Feb 082016


Soon available on this site as free download: DALLAS KINGSTON KOLLEKTOR ‘GROUND’
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here an pre-listen: ‘excerpt from ‘ground’

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Feb 082016

Today its France Preseren day in Slovenia. Probably most readers of this post have no idea what that is, so let me briefly explain. Preseren was a writer (poet), died more than 150 years ago on February 8. He wrote in Slovene language, and according Slovene cultural history he influenced local language and inspired the artistic scene. In Slovenia this is sufficient to have today an annual national holiday. I am wondering, does Germany have a Goethe day, Netherlands Vondel day, Portugal Soares day, England Shakespeare day,….. Probably they do, but I am sure these are not national holidays. Slovenia is a young, small and not very populated country (2 million). They are desperate in proving their existence. Thats all understandable, although personally I am not for any activity stimulating nationalistic feelings in whatever territory. Anyway, I write this post not so much because of France Preseren or nationalism. On and of I spend time in this part of Europe. Not so much for cultural, human, political or whatever reason, but for the nature, and thats not created by humans and their urge to organize. Hanging here I try to catch something of the language, realizing how difficult it is. Take the word ‘let’ for example. It has 3 different non related meanings: year, flight and cold (or ice). Now thats confusing. It would be more logic if the word had more related meanings like flight, wing and bird or such…. So here I am, in Slovenia, ordering whiskey without flights, congratulating the couple with their 25 ice anniversary and ordering a strawberry year cream!
The story goes that Preseren drank lots of wine.

Jan 292016








Jan 232016

The background on yesterday’s Shinafest announcement is a picture of the original Idrija mercury mine logo during the Yugoslavian time. We talk about a period of almost 50 years, still the logo totally disappeared. I looked for it everywhere. In the town Idrija, online, books about the mine,… but nowhere pictures of the logo during the Yugoslavian period. It even seems that almost the complete Yugoslavian time is totally ignored, as if it never existed. Not that I am such ‘Yugo-retro-fan’, its still weird. We talk about rational history here. Something that was there, did happen, and therefore can not be denied. I understand emotional and political motives, but history should be free of these issues and be based on facts. Fact is that Idrija and the mine was also in the socialistic state Yugoslavia. Fact is that notables in those days did put a star on top of the tools (the star is now gone, disappeared, vanished forever). If you ignore historic facts, you are forging history. A doubtful action, mostly done for political reason. History forging has fascistic tendencies instigated by lesser smart ones among us.
Lucky, in a private collection I found an original symbol from the Yugoslavian years and made a picture of it:


This was used to cover the hole for a flagpole. A nice cover with the logo on top. Lets place the picture again with a clear description so people searching the web can find it:


Official symbol of the Antonijev rov mercury mine in Idrija during the Yugoslavian years.

Ok, back and online forever! I am happy stopping this little bit of history forging.

Jan 212016

So, why not start posting again regularly……

Lets start with announcing the Shinafest dates of this year:


Dec 092015

Not interested in taking side or getting involved in any political issue, its still interesting to hear the UK Subs singing the song Warhead 35 years ago with the this chorus:

There’s a burning sun
And it sets in the western world
But it rises in the east
And pretty soon
It’s gonna burn your temples down

Sep 042015

Ola slaves. More wining posts will follow but first Shinafest. Next week it is and instead of torture yourself conforming to your masters will, visit Idrija next week. Here the poster:


And here the program:

Thursday September 10:

– MORITZ JUNKERMAN (D) Creating and transforming letters influenced by hip hop street art. He designed this years Shinafest (2015) poster, flyer and booklet.
Opening exhibition: 17.00 Location: Shop, Lapajnetova Ulica 21
The exhibition is on 11 and 12 September open from 14.00 until 19.00
– DALLAS KINGSTON KOLLEKTOR (World) Conformists are victims by missing out. A verdict by their own choice. Stream of sound supporting Moritz Junkerman exhibition
Opening exhibition: 17.00 Location: Shop, Lapajnetova Ulica 21
– MARIO MARZIDOVSEK MINIMAL LABORATORIUM (SI) Movie by By Kaja and Sava Kosmač about an experimental music/sound artist based in Maribor mainly creating material in ‘mid 80ties’ Yugoslavian. Time: 19.00 / 19.30 Aftertalk with the makers Kaja and Sava Kosmač Location: Shop, Lapajnetova Ulica 21
– EBFAD – ELECTRIC BIRDS FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION (SI) Exploring soundscapes of experimental electronica close to noise, drone and glitch based on improvisation. Time: 20.30 Location: Garage Trg O Ahacija

Friday September 11:

