Monday Motorway Music™, September 29 – Autumn Only Slowly Coming

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Actually, it looked autumnish this mornign – the mist had crawled from the canal like a primoridial phantom of romance… (no, I have not gone barking mad – but there a bonus points for identifying the song reference without Googling!)

As you can see, it was actually quite misty (I get so misty, I’ve heard it in a love song
Guess that melody was written just for me … there he goes again, another song reference!).

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And the radio played this:

Let Her Go – Passenger
Chariot – Gavin DeGraw
Sweetest Thing – U2
Bartender – Lady Antebellum
Regndans – Danseorkestret
Lipstick Lies – Julias Moon
The Game of Love – Santana FEAT. Michelle Branch

Photos by me
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Monday Motorway Music™, September 22 – On Good and Bad

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First up: I really don’t know what happened to last week – it seemed to sneak by in a flash (if such a thing is possible). If anyone could let me know where it went, I’ll try to catch up with it and see if I can still squeeze a blog post into it…

OK, good and bad… The weekend certainly started off with the latter – Friday morning I misjudged a traffic situation enough to “park” a little bit beyond the back of a car in front of me. Ooops. Only harm done was to metal and other mechanical parts, blessedly, even if we spent some time at the site with emergency/doctorish people on the phone because the guy in the other car seemed to maybe be a bit sore in the neck and better safe than sorry in case of something that could be a whiplash.

So even if the iPod/phone problem from last post has been sorted, that whole thing is parked at the Citroën garage along with the damaged front left corner, awaiting insurance and repair works – and I have a loaner C3 to drive in. There is both 12V power and an AUX plug – but I cannot seem to get the radio to switch source to AUX…

Anyway – the rest of the weekend was much better! A scouting weekend, in the form of what we call an “education market”. 38 2-4 hour modules of training for scout leaders across 23 topics ranging from “Fire in a 100 different ways” over “GPS – teach it to your scouts” to “Mastering the activity database”. But also higher-brow (well…) topics such as “Safe from harm” on dealing with bullying and – what yours truly spent the weekend on as Instructor – “Appreciative Inquiry based leadership”.

A lot of talking and cosy get-together with probably just short of 200 scout leaders from all over the country, our three-man team teaching for altogether  8 hours, a 2-hour very good session on exchanging experiences, problems, ideas and good times with other troop scout leaders – and a decent, albeit not impressive, amount of quality time with my beloved down-filled sleeping bag. Summary: Time well spent and came back happy but tired.

The photo up there is from early Saturday evening – later in the night we had rain. But actually, as long as you know that the tent is a good enough one and it’s set up well enough, rain on the outside of a tent is actually a quite nice and calming sound.

Not much music list – the morning radio programmes’ selection didn’t really agree with me – but at least a bit from before leaving the house:

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Lose Yourself To Dance – Daft Punk
Burning Down The House – Tom Jones & The Cardigans
Murder on The Dancefloor – Sophie Ellis Bextor

Photo by me
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Monday Motorway Music™, September 8 – Technical Crisis Looming

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It is not that the motorway electronic signs this morning gleefully pronounced that there was a queue 1,000 – 1,500 m ahead. At a point where we were already down to 39 km/h…

Not even that the photo that I had plans for using for this post seems to play bit-hide-and-seek and is readily available just about nowhere.

Much, much worse – the iPod cable integration in the car is failing. Horrors!! One thing is that the left channel drops out now and then – also affects the radio – but now a bump or a fresh left hand turn (not right, funnily enough – political conclusions should not be drawn, please! ;) ) can actually stop music and send the Parrot thingumyjig into an uncontrollable start,crash,restart viscious cycle.

Must phone the garage, methinks!

Anyway, music was had today:

Touching Me, Touching You – Alphabeat
Who’s That Girl (Live, Peacetour) – Eurythmics
In The Midnight Hour – Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
Dead Ringer for Love – Meat Loaf (& Cher)
Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield & Maggie Riley
Hotblooded – Roxette
Peppermin Twist – The Sweet

Photo from here (stated on page to be free stock image)
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Monday Motorway Music™, September 1 – Officially Autumn, Apparently

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I managed to claim two weeks ago that vacation was over, as verified by traffic. And judging by the calendar, in Denmark at least, today marks the beginning of autumn.

Both are actually true. But … *snigger* … my vacationing wasn’t quite over and done with – and neither was my summer. Last week we spent hiking in the mountains of Cinque Terre in Italy. 5 days there of lovely hiking – altogether some 50 km and 7,000 height meters under the belt.

Billede 28-08-14 20.33.50And a bit or two of Italian eating… The quality of the food in Italy is always nice – but to me it is especially the importance that food has in the mind that is uplifting. It is not just “stuff your head on the way to something else” but actually seen as important. As is, still – according to people we spoke to – actually sitting down together and eating. Resonates with me, surely.

And as our son got his driver license two weeks ago and had “a ton” of things to take with him to school today for a film/media project they’re doing, I was left without a car this morning. Got a lift with a local friend who works in the same neighbourhood, which at least saved me from braving public transport first morning back.

But altogether this also means that there is no fresh Motorway Music™ list for today or last Monday – no music on the trails last week, no music on the road today.

As a small compensation of sorts – the morning paper and breakfast table routine today were done to the sound of Angie Stone’s Stone Hits compilation album.

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Monday Motorway Music™, August 18 – Vacation’s Really Over

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…as seen by the fact that traffic is back. With a vengeance.

