Two weeks in one posting

I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. It’s been two weeks since last time I blogged. So what has happened the two last weeks? Well, this…

I went to a festival with these girls. It’s in Stavern; south in Norway. There were several Norwegian acts and one international – Simple Minds. The festival was fun. Taning, sunburn, eating icecream, a little drinking, bbq-ing, sleeping in a tiny cabin, belly laughing moments, toes in water, breakfast out in the sun, rain early in the morning, 4 minute prepaid shower & a handfull of great concerts.

When I came home that sunday, I watched the World Cup finales (football). I rooted for the Dutch team, since I got friends there. It was a very exciting match, but unfortunately Spain won 1-0. My orange tanktop and the photo above didn’t help. To my BIG surprise I found out that my friend Chantie who is Dutch and hates football, even watched the match!

My balcony has started its makeover; tiles on the floor. The first time we (dad & me) decided to do it, it started to rain. So we had to change the date. Second time we had planned to do it, it started to rain again! Third time is a charm. Yesterday we started. I had to cary 20 kg bags and boxes with tiles (which were heavier than the bags) five floors up with no elevator. OMG! It almost killed me. haha. Hopefully the balcony will be ready this weekend.

I’ve finished my second Henning Mankell book and started on my third. Oh how I love Mankell. The book I read now, the Fifth Woman, is a book about a serial killer like the last one. I’ve just started it, but feels it will be a good story this too.

Talking about reading; this magazine greeted me when I looked into the kiosk window as I was on my way home the other day. Hello Bruce! Happy to see you! I always look inside the window to see if there is any new cool magasines I can buy. I went inside and bought Mojo + Q. A bit expensive, but what the heck?! It’s enjoyable reading. Talking about Springsteen. I bought this amazing map(poster) here the other day. It’s a map with with +200 lyrical references to Springsteen songs. Awesome! I can’t wait to frame it and hang it on a wall!

Other gems bought online is this necklace from this Charming Girl. It’s very pretty and suit me perfect!

The weather has been both good and bad! One day the weather was so great I invited dear Ellen over for a bbq.We had a fun evening eating hot dogs with cheese inside & hamburgers, eating strawberries,  drink water, play a quizgame and talk.

I start my two weeks vacation tomorrow at 16.00. Ahh. That will be great. Two weeks off hopefully means blogging more often. So see you later!

Music & books

I’m not much of a reader. I love to read, but I don’t read nearly as many books as I would like to. If I read, I mostly read crime books, esp. from writers like Jo Nesbø, Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser. I love crime novels.

What I also l love to read is books about muscisians I like. Years ago I read a book about Robbie Williams. I’ve alos read books about Springsteen. Right now I have at least three unfinished books; one about U2, a Springsteen book and a E Street Band Book. The great thing about these books is that you can put it away for months and pick it up again wihthout having to read it all over again, because you’ve forgot half of the plot.

Now I’ve started on a new book as of today. Clarence (from the E Street Band) and his long-time friend Don Reo has written about Clarence. The book got the name Big Man, which is Clarenc’s nickname. Because he is a big man; in more than one way.

I ordered the book on play.com before Easter, but didn’t think it would arrive until Easter was over. It took way longer than expected. I don’t know what, but something happened with my order, so I didn’t get a notification to pick it up at the post office before monday.

I took the notification paper with me on tuesday to pick it up. After work ended I went to the post office to send a package, but I forgot to pick up the book. And I didn’t realise that before I had bought groceries and was on my way home. I was too tired to go down there again, so I had to wait another day.

Yesterday I picked it up, but didn’t get the chance to start read it before today. I brought it to work and read on the bus this morning. It’s only when I bring a good book on the bus, I wish my busride to work would take longer. Seven minutes is not enough. You only get to start reading before you have to hop off.

Luckily I could read while I had my lunchbreak today. Normally I play cards with my colleague Gøril during lunch, but she couldn’t have lunch with me to day. Normally I would be bummed, but today I actually was happy about it.

I’ve only read like twenty pages, but it’s great so far! I’ve had many laughs. It will be fun & interesting to know this man a little better. Because I don’t know much about him. He is the most awesome sax player I know.

The nickname Big Man suits him very well. Not only because he’s very tall and strong / robust. He is big in whole other way too. He’s big when it comes to play the sax and his interaction with Springsteen. There is no one quite like him!

I was talking to Linda earlier this year about concerts. She was hungry for a concert, because it had been so long since last time. I was feeling the same. With a sigh I had to tell her that I had checked my music sources and there wasn’t any great concert in sight; neither small or big. I was a little bit afraid it would be a year with not so much concerts.

Things have changed!

Not long ago I found out Leonard Cohen is coming back to Oslo in Augsust. That man is awesome and taken his age in cosideration, he might not tour for much longer. Linda hadn’t seen him before; last time he came, she didn’t go. So I ordered tickets for us.

A few days later we ordered tickets to see A-HA. It’s the start on their farewell tour. I have my doubts that they really are pulling out the plugs and are saying goodbye for good, but that doesn’t really matter. I had to see them anyway! This will be my 4th time seeing them.

They’ll be playing, outdoor, in August. In fact, they are playing at the same day as Lars Winnerbäck is playing at the roof of the Opera-house! Big disappointment! I really wanted to see Winnerbäck!

That is not all. I’m also going on a festival this summer; Stavernfestivalen. Been there once before and it was very fun. This time it will be even better because we’re not staying in a hotel, but we’ve rented two cabins to sleep in. We’re four girls going.

