Monday, 10 November 2014

"Thousands of balloons released to mark fall of Berlin Wall"

Absolutely ridiculous.

Why are they using helium balloons, which fly upwards when released, to symbolise something "falling"??

Far better would be to throw thousands of blocks out of an aircraft. They could make them out of foam or polystyrene to prevent injury and damage, of course.

"The release came amid a massive open-air party at the Brandenburg Gate. Earlier at the party, UK performer Peter Gabriel sang a version of David Bowie's Heroes."

People associate the song "Heroes" with the Berlin Wall*, but it's not actually that specific. It's a love song which contains the following verse:

I, I can remember
Standing, by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed,
as though nothing could fall

* David Bowie record the album in Berlin and released a version of "Heroes" sung in German (I know because I've got the single).

Next question: if they were releasing balloons, why didn't they go round the clock of inappropriate metaphors and invite Nena in to sing "99 Luftballons"?


The Stigler said...

They could have made a wall out of Polysterene and invited people to knock it down.

That said, I thought the light thing was rather wonderful.

Lola said...

Careful, they'll be releasing Zeppelins next...