Weekend in the mountains…

It was the wizard’s birthday last weekend, so there was a mountain retreat to celebrate this…See the pix!!

Great hikes!:
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Mountain village:
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View from our balcony:
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Other nature lovers enjoying their sandwich:
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Tired!!!

After three days of moving. Finally having a rest at our temporary apartment in downtown Bratislava. Sigh. Going to the Kogo now for my well-earned grilled Polpo!! (yes really my dear ;-)). 1 hour without moving and cleaning stuff, without TO-DO lists nor studying. YES!!!!

But….I have to say, the house DOES look fab!!! Pictures soon…

Update! Moving into the house!!

Pictures of an empty house are to be found earlier on the blog. But today, around seven weeks after we left our house in Singapore, we are finally moving into our new house on the Danube!!! Three big trucks with a seemingly endless amount of boxes are in front of the house. I explained to a puzzled Hungarian mover (only 2 people and so much stuff!) that we like shopping. 🙂 A nearby standing Slovak mover explained that the fellow does not understand me as he speaks Hungarian only. ‘Spreche Deutsch’ the guy luckily added. Good. So a limited conversation started (I never paid that much attention in German class). But limited conversation is better than no conversation. So.

I hope the moving company used recycled paper, otherwise I think a whole rainforest was taken down to protect our glasses and porcelain. I promised myself I will check on that. (before I hand in the evaluation, ;-))

Got to go back, got to keep on moving!!! There will probably not be that many artsy reports the coming week. As the warrior will be busy cleaning up. Pictures will follow very soon though. And we’ll be back in business by next week…

Drogba wants to leave Chelsea for a good offer and Jose spins…

Funny to see Mr. Mourinho and the Chelsea PR department do their spin. Drogba indicates he wants to leave. Surprise surprise, several newsarticles appear (not even always referring to Drogbas willingness to leave) in which Jose praises Drogbas ingenuity and added value to the team. Oh well, I do think Jose decided it was time to put someone else under the loupe, after all the attention Lampard got on his supposed Barca move (which Barca always denied btw).

Diverting attention is also a good idea as Lampard has been all over the tabloids (especially in LA) in regards to his supposed fling in Las Vegas with a 30-ish Eastern European woman: check out this article (also for a ‘pimped up’ Lampard picture): http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007310512,00.html

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The latest articles on Drogba:
http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=477224&CPID=8&clid=8&lid=&title=Jose+hopes+for+same+Drogba
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2007320942,00.html
http://eurosport.yahoo.com/17072007/4/drogba-better-mourinho.html

Chelsea: We’ll get ya, Becks

By SHAUN CUSTIS (Sun.co.uk)
July 17, 2007

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CHELSEA have been winding up David Beckham by saying they will kick lumps out of him this weekend.
Becks had his first training session with his new LA Galaxy team-mates yesterday and hopes to make his debut against the Blues in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Text messages have been winging their way to the ex-England skipper’s mobile telling him he is a marked man. The culprits have not been revealed but chief suspects are England pals John Terry, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard. Becks is clearly still struggling with the ankle injury he suffered playing against Estonia in last month’s Euro qualifier. After jogging with his team-mates for a few minutes in a session watched by a thousand fans, he then trained separately but is still expected to play a part in the clash with Jose Mourinho’s side. Chelsea’s stars are certainly keen for Becks to appear, as the texts have shown. SunSport was told: “It’s just a bit of banter between the lads. David can take a joke and he knows they don’t really mean it. At least he doesn’t think they do.” And America’s new superstar will be the target for more wind-ups when he attends a party with the Chelsea players tomorrow. When he was unveiled as Galaxy’s new signing, Beckham was asked how he felt about being a target for the hatchetmen out in the States. He said: “I’ve always been some sort of target in my career for players and teams I’ve played against. Hopefully, my team-mates will stick up for me.” Sounds like he is about to find out very soon!”

Pope: Christians Not True Churches

Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2007 By AP/NICOLE WINFIELD

(LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy) — Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.

Benedict approved a document from his old offices at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that restates church teaching on relations with other Christians. It was the second time in a week the pope has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church.
On Saturday, Benedict revisited another key aspect of Vatican II by reviving the old Latin Mass. Traditional Catholics cheered the move, but more liberal ones called it a step back from Vatican II. Benedict, who attended Vatican II as a young theologian, has long complained about what he considers the erroneous interpretation of the council by liberals, saying it was not a break from the past but rather a renewal of church tradition.

