how this ends

Struensee as portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen

В формате байки.
Иоганн Струэнзе – врач безумного короля Дании Кристиана VII, чудесный мужик.
– стал де факто правителем Дании в 18м веке на пару лет
– принял впечатляющий список законов
– трахнул королеву *
– ожидаемо плохо кончил

Наглядно иллюстрирует что такое есть a man with power, a plan and on a deadline.

А что сделал ты, username?
Let’s not waste time.
Struensee held absolute sway for almost thirteen months, between 18 December 1770 and 16 January 1772.
During this time he issued no fewer than 1069 cabinet orders, or more than three a day.
Reforms initiated by Struensee included:

  • abolition of torture
  • abolition of unfree labor (corvée)
  • abolition of the censorship of the press
  • abolition of the practice of preferring nobles for state offices
  • abolition of noble privileges
  • abolition of “undeserved” revenues for nobles
  • abolition of the etiquette rules at the Royal Court
  • abolition of the Royal Court’s aristocracy
  • abolition of state funding of unproductive manufacturers
  • abolition of several holidays
  • introduction of a tax on gambling and luxury horses to fund nursing of foundlings
  • ban of slave trade in the Danish colonies
  • rewarding only actual achievements with feudal titles and decorations
  • criminalization and punishment of bribery
  • re-organization of the judicial institutions to minimize corruption
  • introduction of state-owned grain storages to balance out the grain price
  • assignment of farmland to peasants
  • re-organization and reduction of the army
  • university reforms
  • reform of the state-owned medical institutions
Изюм
Изюм.

  • When Struensee abolished all censorship of the press, it mostly resulted in a flood of anti-Struensee pamphlets.
  • On 17 June 1771 the royal family and court took summer residence at the Hirschholm Palace. That summer has come to be referred to as the “Hirschholm Summer” in Danish history.
    After that summer, and after the arrest of Struensee and the Queen on 17 January 1772, and the subsequent execution of Struensee, and the banishment and imprisonment of the Queen, the palace stood empty until 1810. At that time Frederik VI had the now dilapidated palace torn down for use as build materials for the rebuilding of Christiansborg Palace, which had burned to the ground in the fire of 1794. (link)
  • The execution took place 28 April 1772 on Østerfælled, approximately where Denmark’s National Stadium PARKEN is located today, in front of approximately 30,000 of the city’s then 70,000 inhabitants. (map)
  • From “The Visit of the Royal Physician”, first chapter:
    Struensee and the park history
  • The axe used during execution can be seen at the National Museum.
  • Today there is not a single monument to Struensee in Denmark – (you can’t fuck a queen without retribution!)

* A place in the sun.
Королева родила дочку (желаюшие могут сравнить портреты).
Через принцессу Луизу-Августу Датскую, официально признанную дочерью Кристиана VII,
Струэнзе является предком нынешнего короля Швеции Карла XVI Густава и нынешнего наследника испанского престола принца Фелипе Астурийского.

Links.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Friedrich_Struensee
Per Olov Enquist – The Visit of the Royal Physician – есть kindle edition
A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære) (2012) – кино про любоффь

Personal musings.
Personal musings.
That’s a great story, it pushes all the right buttons for me, tackles all the major themes and raises all the everpresent questions:
Power, responsibility, ideas, reality, power, seizing opportunity, perfect timing, power, staying human, invulnerability, adherence to principle, choice, decision making, responsibility, corruption by power, POWER.

Idealist comes by a perfect opportunity, vacuum of power, which can be used for… and then he HAS to answer all this questions.
I think he found an answer to them, but the Answer was very simple and not at all filled with hope, thus this relentless frenzy of law-making was started.
Yeah, he already knew how this will end.

Too idealistic, too unexperienced (or just too busy?) to secure his newfound political power and topple his enemies, but not a saint, stayed human afterall, so young and fresh faced queen is fucked, and enemies are provided with a weapon and death warrant is sealed.
Now, that’s a man after my own heart.

