I’m having 2 weeks of from work. Plenty of time to spend some time photographing and geocaching. I started today by hunting down geocache GCQPWF. This cache is very close to home, so I can not leave it untouched. The foliage overhead resulted in poor GPS reception, I had to look for quite some time before I found. But I did manage to find it in the end.
I went to the 2nd annual international Rolling Stones fan day yesterday. A friend of mine is an active member with Sticky Fingers, the Belgian Rolling Stones fan club. It was a fun evening with lots and lots for rock’n’roll. They had 2 tribute bands on stage and I promised my friend I would shoot some photos. I’ve put a few photos from yesterday night on my gallery.
I joined DIFO, a photography club in Oud-Turnhout yesterday. I feel small compared to all those photographers with many years of experience behind them.
I showed them 2 of my photos from our New York trip and shot I took at the German WWII cemetery. I got a few helpful tips for the future on how to improve the shots, but overall they liked my work. Made me feel a little proud. I’m sure I’m gonna have a lot of fun working with the DIFO members.
I’ve been watching Major League Baseball all week this week. Digital TV is a great invention! You know I don’t like to watch sports on TV. I’m just not a big fan of sports. But since we’ve got digital TV, we can watch NASN, and they’ve got MLB playoffs right now.
And I just love to watch a game of baseball. I’m a big fan of the Atlanta Braves. Probably an heritage from my Barco days. Anyway, today was game 4 of the National League playoffs and the Braves had to beat the Houston Astros to stay in the race. The Braves were playing a pretty good game until the Astros hit a grand slam in the 7th inning and tied the game in the 8th. It took another 10 innings to decide the game. I’ve never been so excited over sports as I was tonight. But why did the Braves have to lose? Dasm, would have loved to see them win the World Series.
Before goin’ home, we went for a walk along the banks of the river Thames. We took the time to shoot some photos of the London Eye and Big Ben. I was surprised to see how quickly this weekend has passed. Fortunately, London is not far away and it’s easy to come back to.
We spent most of the day at Legoland Windsor and it is just one big photo opportunity for me and Luc. We never got any further than miniland and just shot a bunch of photos of all the models there.
It is amazing what they build with those colorful little bricks. I wouldn’t mind to be an engineer there.
Since Kelly and Thomas were asleep already when we got back from the concert yesterday, we had Luc’s little birthday bash tonight. I think that the bottle of champagne I smuggled along did the trick.
We left for Londonâ€”for a 3 day tripâ€”early this morning. Way too early actually. On to Brussels to catch the Eurostar to London. The 5 of us (Thomas, Kelly, Luc, Lies and myself) checked in at the London Marriott and then got on our way.
We started our trip with a little geocache on Abbey Road. The famous Abbey Road Studios have a webcam overlooking the crossroads where the album cover for the Beatles’ album Abbey Road was shot. The cache (GC6F12) was easy to find and with a little help from our friend Robert, we managed to grab a couple of webcam pictures that allowed us to log the cache. Of course we have a couple photos from the cache on our gallery.
Our visit to Madame Tussaud’s took most of the afternoon. I love Madame Tussaud’s. It’s the ideal practice ground for an amateur photographer like myself: all the models are famous and patient, and all of them will have their photo taken as many times as I want. I have a
couple photos posted in our gallery.
We spent the rest of our evening a Heather Nova concert at Shepherds Bush Empire with our friend Luc. He’s a big Heather Nova fan, and it was his birthday. So he was very excited to go to that concert. And so was I. Great show, great finale… Heather closed here show with a cover of Springsteen’s I’m on Fire.
SONY Music has just announced the re-release of Bruce Springsteen’s album Born to Run to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original release. The album is perceived to Springsteen’s best album by many of the fans. I be inclined to agree; it’s an excellent rock album.
This 30th anniversary re-release is very exciting because it will contain 2 bonus DVDs: one disc contains a “making of” documentary and the 2nd disc contains a full live show from the Born to Run tour. The show was taped live by at the Hammersmith in 1975 by the BBC. It is said to be a stunning show.
For the press release longtime manager Jon Landau wrote: “I believe that the combination of the great 1975 concert footage, the brilliant documentary of the making of the album and the dazzling remastering of ‘Born to Run’ add up to a nearly perfect storm of Bruce’s music.”
The Belgian Rolling Stones fan club Sticky Fingers is having its 2nd international fan day in a couple of weeks. My friend Peter De Vreese is helping to organize the fan day, so I thought I’d put a shameless plug for their thingy on our blog.
So, if you like the Rolling Stones, you should be in Lede on Saturday, October 29, 2005.
This site is the personal website of Kris Saelen: Springsteen fan and music lover, photographer with a latex fetish. Foodie who loves to travel and ICT specialist from Turnhout, Belgium.