Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ten feet high

I made a very nice discovery friday. Something that somehow haven't come to my attention untill just now. Andrea Corr has this summer released a solo album. Being a huge The Corrs fan (of which she's the lead singer) this would be a major event for me, and something I would pre order weeks ahead if I had known. Anyway I've ofcourse ordered it now. As I'm ordering from CD-wow it will take some days before it arrives, damn I can't wait.

Along with Ten Feet High (the Andrea Corr album) I ordered two other CD's. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival, which I've decided that I want after hearing their second single, and Kelly Clarkson - My December. I have only heard the first sinlge of Kelly Clarkson, which I didn't like too much, not bad either at all, but her previous album was really nice, so I'm taking a leap of faith that this will be aswell.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Normandy (part 2)

Tuesday 10 July
Today it rained a lot, but eventhough we decided to drive to Omaha Beach. Luckily enough the rained stopped as we came closer to the sea. Had been looking forward to see Omaha Beach, but well, it's just a beach and a few bunkers. Around where we were there were two bunkers and a memorial sign for the 5th Engineer Troop. But now I can say I've pied on Omaha Beach ;-). After this we drove to the american graveyard. Quite big it was. Not just many graves, but also a huge entrance portal ect. Everything there were just big. Something I found interesting there was the gravestones for those who they didn't know who were, they said: Here rest in honoured peace, a comrade in arms, known but to god. Also I could reconize the pathways from Saving Private Brian (if I'm not totally mistaken).

Then we checked out another part of the beach, which had a huge memorial sculpture. Tried to find a certain museum that seemed good, but we didn't manage to find it. So we gave up and started to drive home, but after driving a few minutes we came by it, and went in. It was mildly interesting, had a lot of stuff from the war. Guns and whatever. That was the end of the day. I had really been looking forward to seing all the D-day things, but when it comes down to it, it isn't really that interesting to see. A beach is a beach.

Wednesday 11 July
Wednesday we got up rather early to get as much out of the day as possible. We drove to Giverny, which was some 1-2 hour drive. This is where Monet's garden is located (that painter you if you don't know). The garden is divided into two parts, one on each side of the road with a tunnel between them. The first part was pretty boring. Many of the flower was something you can see in Denmark aswell and many wasn't flowering. Didn't look more beautiful than our vegetable garden. The second part however was much nicer, with a large lake with bridges, bamboos and other larger trees/bushes ect. Quite nice.

From there we drove to Rouen, a rather large city. Here we looked at some shops, none of them really interesting though. Was on a café and saw three large churches, one of them being some Jeanne d'arc memorial church, placed right next to where she was burned. This was a quite new church, and really nice designed. As we walked around I got quite hungry and found a place I could buy a pizza, which I bought from a quite cute pizza lady <3 At this I also had to pee, but what a sucky city with no restrooms :I I still hadn't found a place to do so when we started looking for some place to eat dinner, which we did for some time. Everywhere they had only french menu cards, and none of us can much french, so we never found a place in Rouen to eat. So we started driving home and found some place on the highway to eat. We came by a quite nice restaurant actually ( where I could finally pee ;) ). Then we drove home, and in the evening I did a little phone IRC.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

First step

Over the past year or so I've developed a new possible "dream job", screenplay writer. I've had a few ideas for possible movies or TV series, but never done anything about it. So I thought now was the time. I start by ordering a few books about writing screenplays so I can get some insight into how you write them ect. This lead to an amazon order just a few minutes ago, ordering the following books:

So as you can see I bought three books about screenplay writing. The Notebook and A Walk to Remember are Nicholas Sparks novels, both of which I've seen the movie, and totally loved (both are in my top 10 favourites). I think I've decided I want to see the movies of his novels before reading the books, but then the question is which are going to be made into a movie and which are not so I can just read them. But I'll start with these two anyway. The last, Norwegian Wood, was recommended by skint0r and looked interesting so I'm trying it out.

It turned out to be a quite expensive order (72£) but I earn quite a lot at the moment, so what the heck. I'm quite annoyed of amazon showing the prizes without VAT though. :I

Saving the ferry

So this danish ferry sailed into a pier in Hirtshals, a city on the northwestern danish coast. So the danish civil defence (which I'm a part of at the moment) had to go help it out. The collolision with the pier had caused a lot of holes in the ferry, which also led to some oil waste. There's at all times 14 people ready on the barracks to set out if something happens, fire or whatever. The alarms rang sometime the night between Monday and Tuesday, and they took up there to help out.