– KOSANA MARIC (SRB) Probably the only female guslar player in Serbia.
Time: 20.00 Location: Trg O Ahacija
A “one inhuman band” playing spontaneously improvised music.
Time: 21.00 Location: Trg O Ahacija
Artist: Revolutionary Hausmusik (D)
Lounge on accordion Time: 23.00 Location: BusBar

Saturday September 12:

A moving story about the life and love of one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years; Genesis P Orridge and his partner Lady Jaye.
Time: 19.00 Location: Machine House Inzaghi
– MATIJA SCHELLANDER (A) Improvising musician mostly using double bass, modular synthesizer, and speakers: processing input, moving air output.
Time: 20.30 Location: Machine House Inzaghi
music written through improvisation and experiment, strongly characterised by a sentiment of melancholy and urgency, consisting of elements that are linked to experimental and psychedelic rock.
Time 21.30 Location: Machine House Inzaghi
Artist: David Krizaj (SI)
Interpretations on Rhodes piano Time: 23.00 Location: BusBar

Detailed information: http://www.shinafest.com/


Aug 272015

Ok slaves, lets move on with my local stores story. Yes: slaves! Thats what you are, don’t deny, you love it and choose volunteer to be one. If you don’t like it, hang yourself! No rope? Jump of the cliff (ropes aint what they use to be anyway). Contribute to the overpopulation, especially slaves we have too many.
Anyway, across the, in previous post mentioned, Mercator is a store of the second biggest supermarket chain in this territory, called TUS (pronounce toeschj). TUS came fairly quick after the fall of Yugoslavia (I was tempted to write ‘independence’, but thats an over-statement, nobody -except me- is independent) and clearly profiles as competitive opponent. Mercator uses cursing political colours red and white and the store is bathed in an overflow of cold white neon light, while TUS uses soft green and more dimmed light to create a ‘comfortable’ atmosphere. Obvious the store management looked at their neighbour, the employees are very polite, greed every customer with a smile and make way if you want to pass. They also regularly remove the rotten parts from the fresh food department. The non-rotten food is still the same crap like everywhere else though. TUS jumped in the ‘new world’ feeling that people must have had in the days when borders changed and the EC was joined (all that turned out to be very disappointing). Especially here locals had the ‘now we belong to the west’ feeling, so TUS presented themselves how the ‘west’ was stereotyped; well in the money middle class two parents working happy family. On TUS commercials you saw modern career women, and sometimes even a happy family husband. The food they offer is pretty much the same like Mercator. In the beginning a bit more orientated on the modern health hype (tofu imitation meats), but those disappeared quick, to expensive for the locals and real vegans are not interested in a meat substitute. So the store ended up selling the same rubbish as Mercator, packed in a different atmosphere.
The other two supermarkets are located on the other side of town. Both markets are typical low budget stores, so you know you are going to get rubbish. Low priced mass produced and sold food. Unpacked moved by forklift from the truck directly into the store. Often customers have to tear open boxes and industrial plastic wrappings to be able obtaining the product. Typical for these times. You have to work for it yourself, and instead of getting paid, you have to pay. Slavery people, slavery! All modern slavery, and you are one. It crawled upon you without noticing. Now I told you its time to get out. free yourself from slavery. Refuse to join this mass control Adolf Hitler would be jealous about. Anyway, I’ll come back on that one day, first the stores. One of these is called ‘Eurospin’. This chain is limited to a small part of Europe. I think only Austria, Slovenia and Italy, where it has its origin. Here Eurospin is settled in an old abandoned factory. They mainly sell Italian products. Its very minimalistic in its choice, one kind of most typical stereotype Italian food products (one kind of olive oil, one kind of beans,…..). It is always there, on the same spot, and never sold out. Its cheap, but the quality of most products is from inferior towards bad. Noticeable are the enormous sections of useless food; potato chips, snacks, sweets, cookies,….. and all in huge packages extreme cheap. Noticeable is also the overweight of most customers in line at the cash registers, their shopping cars overloaded with most useless crap thinkable.
