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Kung Fu Panda

We saw the billhoardings advertise the release of this film while we were in France, and decided that as a family, we would like to go and see it as soon as it came to The Netherlands; so when, a couple of weeks later, hp announced that they'd organise a special preview of it for employees and their families, I wasted no time in inviting my sister and her kids. Unfortunately though, on hearing that it would mean having to rise early on a Saturday, and being a family of notoriously late sleepers, they declined. Which is why I, always up with the dawn chorus and having this thing about never passing up on free tickets to anything that might prove fun, ended up going on my own. The film was excellent, very very funny and quite easily as entertaining and colourful as my beloved wu shu films on which it is so obviously modelled. Although it did feel a bit strange for me to be sat in a theatre surrounded by hundreds of ex-colleagues and their children; so strange in fact that I decided to forego the socialising over breakfast in the foyer after the movie, but just grabbed a few muffins off a passing tray and went on my merry way back to The Hague. Anyway, I definitely recommend it, and I want the dvd as soon as it's available.

Kane

by which I don't mean Christian Kane's Kane, but the Dutch rockband of the same name, played the Feyenoord stadium in Rotterdam Saturday night. It was their first gig in almost two years, and it sold out within half an hour of the tickets going on sale back in November. My sister, who's as big a fan of theirs as I am of CoRo or DB, had been counting the days for months, and I don't think she was disappointed by what she got. She danced, she screamed, she wore her Kane-top with pride, and I enjoyed myself as well (even if I had to mime the words to their newest songs -- Monique had loaned me their latest album the week before, but I hadn't bothered to listen to it) -- they put on a wonderful show; very energetic, and at least I did know their older stuff...sort of.

Kula Shaker

played the Parkpop festival in my hometown last night, and they were on fire! They rocked like an enormous rocking thing, and I don't know why they weren't headlining (Sheryl Crow was). The crowd certainly seemed to like them, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage, too. It being an open air festival, and there being just the four of them, I wasn't sure that they'd be able to recreate their album sound, but I needn't have worried. All I can say is, if I thought Big Country's trick of making their guitars sound like bagpipes was neat, I was amazed by how Crispian Mills could make his sound like a multitude of sitars and sarods.

And didn't Spain do well? I'm so pleased they won the EuroCup; for once, the team that played consistently well, didn't lose a single match and showed they understood what it means to play total football, went home with the ultimate prize. It's a pity though, that I can't collect mine, as I'm no longer cleared to enter the hp premises -- I put my euro on Spain winning at the beginning of the tournament, although I didn't foresee that the winning score would be 1-0.

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bogwitch
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
You need to stand near the speakers.
gamiila
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
You do? I'll have to try that some time. Usually, I prefer to stand back a little, from some place I can get a good view of the stage and the big screen(s).
bogwitch
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, propping the bar is the coolest place to be.

I once stood next to the gigantic speakers at Glastonbury during PJ Harvey's set. Down by the Water nearly knocked me off my feet.
gamiila
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
That, I can well believe! Probably felt like your insides exploded.
bogwitch
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Something like!
gamiila
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
You lived to tale the tale, though...I shouldn't laugh really, but I'm imagining you being knocked to the ground by the sound coming out of a boom box. That must have been some speaker!

Edited at 2008-06-30 08:47 pm (UTC)
bogwitch
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Well, it didn't exactly knock me over, but it was quite the experience. The whateveryoucallastackofspeakers was bigger than a house!

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