Monday, February 27, 2006

Moving, cleaning, etc.

Today I had to give my old appartment back. In the same condition as when I got it, which means empty and clean.

I had about two weeks to empty and clean my old appartment. As usual, I did it the very very last minute. Saturday I moved out a couple of boxes, Sunday me and my mates tore down a big wardrobe and some bookshelves and put everything out on the street. Then I had to move any remnants either into a rubbish bin or into my car. It took me a couple of journeys.

In total I came out with 6 or 7 110 liter rubbish bins, full with stuff I don't actually need. And then there was the cleaning.

Today when I gave it back, the guy just looked at the appartment for 5 minutes, tried all the lights and signed it off. That was a bit too easy...

Oh well, I have officially moved appartments now. A bigger one - without a bar though but with my girlfriend in it.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Last weekend we went skiing/snowboarding in Ovronnaz. It was full of fresh snow, amazing to snowboard on! Had fun in the themal bath as well, and a tomato fondue to cap it off.

When I was putting on my gear, I clearly remembered putting my mobile phone in the inside pocket of my jacket. I took my snowboard and attacked the fresh powder and by the time I stopped for lunch I looked in my pocket to not find my mobile phone.

Yep, I lost my mobile phone.

Fortunately I backed up the data. Unfortunately, the back up was from September 2005 and only works on the same model (Nokia 6230). Which means I can only get the data back if I buy the same model.

So now I'm on the hunt for a new mobile (a Nokia 6280 perhaps? or a N91?) and all the people's phone numbers. If you think yours was on my contact list, then let me know.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tele Vision

Nice 32 inch LCD TV innit?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Enjoy whatever it is you'll be doing with whoever it is you'll be doing it wherever it is you'll be doing it however you'll do it today.

On another note, I've just moved to a bigger appartment. Why? So that there is enough space for me and my girlfriend...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Depeche Mode

Trivia question for all of you. Who is British second biggest music export after The Rolling Stones? If you answer Coldplay, then you are wrong, as Coldplay has only been around for 6 years. If you answer U2, then you are wrong, as U2 are Irish not British. If you answer Oasis, well we all know the Gallagher brothers are unable to crack the USA. Same for Robbie Williams. So who could it be?

The answer is Depeche Mode. It might sound unlikely, but the fact is that they have been around for 25 years, have released 11 albums, and they can sell out a concert anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. That's pretty amazing!

I always thought of Depeche Mode as another 80s electro-pop band. Just like Pet Shop Boys and Erasure (actually, Erasure is a spin off of Depeche Mode). However, Dave Gahan's notoriety somehow does not fit in the image of an electro-popper. He officially died for 2 minutes from drugs overdose. He's tattooed and acts more like a rock star. And somehow the band kept on going.

Yesterday Depeche Mode was in town. I knew about it the week before and tickets have been sold out. So I just went to the arena yesterday with the intent of buying a cheap ticket outside. I managed to get a ticket from a desperate person but because I was late I only saw the two last songs of the opening act The Bravery. I like them and I wished I saw more.

Then Depeche Mode came out. Dave Gahan on vocals, Martin Gore - dressed in bum flaps, feather wings on his back and a mohican hood - on guitar, Andrew Fletcher behind a pod that looks like it's stolen from Starship Enterprise, and two other guys - one on keyboards and one on the drums. And boy do they rock!

I only know a handful of their songs, the famous ones like Personal Jesus, I Feel You, Enjoy The Silence and Just Can't Get Enough. And even though most of their songs do fall in the category electro-pop, the concert is not. Dave Gahan is an entertainer, he knows how to move and make the crowd go wild. Martin Gore is entertaining as well and he can sing too. Fletch, well he looks like the band's accountant (in fact, he is the band's accountant).

Around me I see lots of different people. Middle aged people who must have adored Depeche Mode back in the 80s. Some goths who are attracted by Dave's dark side. Guys who drank beer a lot. A bunch of girls staring intensively at Dave. Almost any kind of concertgoer basically. And me.

Depeche Mode rocked for 2 hours. I never thought it was this good. Oh well, maybe I should get some Depeche Mode albums now.

"Words are very unneccesary, they can only do harm"