September 20, 2007

Old News

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Last september twelve, Rotterdam (architectural) design studio Bureau Lakenvelder created a melancholic farewell to Sybolt van Ravensteyns Rotterdam Central (train) Station by resetting the CENTRAAL STATION (central station) sign to TRAAN LATEN (which means something like ‘to shed a tear’). The ‘old’ central station had become the symbol for the post war reconstruction of our beautiful city, but in the now of course it had to make way for a more convenient central station, more compatible with the hedonistic post post modern, urban lifestyle that we all enjoy so much.

photos: Jeroen Musch

To end this post on a somewhat lighter note here’s something that reminds me of both the old station leaving and the subtle sign change, in the ultra joyfull (or at least I feel so) and rather filosophical ‘ode to the now’ in the form of parliament’s lyrics to their anthem ‘fantasy is reality’, coming from their splendid ‘Osmium’ album. (It’s my own transcript, so please feel free to leave comments on them in the comment section, for I’m pretty sure that for example the “its defier...”-bit just can’t be right):


Parliament
Fantasy is Reality


Fantasy is reality in the world today
Well I keep hanging in there
That is the only way

Recollections of what granddaddy used to say
Keeps me hanging in there
That is the only way

My mind is mine and mine my mind will always stay
No way of life will make me law’s gonna take it away
I’ve seen the light, I’ve tasted the blood of his soul
and it tells me to come on home, yes it tells me to carry on

Fantasy is reality in the world today
But I’ll be hanging in there
That is the only way

Recollections of what granddaddy used to say
Keeps me hanging in there
That is the only way

I’m free because I’m free of [the] need to be free
I’m free because the night is watching over me
and its defier, it will forever protect me
showing me we’re all from a heart, so that I can carry on

Insanity is normality in this time and day
But I’ll keep on hanging in there
That is the only way

Recollections of what granddaddy used to say
Keeps me hanging in there
That is the only way

Posted by rufus.k at September 20, 2007 11:08 AM