It was quite a big job so the people up there had to be replaced, which meant that I and 19 others took up there Wednesday at noon. First thing we did when we got up there was eating our lunch and waiting some time. Then we were told to get ready in the right clothes for action. After changing we were divided into two groups, which would do shifts, so there were time to rest aswell. I was on the team that starting with resting. So this meant that before I even started doing anything I had also eating dinner (which were by the way the worst french fries I've ever tasted), and the clock as 18.

First thing I did was carrying a small pump into the ship. Before I had a change to carry anymore stuff into the ferry the diver required some help, so me and another one helped him getting a big plate under the ship so patch one of the holes. Max felt I did important job there 8). After this was done I came over to those taking the oil out of the water. There wasn't much to do there though, except holding a rope and changing position of the machine doing the job every once in a while. I was there untill 1:30 in the night when we were told we could go to sleep except one or two to watch the machine.

I don't really know how long I slept but slept untill breakfast (rundstykker). At this time there wasn't that much to do. I was at the oil place again, and did some minor stuff. This went on untill around 10-11 o'clock, when we started pack up some of our stuff so there were room for some boat which was going in the water at 15:00. When we were done making space for it a new group of people came to replace us, so we could come home. Just before going home we had some lunch aswell.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Normandy (part 1)

Saturday 7 July
As previously mentioned I went on vacation to Normandy with my family this summer. Lineup included my mom, dad, sister and myself. We've rented a small cottage in a small town some 20 km from the coast. We started driving down there saturday 7 july at 0:01. I drove the car some thwo hours in the beginning after which I did some sleeping in the car while my father drove.

We drove through Germany, Holland and Belgium. One thing that struck me was how these countries have such stoneage fuelstations. Like no one had credit card payment. Pretty lame having to go into the shop to pay, while your car still stands at the fuelstation making the ones behind you wait even longer.

Anyway, we arrived at our cottage around 17:00 where we met the owner who showed us around in the house. After this we went for a little walk around the area, had something to eat and played a little "vikinggame" and some other random stuff untill we went to sleep. The house didn't exactly have the best power supply. As I lied in my bed with the bedlamp on reading some magazine the lamp suddenly turned up the volume. Which we figured was because someone else turned off their's.

Sunday 8 July
In this small city called Pont L'eveque which was some 2 km next to our house there was a marked sunday in the late morning. It was a rather small marked, most of the stands sold some kind of food. All the people standing in the stands were wearing middleage clothes, and there were also some people dancing and such. So there were a nice atmosphere. Nicest thing though was this one girl in one of the stands, pretty cute. It rained while we were there so we weren't there for long, not that there were that much stuff interesting anyway.

In the afternoon we went to bayeux where there is this sown tapestry of the 1066 Norman invasion of England. 50cm width and 70 meters long. Quite nice. To our surprise there were some middleage marked in this city aswell when we were there. So we walked around a bit to check it out. Before we went back to our house me and my sister had a pizza, while my parents had something to drink. Who cares about famous french food when you can get a pizza. <3

Monday 9 July
Monday morning we slept kind of long. I don't know why that's interesting but I wrote that in my notes, so now you know. Today we wanted to see some of the cities along the beach. The first one I saw was Deauville, which is known for a nice beach and many rich people. This turned out to be probably the best thing on the entire trip. Deauville was just such a beautiful city, with the beach, parks and big, nice houses, casinos and such. An amazing sight. If (read: when) I ever get rich and wanna buy some big house on the beach, this will be where I'll buy it.

We walked a little along the beach and went for ice creams. I tried out an Magnum Coco, which was quite nice. Afterwards we drove into downtown city and walked a bit around there to look at the city and a few shops. A beautiful city here aswell. Here we saw both female police on horses and male police on bikes.

When done in Deauville we drove along the beach to the city next to called Honflour. We walked a bit around here aswell, and finally found somewhere to eat, in a restaurant called Le Cursaire. Nice food, but bad seatings. First dinner was some "seaplate". This consisted of all kinds of snails, mussels, oysters ect. Didn't quite look nice at first, but all the things that I dared to eat (which was most of it) tasted rather well.