The festival has Norwegian music profile. Mostly acts come from Norway, but they also have international bands. The programme is not set yet, but I know Simple Minds are coming. And for the Norwegian band, we’ll be able to see Dum Dum Boys, Jon Olav Nilsen og Gjengen, Åge Aleksandersen, Hellbillies, Thom Hell and the rapper Lars Vaular.

First I said no to the festival. I had planned to spend my money on other things. Linda, who I’m going with, first said ok and that she was going to find someone else to share the cabin with. After a little while, she begged me to come along. She was so convincing I couldn’t say no. Oh boy was she happy when I finally said yes. It made me very happy when she said there should be more people like me in the world. Words like that makes you smile.

Not long ago I found out that the Gaslight Anthem is playing at a festival in Oslo. I really, really, really wanna go see them, but I’m not sure I’ll have anyone who will go with me. And they play on a day when I work, so if I buy a ticket for that festival day, I will miss out some of the bands. I have yet to decide what to do. Last year when they were in Norway, they were also playing a festival. Why can’t they play  a stand-alone  concert? Gah!

Oh well, you can’t win them all. Isn’t that what they say?

Pinkpop: the music

I’m now back from the Netherlands and I survived the Pinkpop festival. It was awesome and I wanna write about it. I have lots to write about and quite some pictures to share. I wanna go to bed quite early tonight so I won’t be able to write about all the stuff now. So I’m dividing it up in two posts. The festival in general and the music. Here is what me and Chantie saw and pictures of the artists.

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Bruce and the band was great as usual. He has a way with interacting with the audience which I love! The setlist was not top notch, but good. There was a few songs he could’ve skipped (Trapped, Land of Hopes and Dreams, Lonesome Day), not because they’re no good, but a bit boring at a concert. But on the other hand, he played Raise Your Hand and I’m On Fire!!! Great songs which I don’t think I’ve heard live before. We were in the pit and had good spots! Thanks Chantie!!

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Maria Mena: Super, super show! She is so sweet and cool and what not. Her show was at the 3FM stage (second largest stage) and had a great performans.

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The Killers: They were just as great as expected. Too bad we were so far away from the stage. They sang lots of great songs like Human, Read my Mind, I Got Soul, but I’m Not A Solidar among others. The singer Brandon Flower, he actually entered the stage later too – to sing a song with Bruce. They sang Thunder Road together. Brandon was so starstruck and his eye twinkled. So fun!

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Amy Macdonald: She had died her hair (blond) and it was much shorter, so I hardly recognized her. She delivered and gave us many of the great songs she’s written in her bedroom five years ago! I think her performance would’ve been better if she had been in the tent or 3FM stage instead of the main stage.

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Keane: Good concert with lots of their hits. Always nice to see them live.  Tom Chaplin was in color for a change. He always wear dark colors, as Chantie pointed to me.

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The All American Rejects: The biggest surprise of the festival. I had only heard one song by them (once) so I didn’t know what to expect. neither did Chantie.  When we saw them come up on stage we were a bit unsure of how it would be. The guitarplayer had some funny shorts on and long hair and beard. I know you can’t jugde the music by how they look, but it can give you hints at least.  TAAR rocked the tent! Awesome show! I really loved their performance!

Milow: Dutch guy. Nice music and fun to watch. He would also have benefitted by performing on a smaller stage I think.

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Katy Perry: She’s a crazy girl with a fun stage containing blown up cats and strawberries among other things. She was performing in the tent. We heard most of her songs, including Hot ‘n Cold, which I happen to think is as cool song. It was so hot inside the tent that we decided to leave before the show was over and we missed her mega-hit I Kissed A Girl, which was fine by me, because I’m so FED UP with that song. Ugh, I don’t like it.

Krezip: Dutch band who had their last concert ever. They’re splitting up after being a band for almost ten years. They got discovered at Pinkpop. What I saw was ok. Nothing I went completely crazy over, but they weren’t bad.

White  Lies: we tried to get into the tent to see White Lies, but we were too late. It was already full when we arrived. So we stood outside the tent, listening and not seeing anything. I think their debut album is good and got to hear two of their best songs. Too bad I couldn’t see them. I think they should’ve been at the 3FM stage. I guess the ones who decided where the bands should play, thought they would have that big audience.

Novastar: A dutch guy playing the piano. We saw parts of his show while we were waiting inside the pit for Amy Macdonald. I don’t remember much of him, but he wasn’t bad.

A big letdown was that Depeche Mode had to cancel. They were supposed to be the headliners on the sunday. But the lead singer, Dave Gahan, had just removed a tumor (somewhere in his belly or lower down I think) so he had to rest. I understand that. But I would have loved to see them again. They are great!

We also saw some of Franz  Ferdinand (while walking around eating I think), Anouk, Rowwen Hèze (puke! we only got a climps of them because we were heading for the shoarma)  and Madness. I didn’t know who Madness was, but I recognized two songs while we were standing and chatting with one of Chanties colleagues, Misha. And I remember I thought to myself that I had to check out that band, because they sounded very funky and cool!

Ahem… should I mention the music that was somwhere on or around Camping C where we stayed? It was so loud that it felt like it came from right outside the tent. It was some DJ’s who played until 3 o’clock in the morning. I think it was DJ Nothing But Funk the last day. It was a bit annoying I must say. But it wasn’t as annoying as the campers next to us who kept Chantie awake all sunday night. I’ll tell more about that next time!

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