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Rotterdam in March 2019 - My Photos (second part) [Apr. 20th, 2019|02:15 pm]
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Rotterdam in March 2019 - My Photos (first part) [Apr. 20th, 2019|02:04 pm]
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Monument of Alexander the Great is finally inaugurated in Athens [Apr. 19th, 2019|05:38 pm]
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So, this morning the monument to Alexander the Great was officially inaugurated in the center on Athens, a few meters from the monument to Lord Byron (which in its turn dates from 1896).

In fact, the monument had been placed at the pedestal two days ago, but it was immediately covered with black cloth, so when I was at this place yesterday, I wasn't able to see anything but this black cloth.

I also had no chance to see the inauguration myself, since it happened early in the morning. And the weather was pretty shitty, by the way, today's temperature is not supposed to surpass +18C, and at night it will be just +10C or even colder. FUCK.

Well, anyway, now the weather is a little better, at least clouds are gone, so I went to see the fresh monument and to take some pictures.

Although, ughh, the monunent is not that fresh indeed: it had been created by sculptor named Γιάννης Παππάς in 1973 (!) and since then stored in different places, the last of which was the garden of his workshop, which now belongs to Μουσείο Μπενάκη.

The sculptor, Γιάννης Παππάς, himself died in 2005, and presented the statue to the city of Athens as a gift. For all these decades it was supposed to be placed as a monument somewhere in Athens, but usual problems of Greece postponed that moment till today.

And why today, you may ask? What's all this fuss around Alexander the Great today about?

Well, the reason is politics, as usual.

Alex Tsipras signed the treaty of Prespe, despite huge protests in Greece, and since many people after that consider him a traitor for recognizing the name of "Northern Macedonia", he decided to put up this monument urgently, in an effort to give some relief for those who oppose his actions towards this question.

So, that's why in a matter of months the issue which had beed pending for decades was resolved, and now we have a statue of Alexander the Great in the center of our city.

But will it help Alex, will it improve his political career?

I guess not, lol.

And I hope not.

So, anyways, two recent articles about the statue, both in Greek, of course: one, two.

And finally my today's pictures lol.













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Groningen in March 2019 - My Photos (fourth part) [Apr. 17th, 2019|01:14 am]
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Groningen in March 2019 - My Photos (third part) [Apr. 17th, 2019|12:51 am]
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Ο Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος speaks about Holland in English! [Apr. 13th, 2019|12:04 am]
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The video was uploaded just a week ago!

Lol

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Groningen in March 2019 - My Photos (second part) [Apr. 12th, 2019|10:50 pm]
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Groningen in March 2019 - My Photos (first part) [Apr. 12th, 2019|10:35 pm]
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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (eighth part) [Apr. 11th, 2019|08:57 pm]
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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (seventh part) [Apr. 11th, 2019|08:46 pm]
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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (sixth part) [Apr. 10th, 2019|09:34 am]
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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (fifth part) [Apr. 10th, 2019|09:24 am]
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Madrugada @ Γήπεδο Tae Kwon Do [Apr. 9th, 2019|01:32 pm]
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Recently, a few months ago, I've noticed a funny thing: bands I've never listened to or heard of started to appear in my Youtube recommendations.

But more funny was the fact that in the same time names of these bands started to appear on posters around the city lol.

So, I guess, Youtube algorythms learned that I like to watch music videos, and started to suggest bands that performed in Athens (as they clearly know my location).

Seems like they have some kind of agreement with promoters, right?

Well, at least I think so. Too many things point at that.

Anyway, yesterday I've been to this years first proper "stadium concert" in Athens.

A band called "Madrugada" (never heard of them before Youtube suggested me their video lol) sold out their Sunday show, so the second show, on Monday, was added (seems like a tradition here in Greece, if band solds out one show, their promoters most certainly will add cecond one).

So, I decided to go to their concert, since I had no better things to do lol.

Performance took place at the same venue as Peter Murphy's concert in December, at Γήπεδο Tae Kwon Do. But unlike Peter Murphy's concert, when just an ordinary "club" scene had been installed in the center of the stadium, and the only tribune used for seated places had been the one opposite the scene, this time not a half, but the whole capacity of the stadium was used.

And that's why I call it "proper stadium concert" lol.

The day was rainy - well, very rainy indeed. In fact, for three hours straight we had a real tropical rain, umbrellas were absolutely useless and the streets turned into rivers, so shoes were useless too, unless you wanted to wash them (at the same time with your feet, obviously, lol).

But around three o'clock the rain paused for a few hours, and started again just five minutes before the doors of Γήπεδο Tae Kwon Do were opened to the public, at seven o'clock.

