Thursday, March 31, 2011

Farewell Scotland ,Hello Manchester.



Hope you enjoy this stills movie. I have to say leaving Scotland and Manchester was a hard thing to do . The days spent there were 'absolutely fabulous '.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sutherland ,My Wonderland

Sutherland

For me there is no other place on earth as wonderful and breath takingly spectacular as Sutherland , way up on the north west coast of Scotland.... No stress here, beauty everywhere you look , fine food ( let's hear an end to the myth of poor food in GB) The clear sea waters of the Minch , warmed by the Gulf Stream are a cure to all who bathe in them .There is real film footage to prove I did take the waters .That comes later on YouTube.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Doctor Feelgood Weekend On Canvey Island

The following little film is made from stills taken over what was a wonderful weekend at Canvey Island , Essex. Why there ? Well that is where the Dr Feelgood scene began. Each year there is a weekend and I can really recommend . OK I've made a few typo errors as most of the work was done whilst driving up to Aberdeen in the dark .. apologies .. The gentleman who won the prize was able to do a number with the band as vocalist .He was fantastic and a worthy winner as the second real video below illustrates. Well done Bob and thank you Dr Feelgood group .As ever you worked your magic for me and many many more .

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

'Safari' on Safari or Out Of Berlin .



The first post written using my new Mac book . How apt therefore to create a 'Safari' scene. Well almost .
Whilst in Ka De We what should I see but these superb beasts. My only drink being coffee ... pretty spectacular eh ?
Meryl Streep eat your heart out , it's out of Berlin for me .

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cookie Club Trio At Cafe Oberwasser .


Cafe Oberwasser is a superb cafe / bar restaurant at Zionskirchstrasse 6,10119 Berlin .telephone 448 3719
Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 'whenever' it's a place to go and enjoy life .
The owners are excellent and the picture depicts a figure made by one of them .From paper mache it guards the entrance ......
On Saturday ,no bad spirits entered ,only lovers of fine food and music and the phenomenal Cookie Club Trio .Thus all were satisfied .Of the nineteen videos shot each is faultless. This is not a reference to my camera skills but to the talents of a truly remarkable trio.Choosing which film to use was very difficult .in the end I chose 'Sunday' since this posting was started on , yes , Sunday .
Meinolf 'Cookie' Saggel, dr and vocals , Martin Zentner ,piano , Max Hartmann bass
Do try and see this group .

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wonder Women Love Mac Cosmetics



It's been a very busy week with little time to spare . Acquiring a Mac Book Pro didn't help either.Here is one person who will never be an Apple Mac zealot. It's OK but all the hype is rather OTT. ( Only my opinion but am not impressed )
Now Mac cosmetics , quite another matter and whilst shopping for presents today who should I meet but Wonder Woman ( all 2 metres of her !) plus lots of Wonder Women .Two lipsticks , one mascara and cosmetic sparkle later , a very happy Ms V emerged from Ka De We with some beautiful presents for a little girl and an invite to go film a group tomorrow night . Hence a new cam case .Note the foxy logo.

Friday, March 04, 2011

As Time Goes By


Doesn't it just since here we are,already in March. This piece was played last night as a birthday request for a lady celebrating her birthday . It's a great rendition and sung in German rather special.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Django Reinhardt ..A Jazz Legend



There are certain pieces of music that simply never fade . Here's just such a work. It's piece that has me dancing and hearing it played never palls. Django Reinhardt was an amazing musician . His life story is well worth looking up on the net .
The techniques he developed in jazz remain legendary ...

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Today's Lottery Win.

Every day is new and I can honestly say that each day I'm a winner. Not Euro Millions or German Lotto.... mine is the Lottery Of Life . For the price of a smile you experience real wealth. For example ,today I met this terrific couple . From Korea , they now live in Paris and are architects. They had spent a week here and we shared coffee, conversation and so much ,out in the sunshine on Bismarckstra├če . The cafe owner took this shot and the image underneath is a technique shown to me by the couple .They called it the Korean Way . This meant going indoors, setting the camera on self timer then placing on the floor whilst we stood around in a sort of rugby scrum looking down onto the camera lens .Their holiday photos were pretty wonderful and will be forming part of an exhibition. This encounter was but a part of my life lotto win for today. Like I say,true wealth .

They did say to use flash and a little zoom for best results . I have to say I like it ,plus it's fun swivelling the image .