I managed to go round the motorway site where, apparently, a couple of cars had to be loaded on flatbeds under police supervision – not that I know if it made the trip faster but at least it felt more like driving than sitting.

Still, it was worse the other way – I’m generally going against the traffic. But what would have made my head explode if I had been sitting in the queue over on the other side – and I saw 6.5 km of queue (just measured it on Google Maps)  – is that the queue that way was mainly due to idiots (sorry, but that’s the Gospel on this) who slows down to see what has happened in the opposite direction.

I’ve said it before (sharp eyes will notice reuse of the opening photo, even) – but, really, get a life. Drive on, don’t bog everything down to gawk. Geez!

Moves Like Jagger – Marron 5
Turn It On Again – Genesis
Costa del Sol (live) – CV Jørgensen
Rock DJ – Robbie Williams
Don’t Get Me Wrong – Pretenders
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
Rette Mich – Nena

Photo by me
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Cobblestone Cooking Music vol VII – A Lazy Sunday

Doing pulled beef – or, some would say, I’m not… It’s a pre-cooked thing that needs half an hour in the oven, a bit of pulling and a spicy sauce mix-up. But sometimes, Sundays are like that – this one’s rainy and there’s a bit about a couple of late nights leading up to it. And some laid back conversations and a fair amout of wine. So … lazy.

With some quiet and lazy music to go with it.

  • Diana Krall, How Deep Is The Ocean
  • Swan Lee, You Cannot Hide

At least, the sides involved a bit of cooking. Corn on the cob and crispy sliced roasted potatoes.

  • Phil Collins, If Leaving Me Is Easy
  • Notre Dame de Pigalle, Madeleine Peyroux

Scrub a handful of potatoes, slice them evenly – I tend to go for a little thinner – and drop them on a pre-heated pan with a couple of dollops of a good, neutral oil. Turn and mix them often, unstick them from each other, try to get them fried on both sides all of them. Along the way salt them and give them a couple of pinches of thyme.

  • Mariah Carey, Without You
  • Sinne Eeg, Time To Go

The corn is easy – do boiling water in a big pot or pan, add a pinch of salt. Husk the corn, pull off the silky threads and drop them into the water to boil for 5 minutes – turn them over once or twice.

Finish the meat as per the instructions on the package. Serve. In this case with a Skovlyst IPA.

(And no, I did not actually listen to Kinks singing about “Lazing on a sunny afternoon”. For one thing, it wasn’t sunny at all…)


Whoa! Just a PS that is actually rather remarkable:

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:)

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Branching out, just a little bit

 

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Artificial sun. Aka streetlight.

“The sky was Bible black in Lyon
When I met the Magdalene
She was paralysed in a streetlight
She refused to give her name”
Bitter Suite, Marillion.


 

The photo above – along with the Marillion quote – is actually a crosspost from my Instagram account. And having realised that over there, I seem to have the same urge to link photos and words, I realised that at least in my head, combining or (maybe more precisely) linking these two outlets makes sense. So this morning, I re-named my Instagram account so that it is now CobblestonePhoto.

Some photos will just be there, some will pop up in life only here and some kind of random selection will exist as cross-postings. We’ll see how that all works out.

 

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Monday Motorway Music™, August 11 – Said I’d Be Back :)

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That was a lovely, varied, sun-shiny – and did I say lovely? – summer vacation!

A week in Barcelona. Now, that city has a lot to offer – in terms of food, sights, weather, ambience, you name it. We’d been before *mumble, mumble* years ago – the reunion most certainly was a good one.

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A middle week with some home relaxation and a few days in Sweden. And, as the raisin in the hotdog end as the proverbial saying goes, a week with the troop scouts on the Danish island of Bornholm. Terrific week – such a privilege to be a leader for those kids!

(the photo at the top is from the Hammershus castle ruin on Bornholm – the group wit the lamps is an evening visitor group that happened to come in just as our “event” there was done)

Basically, they not only rise to every occasion and accept and deliver on all the challenges we throw at them – they do so in good spirits, taking care of each other, getting into the fun and exciting stuff of course but don’t shy away from the more boring tasks, either.

(for those who’d like a wee peek and are not scared by Danish language, the blog and tweets are here)

Comes Love – Sinne Eeg
Don’t Let It bring You Down – Annie Lennox
Who’s That Girl (Peacetour) – Eurythmics
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Jeg kommer – Veronica Maggio
Stjerne til støv – Sebastian

Photos by me
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Summer Hiatus: Out in the blue

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Summer vacation
Time to relax and see and
Return all too soon

In other words, don’t expect updates for the coming weeks. I’ll be back.

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Cobblestone Cooking Music vol VI – Italian On A Cold Danish Night

(editorial: originally written some time ago – as the title implies with its temperature reference – this post had sneaked off down the stairs to the drafts in the basement instead of through the clearly marked door “Publishing this way!” Darn posts – you have to keep an eye on them all the time…)

Just a little “quickie”- did a classic Italian caprese as a side today and thought it was a good enough prompt to think of warm Italian evenings and hoisting a glass of Italian red as a toast :)

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Tomatoes (in Denmark just now, they’re not as red and ripe as under an Italian summer sun, but that’s just Northern life) and mozzarella in reasonable slices, a dressing of olive oil and a good light vinegar/condimento of sorts along with salt and pepper poured over & then a sprinkle of fresh, torn basil from the pot in the windowsill.

Brought to you together with an Amy Winehouse mix (Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Back to Black), with such gems as

  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
  • Body And Soul (duet with Tony Bennett)
  • Fuck Me Pumps

Buon appetito!

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