28 September 2007

Photos From South Moravia

We're Going By Bus!

Nope- we’re not going to spend that much money on a plane ticket to get to czech. We decided to travel the old fashioned way, by coach. It will be tough going to London in a coach because British coaches are BAD!!! But once we’re in London, we’ll take a Czech student bus and they’re excellent(http://www.studentagency.cz/). It will be fun to see parts of Europe that way. I haven’t been on a long haul journey on a bus for years. It’s usually; car to airport, into plane, out of plane, taxi to destination, or taking another plane to wherever. It’s quite mad what goes on pollution wise with the air travelling these days and I’m glad we’re doing it this way. Ask me how it went when we’re back. See you later Possums...

25 September 2007

Trying To Get To Europe & New Alto

It’s incredible how difficult it is to find a reasonably priced to Europe from Britain these days. I can fly to Florida for £85 return per person, but have to shell out over £500 from Edinburgh to Prague in October. AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!! This is the day and age of cheap air travel. Yeah, and my Auntie Mimie flies fighter jets! What’s the story with these cheap airlines?! Last year I flew to Brno in the Czech Republic for £30 - £40, this time I’ll have to sell my mountain bike. Anyway, it’s been a while since I wrote, cause I’ve been busy playing and trying out new saxophones. Great stuff, and a very cruel kind of confusion you can do to yourself. Here’s my new horn, it’s an Earlham Chicago Bronze and it’s absolutely beautiful. I play it with a Selmer C* or an Otto Link 6* rubber mouth piece, and I get the most warm sound I ever heard of an Alto. Even Miles likes the new horn, which is something because he always looks at me slightly puzzled when I’m trying new licks. – Peace, rice and vegetables Possums x

18 September 2007

Autumn is coming

Whoopee! I got a new desk! No - not a new mixing desk - a new desk to work on. In fact it’s a very old desk, my friend Chiara had this and I always loved it. It’s almost 2 metres long so it just fits in my living room window. It’s white, well it used to be white, but I don’t care, it’s great! Autumn is certainly moving in here and the days are getting shorter. I like the light though. I’m so lucky, cause our flat’s so incredibly bright and the feeling here is beautiful. I’m getting ready to record now and I’m working on new songs, so hang in there possums…

11 September 2007

Being in love is great!

You see, when Julie left me, I really didn’t think I would get into another relationship in a hurry. Things change though and now after just over a year I have a partner and we’re living together. Jana and I met last December in her home town in Brno. We met at an Irish session and as soon as she walked in I thought that something big had happened. It was my birthday and I introduced myself to her with: “Hi there, I’m Uwe, it’s my Birthday, and I want a birthday kiss. She gave me a little peck on the cheeks and I was happy. I saw her again the next day at a Scottish Ceilidh in Brno and I was just besotted. Unfortunately, she took off to the bar with some geezer, who was married and wanted a bit at the side, and I only saw her for a few dances that night. (Oh and she told the geezer to take a hike) After I got back to Edinburgh, I started calling her, and we spoke pretty much every day since the 16th Dec 2006 and after me visiting her a few times in Brno and her visiting me a few times here, we got together, and her parents supported her in changing to a British college here and now we’re a team.
Last night, we went for a cycle on the old hospital grounds just around the block from where we live. It was beautiful and I just realised how much I appreciate our union. We’re a good team. Jana loves my kids, and they love her, and we both like similar activities. So to all of you possums who are alone. Maybe you’re solo, maybe you’ve broken up with someone. Don’t give up and never think you won’t find anybody else. There are 6 billion people on this planet; you will find somebody for you.

Love & peace Possums

5 September 2007

Sinead o'Connor

Hey Possums, I just started to listen again to Sinead O'Connor after a few years of loosing track of her. She's just the most amazing artist on My Space. Check her out!
She's beautiful Possums! I've seldom come across an artist with such honesty and integrity to offer. I wish there were more like her; http://myspace.com/sineadoconnormusic


So, the cat… yes, he’s definitely around, because his food was gone in the middle of the night. What a weirdo! I could understand that he disappears as soon as he arrives here, which apparently is quite normal, but no - not our cat! He comes here, eats, has a few cuddles and then buggers off to hide, God knows where...
Maybe he doesn’t like our smell?! If there are any cat psychologists out there, get in touch, because I’m not quite sure what to do next. He must be needing the toilet at some stage… Well he hasn’t used his litter tray, so no doubt we’ll find some nice presents of the smelly nature soon. I read on the internet that cats sometimes disappear for weeks, even months at the time. A lady in the cat home told me that in our old tenement buildings the flats are sometimes connected by cavities in the walls where the floorboards are installed. If that’s the case then hopefully he’s using somebody else’s cavities as toilet. Wow - that’s nasty! I just hope he’s ok. Keep it up Possums.

4 September 2007

Houdini – because it suits him

So there we go, we have a new member in our family. He is a 2 year old ginger boy-cat, and he is very shy. His previous caretaker called him China, but I think he’ll be Houdini from now on. That’s because he has disappeared since last night. He was cuddling up to me in our bed and the next thing I knew when I woke was that he’s in hiding. Apparently it’s quite normal for cats to hide in the new place when they’re re-homed. I’ve even lifted the border boards in our kitchen but no sign of him. I hope he’s ok.

And why Scotland...

In 1987 I was travelling around Europe when while in the South of France I came across a couple from Scotland. I liked them immediately and they said that I must go and visit the place. I didn’t even know where Scotland was, and I had absolutely nothing planned, so I said: “ok, why not, lets go and check the place out”. I didn’t go back to Germany for 5 years.

So, why Scotland, you may ask?... I think it’s the place, the people, the wilderness and all the things you just can’t find anywhere else. I love it!