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“History is indeed little more than the register of crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind”




Edward Gibbon, of “Always scribble, scribble, scribble”- and “Decline & Fall”-fame once… scribbled in his damn thick book. It might be a coincidence that I grew up with a language that brought forth the word “Schadenfreude”, describing the pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. However, I found it to be rather pleasurable to collect and retell especially the follies of mankind committed over the last couple of thousands of years, reflect on how we think it was, on how I believe it might have and sometimes on how it should have been. With a touch of irony and, sometimes, a dash of Schadenfreude. Along with little tales about my favourite pieces of art and literature, these stories get told on the anniversary of the day they had happened, once upon a time. I started telling these tales as a microblogging project on Mother Google her Network - my personal nom de guerre for Google+ - back in 2012 with the motto: “Blood and thunder, artsy things, curiosities and lots of ships“ and, finally, they grew into a full-fledged blog, the one you are reading just now.



What you might expect here at the “Once upon a time” blog… Usually, the posts turn on history, often military history, from antiquity to the dawn of the 20th century and everything an armchair sailor can come up with. Fine arts with pretty much the same foci during the said period as well as Mythology. Literature with a heavy focus on the 19th and early 20th century and silver screen adaptions. The dark and macabre, vampires, ghosts and ghoulies, the plain fantastic, the Byronic tradition in Europe, dandyism as well as Thomas Mann, Dostoevsky and Nietzsche. And besides that I currently collect curiosities online, often with a touch of Steampunk and exhibit them in my virtual Wunderkammer, an online cabinet of curiosities. 





Speaking of what. I don’t discuss politics on the Internet.
There is a legend from the beginning of the Great War: The German High Command cabled to their allies in Vienna: “The situation is serious but not hopeless!” and some wisecrack in Vienna cabled back: “No. The situation is hopeless but not serious.” That pretty much sums it up. ‘nuff said.

The same is true for religion. Although I am willing to discuss religion from a historical point of view, I am not interested to hear people’s personal persuasions on god(s) or atheism. If you are interested in my opinion – read The Brothers Karamazov. It’s all in there.



And now I give you joy of reading my little tales here and hope you find them as much fun to read as I had writing them.



Dirk