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When you’re already annoyed by the demolition work across the street – the old Amberger cinema, later “Ilmgau-Großmarkt” and part of the department store, part of the building group which I had shown before for the Projekt 52 topic “Contemporary witness” – (German newspaper article), you can at least try to make the best out of it: a few photos ;) (click for larger versions):

Poke here a little…

Klickeradoms 1.1

…push there a little…

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…and away with this obstructive construction.

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Now it’s time for the wooden ventilation shaft!

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Oops, only the front part came loose…

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But now!

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Away with it…

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…the next section falls!

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And now the last section of the roof, shown in photos with a little over 1 second between (the camera made more, of course, but I don’t want to overdo it too much here…):

Klickeradoms 2.1 Klickeradoms 2.2 Klickeradoms 2.3 Klickeradoms 2.4 Klickeradoms 2.5 Klickeradoms 2.6 Klickeradoms 2.7 Klickeradoms 2.8 Klickeradoms 2.9

It kept hanging like this for a while until the “claws” tore at it once more…

PS: The post title “Klickeradoms!” is a German sound word invented by Dr. Erika Fuchs, the great German Disney translator, for objects falling down, hitting the ground and usually breaking into pieces. Isn’t that prettier than e.g. the usual “Thud!” in English? :mrgreen:

Bruno the Strong and the magic staircase

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Urban 2

Once upon a time, in the year two thousand and seven in the Common Era in a district town which is called Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, there was an urban department store owner who had contrived a plan to extend his store a little and, at the same time, amend the comfort for his valued customers, inasmuch as these were only able to be lifted from the ground floor to the floor above that by a magically self-moving staircase, commonly called “escalator”, however having to exert themselves to get to the second floor all on foot.

Kran Thus it came to be on a tepid late-winter or pre-spring day (the chroniclers are undecided in this) of the sdubsequent year that yon department store owner temporarily even relinquished his dearly beloved area, that which was intended to park the carriages of his customers during their hopefully remunerative stay in said department store (and exclusively during this stay, other uses of this area had never been causing any pleasure). For aforementioned area was needed as space for Bruno the Strong from the family Liebherr, without whom this endeavour deemed forlorn, and his equipage.

Rolltreppe Know ye, such magical self-moving staircases do not grow by themselves in place, instead they are being grown far away and are brought hither and thither in full-grown shape on special long and flat carriages, those which are called flat bed truck.

Kran lang Then in the early morning, said Bruno the Strong came rolling to and first got himself a good grip on the ground by the means of his strong paws.

Come now, quoth Bruno, I am ready, let the staircase come! And at once, it came. And Bruno took it with his long fingers, stretched his body very much, and lifted it on the ‘tween-roof, from whence it was, after the people had overcome their astonishment on account of his strength and skilfulness, moved to inside the building and mounted tightly, so that henceforth it may lift many a customer comfortably to the upper level.

Kran fährt weg After his work was done, Bruno the Strong boldly set forth on to his next quest, where he was sure he would attract great interest again and again.


(Sorry if this sounds too odd, I’m not that experienced in imitating fairy-tale-like English…)

All original photos (and a few more) can be seen in my Pfaffenhofen gallery.