North Berlin – The shopping district . Märkishes Zentrum

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If there is today an international phenomenon quite similar to the Dada movement, it has to be acknowledged in the most beautiful actions of the Teddy Boys. Same contempt for art and bourgeois values, same refusal of ideologies, same will to live.

Raoul Vaneigem, Traité de Savoir Vivre à l’Usage des Jeunes Générations, 1967

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How strange : it is the same brand banners all over the world, but not the same people inside.

An old woman in a woolen coat hairy like an old blanket stretches her brown skai booted legs in the McCafe.

In the deserted H&M, a saleswoman from the Chinabox stand, red costume matching her cap, is about to try an evening dress on.

The manicure business is flourishing. A masked man works on the nails of a woman with long and now blond dry hair.

Christmas is on its way ; Real is filling up with pensioners. The queue is growing in the LIDL.

On the central concrete square, the children are playing with the snow. Two men take joyfully a giant plastic Santaclaus out of a stairwell and put it by the sausage stand.

Three men in their anoraks, emptied frozen exhausted stares, are hanging around for some traffics in front of Bijoux Brigitte.

One of them shelters in his black down jacket a puppy wolfdog.

At the entry n°3, like an interlude, the sky is moving forward, quite majestic, in pale grey and pale blue.

At Rossman, perfume samplers are given away for a special offer : “Bruno Banani, not for everybody”.

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Raoul, the Teddy Boys have changed their leather for down jackets, and the wolves have turned into dogs.

They shiver under the black feathers of a black fate.

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But there is no fate,

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and all is snow

All will be snow tonight

All is snow and all will be.

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