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Jul. 31st, 2010

Prongs

Going to London!

Hey folks,
yupp, this is it. This is IT. My second trip to an English-speaking country this year is due tomorrow (in the very early morning, when I'm probably still fast asleep, but that's what I have to sacrifice - even if I'm dead tired, it's just so I can have a great holiday afterwards! Or at least this is what I tell myself ;P). The destination's London, my second visit ever to this beautiful city, and I've been looking forward to it since... we booked it really. Which was, to be honest, two weeks ago. But still!
I'll be taking the plane at about 6.45 a.m., so I can enjoy the whole Sunday in London, and there are going to be five more days after that! I totally want to visit King's Cross (platform 9 3/4, finally!), Madame Tussauds, Greenwich and the Tower of London. Right now, I'm still packing my bags (both anxiously, because I don't know whether it'll all fit, and cheerfully because I LOVE London!). And hoping that nobody is going to oversleep, for I hate hurrying in the morning. :/

Anyway: After the stay in lovely London, I'm going to spend two more weeks in Croatia with my family... I didn't have a choice there, but perhaps, it won't be as boring as usual. ^^ I just wanted to give notice of my absence for probably a whole month. I'll take loads of photos, especially of London (because this town ROCKS if you didn't know yet!), which I might post then. I'll try my best to get presentable shots.
So, until the end of August - best holiday wishes!



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Jul. 26th, 2010

Peace

Lots of music.

Hell yeah!
I would have written yesterday but since I returned home at 11.30 p.m., I didn't think that a good idea... and well, I can do the report now just as well (and a bit less exhausted).

So, after I had to wait (as I see it) a bit too long for my father to show up, he drove me to the festival. Luckily, the area is only about 15 minutes away from our home... I can tell you, it's just AWESOME, reading on the website of a well-known, American band that you like that they are going to play at a festival that happens to take place just near where you live!
The atmosphere was great then. The grounds were huge, we saw Good Charlotte's bus almost immediately and the Madden twins sitting just in front of it. That was cool! And unique. I mean, the festival wasn't a big one (5,000 visitors, I think) and then there were somehow famous bands who looked so relaxed. I still can't really believe it.

We saw lots of odd folks (including a guy with a dark cloak that could've also been worn by a dementor and sandals, and lots of people wearing viking helmets or very lovely beer barrels on their heads), lots of different generations, fans and I think that everyone was very, very motivated... considering almost all of them had been there since Friday and it was a quite rainy Sunday afternoon. I'm sure they have to be about ten times as tired as I am now, so: Hopefully, they enjoyed the festival as much as I did, so that it was worth it!

My dad and I arrived just in time to see all of Wallis Bird's performance. Honestly, I've never seen such a vivid and energetic band, and I've never been more convinced of the folk genre. You should definitely check her out! The performance was brill, the songs were cool and the crowd (not even half as many people as later in the evening!) was animated and just... cheerful. Very talented, funny and extraordinary woman, as I see it, and I HAD to order her CD immediately.
I don't want to go into detail about the other bands - because I don't think that Wallis Bird and Good Charlotte (who I'll tell you about just in a moment) can be surpassed easily - but I think I should list them, just so you know what kind of mixture it was. They were all nice, though I guess every second band just didn't play my genre.

- Wallis Bird (folk/rock from Ireland)
- Großstadtgeflüster (electro/pop from Berlin)
- Hayseed Dixie (not a coincidence that their name sounds similar to AC/DC, in my opinion! They've invented the rockgrass genre, they're all freaking good American musicians and they had a lot of cover versions of great songs to play!)
- Stuck Mojo (Metal/Crossover from the USA... some would call it epic, I call it loud. But the show was fun, and they knew how to incorporate the audience!)
- Good Charlotte (pop/punk, of course)
For everyone who's interested: The festival was called "Eier mit Speck" (indeed, "Eggs with bacon"!), is now five years old and had Everlast and Paradise Lost as headliners this year, too! Pity I couldn't be there all weekend. However... there's always next year and I think that it will be an even bigger event then. ;)

