Ever thought of finding out what the longest things on both sides of the Atlantic are and were? Never? We did it…
Since the longest things you’ll ever do will be living your life, this must be on the list. Some more world records of the longest things ever below and after the jump…
THE LONGEST LIFE
Today people in the United States have an expected life of 78.24 years – in average. According to the World Bank and in the year 2010. On the other side of the Atlantic in Germany the lifespan is around 79.99 years. At the moment the oldest man on earth is 115 years and 328 days old. It’s Jiroemon Kimura from Japan. The oldest woman is Misao Okawa. She’s also from Japan and 115 years and 8 days old. On number 3 and 4: Maria Redaelli-Granoli from Italy and Elsie Thompson from the United States (both 113 years).
There was a time when it was not uncommon for Germany to translate the titles of foreign movies. Why? Well, to make people understand it. Sounds good. But sometimes it went a bit too far. Changing the meaning of the original title to something else is not that good, right?
Today, Germany keeps the titles most of the times – for movies and TV-shows. So we have “How I Met Your Mother” or “Fringe” and “CSI”. But now back to the times when titles we changed. Why not looking at some of the Elvis Presley movies?
The Top Ten after the jump/below… (Germany obviously loved the word “hot”…)
His great-grandfather is the well-known and influential architect Richard Neutra. He himself is creative, too. As an artist. Max Neutra. Born, as he says, “just across from the Sidewalk Café on the boardwalk of Venice Beach” he still lives there. And works there.
To conquer the other side of the Atlantic, Max Neutra now collaborates with TYPORiA. The online shop for visual art and design now presents some of the limited edition prints. The Panda, the Giraffe and a skull, too.
You can shop now. More after the jump/below… There’s also a cool time-lapse-video of Max Neutra painting the band The White Stripes in real-time. Amazing.
Another one of our exclusive videos offering you a special view on topics, trends and trivia on both sides of the Atlantic. This one here takes you to the annual autumn fairground in Cologne. Located directly at the river Rhine and only a few miles from the famous Cologne Cathedral, it’s a very colorful place.
Our video takes you for a walk in the minutes as it opens. The first people arrive. The big wheel is ready to turn…
More after the jump/below…
It’s the only lock in the world that has special locomotives to pull the ships through. The Miraflores Locks of the world-famous Panama Canal. The 48-miles-long canal connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific one. All that via the Carribean Sea.
After the canal was completed in 1914, its contruction was one of the most largest and difficult engineering projects ever, ships could avoid the much longer Cape Horn route.
Watch our exclusive video showing you some action at Miraflores Locks – back in the 1960s. Some special footage after the jump/below…
Fanta Dorado & Der Innere Kreis: First Solo Album by Nikolai Szymanski of Stabil Elite [Listen Here!]
Earlier in 2012 the transatlantic diablog had the opportunity to have a chat with the electronic band Stabil Elite in their hometown Düsseldorf. And while the three-piece combo is still touring their debut album, member Nicolai Szymanski now releases his first solo record. As Fanta Dorado & Der Innere Kreis.
It’s still electronic music and sometimes sounds like Stabil Elite. But why not?
All you need to know, the video to the single “Die Insel” and a preview of all tracks below/after the jump…
It’s one of the tallest buildings (133 metres) in Europe that’s only, or mainly, used by people to live there. Just a few shops and businesses are located in the lowest of the 38 storeys. Cologne Uni Center. Together with the world famous Cologne Cathedral (156 metres) and the television tower (266 metres) it draws a virtual triangle on the town’s map.
The transatlantic diablog had the rare opportunity to enter the viewing platform – an amazing overview included. Because, what may be quite usual for American cities is a bit more special in Europe. Buildings of that size. Also special is the combination of smaller flats for students and large flats, up to 160 squaremetres.
Check out our exclusive video, shot on the day of the building’s 40th birthday.
The video after the jump/below…
Weltenreiter Tyron Ricketts. Back with Songs and a Book!
Weltenreiter is a German wordplay. A mixture of Welt (World) and Wellenreiter (someone who’s actually surfing). And all that combined you now get from actor Tyron Ricketts. In the physical form of a book and album.
He himself said he was a bit exhausted after quitting the rather safe job at a German crime series a few years back. What then? Maybe traveling. That’s what he did. Six months and one ticket, various countries – most of them hot-spots for surfers.
Being home again he put all the photos he took in a book. It’s out now and has the same cover as the album he wrote. The first in a long time. In a recent TV-interview Ricketts said he was a bit afraid that his songs sound too old school. Do they? Maybe. But it’s also sweet soul music. Or at least music for soulful people.
