My Life Is All About Catching Up…

Travelling, travelling again, … sooner or later, you let your firm grip of the Email inbox slip that little bit. That has a nasty habit of suddenly catching up ith you when you finally get back.

And that’s when you catch a cold…

*whine, whine*

There, feel all better now 🙂 As the old Danish song goes (loosely translated) – above everything, Mother Sun’s always shining.

The picture above was shot on the way home from Africa last week – somewhere above the Alps en route from ZRH to CPH. Nice morning.

And here’s a wee shot of one of the places we went to while in Kenya – actually, we did not visit this particular site but the one a few streets down from there. And New KCC had made a super arrangement for us where all their plant managers from across the (large) country had travelled to Nairobi – just to listen to what we had to say. Made me honoured indeed!

 

Photos by me.

 

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Right, I need some hive-mind help

But before we go there, I need to apologise for the absence of the Monday thing – or at least explain why it didn’t happen. See, I’ve been away…

(“No sh*t, Sherlock”, I hear someone say 😉 )

I’ve been spending a week now in Belfast – and am due to start home tomorrow bright and early. But because of that, Monday did not really offer any particular music listening (the horror!) – so, no musical motorway write-up.

The lady above, by the way, is a very Belfastian thing and I have passed by her many times in my days here. She’s locally and affectionately known as Nuela with the Hula… 🙂

Right – a question for you: I snapped a picture of a cobblestoned (is that a word?) street tonight and am pondering whether to make it my new banner picture at the top of the blog. It still needs to go through Adobe Lightroom – on-iPhone adjustments are decent but just not on a par with editing a 6000 x 4000 300 dpi RAW image.

But – should I use the original colour one or go with the black and white?

– and why?

I’d really appreciate votes and comments below, thanks!

Photos by me.

 

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Monday Motorway Music™, October 23 – Is Denmark Monochrone in the Autumn?

The photo above – which is not edited to appear in black and white – does seem to suggest so.

It is from the beach at Aarø – a small island in Lillebælt, the belt between Jutland and Fyn. The fishing nets, the angle into the sea and the quality of the light made me do a small series of shots there – that one is one of two that I like best. Final winning decisions will not be until after I have had all of them through Adobe Lightroom (they’re imported but so far unworked).


Some of the other photos do have autumn colours and green grass and stuff, so of course Denmark does have colours, also in the autumn. And if everything else, we have a quite red flag 🙂

(Trivia: the split flag signals that it is an official state flag, used by civil and military authorities and institutions – this one has a symbol in the upper left corner with a horn and a crown, signifying that it is the flag of the Danish postal service. So there’s that.)

So, we were in Jutland over the weekend – and I’ve been there for work today. Luckily, today’s trip was not just work but also  coupled with an option to visit family for dinner on the way home. But I’ve seen some 10-12 hours of motorways over a few days. And, for Danes – living as we do in a small country – that is a lot!

And no, you’re not getting a music list of 12 hours’ worth, don’t worry 😉

Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
Wild Is The Wind – Cæcilie Norby
You’re Looking At Me – Diana Krall
More Than A Woman – Angie Stone
I’ve Been Thinking About You – Londonbeat
Somethin’ Stupid – Robbie Williams; feat. Nicole Kidman)

Photos by me
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Monday Motorway Music™, October 16 – Things That Happen While Travelling

All that traveling is getting seriously in the way of both writing and keeping track of what happens where… 😉

The picture above represents an oddity of sorts – the base is a pretty regular self-print TGV train ticket. The scribblings? Done by a friendly SNCF customer service guy at the counter at Gare Montparnasse and represents my changed ticket (after the morning train thing went haywire – don’t ask!)

And it worked flawlessy – conductors and trains and buses (again, don’t ask…) saw it, nodded and smiled. In this modern world of computers…

Writing this in the lounge in CPH – but I did have me some motorway driving this morning!

