On 14 November we got news ( https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=2441424#post2441424 ) that an International Center for Quantum Gravity was being created at Erlangen. This will be directed by Thomas Thiemann, who has a joint appointment at AEI Potsdam, the other main place for QG research in Germany. The list of people that Thiemann is bringing to Erlangen, to start the Center, is notable. For instance it includes Jon Engle, co-author with Rovelli of the new Spinfoam model. Also Emanuel Alesci, another of Rovelli's co-authors. I just got an email circular about this on 14 November, which announced a postdoc opening, and listed the target figure----maximum about 30 research personnel---4 tenured faculty, so and so many postdocs, fellows, visitors, PhD students, etc. Until now Germany has had only one major QG center (on par with Perimeter, Utrecht Marseille, Penn State, Nottingham). Now it will have two. They are preparing for growth in 4D QG and getting ready to train up a bunch more PhDs to get the work done. It's part of what I've called "taking up slack" resulting from the decline of string---and a shift in ESF (European Science Foundation) funding which we saw begin in 2006, with establishment of the QG Network. So opening the new Center could be seen as something to pay attention to, part of a coherent shift or pattern, and perhaps requiring some "punctuation" like used to be given by trumpets, or a "seven gun salute". And right on schedule, so to speak, we got the trumpets yesterday. Thiemann and his friends let off a train of papers. I will go get links and abstracts.