His latest video below/after the jump. Filmed on the trip? – You got it. Some German lyrics anyone?
It’s an almost unearthly place. Bombay Beach in California. Somewhere in nowhere land. A former recreation park, built around a lake that came to life after a bank dam collapsed. A story too strange to be written by screenwriters and so it is a real story.
A documentary, described as the most suprising and most ambitious in the last years, about the people who live in Bombay Beach. Directed by Alma Har’el. A former commercial filmer. Now she’s made “Bombay Beach”. One of the poorest places in California. Because the lake that once came by suprise now is completely polluted. The people who live there cannot escape. No way out of brutal heat and no future. But there then a future appears: A young boy among all the unique people in the movie.
Music by Beirut and Bob Dylan. And that for a film that brings Jack Kerouac’s America back to your mind. Fit?
The trailer and more information after the jump/below…
In 1951, 60 years ago, Jack Kerouac wrote a book. A classic now. “On The Road” [German title: "Unterwegs"]. Generations of people have read it. Felt inspired by it. And it still captures a lifestyle. The idea of traveling from one end of the United States to the other one. A novel like a roadmovie.
What was it like? America of the 1940s and 50s. What did the Beat Poets see on their way from New York to San Francisco? What were they looking for? And did Jack Kerouac consider himself a Beat Poet?
It’s 2012 now and four young people re-lived the trip – as a photographer, musician, writer, and everything else. Together with some cameras they went to the places the book mentions. Streets. Houses. The house where Mr. Kerouac was born. All those places mixed with the expectations and ideas of those four people.
The French-German TV-channel now premiered the two-part documentary.
You can watch it after the jump/below. But only for a limited time. So hurry up…
Again, Berlin is meeting art. This time with the Urban Art Fair Stroke. For the 3rd time in the German capital, people go there to catch up with latest trends in street art, graphic design and even live art performance.
We were there, too. Check out our photo-report from the former industrial area of Berlin Postbahnhof – next to the famous East Side Gallery.
All that below/after the jump… (Contains explicit content)
It’s a quite joyful noise and something to dance to. The new album by North-Irish, now Glasgow, band Two Door Cinema Club. After their debut album from 2009 (“Tourist History”) brought them on the radar of the music world, this is their second attempt.
“Beacon” is produced by famous producer Jacknife Lee at his home-studio in California. And you can’t help and hear that in the songs. Even if the lyrics get a bit depressive, “Sleep Alone” is about nightmares singer Alex Trimble had after moving to Glasgow, the music is still uplifting.
Listen to our favourite track “Someday” below/after the jump. There’s also a documentary about the band’s recent touring activities and more…
It’s the first single from his solo album. Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard presents “Teardrop Windows”. First listen and legal and free download at his SoundCloud page.
Link and listen after the jump/below…
Every year people can’t wait to get it delivered via mail. The new Catalogue by the Swedish international home products company IKEA. But how many of them actually get two versions from both sides of the Atlantic? Well not that many, presumably. So here we are presenting both covers of the 2013 catalogue. One from Canada. The other one from Swiss.
After a quick look you might not discover the differences. But after some further investigation there are some.
More, including an animation for easy comparison, after the jump/below.
It’s a very special place. With very special buildings. Egypt and its pyramids. One of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. And the last one that’s still intact.
People say they appear smaller once you’re there. Smaller than you might expect from photos – or video. And since the transatlantic diablog has a good tradition of presenting vintage videos from the archives, we now have another one for you. Shot entirely on Super 8 and back in the 1970s it’s worth to watch.
Full and exclusive video after the jump/below…
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It’s a sometimes very fast game. Soccer. Just seconds for the players, fans and most of all the referees to react. A Belgium documentary, released in 2010, shows how hard it really is for referees to decide if it was a goal, or not, a foul or just some acting.
For the documentary “Referees At Work” the European football association (UEFA) for the first time gave permission to include the radiocommunications between the main referee and his assistants. Ever wondered what they tell each other? Ever wondered how they prepare for the game? And what they do afterwards?
The full movie (in English with German subtitles) after the jump/below…
On April 14, 1912, one of the most famous ships ever, collided with an iceberg. A fatal event. That was 100 years ago. A long time ago. And as always history makes history after things have happened. Showing you the transatlantic route the Titanic intended to follow back then (above), we also present you some facts you maybe didn’t know before.
Earlier on the transatlantic diablog we reported about the new Beat Hotel documentary movie and a related exhibition of photography by Harold Chapman at OMC Gallery.
In the meantime this exhibition has been opened to the public – with a special event. Along with some great photos it included a special screening of the movie. The transatlantic diablog was on location in Huntington Beach, CA to attend the special event and now brings you some exclusive impressions.