So, fortunately, I was almost dry (I had left my umbrella at home since I thought the rain wouldn't start again), and somehow even made it to the first row, lol. However, I took far left spot since all center spots had been already taken.

The public (at least in the front rows) mostly consisted of young girls, although there were some older dudes here and there lol.

As a suport act some US dude called Luke Elliot with his band performed. I didn't like him very much, but it's a matter of taste, I can't call his performance bad.

Then we had to listen to recorded music for about an hour. Songs by The Cure, The Cranberries and Evanescence were played amongst others.

And then - Madrugada.

Honestly, I can't understand why is this band so popular, especially here, in Greece. I hadn't listened to them much before their concert - as I've already told, I went just becaise I had no better things to do anyway.

Their music is for some reason described as "alternative", but it is not the alternative I've used to. I mean, their music is not hard, and for me "alternative music" is an equivalent to "hard music". But their music is not hard at all, although they also played some more intense tracks. In general, it's just blues, maybe with some "indie" vibes, yeah, clearly not "pure blues" of how should I call it, but I definetely can't call it "alternative music".

If I had to compare their music and performance to something I have already seen, it would be the concert of Roxy Music I've seen in 2010 in Helsinki (lol the time flies fast).

Yeah, some artsy stuff, with both guitars and keyboards, drums and percussion.

I can't say I enjoyed the concert much, but public certainly did.

As for the show, the highlight was definitely a song during which the vocalist put on a jacket that was covered with little mirror pieces, like a disco ball, so when the light was projected on him, the jacket behaved exactly as disco ball as the vocalist was moving. It was funny lol.

During one of the last songs he descended to the first rows, and afterwards two confetti cannons were turned on. I've been standing right at the front of the left one lol.

So, all in all it is nice to go to a stadium concert once in a while, after all these small club ones. As I told a few times already, big concerts don't happen in Athens that often.

And yeah, the performance was pretty long, I think about two hours or more.

So the concert ended around midnight, and fortunately it was no rain outside, only stands selling merch and fresh food lol. In fact when I left the venue, the first thing I noticed was the rising smoke, I didn't immediately get what was it, but it turned out it was smoke from kiosks roasting meat, there were plenty of them around the stadium lol.

For a few minutes I waited for the tram, and made it to Σ.Ε.Φ. five minutes before depature of the last train, the final stop of which is Ομόνοια.

Perfect, lol.

Note to self: the last train from Σ.Ε.Φ. to Ομόνοια departures around 00:33-00:34.
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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (fourth part) [Apr. 7th, 2019|06:36 am]
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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (third part) [Apr. 7th, 2019|06:28 am]
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Альянс - На заре (1987) Стерео HD Премьера клипа!!! [Apr. 6th, 2019|10:42 am]
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lol

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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (second part) [Apr. 3rd, 2019|03:03 am]
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Den Haag in March 2019 - My Photos (first part) [Apr. 3rd, 2019|02:50 am]
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Απρίλιος [Apr. 1st, 2019|01:15 am]
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Ну чё, today is 1st of April.

The current temperature is +11°C, and it's not even a joke.

Днём, maybe, будет +20. А maybe и не будет.

В общем, если кто думает что Αθήνα - жаркая страна, где на деревьях растут babanas, and monkeys are jumping from one palm to another, тот сильно ошибается.

Нет, цикады не поют, и water temperature is just +15°C, и на море я так и не был с January. И, увы, в обозримом будущем всё будет продолжаться в том же духе - around +10°C at night and around +20°C during the day, and it's in the best case. Даже +20 надолго задерживать не будет, не говоря о том чтоб выше перевалило.

Meh.

By the way, last night we changed clocks to Summer time, so now we live in the same time with Moscow lol.

Ещё тут вспоминал Den Haag, и подумалось, что покуда я жил в рашке, during every trip to Europe I had a strong feeling of... How do I call it? В общем, было чёткое ощущение заграницы, вот. You cross the border between Russia and any European state - and you feel differently. You have a strong feeling that now you are not in Russia, now you are somewhere else. I remember I was looking at the asphalt in the streets, and even this asphalt kept screaming at me: "Hey dude! You are not in Russia anymore! You are not! Now you are in E-U-R-O-P-E!" I remember this scream of the asphalt, really. Fucking asphalt. Anyway, it has always been a very special and may I call it magical feeling, when I arrived at some European country after leaving Russia. When I was just wondering through the streets of European cities.

But now - now this feeling is completely gone.

Yeah, Athens and Den Haag, Greece and The Netherlands, they are completely different cities and countries. Even comparing them seems silly.

But still, the feeling is gone. I arrived in The Netherlands. I walked around the city. I looked at the asphalt. The asphalt kept silent.

