Saturday, November 06, 2010


A lesser known and not very commercial number on Billy Joel's The Nylon Curtain album from 1982. Scandinavian Skies.

Kind of a concept album, a homage to John Lennon.

Not very commercial either but quite good - you only have to give it some time. Live with Lightning Crashes, from the album Throwing Copper (1994).

Underestimated band from York, PA. Frontman's Ed Kowalczyk (vocals plus guitar). In 95 I did a trip in a minibus with some ten other guys and gals, don't forget the gals, from San Francisco to Seattle. We played Throwing Copper quite often. Oh boy. Memories.

OK, and now sumpin that IS commercial. U2 with Beautiful Day. It's 2000.

Well, I hope it was one for you. Over here, biz started up again quite well, after a lame October. Wifey's buried in a book, son's sleeping, daughter's singing in bath. Good night.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010



Thank you Traveller for da pic.


Tuesday, November 02, 2010


I realize this may not be the best moment to come up with this post, as attention worldwide is turned to the US midterm elections.

I also realize I'm long overdue with it. 'It', being, coming out in support of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, a brave Austrian mother who is being prosecuted in her native Austria for telling the truth.

That's why this post.

Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff will be prosecuted for 'hate speech' by an Austrian court. She gave several seminars in which she warned for the dangers of islam. She received notice of the probable case against her almost one year ago, in December 2009. Very soon now, on November 23, she must go to court.

This is Europe.

This is 2010.

What did she say? She will tell you in her own words. From a letter posted at the site of our Virginian friends, Gates of Vienna:

Dear Baron,

Today I have officially been informed that I will have to stand trial on November 23.

I have received the official charges, which are a sort of pick-and-choose of whatever I said during the first two (out of three) seminars. One paragraph consists of words that I never said, but rather those of one of the participants. But I am accused of having said them (they contain the damning words “Adolf Hitler”).

Here is a sample of my evil words: “We need public awareness of the danger posed by Islam. Education needs to be state of the art, eg biology. History. Students need to be taught facts. There was a Turkish siege [in 1683], and they were badly beaten. That must remain [in the history books]. No tolerance for the glorification of violence! And that means we have to get rid of most of the Quran. We must realize that the Muslim Brotherhood is a Trojan horse. Turkey is part of that.

“Sharia is an absolute no-no. We d not want any gender apartheid, no ghettos, no social and cultural discrimination, no polygamy, no theocracy, no hate...”

This is what I’m being tried for. This is what cannot be said aloud in Austria today.

— Elisabeth

Check out this video, link via GoV:

And here's Mark Steyn's take:

You can donate for Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff's defense fund here.


Sunday, October 31, 2010


The Belgian weather forecast sucked big time again today. Yesterday they predicted rain over the country all day. The following pics show how it really was.


Yes, was off to the Ardennes again. Panoramic view of the village of Dohan, in Belgium's south.


Dohan Church, dedicated to Sint-Florentius.


One klom or so out of Dohan, in the direction of Orval, where there's a famous monastery/brewery.


The Point de Vue de Saurpire. I've been searching for this particular viewpoint for a couple of years. Finally found it. The river below is the Semois.