Let’s Dance – Chris Rea
All That She Wants – Ace of Base
Rette Mich – Nena
Cool Jerk – The Go-Go’s

Photos by me
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Monday Motorway Music™, October 9 – Art On A Wall

Ended up last week with an extra evening to spare in Paris – long story… But even if, with the amount of travel scheduled, an extra night away wasn’t high on my wishlist, Paris isn’t really the worst place to get stuck!

And I even got a room upgrade at the hotel for my being Danish with a South European side – and my, according to the friendly guy behind the counter, excellent French <blush>

After dumping my stuff in the indeed very cosy 6th floor room, I went out for a beer (needed after the day!) and some food. None of which is a challenge on the left bank, close to the Seine and next to Boulevard Saint Michel…

The beer got taken care of in a piano bar with some acceptable music. And these two paintings (above) – that intrigued me. There’s clearly a communication going on or about to – but then, the man and the woman are in different frames. What’s your take?

I like them!

The meal, then – sort of a circle closed. I learned most of my current French in Chambéry in the region of Savoie. And this evening I found myself a Savoyard meal – very classical one, indeed. Tartiflette. Basically potatoes, bacon, some onion and a little garlic and chives. And Reblochon cheese. Yum!

(One discussion of recipes can be found here)

A White from Savoie went well alongside it. And for dessert, I stayed very French and did Tarte Tatin. Altogether a very nice meal. And from there – back to sleep after a long and arduous day. Zzzzz!

Links 2, 3, 4 – Rammstein
Rock DJ – Robbie Williams
Hee I Go Again – Whitesnake
Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Leader of the Pack – Shangra-Las
Highway Star – Deep Purple
Sledgehammer – Bachman Turner Overdrive

Photos by me
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Monday Motorway Music™, October 2 – Concerts and Travels

Actually, the past week was not spent travelling. Which in itself is something peculiar – at least when compared to the coming six weeks that will all feature a trip to somewhere. And back, hopefully 🙂

What was it spent on, then? Music – and preparing for travelling 😉

The photo above is from Saturday’s Diana Krall concert in the Opera in Copenhagen. A fantastic venue – the place is downright beautiful and the sound is perfect as far as I can tell. Which made it a real joy to listen to five so talented and technically excellent musicians.

Tomorrow we’ll change gears – the Rolling Stones in Copenhagen. That we’re going is due to the kids’ efforts – they suggested that we did and spent the time refreshing browsers over and over until they succeeded in getting tickets for the four of us 🙂

And in between all of this, I’ve been running around (well, not literally – I do not run!) and getting all sorts of travel documents set in motion. With the result that I am now the owner of two passports – for the very simple reason that logistics didn’t allow enough time for getting necessary visas and travelling according to plans without at some point being short of a passport when taking off. And that won’t do in this time and day.

 

My iPhone Wallet app for the last couple of months looks like the cavalcade of colours to the left here. I’ve just counted what’s coming – and in six weeks from now, this set will all be pushed down a full screen or more. The current estimate is 18 boarding passes to come – though one or two may not be electronic as that kind of thing won’t work in Russia (you can’t stamp them, you see…)

As to music, it’s predictably been all Diana Krall and the Rolling Stones lately. And that includes today’s drive in windy and rainy gloom. Welcome to October 😉

 

Diana Krall –
Quiet Nights
I don’t Know Enough About You
‘Deed I Do (a very up-tempo version opened the show on Saturday)
Temptation
A Case Of You

Rolling Stones –
Start Me Up (a good guess for an opener tomorrow??)
Beast uf Burden
Miss You
Under My Thumb
Paint It, Black
Brown Sugar

Photos by me
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The light in the night

A light shone at me the other night
It wasn’t strong and it wasn’t constant
Or … it could well have been

And I just saw it like you see a light through foliage

I was drawn to it
It wasn’t far to go to find it
And when I got there
I felt comfortable and at ease in its glow
Like I belonged there or had been there before
Or … found something I didn’t know was there

And then you came out of the light

What happened next was
As simple and expected
As it was quiet and calm and right

I am glad I did and said
What I did and said
It seemed to help
Or … maybe it was simply a timely bit of consolation

But then you smiled and there it was, the light

Just a calm moment
In two rivers of frantic lives that crossed
Leaving each of us to sail down each our own waterway
Just for one moment safer in our boats.

