5 Months, 5 Bands

The next Wave Gotik Treffen is 5 months away so I annoy you with a random post containing short clips of 5 gigs I attended at last WGT. You can actually see me (for a second) in one of them ;o) I made a video too; you can hardly hear the voice since the bass was way too much for my cell but it’s good enough to get a taste of the great atmosphere there :)












Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος

The 2008 Greek "Alexandros riots" started on 6 December 2008, when 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Epaminondas Korkoneas, a special guard of the Greek Police, following an altercation between police and a group of youths in the Exarcheia district of Athens.


The killing resulted in large demonstrations, which in many cases escalated to widespread rioting, with hundreds of youths damaging property and engaging riot police with Molotov cocktails. Demonstrations and rioting later spread to several other cities, including Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city. Outside Greece, solidarity demonstrations, riots and, in some cases, clashes with local police also took place in a number of European cities including London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Bordeaux as well as Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, and the western Cypriot city of Paphos.

While the unrest was triggered by the shooting incident, many commentators described the reactions as expressing deeper causes as well, especially a wide-spread feeling of frustration in the younger generation about specific economic problems of the country, a rising unemployment rate among the young generation and a perception of general inefficiency and corruption in Greek state institutions.



[exclusive photos from a friend in Greece, thanks!]



…we are together

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Oh! that my young life were a lasting dream!
My spirit not awakening, till the beam
Of an Eternity should bring the morrow.
Yes! tho’ that long dream were of hopeless sorrow,
‘Twere better than the cold reality
Of waking life, to him whose heart must be,
And hath been still, upon the lovely earth,
A chaos of deep passion, from his birth.
But should it be – that dream eternally
Continuing – as dreams have been to me
In my young boyhood – should it thus be given,
‘Twere folly still to hope for higher Heaven.
For I have revell’d, when the sun was bright
I’ the summer sky, in dreams of living light
And loveliness, – have left my very heart
In climes of my imagining, apart
From mine own home, with beings that have been
Of mine own thought – what more could I have seen?
‘Twas once – and only once – and the wild hour
From my remembrance shall not pass – some power
Or spell had bound me – ’twas the chilly wind
Came o’er me in the night, and left behind
Its image on my spirit – or the moon
Shone on my slumbers in her lofty noon
Too coldly – or the stars – howe’er it was
That dream was as that night-wind – let it pass.


I have been happy, tho’ in a dream.
I have been happy – and I love the theme:
Dreams! in their vivid coloring of life,
As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife
Of semblance with reality, which brings
To the delirious eye, more lovely things
Of Paradise and Love – and all our own!
Than young Hope in his sunniest hour hath known.

Edgar Allan Poe




Objections to an advertisement in the Times Magazine, for children’s clothing. It showed a photo of a long-haired, topless child wearing baggy jeans and a necklace. The complainants objected that the advertisement was offensive, because it sexualised children and encouraged them to emulate adults, exploited the child in the photo and, especially, because the gender of the child was ambiguous and could encourage paedophiles.

Armani Junior advert slammed by Advertising Standards Authority