“Raumschiff Orion”

by Rob on

Somewhere last week at work my colleague Andreas, who is from German origin, mentioned that the ring tone of his mobile phone was of an old German SF series. Well, if I have to think of an old German SF series then directly “Raumschiff Orion” (“Spaceship Orion”) comes to mind. And I was right, he was referring to this series.

I can remember this series from the time that I was a young lad. We were living close to the German border and we could receive all German TV channels (over then all was still broadcasted through the air). The original title of the TV series was “Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion” (“Space patrol – The fantastic adventures of spaceship Orion”). There have been made 7 episodes, started on September 17, 1966.
The series were broadcasted on on the Dutch TV in 1967. I think it is not that I can remember the series from that. I mean, I was 5 years old that time. So I assume that it has been broadcasted some years later on a German channel again and that I can remember the series from that.

Somehow this series must have made a deep impression on me that I still can remember it.

The story plays in the year 3000, the earth is one big nation. The human race travelled into space and has now colonies on different places in the galaxy. And then that happens what no one ever had expected: An attack by aliens. The crew of the space ship Orion is confronted with these brutal aliens and has to save the human race.

Well, my colleague told my that the series of “Raumschiff Orion” is available on DVD these days. Guess what, I had to check that out. Turns out that the company where I buy many of my DVD’s and BluRays had it even on stock. So right now in front me is this DVD set laying on my desk. But first I have to finish season 2 of Grimm :-).

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When I was doing some shopping today (I like it a lot that shops are open on Sunday) I noticed a new comic in the Suske & Wiske series. It is the 325th Suske & Wiske comic (within the official series) Of course I bought it :-).

The story is about a ghost, World War I and travelling back into the past. A very good comic book again.

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A Cookery Book with memories…

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The book on the picture above is a cookery book and a rather old one. The book is called “Ik kan koken” (“I can cook”) and it belonged to my mother. I have known this book all my life and now it is standing between much modern books of Jamie Oliver, Pierre Wind and 24Kitchen (those are the more famous books, but I have some others that are rather nice).

As the book tells us it is “an illustrated manual for those who want to learn to cook and want to learn about the requirements for a good kitchen“.
It was printed in 1954 and it is the 15th revised edition. It seems that it was a very popular and sold very often.

When our friend Miranda, who is a chef cook by profession, was visiting us, she discovered this book. She had great fun with reading and studying it. As she told, she would loved to add this book to her collection of cookery books, but as she knew it belonged to my mother that I would rather keep it myself. Luckily, as said, the book was in the past very popular. And because of that it was not very hard to get one for Miranda through a website for old/used books.

Miranda already knew it, but this books showed how much cooking changed in around 60 years. Recipes mentioned in the book we don’t make any more or it is made in a complete different way. Many things that are nowadays very common to eat, you will not find in the book. And we prepare things nowadays really different. And not always for the better, according Miranda. Often we don’t want recipes ro take a lot of time to prepare any more and we have found all kind of tricks to shorten the preparation time. But some things just need a lot of time to be prepared in the best way possible. Sadly it seems that often people don’t want to take the time for that any more.

But the book also holds some other “secrets”. as the drawing of a mighty medieval castle that I draw on the inside of the cover long, long ago. If I remember correctly, my mother was not too happy about that (which I can imagine now I am older myself). It shows that even as a young boy I had an interest in fantasy and things alike.
Of the drawing I was fully aware that it was there in the book…

To my very surprise, I found a dried flower between pages 40 and 41. There was just one time in my life that I really did something with dried plant and even had my own herbarium. That was during my time at the primary school. So we are talking at least 40 years ago. It is very nice to realize that this dried flower has been there for so long without me knowing it. And then more then 40 years later and on the other side of the country I discover it there… Nice. Very nice.

And oh, I placed the dried plant back between page 40 and 41 of the cookery book. Maybe when I have a nice spot for it, I will place it in a frame and place it there.


(Credit photo’s: Rob)

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