And this sudden change, I don't know... Yeah, I've noticed it now, afther living a little more than half a year outside of Russia.

Anyway, what was I supposed to say? What was all this about?

I don't know. But this magic feeling is gone now. Hopefully for the best.

By the way, here is the new video of Jonathan Bree.

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Hackedepicciotto [Mar. 31st, 2019|02:27 am]
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А сёдня ходил на Hackedepicciotto, опять в Death Disco.

Охранник на входе меня уже узнаёт ггг.

Hackedepicciotto is a project of Alexander Hacke, bassist for Einstürzende Neubauten. It consists of two members, him and his wife Danielle de Picciotto, "an American Berlin-based multimedia artist who is known for having founded the Berlin Love Parade". Lol.

So, Alexander plays bass, drum (floor tom), electronic shit and sings with his throat (and occasionally with his voice lol). And his wife plays a bunch of instruments too - autoharp and hurdy gurdy, but mainly violin. She also speaks and sings sometimes.

Пришёл довольно рано (doors at 21:00, as usual), залез во второй ряд. Вообще народу было довольно много, для такого-то project. Я думал будет меньше. Tickets were €16, если что.

В качестве support была опять какая-то mediocre local band, which consisted of four men in their fourties - bassist, guitarist, keyboardist and singer/guitarist (so, the drums were pre-recorded). Так себе, больше всего запомнились тем что сыграли довольно энергичный cover of Twist In My Sobriety.

В 11 вылезли настраивать свой equipment Hacke and de Picciotto. Hacke был в military boots, подвёрнутых джинсах, куртке и бейсболке.

Потом ушёл со сцены и вернулся уже в обычной одежде, то есть без куртки, бейсболки и в flip-flops, которые, сев на крутящуюся табуретку (concert они играли сидя), сбросил энергичными движениями, так что они улетели ударившись об стенку.

То есть играл он по tradition being barefooted, так что мне, во втором row, были хорошо видны его намечающиеся bunions - чуваку шестой десяток уже идёт, всё же. Ногами он нажимал всякие кнопки на довольно необычном device, который я никогда не видел до этого - просто тонкая белая пластиковая доска с кнопками. Одна из них явно отвечала за loop machine, остальные не знаю за что. У Danielle de Picciotto было несколько pedals, но я не заметил как она их использовала, т.к. стоял прямо перед Hacke, а она сидела правее.

Первая песня была ещё отдалённо похожа на песню - по крайней мере они оба пели - а дальше начался drone, Hacke то играл, если можно так в данном случае выразиться, на гитаре, то лупил в floor tom, то жал на клавиши нескольких лежавших левее от него небольших keyboards. А бывало одним концом drumstick ударит в floor tom, другим тут же ткнёт в keyboard, ггг.

Всё это сопровождалось throat singing, которое само по себе выглядит и звучит довольно потусторонне, и наяриванием de Picciotto на violin. Периодически она и другие instruments в руки брала, но преимущественно всё же violin. Причём играла она на ней довольно традиционно. Ну и иногда произносила "spoken word", что называется.

Music была довольно неритмичная, strange - ну, а кто другого-то ожидал - and experimental.

Tracks были длинные, так что больше всего это походило не на concert, а на шаманское действо, особенно учитывая как использовались instruments, ну и throat singing тоже, кхх, добавляло колориту что называется.

Public тем не менее reacted довольно тепло, и после каждого track долго и громко applauded. А Hacke and de Picciotto после каждого же трека presented each other to the public. Funny. Hacke вообще довольно много говорил (для такого-то представления), рассказывал about tracks and about his life and how the tracks were connected to his life and inspired by it. Ну и "эфхаристо" тоже после каждого track наверное говорил.

Такой тёплый ламповый concert ггг.

Был и как бы бис, но они literally на пару minutes со scene ушли и тут же returned. Так что то ли бис то ли нет, Hacke просто сказал "OK, we'll play a few more songs for you", ну и сыграли ещё пару tracks.

После чего прямо на сцене стал продавать vinyls and CDs, щедро раздавая на них autographs.

В качестве музыкального сопровождения тем временем играли сперва Die Befindlichkeit des Landes, and afterwards Let's do it a Dada.

Потом заиграла какая-то незнакомая песня, и я свалил. Было в районе часа ночи.

Такой вот забавный концерт. Больше всего удивило, конечно, количество публики и теплота приёма - всё ж не какой-нибудь rock-concert, а лютая экспериментальщина. С другой стороны, вероятно, если чувак is a bassist of Einstürzende Neubauten, ходить на его concerts будут в любом случае и большой толпой, что бы он ни играл ггг.
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