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November 01, 2009

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MW sends this spectacular link of Hong Kong!.

Thanks MW. What a great blog. I added it to my links at right.

The store I work in has a good collection of Reuge music boxes and in my break upstairs I tried some of the expensive ones out. You know, 144 notes, bells and a drum... the huge one we have is a different model, but it looks roughly like that: http://www.facebook.com/l/28ce6;elitechoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/reuge-verona-orchestral-music-box.jpg

I was quite sad though that the store doesn't have any Debussy music boxes anymore; though the nice Japanese lady downstairs explained to me that Debussy was taken out because his music doesn't really come across on music boxes. There were times, she told me, when every day at least one Japanese customer would buy an expensive music box. Those days are over, though, and the Chinese groups have replaced the Japanese, leaving the more exquisite music boxes to gather dust until a shy worker tries them out on his break.

And apart from the celestial music itself there is one other little thing that I so dearly love about music boxes: Having set the box to stop after the end of one song, the mechanic snaps into stop position after the last note with a truly wonderful little click (on the better pieces) which I always eagerly anticipate. Incidentally, the soundtrack of “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” features this sound, too, incorporated into its songs."

The bedside is where I, too, would place a small music box if I had one. They are a thing of dreams, probably made of them or at least closely related in way or the other.

There are many stories to tell from my time here, but work keeps me so busy and exhausted that I lack the energy to tell them, for now. Soon, though, I am travelling again to the capitol of green gold where the winter term is beginning again at the university. Then I might have more energy again for these stories now safely stored in my head. Until then, I'll keep myself afloat with your blog of beauty."

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