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Wherever XV Devil comes up in a reading for me it means POWER and hunger for it, passions and responsibility.
Doing what you WANT because you CAN and have a right to do it, precisely because of desire and preparedness to act.
Principle which is SO easy to abuse, and XV card reminds of that, bluntly.

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Lately, I’ve stumbled by chance on answers to those common “oh so deep and revealing” questions like “happiest day of your life”, “where you’d like to be buried”, etc
Now I know the answer to “you have a chance to meet any major historical figure, who would it be?” as well.

fairy tales

Sherlock: Wedding party still
In fairy tales, hero always gets plenty of stuff for his deeds: princess, kingdom, life of plenty, happy ever after. In real life you don’t get rewards for making an effort, going to great lengths and doing the right thing – you still will go home early and alone.

The only award for “doing the right thing” is that you have done the right thing.

depressing thought! *

Ladies and gentlemen, truth on television!

* not really.

nearly the perfect moment

I have a collection of sorts.

I collect moments of wonder.
Nearly perfect moments.

That’s why i listen to music.
That’s why i watch movies.
That’s why i read books.

Anywhere there might be a magic waiting to spark.
There could be a verse, a sentence, an intonation, a look, a movement, few bars of music.
But it will be enough, because at that moment everything just clicks together.
It becomes not necessary REAL, but RIGHT.

Sometimes you recognize it this instant.
Sometimes you can register it after several times of seeing and be left wondering just how you could be so blind before.
But then, maybe this magic was waiting, just as patiently, for a nearly perfect moment to happen?

You may encounter it in some cheap C-movie,
(i even got one in Avatar (definitely not cheap, but quite dull to my liking)
friend of yours stumbles upon a song while listening to some web-station, and collection grows.

2 seconds per song
2 minutes per movie
2 hours per love affair
2 days per life.

illustration
Avatar scene

Arto Kumanto – Nearly the Perfect Moment

/post dug out from “private”

words and drums

1. words

the only difference is what might be is now what might have been.

2. drums

я люблю барабаны.
я ищу Правильные, Идеальные барабаны.

я слышал такие несколько раз в жизни.
пару раз в документальных фильмах об Африке, а источников из совсем-детства я не помню.

эти барабаны были живыми, безумными, нескончаемыми, безудержными, неостановимыми.
бешенный поток энергии.

исполнители были не цивилизованными “музыкантами”, не были коллективом народного творчества.
музыканты жили этой музыкой, верили в нее – и я жил вместе с ними.

я ищу эти барабаны везде, но не нахожу.
я честно отслушиваю все, что мне рекомендуют со словами: “вот она, настоящая африка”
но это все не то.
“крышу” не сносит, сердце не останавливается, дыхание не задерживается.
есть ритм – но он слишком “искуственен”, иногда есть энергия, нет веры и жизни сквозь музыку.

DO WANT.
если вдруг вы знаете что-то подобное и поделитесь, я ваш вечный должник.
вы подарите мне часть меня.

3. gang bang

я был в субботу на концерте Franz Ferdinand (yes, that night was wild)

на этом концерте я попал на практически “идеальные барабаны”.
я должен показать хотя бы примерно на что это было похоже, ибо описать словами я не могу.

see it yourself to believe
Выбрайте HQ!

moments to behold:
1.48 – !!!!
5:10 – hey? can you hear me NOW?
5:31 – а fellow believer)

4. words

What Might Be Is NOW


5. summary

words are magic and music is my religion.

reality

it should be written down.

now i know WHY i was so inclined on 29.04 as my departure date:
this way i’d be able to see my grandmother alive.

since it became apparent that i can’t leave on 29 – i was waiting for consequences.
will there be an accident with a plane? or something, anything to explain my uneasiness?
when yesterday came a message that my grandmother suddenly feels worse – i knew that’s IT


It may seem like a whim, like an unnecessary haste, like an stupid thing to do.
But you better DO IT ANYWAY.
That is the lesson.