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Issue 4/2008, February 14 2008 (No. 254)

German version
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A few weeks ago a big Jaguar sedan had parked in a turning area in our estate of terraced houses for some days.And some days before a wickedly expensive roadster had parked not far from that turning area for a few days. People may say ‚So what?' But only a person, who doesn't know anything about the history of our housing estate, will ask this way.
The housing estate was built by decree of the government of Bremen in the late1920s to house socially deprived people. The size and the arrangement of the houses was accordingly austere. Large families often lived on just 60 sqm. After the Second World War the housing estate gradually became a petty bourgeois quarter, where families of craftsmen and small clerks lived. Academically trained or other financially well-off singles have located in our housing estate in recent years.
A house in our estate is a pretty spacious domicile for a single person. Those people often have the wall between the kitchen and the living room taken out. This way they get at least one large room with 28 sqm. The sensation of proletarian cramped conditions vanishes a little bit. But the small house still doesn't become a luxury mansion.
The cars, which park in the narrow streets of the housing estate, are no luxury cars, they are mainly compact cars. During the decades probably no-one of the inhabitants of the housing estate had a car.
A big Jaguar sedan in a turning area in our estate of terraced houses
A big Jaguar sedan in a turning area in our estate of terraced houses.
It's safe to assume, that the owners of luxury cars and high-end roadsters kept out of that proletarian quarter at that time. Those fears of contacts have obviously vanished.
(My wife Christine helped me to translate the text. Thanks.)

Please also read Charlie Dittmeier's diary entry of October 29 2002 about cyclo drivers in Phnom Penh. The link leads to the latest entry of the diary. Please scroll down if necessary.

The international poster organisation Loesje has started a project to train young people from all over Europe and Asia in how to organise and coordinate information campaigns about the Millennium Development Goals. These goals are set by the United Nations to fight poverty and to improve living standards world wide.

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