingrid.
The next few photographs were posed in the turbine house at the former Nordwolle plant in Delmenhorst. I am only holding the violin, not playing it. The thing behind me is a large compressor. The plant made worsted wool thread and at its height employed about 8 500 people (from memory). What is now left of the plant is now a relic, the plant having been driven out of business by increasing automation circa the 1980s.
The next photograph has Oldenburg Schloss (i.e. Oldenburg Castle) in the background.
The violin returned to Danmark by being walked across the German border yesterday afternoon [October 18].
Meanwhile I have the impression that for every passenger train that arrives from Danmark in Germany at Flensburg station there are six German police waiting to meet and search the train, whilst for each passenger train that arrives in Danmark at Padborg station there are 7 or 8 police and paramilitaries waiting to meet and search the train.
This searching of trains by armed personel is a relatively new measure (I do not know exactly when this system was introduced, but it was not running in 2012).
Last night the Danish team escorted a man with a bicycle off the train at Padborg (i.e. he did not get very far, as the train only started from Flensburg, 8 minutes away). He reportedly was travelling without any tickets for himself or the bicycle (750 kroner fine).
Violins do not require tickets to travel on Danish or German trains.
In any case the violin did not cross the border by train, it snuck across the border on the quiet both ways.
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