Now, there's something that should be mentioned about the Stuck Mojo performance: The lead guitarist somehow noticed a girl crowd surfing and asked her name - which was "Helga". He then philosophized about it for sometime and mentioned her a lot after that (going as far as "If any of you should have produced a baby on this weekend, name it Helga - and later tell her that she was called this because four guys from Atlanta, Georgia, told you so!"). This all led to a little obsession of the audience with her, and I guess Helga became the star of the festival.
Good Charlotte started playing at about a quarter to ten (15 minutes later than announced - I didn't think that it was too bad because I've seen American bands letting their fans wait much longer, but I even saw two people leaving in protest...), the place was FULL and the rain had woundrously ended for the time of their concert. I was glad to even see something, as I was quite in the middle of the crowd.
They started with "The Anthem", very, very awesomely, and then - I've forgotten the exact order - "Walk Away (Maybe)", "My Bloody Valentine" and "Predictable" (yay!). But after the third or fourth song, a mass of people started calling "Helga! Helga!" and I think because of that, it all cooled down a bit... I thought it wasn't very appropriate at least. ^^ And Joel who was talking to the audience all the time firstly didn't understand what the cries meant - I pitied him a bit because most people did seem a bit drunk and, well, crazy.
They started this chant every once in a while and I think that initially, the band was a bit confused and then pissed off. I can understand that, though, and to my mind, they solved it well - talking about the name once they understood it (e.g. asking for the male form and declaring their love for the funny German language) or changing one chorus spontaneously ("Keep your hands off my Helga").
Yeah, that wasn't too nice but I suppose they did well.

All in all, they mainly played their hits, but I was quite content with that. For example "Keep your hands off my girl" which I normally don't listen to so often was really the killer, and so were "Dance Floor Anthem" (geez, it was PERFECT!), "I Just Wanna Live" (almost at the end, and everyone was very motivated after the first note) and "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" (the final song - everyeveryeveryone was dancing or moshing). "The Young & the Hopeless", "The Chronicles of Life and Death" and "The River" were thrilling, too, which you probably wouldn't expect any other way. The ones I've mentioned so far were also the ones that entailed most audience actions: Many "yeah"s and "woah"s together with Joel (as is customary), the old school mosh circle and people singing along encouragedly.
They also played "Girls & Boys", their newest song "Like It's Her Birthday" (<3) and a Police cover ("So Lonely" - I only recognized it because I've seen them cover it at other concerts, too, which I watched on the Net). I might have forgotten one or two songs now, but I'll wait for some setlist until I complete my enumeration... hm, yeah.
I was perhaps a small bit disappointed because they didn't play any ballads or my favourites from the last album, but I think it was okay.
To sum up, I was mostly upset because of the people who were utterly impatient and a bit... impolite. I learnt an imporant lesson: You should never, ever try taping a song at the live concert of a punk band while people next to you are moshing. It hurts.

But I'm just happy to have finally seen Good Charlotte live on stage, my ears are full of their songs (and I was half-deaf because of the sound intensity) and I would go to one of their concert any time again! Or to a festival with them as a headliner, that is.





(The photos are NOT from the festival, as I only managed to get some bad-quality videos - these are from a GC concert in Liverpool two years ago, a city I've never been to)

Now, what shrank my motivation a bit were the news about the Loveparade - you've surely heard about it by now, too. Another big event, not far from the town I live in either... but so horribly different. I heard of it on my way to "Eier mit Speck" already but it hasn't really sunk in until now, I think. I mean - 19 deaths and hundreds of people hurt because of a mass panic. How could they, the police, the organisors, everyone, let that happen?
I know it sounds mean but I'm really glad that I don't know anyone who was there and that I myself would never even have considered going to Duisburg because of the Loveparade... I'm shocked, though, and I feel really, really sorry for all the unlucky people who were there and had to see this horror, and of course for those affected by it. It was insane from the beginning - a million people at such a small place. I didn't worry too much about it because you just DON'T accept something to happen, eh? And it didn't refer to me until I heard about it.
However, now... It's not supportable if something like that happens again, so I highly agree that there should never be a Loveparade again. I wouldn't say that big parties/events are bad in general (hell, I attend concerts and festivals, too!) but you shouldn't wait to see what happens next when they have so little experience and security.