The fresh food at Eurospin is as rotten like everywhere else, maybe even a bit worse…. You can’t say much about the employees. There are non. There are no racks to be refilled. The women at the cash register are efficient friendly.
Not far from Eurospin, a bit closer to town, is the last Supermarket that enriched this area; Hofer. Hofer bought a huge piece of ground to build a parking with somewhere on the end also something that looks like a building, the store?
I remember well when Hofer came. first they installed the sign. I thought they where going to built an Aldi (German supermarket chain). The blue A is from the Aldi design. I found it strange to see the words Hofer written underneath. Going into the store its obvious an Aldi. The set up and products (brands) are the same like Aldi in Germany. for those who are familiar with Aldi I don’t need to say much more. This store was no contribution whatsoever. The Aldi has the reputation selling the cheapest crap for the most poor in Germany. Their products are from doubtful quality. There is a lot to find on the internet. Aldi is more often accused of re-packing over-dated products or giving failed productions new brand names. I did a little research myself after purchasing a suspicious cheap paint. I could not figure out what the ‘move’ was they made, but the company mentioned on package was clearly ‘mailbox’ only, although there was a relation with a doubtful paint factory somewhere. Too many detours, there must be something fishy. Obvious this Aldi-Hofer is the same company, just named differently in this territory. Why? Business or reputation reasons? funny is that Hofer tries to establish a reputation of being the better, higher class, upgraded store (like TUS). Their presentation is very ‘yuppie’ and talking with some locals who think they are something like that, this indoctrination seem to be a success. Ask the average middle-class what the best store is in town; most will answer ‘Hofer’. Hofer offers products the same way as Eurospin (and Aldi), in bulk. They have a lot of ‘bio’ products, soya drinks and such, but from inferior quality. There vegetables look good, but are pre-packed like in ‘west’ supermarkets. You never know what is really underneath that foggy transparent plastic. Only difference with other stores, when the veggies start to look rotten, they give a discount (25 to 50% of the price) labelled with big red stickers. Hurray! More rotten food for lesser money! They also offer bio-veggies that way. It is always the same, limited choice and variation. The pre-packed veggies are not so good, even not the bio. How can they grow so massively bio food anyway? Sometimes, when in a good mood, I can get amused by the communistic attitude of Mercator, bare the fake friendliness of TUS, deal with nobody at Eurospin, but Hofer has a few things I get always upset about. To start with the products they offer. Besides a steady, but limited and boring stock of not very good food products, Hofer regularly presents temporarily available food ‘themes’, like bio, or Asian, or traditional German,…. A section of the store is filled with choice of that….. uhh …. period (don’t know how long it last, 3 weeks, one month….) Than suddenly that section is gone. These products are nowhere else to be found in the store, but return after 6 or 8 months again, ridiculously high priced. I find this extreme annoying, especially because I regularly use some of these products, lucky also available somewhere else, so I started to ignore this endless rotating section. Instead of winning customers, Hofer lost at least one. Another annoying factor in this Hofer is the military attitude. Don’t know about other Hofers, but here the customer is not only a slave, but also ordered around as if in a military training camp. These Hofer-Aldi’s are fuckin fascists. And many voluntary join…. The super sado masochists among us. The employees push you when they are sorting out products, they drill you; the empty shopping basket have to be placed on a special marked spot on the floor, and they yell at you when you don’t do so. At the cash register the employee pushes the scanned articles quick and rough in your direction. You are pushed to pack up and fuck of as soon as possible. Hofer, the modern Nazi concentration camp store! My leas favourite store in town, in the country, in europe, on the planet, in this fucking rotten universe. Hofer makes you think: Why did this fucking Big Bang had to happen!


