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Critical Mass subcritical – still triggers honking chain reaction

Last friday, I joinded the Critical Mass Graz. It was by far not as critical as I expected, but I was told there were normally more cycling enthusiasts joining the monthly ride. There was a demonstration scheduled for the same time, and the not soo nice weather probably did the rest.
Peoples reactions are mostly big smiles, but also (especially car drivers) occasionally call you a stupid jerk.

If you have never heard of Critical Mass, you may want to read the wikipedia article:

Critical Mass is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. While the ride was originally founded with the idea of drawing attention to how unfriendly the city was to bicyclists, the leaderless structure of Critical Mass makes it impossible to assign it any one specific goal. In fact, the purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets.

The next Critical Mass in Graz will be on the last Friday of October, wich is the 31st!

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Thunder and Lightning

There have beens several massive thunderstorms during the last week. Graz has been the city with the most rain/m^2 and the most lightning in styria.
Several thousand flashes hit Graz and the surrounding area during the last few nights.

Lightning over Graz 00
Lightning over Graz

Coca-Cola enslaves bear!

Coca-Cola chains a giant polar bear to a handrail! The corporation forces the poor animal to promote their sugared water!
Where is PETA when you need them?


Location: In front of central station.

For people who dare


High Voltage Attention! Danger to live
You can have the experience of a relaxing summer drink next to high voltage in the Klosterwiesgasse.


There’s a hole in the main square, dear Liza, dear Liza,
There’s a hole in the main square, dear Liza, a hole.

So fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
So fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.

With what should I fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza,
With what should I fix it, dear Liza, with what?

With a fence, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
With a fence, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a fence.




before you enter this dark passage you have to follow some orders…

[bicycles have to be moved by hand!!! For your own safety!]

it´s always good to have some advice at such dangerous situations,
which is the building site of the new Haus der Architektur
on the Südtirolerplatz


OK, first I have to make a correction of a previous post. Evidently there are people all over the world who read Graz Metblog and who have been e-mailing my wife with concerns about the erratic and, possibly, unsafe driving that I accused her of in the Graz, The Video Game post. Listen, everyone, it was a joke. My wife is an excellent driver, really super. She is such a good driver she could be giving driving lessons. And she hardly ever bumps into things when she drives. Also, I have never been with her when she has violated driving codes…well, except for that one time on Pluddenmangasse, but we were really late and the guy in the Mercedes was hogging the lane and, anyway, the light wasn’t red, no matter what the old man on the bike thought.

Anyway, she really is a good driver. Tell her you read this. I am tired of sleeping alone.

Danger! Land of Post-Apocalyptic Dwarfs!

A fallen fortress, a dead dwarf, an Austrian and a Styrian flag…


…and a lonesome mushroom. Is it magic?


What a nice metaphor for this tiny little thing called homeland. And for the coalition talks.

Location: Daumgasse, corner Alte Poststraße.


although graz is also know as “pensionopolis” there are still some children living here. maybe one of them is currently very sad… i was passing the biochemical institute of the technical university on my way home. it was a cold, rainy and dark evening. suddenly i spotted a bambi sitting on the cold and wet concrete. it smiled at me and i couldn’t help but taking it home with me to a warm place where the poor bambi could rest. but… huh… what is it and to whom does it belong?

owner! if you want back your…
a) part of a biochemical experiment spreading mutat viruses?
b) bomb?
c) surveillance device? (i will check the eyes…)
d) freudian manifestation?
e) piece of art?
…please comment!


next meeting….

i´ve found something for all who were not really satisfied with the last meeting point i told about…


so next time try your luck on the jakominiplatz, the place for a rendez-vous….

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