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2019/05/12 Hiking around Duisburg 6 Seen Platte!

After I wrote last week's article, I found out something quite dramatic this week. You might know that I joined a Japanese orchestra in Düsseldorf last year, which is run solely by Japanese people (at least currently). Even though I'm not a big fan of racial segregation, every now and then I go to a restaurant or organize some stuff at my place with them. And this week I was in a Chinese restaurant with them, when the Japanese girl sitting next to me took out a book, which she imported from Japan because she absolutely wanted to read this book,..., written by Naoki Hyakuta. Now, if you thought "who's that?", that's perfectly fine, or rather you can be happy about not knowing him. He is essentially the Japanese version of Neo Nazi. A notorious revisionist that I had never thought would be mentioned in my entire life. And here you are, I was sitting with someone who imported one of his books and was sharing the greatness of this book, with people who obviously share the same value. Well, to be fair, there were just 4 of them, and quite obviously there are more people in the orchestra. So I wouldn't directly make judgements. Yet, there was the leader of the orchestra there, and apparently they can safely talk about this, so I'm probably not extremely wrong if I say they are not the only ones. Fortunately, I can safely assume that they all don't understand English (and as a matter of fact, they don't even really speak German), although I don't really mind even if they read what I write here...

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Growing mushrooms with coffee grounds

The story began at my 30th birthday. I got a mushroom kit as a present, which was just a box filled with straw. According to its instructions, I was just supposed to spray once or twice a day so that the mushrooms can simply come out from the box and they can be harvested at some point. The first one came out, but I somehow didn't really harvest it. It dried out very quickly. After removing it, nothing really came out, but I didn't really try to figure out what was the problem, probably because I knew that this mushroom kit was designed to be used once and not quite like plants where you can give water and nutrients and they grow forever.

Still my interest grew and I wanted to know if there was a possibility of growing mushrooms myself, also because before getting this mushroom kit, I knew essentially nothing about growing mushrooms, except for this one thing that what we call mushroom is the waste product of what the bacteria eat in the soil/wood/straw etc.

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