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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Stepping up the tower of Cologne Dome

We, Mariam and I, stepped upstairs the Dome (Kölner Dom). 533 stone steps on narrow spiral staircase. Oh, my calfes. Amiricans call it charley horse. But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.
And here is the wonder of Cologne: 75% of Cologne's houses were destroyed, the City completely bombed out. 1945 in last days of World War II Allied forces marked the Dome for bombing. But not one bomb hit the Dome. All was bombed, not the Dome.
Beautiful view from up there to the City of Cologne

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Concert Brian Setzer & Rockabilly riot

Interview with John Hatton (www.facebook.com/johnnyspazzhatton, http://www.eden-electronics.com/artists/johnhatton.asp), bassplayer with Brian Setzer. I will cut a short TV-report.
Brian Setzer, former guitar player in a band called "Stray Cats" is actually touring through Europe. It's the Rockabilly Riot Tour.
We, TV-producer and student Mariam Osman and I, were invited by the management to the concert at E-Werk / Cologne. John is a funny guy doing a funny show. Brian Setzer is playing a virtuosic Rockabilly guitar.
His style is 50s influenced. Great, great, great. I have Stray Cats-recordings no vinyl. At that time a new exciting sound.
Pouring rain after the show. We two under one umbrella, losing right way from this industrial area Deutz, part of Cologne. But everything was alright! Feeling good

Trip to Cologne (Köln)

Railway station is besides the venerable Dome and my hotel was in the City, Hohe Strasse, 3 minutes from the Dome. Isn't that comfortable. With very small front but 50 rooms.
I always take big breakfast, it's included in the room price. Call me "greedy pig", "cost optimizer", "bookkeeper" or "penny pincher". I like it to walk in the City with only a bottle of water. From 11am to 1pm, when others have lunch, is the best time in museum. In the evening when hunger arises I go to a restaurant to have dinner with local meal.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pirates on a boat of love - Austrian rockband

Rockband from Graz, Austrian city in Styria, with singer, guitar, bass and drums a minimalistic group. Singer is frontman & showman. Newborn woodstock kid? Garage womanizer? Dead-end kid from loveboat-casting? Johnny Depp of Indierock? Let girls judge. But, hey, Depp & love? What was the band's name? Ah, now I understand: Pirates on a boat of love. Songs: http://fm4.orf.at/soundpark/p/piratesonaboatoflove/main?audiolist=all

To the songs:
Showgirls: Strong voice. The song has a good start, but halving speed takes out the drive. I would stand still on the dancefloor and wait until it starts up again. For a party- or let's say a hitsong it's not really a good idea to change speed in a song. There are other ways to bring tension and contrast into the tune.

Let me love ya: seems to be a standard song, nothing exciting, nothing catchy. But the video shot at street event in Graz is funny. The singer is going around asking people to love him - i suppose.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Problems with commercial software? My solution

I had a problem with commercial software. I tried to install a new version of server software, but had big trouble with this update.
Greatest geniuses fail on trivias. Or should I say bits and bobs? There must happen so much to cause a choleric outburst of rage. But it happens suddenly and unexpectedly. However I was fighting against an IT problem.
Suddenly the idea was born how to solve this problem. Here I share this know how with you. Non commercial, free, fantastic simple.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Film- and photoshot in castle Laxenburg near Vienna on a bright summerday

Had filmshot in Schloss Laxenburg, a beautiful castle from Kaiser time near Vienna. I need a few shots for a musicvideo, don't say more, just work on it.
It was very hot, a real bright and sunny day. I had video camera and photocamera. I went (nearly) around the lake. Unfortunately it is not possible to surround the lake. I went up to the bridge and to the grotto. On the way to the bridge to the castle (Franzensburg), named after Kaiser Franz Joseph, I saw interesting trees. I am not one of these crazy naturalists holding a tree murmuring magic spells to inhalate the energy. I mean it's a plant, nothing but a plant.
I had a opulent breakfast at 8am with coffee, chiabatta (Italian bread), sausage, cheese, tzatziki. I arrived at 1pm and left at 5:30pm. I only had 1.5l mineral water with me, nothing to eat. After arrival at home at about 7pm I started cooking. Shrimps with rice, Asian sauce and salmon. And a bottle of my favourite white wine, Hungarian Muskat Ottonel from Danube region.