For full story: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1641666,00.html

Chelsea news: Jose makes peace with Roman

By Peter ORourke – Created on 15 Jul 2007

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he and Roman Abramovich have repaired their relationship after clear-the-air talks last week.
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“I know what he thinks, I know what he feels, I know what he wants.” […]

Mourinho says he is content with life at Chelsea and hopes to see out his contract which still has three years to run.

“After three years, I have bought a house in London and I am not renting anymore. “I didn’t do that because I wanted to sell next week or because I am thinking about leaving very, very soon. “I want to stay – and if Chelsea had wanted to make a change, they would have done it by now.”

Full article: http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=476889&CPID=8&clid=8&lid=4161&title=Jose+makes+peace+with+Roman

Must check! Les Ballet Russes DVD

For all ballet lovers, but also interesting for anybody because of the feisty, powerful and disarming 80-year old ballet dancers, most of them still teach!, and because it is not only a history of ballet but also a short history of the last century. About the diaspora, loves and lives of a group of intially very young ballet dancers to France, America and finally to many different parts of the world.

Check for a preview (1/12), enjoy!:

For number 2 to 12 of this documentary you can check YouTube, but better of course would be to buy the DVD at your local Music Store.

The ‘Fan film’ phenomenon: 50,000 fans follow a home made Star Trek series

In the past seven years, Rob Caves from Pasadena (US) has gained 50K fans with a “Star Trek” movie he’s been filming at home. You can check the first episode on the YouTube link below! Why not try this at home yourself? Do a remake of Apocalypse Now, or Harry Potter, or your write and produce your own episodes of your favourite soap series!

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By Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer
July 7, 2007

THE house — a three-bedroom stucco ranch in South Pasadena with daffodils in the front and a carport on the right — looks normal enough.

But walk through the living room with its overstuffed couches, ignore that door on your left where a young man is getting leopard spots painted on his face, and you’ll end up in a small room with a stained beige carpet and two bureaus whose contents are described by pale yellow sticky notes affixed to each drawer. Among them are Bajoran earrings, Alien PADDs (person access data devices), Sirol mind devices, hairpieces, ears and Klingon blades. This is the set of “Star Trek: Hidden Frontier,” the longest-running series in fan film history.

First, a definition: Fan films are movies made by people outside the entertainment industry who write or improvise a script set in a familiar universe (like “Star Trek” or “Star Wars” or “Batman” or “Harry Potter”) and shoot it themselves. It’s not illegal as long as nobody makes any money from it — although some companies, Marvel in particular, don’t like their characters and worlds messed with. Anyone can do it, but it’s not easy. Time-consuming. Costly. And if you want to do it really well, there are actors, special effects, props, background music, costumes, makeup and distribution to consider. That’s when making a small fan film becomes a Herculean labor of love.

Rob Caves, creator and executive producer of “Hidden Frontier,” wanted his series to be good. He’s a diminutive 28-year-old with an almost unnervingly calm demeanor. As a kid watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” with his father, and later “Deep Space Nine” on his own (he never liked the original series), he leaned less toward the usual “Trek” fan impulse of “I wish I lived there” and more toward “I want to make that.”

Caves inherited the South Pasadena house from his grandmother, and for the last seven years he has spent most of his weekends in the back room or spaces much like it, directing scenes, holding a boom mike, filling in for missing actors, solving technical problems, consulting on costumes, shaking the camera for the “ship just got hit” shots and doing all the other thankless things an executive producer of a fan film series has to do. (To make money, he works as a freelance film editor, when he has time.)

Most weekends he is joined by a cast and crew that numbers in the 30s — a mix of plus-size Trekkies, slim aspiring actors, gray-haired former aspiring actors, a couple of wannabe screenwriters and a handful of soft-spoken (and less soft-spoken) gay men who fell in love with “Hidden Frontier” because of the same-sex relationships it (tastefully) explores.

Since he first made “Star Trek: Hidden Frontier” available for free downloading on the website http://www.hiddenfrontier.org (“Boldly going where no fan film has gone before”), Caves and his revolving team (not everyone sticks around when nobody is getting paid) have completed 50 episodes of the series.

Traffic on the site picked up when the last official television series, “Star Trek: Enterprise,” ended in 2005, and fans scavenging for any new “Star Trek” material began to find Caves’ work in snowballing numbers. “Hidden Frontier” picked up so many viewers that some cast members started getting recognized at official “Star Trek” conventions they were attending as fans. Now 50,000 people download each new episode, and even more watch the series on YouTube, Ifilm and other video-sharing sites. […]

Full article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-trek7jul07,0,5370738.story?coll=la-home-center