Play Rock Music Festival

1 07 2012

Friday night I went to a local rock music festival, and it was great!!

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Really missing live music here in Hefei and this was a very good experience!

SUBS @ CementenThe main reason I went yesterday was for one band I saw many years ago.. in Stavanger!! The SUBS, punk from Beijing. But they changed a lot the line-up (even a laowai drummer, not bad at all) and the sound as well, less punk, more metal. I do wonder if the singer was the same (some face resemblance) but the energy she put on the stage was the same. The show was indeed enjoyable:

Just before SUBS, a nice energetic trio opened the evening on the big stage, 谢天笑 “Xiè tiānxiào”:

SUBS were then followed by a singer, 郝云 “Hǎo yún”, and his band with several different instruments, that in some ways reminded of a Norwegian singer called Lillebjørn Nilsen:

The way they alternated different music styles was quite funny, especially when it came the last band/singer of the evening, 崔健 “Cuī jiàn”. In my mind, SUBS would have been perfect to warm up the public before 崔健, definitively not the sort of ballads/folk music of 郝云!!

Anyway, hope you’ll also enjoy 崔健:

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Was it a joke?

1 04 2012

1st of Arpil, April Fools’ Day: never been too fond or too looking forward to this day.. Never got fooled too badly and I do not think I have ever organized a prank to anyone else.. if I did I don’t think it was on this day!

But I am pretty sure some of my friends 2 years ago thought I was fooling them when I said:

“..on April 1st (2010) I will move to Hefei, China for working in a Chinese company in semiconductor industry..”

That day, 2 years ago, I took the last picture of Stavanger, the house where I lived for 4 years.. just before my dear friend Bob took me to Sola airport..

4 years ago in Stavanger...

I wonder how many believed it at that point or the days after… :-)

Anyway, get fooled or not, I am still in China, starting my third year in Hefei..

No kidding!!!!! ;-)





Twisted Machine

19 01 2012

Yesterday night, sitting in “After School”, a tiny bar here in Hefei where the only to reason to go are the owner friendship with a friend of mine (sometimes a free beer then) and usually quite good rock-metal music.. and I discovered  this band: 扭曲的机器, Twisted Machine (from Beijing)!!

And just for remaining in Chinese alternative rock punk music that I enjoyed before, live from Stavanger, SUBS (杀不死), also Beijing’er:

SUBS @ Cementen

SUBS @ Cementen - Stavanger 2006

…and this was my 1000th post!!!

..in the mirror.. 鏡子中…





Guest or visitor – Aikido thoughts of the end of the year..

31 12 2011

A long post, started with a sad realization:

Awareness of failure plagued at him like a sword, twisting in his consciousness cruelly as though it had been lying in wait to murder his self-respect — Noël Coward

NOTES:

  1. This post took an unexpected turn after starting.. There are a lot of personal thoughts.. Please, do not just write comments saying how bad or good an instructor you think I am.. because, in truth, I am pretty sure I have heard already those negative or positive comments from you before!! Really, no kidding!! I am not begging for forgiveness by the people that think I lack of respect to them and not realized how amazing they are, and at the same time not asking for celebration by the others that shared common feelings with me.. Not sure I care about the former and maybe I care too much about the latter.. I just show you here I am aware of my shortcomings.. are you? Only blabbering, as usual!!
  2. The post was mainly written after I got back from my too short holidays in Norway, not because I had bad feelings, mainly for the opposite.. it was great, also being around many friends from the past and observing them now, how they changed, both in Aikido and life..
  3. Maybe at some point I lost the linearity in writing, and more thoughts got entangles together (as usual).. Anyway, that’s what I am.. and this is only another proof..
  4. As I say, these are end of the year thoughts, so I wish you all a wonderful party tonight and an even better start of 2012!!!

Very recently a person running one of the dojos where I often go for practice defined me as a visitor of that dojo, to not be confounded with guests, that are always welcomed!

This was quite unexpected and the comment was, of course, not made straight to my face. It was also intended exactly in the way I wrote it: a visitor comes and goes, not always welcomed, but maybe difficult to stop or deny “hospitality”.

Given I always pay when I practice in that dojo, that I have never taught there or even intended to do so, or even wanted to do so.. the literary distinction of my “role” was a little disappointment, both for me and about the person making the comment.
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Jūshinkan went to Japan!!

9 12 2011

Bob and Jacqueline, the Stavanger Jūshinkan Aikido instructors, went to Japan for a good vacation and Aikido trip!

A wonderful report from the trip you can read in my previous club blog page!

My memories fly there..

Tokyo

..hope I’ll be able to visit Tokyo again soon..





Thanks dear friends!

1 04 2011

A very positive month this March, with really a lot of visits! 2,625 in total for a daily average of about 85 clicks to the blog.. Best month since August 2009!!!

Thanks a lot you all for spending time clicking on my link and hopefully fast reading my posts!!

Yesterday after ages I logged into Facebook via an internet vpn, but it had the bad features that it was adding commercial when just blinking and watching a page and it was not possible to leave comments, change status or interact in any way..

A pity, I miss my friends there.. and most of the visits I get still come from FB friends.. so I thank them here ;-)

I’ll get soon another vpn because my first proved to be a full scam, but these days I got extra problem at home, since I do not have internet access.. I was not used to that anymore.. :-(

Time goes by, and I do not want to lose good contacts……

4 years ago in Stavanger...Time: 1 year ago today I left Norway after 14 years: no April fool’s, even if I am sure somebody thought of that when I told me I was moving to China right the 1st of April!.. 1 year ago today I left the last place in Stavanger where I lived 4 years and boarded a quite long flight that brought me, after stopover in Beijing, to a new life.. And I am so happy that several old friends and then new ones are still following my blog and my reading my sometimes (often) silly words..

One year ago today it was the time I started looking at new scenarios for my life, a new step into the unknown that could have ended fast after.. or keep going, as it is now..

And today I saw a great picture from an extremely good friend of mine, Valentina, who just joined Flickr, that represents very much my feelings, now and  then:

Nuove Prospettive

The title is great: it’s interesting that the word “prospettive” can be translated as either perspective, to put into perspective, all things considered, as well as prospective, what the prospects are, what the future may hold.

So the title is “New perspective/prospective“, and it is right.. every day.. every step of one’s life.. everywhere in the world..





March Bachraty in Stavanger

19 03 2011

I was not there, 55555 (Chinese meaning of course!)… but they did not miss me!!!

A great seminar from one great student, Marc Bachraty (5.dan Aikikai) of a great teacher, Christian Tissier..

And they combined Aikido with a visit of the famous Stavanger fjord, as they did before with Fabrice Somers from Belgium, 5.dan Aikikai, and might be a very good tradition: Fjords’n’Aikido , to be repeated this year as well..








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