– – – –

I had quite a lot (in fact, way too much and more than expected) time on a flight tonight and here is this, inspired by a short exchange of words between two people I do believe respect each other.
(If you read anything more into it, you’re in your own boat down your own river.)

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Monday Airplane Music™, September 18 – On The Wings Once Again

OK, I am obviously not sitting one the wing itself. At 235 meters per second, I’d think it’d be tough to hold on for long 😉 But looking out from my 19A seat, it almost looks that way…

I touched on this also in August – this Monday does represent the beginning of a regular (read: busy) travel period. Probably 5, maybe 6 or 7 trips, between now and mid-December, including such interesting destinations as Moscow, Sao Paolo and Belfast and maybe also Casablanca and possibly Nairobi and if so, why not Kampala, too? (let’s see about that last one to Africa – the idea’s up but nothing’s been finalised yet).

Phew! But meanwhile, we’re getting there on this trip 🙂

2017-09-18 14_18_46-wifi.norwegian.com_flightmap_ – Google Chrome

And I know that I’ll be with lovely colleagues!

Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top
The Way to Your Heart – Soulsister
Wake Me Up Before You GoGo – Wham!
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty – KC & the Sunshine Band
Dancing In The Street – Matt Bianco

Photos by me
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Monday Motorway Music™, September 11 – Ambience

This is partly inspired by listening to Everything But The Girl’s “Missing” somewhat on repeat in the car – I had  few errands and the song didn’t quite finish on the short stretches between each, so it started over a few times. Not that I mind, I love the song. Not least because of its ambience…

Ambience – which is harder to say than to define – generally is something I value. Restaurants, for example – when I travel, I’d much rather have relatively good food and a brillian ambience in the place than something culinarily stellar but stiff or formal.

The images, I hope, show some ambience. They are from the Darband area in Tehran, Iran – described to us by one of our local colleagues as “in the foothill of the mountains”. Sure was hilly – and a very lively and colourful place. And – we even had good food!

 

(The sharper ones of you will re-find the image in my Instagram feed over there to the right –> 🙂 )

 

 

 

Missing – Everything But The Girl (doh!)
Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Mig & Charly – CV Jørgensen
Killing Me Softly – Fugees
Drop Dead Beautiful – Six Was Nine
Highway One – Sinne Eeg

Photos by me
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Monday Airplane Music™, September 4 – Flying High And Fine

Not so much motorway driving today. Well, yes – a bit on the way to the airport, but that was in a taxi and vewwy, vewwy early, so it didn’t really involve any music.

But to make up for that, here is a list of songs from seat 3C on OS873 en route VIE-IKA 🙂 And a picture that at least has a little flying critter in it.

We’re riding in style as Lufthansa / Austrian apparently has a service under the Miles and More programme where companies accrue some points. And when you then book an ordinary back-of-the-bus ticket as we have to do, a friendly lady from their account management programme suddenly sends an Email and asks if you want to use a rather tiny amount of the company’s sum of points to sit in business class.

Well, yes, don’t mind if I do 🙂

(Even if we’re not talking wide-body long-distance aircraft lie flat down luxury business class – but still, somewhat better leg space and at the very least a guaranteed empty middle seat in the 3:3 configuration of the Airbus A320 is nice. And the food service also was very appreciable!)

How Come You’re Not Here – P!nk
Heavy Metal Poisoning – Styx
Hallejujah (live) – Paramore
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Night Life – Delta Cross Band
Don’t Stand So Close To Me – The Police
Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads

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