Sorry, I didn't want to end this post so hopeless... that was my weekend, though, and I just had to mention everything I reported. I hope you had more relaxing Saturdays and Sundays!

See you,
Kathi

Jul. 24th, 2010

Draco

A plain "I'm still alive!" entry

Hey there!
Lately, I've been more and more busy (though, at the moment, I am absolutely in a sort of holiday fever!). However, that's probably a lame excuse, considering I haven't been "active" since... erm, two years really. Gosh!
I don't know how I managed something like that - but I'll be back. More often. With reports, reviews, moods, announcements, recommendations and perhaps - I have been on a quite long break with that, too - some artistic stuff (icons, wallpapers, whatever's to be shown).
I moreover want to continue this journal in English or, well, sometimes in German whenever I feel like it and want to write in a more detailed way that doesn't scare away my beloved German friends. That's also because THEY were the ones who really convinced me of trying to blog again, and as I adore their blogs (even though they aren't livejournals, but still - brilliant!), I think I should switch to my mothertongue from time to time. A loving thank you to Middi-Zah and Daisy-Zee again! =)

So, in conclusion, it will be a quite bilingual journal from now on and you can (still) comment in English or German, just as you wish. ;-)

That's about it. I'm looking forward to being creative and informing everyone who wants about the major events, my opinion and my interests in the next time! I might already be writing something tomorrow... since, oh yes, I'm freaking happy about it: I am going to go to a festival tomorrow - with the fabulous and breathtaking band GOOD CHARLOTTE as a headliner! I - can't - wait!
Wow, I hope the festival's as good as it is said to be... at least when it comes to GC, I have absolutely no doubts!



Sooo... long live Livejournal!

Lots of love.
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Mar. 22nd, 2008

Resolve

New Arts

Geez, long, long ago... Well, I'm back here, and I think I'll try to hold my journal now. But who knows?

Anyway, I have some stuff again, it's about my favourites: The marauders, especially Lily/James, and in general just wallpapers.

Hope you enjoy (just to let you know, I'm not very good at these LJ cuts and posting the graphics - but, uh, I'm trying! ;P)

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Dec. 21st, 2007

Resolve

Dear Santa...

I solemnly swear I'm up to no good! - er, no, I mean, I'm NOT.
Saw this in unsureone's profile and thought, I could try it, too - dammit, if this code doesn't work.

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In February I got in line at the supermarket at the same time as someone else and I didn't yield (-8 points). Last month I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near LA (-76 points). Last Friday I gave insane_chloe  a kidney (1000 points). Last Sunday I gave change to a homeless guy (19 points). In January I gave unsureone  a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points).

Overall, I've been nice (930 points). For Christmas I deserve an XBox 360!

Sincerely,
misspronx

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Dec. 15th, 2007

Resolve

Some icons...

Okay, long time ago, I made some text icons, just for fun... Well, I'm on it now, but here are few of my first tries, about the wonderful HP characters James Potter and Sirius Black. ;P

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Nov. 22nd, 2007

Resolve

The start

Sooo, I did it - despite all the work I have to do, I managed to get hold of one of those journals and hope I'll
1.) be able to update regularly, try to capture my beginnings, work (writing, arts, whatever) and moods
2.) get (at best much) more knowledge of stuff like that
3.) improve my English. Yes, that's really necessary.

This is probably going to be still a too big challenge for me, but hey, no one will read it anyway - I think, I'll take my time over it.

To all those, who are reading this: Thanks for doing so. Though I'm just a 14-year-old from Germany (well, you know...), it'd be nice to have some comments, as soon as I need some. But please don't expect too much. ;P