Archive for March, 2010

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Berlin Calling II

March 31, 2010

by Charlie


After two weeks of an emotional rollercoaster with saying goodbye to so many people I love and even more oh so lovely 😉 farewell gifts, I got, I finally made it to our capital.

This will be an exciting time and I hope you’ll join me?!! Look out for what is all the rage. I’ll keep you posted.

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

March 31, 2010

A Movie Review

by Maya


Hi everyone. It’s definitely time for my first movie review and since I saw Alice in Wonderland last week, it is the perfect opportunity. So what can I say?

First of all I have to point out that I have always had a weak spot for Tim Burton’s movies. I really enjoyed some of the films he made in the 90s. I’m not into super heros but I loved his Batman, Michael Keaton and the gloomy atmosphere. Every single Batman movie that came after it was just comical. And I still watch every rerun of  Sleepy Hollow because I adore its morbid charm.

Alice was my first 3D movie and it was really impressive. The cinematography and the ideas behind it, the costumes and the visual effects are amazing. The combination of the real and animated world is flawless. The industry has made considerable progress in this area since the atrocity that was “The Hulk”.

At the same time it occurs to me that while movie makers are investing a massive amount of money into visual effects and animation, the quality of the screenplay takes a backseat. Alice’s storytelling and dialogues are not the most creative and the ending is such a predictable cliché.  After I got used to the visual grandeur, boredom overcame me towards the end of the movie. Ok, it is definitely not as bad as “Avatar” which was a total and complete mess of bad acting, horrible dialogues and a kitschy story. And of course Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are superb actors who are the highlight of the movie. Personally I am not a very “visual” person. I am more drawn to words and dialogues and characters and I always need some substance in a film to find it entertaining. But if you like expressive and colourful images this one is definitely for you.

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A Tropical Enjoyment

March 31, 2010

by Kaede

This weekend me and my friend did a spontaneous getaway to the tropics. To the Tropical Islands! This is a holiday resort near Berlin, it includes the world‘s biggest indoor rainforest, several swimming pools, beach, water slides and most important a great spa and sauna area. All this is arranged in a huge old airship hangar, the biggest self-supported hall in the world.

For people like me this is a great opportunity to do a short and low priced holiday trip. But it is not for everyone! People who don‘t like water slides and cannot stand a good hot sauna either should stay home. This is no place for sissies or grouches! So if anybody of you is going to visit Berlin but the beastly weather just annoys you, you can take the train to the Tropical islands and enjoy 28° C there!

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hilarious ellen

March 29, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Happy Monday everyone. It’s time for another Ellen clip. Enjoy…;-)

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Retro Week V: Sheffield Sex City

March 28, 2010

by Maya introducing guest author Fuzzlet


Although GH already closed our Retro Week I just wanted to add another post which is simply perfect for this topic since it is about my personal musical past.

In 2003 / 2004 I was studying as an exchange student at the University of Sheffield. This was one of the happiest and most relaxed times in my life. I met some of the greatest people who are still among my best friends. And it was a time that considerably shaped my musical preferences. My super gorgeous Dutch Sheffield flat mate Fuzzlet was actually the first of us all to appreciate the diversity of Sheffield’s music and club scene. She has a terrific taste music, so there is no other person who is more qualified to relive our glorious Sheffield days. Here are some of her thoughts:

For someone used to the Dutch countryside Sheffield was a revelation music wise. Indie is huge in the UK and the music scene has always been quite good in Sheffield (home of Moloko and Pulp, who honoured the city with a very own song “Sheffield Sex City”.) However this was Sheffield pre-Arctic Monkeys. This was 2004.

Every Thursday all the Indie kids would flock to the legendary Fuzz Club at the Students Union of Sheffield University to dance to the likes of the Smiths, Franz Ferdinand and Electric Six. I use the past tense here because Fuzz Club ran from 1999-2009. It smelled like deep fried burgers if you would stand to close to the snack corner, but it tasted like Cider & Black or Screwdrivers and people would come up to you and say: I love your hair!

Fuzz Club would usually start with a showcase from a band (the NME-club tour has graced its stage as did Chicks on Speed and many many more) and turn into a club night later in the evening.

Sheffield has many venues from very small and hard to find (Club Fez) to large stadiums (Sheffield Arena). Whenever a proper band would come to town, there would usually be an after party in a tiny club/pub and usually the band would come round as well. I remember grinning insanely at a member of Black Member Motorcycle Club and getting the autograph of the lead singer of Belle and Sebastian.

I don’t recall spending a lot of time at uni, but I do remember all the wicked nights at random gigs!

Here are some of the songs of bands seen in Sheffield or music played at Fuzz Club in 2003/04:



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Retro-Week IV: Joy Division

March 27, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Ok, let’s finish our retro week with one of the best bands ever – JOY DIVISION. Growing up in the 90s I had no clue who Joy Division was up until a few years ago when I listened to “love will tear us apart”. I immediately fell in love with the song and I really hope that after you read this and listen to some of Joy Division’s music you will too.

Formed in Manchester in 1976 the band’s success started to grow with each year and tragically ended in May 1980. Ian Curtis hanged himself, at the age of 23, just before the band was to embark on its first US tour. There are a lot of speculations why this happened – depressions or personal difficulties like Ian’s diagnosis with epilepsy or his unhappy marriage. I think that Curtis was a lonely soul and just felt overwhelmed by everything and everyone.  (The remaining band members changed the name of the group to New Order.)

It speaks for itself that a band who has only released two albums “unknown pleasures” and “closer” has not been forgotten. Joy Division’s music was dark and limpid and filled with life at the same time. They were and still are very influential to lot of bands including The Killers and Franz Ferdinand.

What I really like is their song’s lyrics which are truly beautiful -no matter how dark they are.

lose control “… I could live a little better with the myths and the lies,
When the darkness broke in, I just broke down and cried.
I could live a little in a wider line,
When the change is gone, when the urge is gone,
To lose control. When here we come…”

By the way I can only recommend the movie “Control”. It gives you an insight of the band’s career and Ian’s broken soul.

Sam Riley has done a really great job!

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I still haven’t found…

March 27, 2010

by Charlie:

Spring is here and all the hugging and kissing couples will be everywhere… . Here is my shout-out to all the singles out there 😉

BE HAPPY!!!