Please tell me folks, if you think this series gets boring. If not, I would show some more photos of this intriguing place.
This sofa in the salon has a superstructure with an integrated mirror - you can perceive a secretaire and a chair on the opposite side of the room. The sofa, its padding, all decoration and carvings were done by Junker. Above the sofa you can see small paintings in kind of a pointilistic painting style. There are more than 150 paintings spread on the whole house. Actually Junker lived in just one room of his house. Most of the chambers were built and decorated for a visionary family, the love of his life and a child, that never came true.
Thinking about this retreat I start wondering if this would be a decent place for overwintering the financial crisis. And 'crisis' is quite poetically put! When I first read about the congressmen's refusal of the 700 billion 'rescue' plan, I thought: respect, folks! The howling of the stock markets was a good indicator that this time the right people were hit. But let's distinguish this: it's not the stock market but the banks that gambled away the billions. And any effective rescue measurement would include police operation and criminal prosecution. I really can't see why higher earners should get bailed out for gambling and wildcatting. But the pressure is high and if you perk up your ears you already can listen to the gears of lobbyists, trying to convince the rebel congressmen to stump up the money.
The most stupid headline I've read today (literal translation: 'The whole world awaits a second vote') is part of that propaganda, making us believe that it's the duty of the American taxpayer to prevent the total crash of the financial system. In my country we're facing the first scandal of a German bank that got illiquid and that now gets reconditioned with German tax money. Nobody would have shedded a tear if this 'institute' would have gone bankrupt, but our government will spend some 35 billion Euros in order to back it up. Why does this happen?
I think it's pure fear. Fear of losing control, fear of the next bank run, fear of ugly reports about people storming the bank and fear of imposing the state of emergency. Nobody knows exactly what is going to happen, whether is extreme inflation, mass unemployment, or the bankruptcy of whole national economies. Drying out bad credits and abandoning incompetent financial institutes will evoke sort of a system reset, but this is not going to be funny.
And now grab your camera and capture the tension, your grandchildren will be eager to know what happened exactly before the world changed.