More parking than cars in town. On the end the little neo-nazi building they call store…

So now you might wonder where I shop to stay alive. Well, I think like almost everybody in this town, in all stores….Yes even the hofer…. I choose what product is the best in quality and price per store. In Hofer I buy yeast (always bake my own bread), baking powder, …. In Eurospin the olive oil, flower (white), sugar, salt, coffee (surprising good for that price) and lots for the cats. They like their wet-food and its cheap. Mercator, uhhhh, mineral water, dry cat food, wine, plain tofu, wheat-flower,…. TUS ; mustard, they have good plain basic mustard I like a lot and…. uhh, I think thats it. Veggies and fruit I buy everywhere, depending on where/what looks good. I also sometimes get into the smaller stores for a few things. Lucky I am a vegan, so I don’t need to worry about diary, meat or other animal products. I make a lot at home myself (love to cook, look at many previous years posts, published loads of vegan recipes) Mostly I only need basic ingredients.
I know I am not the only one complaining about the bad quality of food, its probably world-wide. Point is that everybody keeps struggling on. Its about time we do something about it, or are you someone who follows the masses saying ‘it will not change anything’. Maybe you are right, but I translate these words into ‘we live in a fascist society, and I agree to be a slave’! GUN

Aug 252015


Aug 242015

Ok fuckers, lets move on where we stopped yesterday. for those who don’t understand, read yesterday first, you know what, read all posts on this site first. Keep you busy for a while. More useful than your twitting face (read ‘slave’) book. Slavebook! A good example of ‘rotten to the core’. And everybody eats this fucking rubbish. While you all think ‘exploring and discovering’ the great possibilities of internet, you are being controlled by a limited program telling you what to do. And how funny (foolish)….. you join voluntary!! You want to be a slave, obey the great master (program). And yes, the person who came with this limited system you love to serve is adored by the masses. Hurray hurray we love the guy who fucked us over and keeps our brains small. Honour him in tv shows, magazines and online crap plus lets give him 70 million! This master has half a billion slaves. fuck, I should deal in sadistic masochistic porn, there are at least half a billion people on this planet who (openly) love it. Big bizznix! But you know what, slaves, I’ll come back on this later lets return to the subject of the local (rotten) food here. food is important. We live from it, it directs our health, how we feel,…Lets take again these tomatoes. A popular product in this part of the world, and I like them too. This complete summer I have not seen decent tomatoes anywhere. All stores offer tomatoes that look as if they are on the point of starting to rot, probably lasting barely one day when taking home after purchase. These tomatoes are for sure 2 to 4 weeks old. Obvious out of a cooling storage. What happened with these nice fresh tomatoes? Its fucking hey tomato time! Stores must be loaded with fresh tomatoes. There must be something fishy (smelly) behind this. Mafia controlling food distribution? Probably yes, that means nothing will be done against. Lesson: Government = industry = mafia!
So let me discuss the store options in my wereabout. Like everywhere the small grocery stores got killed by big cooperation’s building big supermarkets with even bigger parkings on the edge of town. Locals, being used to obey and follow, drive like docile slaves in their latest (by bank financed) Skoda to these we-like-to-rip-you-of-more markets. The result is that almost all small groceries closed. Not that they where any better, but at least you could approach the owner personally if something was rotten. Of the 4 local supermarkets lest start with the most well-known ‘Mercator’. This supermarket chain is massively spread in former parts of Yugoslavia. Not strange, it was the only supermarket chain in Yugoslavia. And that is noticeable. Besides selling rotten fish, the employees also treat their customers that way. The policy of Mercator is ‘lets be customer unfriendly as possible’. Everybody working there tries to make you feel most unwelcome. The store policy is based on that. If a good selling product is sold out, it can take weeks before refilled.
And that happens preferable middle of the day, when the store is filled with customers. The employees try to teas you blocking hallways with their loaded cars giving customers barely chance to pass. Once one of these refill cars blocked exactly the product I needed, so I pushed this car a bit forward, what resulted in grumbling remarks of local employee. At the veggie section I heard a customer complaining about the bad (rotten) condition of fresh products, she got a bitchy remark back from another employee. My cats hate Mercator too! They sell their favourite food, but one time it was sold out, and not refilled for a long period. As if they want to direct the customer to buy a certain product. Well, I want choice, and I want my cats favourite food. Angry I smashed the packages of other brands on the floor and walked out, across the street, to the competition, where they had my cats favourite brand. What Mercator does not seem to understand is that the communistic days are over. Tito is death…..fore ages….. get it in your small stupid brain. You joined the capitalistic system (foolish enough – voluntary -). If you treat the customer bad, they will go to another store, the competition. And let me explain you some simple basics of capitalism: customer brings money – that money pays you – you loose customer – you no money – you no eat! Got it? Well, actually, fuck the money. Mercator nor their competition sells decent food anyway. In this town are 3 Mercators. One close to the centre, left from the ‘old days’, plus a new supermarket (with parking) on the edge of town and, surprising, they took over a small grocery in the centre (keeping it small). All 3 Mercators have the same policy of horrible unfriendly employees behaving as if they prefer to see you go (or better, never walk in). I must say, that Mercator takes their advertisement campaign ‘we are all ‘one’ again’ (yes, referring to the break up of Yugoslavia…..) literal. Maybe this can become a tourist attraction ‘have a nice taste of the good old communistic treat’. Mercator has the largest choice of products of all stores though. But the prices are impossible high. Often I let products lie because of the ridicules price tag. Many products are 3 to 4 times more expensive than anywhere else in the world, and their peanut butter sucks! Thats one of the ‘rotting’ reasons. Nobody here can afford such prices, so everybody lets it lie…. Yep, had more often the remark ‘must be cheap over there…’ Let me tell you, this is the most expensive country I ever lived in. I wonder how other inhabitants manage. But thats another post, many weeks from now. Besides having unfriendly employees, selling overpriced rotten food, Mercator is also champion in creating the most ugly architecture housing their stores. Horrible communistic 50ties design, pretending to be ‘modern’ but also due to very wrong choice of material, an insult for the eye. Here Mercator is proud owner of the most ugly building in town:



Tomorrow the other stores!