I danced all night

My nite was all but short. We, my Gf. and me had an awesome time at a "witch party" and I will soon go to get me a breakfast, then packing my luggage for Ibiza, as last year. My mouth feels like a carpet atm, but after this post I´ll go to my washing room, no matter what 3sat shows on, they do a full day of music, some of which I never ever heard before!*lol* Anybody knows Stevie Nicks? However, I´m a goner for today and will be back from my Island in the meditteranean. Tadah Pilgrim


Paul Celan - Todesfuge

Paul Celan - Todesfuge Sorry to give you another link instead of the full txt of Paul Celans "Todesfuge" - "Fugue des Mortes, thx to Martin, who sent me the link. It´s in german so not all of you will read, let alone understand it. Maybe you can use a translator to get the sense of thi great piece of a great poet, who died on April 20, 1970, thirty years ago! Propz Pilgrim ...and please give a note in the comments whether or not you could read or tranlate it, will you?! :-)


BBC NEWS | In Depth | Audio slideshow: Liberation of Belsen

BBC NEWS | In Depth | Audio slideshow: Liberation of Belsen This is better as what I could say on the liberation of Belsen on April, 15. 1945. Please click on the link and comment! Propz Pilgrim


What´s the secret?

Yesterday afternoon Val sorta crashed our Easter mondaily meeting w/the grandparents. He arrived by train, called me and I stupidly told him, where to go to.After he was here, he told me that he asked the cab driver for a lebanese family in ----street. It was well embarrassing and I sorta shrunk under the carpet when he introduced himself as my - friend -: Ouf! He was welcomed by my grandparents and parents, but my bro´s remained suspicious. Even the little one reasoned on him to me later that evening, asking me where he´s from, what he is, who he is, all the darn questions only 7yrs. old can ask! And I mean, what the heck had Val to do here? He was neither expected nor invited! But lebanese/arab tradition forces one to take guests as they come.How do kids always seem to know, what is so special about a visitor?*sigh*    Today we we ripping Expo Plaza encore, the weather is fine like 15C/62F.   And btw., in some days I´ll have my first anniversary in the blogosphere!   Hope, all my readers had a blessed and happy Easter! :-)  Tadah Pilgrim


A very short gun

Happ< Eastst! And the "Red Horses" are back! :-)


Rickiy Martin, La sainte Sémaine and a new injury

Well, to begin with, Ricky Martins ouzing was actually old news, since rumor was already around for too long! :-D But then there is much more of surprise in knowing, that Angelo Garcia (of the same line-up as Ricky), turned also out to be gay! Coincidecnce?!?     Now, it´s Easter week, a time to pray harder, take Lent hardest to culminate in the Resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We have a last supper a.k.a. communion after confession on Maundy Thursday, then in the end of mass the altar is veiled. On Good Friday a rememberance mass without music is held. The Top day is the Resurrection Mass on Saturday evening (followed by a wake in the lutheran church). To attend Resurrection Mass makes it easier to do Easter Sunday´s main course of lamb, a traditional in my family. John might disagree to all this, since the american Catholics seem to have other rites! :-)   Last but not least, the other day I injured my left hand wrist while skating inline. Hurts, but what doesn´t kill you immediately only makes you tougher, as my dad referred from my greatgrandfather.   So I wish you all a happy Easter. :-)   Tadah Pilgrim


Back again and other noneties

As you can read, I´m back, though I still suffer a strong writing blockade. Anyway, I promised some peepz to be in Brighton in commemoration of Chris. Thx to the BA being on strike, my flight was cancelled. Good thing on that part; I received a 100% refund for my ticket. On another note; I finished my first doctorate, results are to be expected after the french Easter break. Then I´ll start over w/my second doctorate to possibly finish it before Christmas/Winter break. Sorry for this rather brief update, hope to be able to txt more again. Tadah Pilgrim


Birthday survival

Last day was my 20th birthday., yep! I had a great one, a small lunch at my friend Val, in the evening a big dinner with my Gf. We´d d been at Hélene Darroze´s Restaurant for an extended dinner of 5 courses.1. poulliettes de chambre au limon et raisins, 2., loup de mer aux moutardes de Dijon, 3., pate des légumes aux ailes et sucre, 4., Créme bordélaise, 5. fromages des ardennes aux hérbes d´hiver, café, cognac et glace auxerrois. A great menu! :-)  ...Then a big SORRY to all, that I didn´t post earlier, but then; who of you got b-day greets from Freddie Prinze jr. or Nicolai Djupesland! :-P  Nothing else to tell, so laters! Pilgrim


Berlin is in Germany

Yep, I´m in Berlin for the Winterclash Comp., but it´s rather an amassing crowd on rollerblades and I get e-mails by the second from german, french and other european bladers as well from americans ,where I am! But if you can reunite with half your immediate family you got more to do than meeting everybody you either met unrecognized or by default. My older bro. is here as well, and my dad for the Berlin Film Festival. So of course everybody has to stay back. At the moment we sit in a restaurant, waiting for dinner and talking about the most recent events. Family stuff and a bit of politics. Tomorrow is the big day of our contest, while dad can "enjoy" the movies! :-D  I´ll rather stop here, otherwise my soup gets cold!  Laters Pilgrim


The snow has gone

It took me half an hour for a way I use to walk in ten mins. to the institute. Paris is either watery or icy. Small wonder at 10C. Last tuesday training was aborted for the "slippery when wet" conditions. On the other hand that gave me a chance to catch up with my doctorate, so I´m at about 400 sides. 500 are required. Wih me luck! ...on another term, Val hasn´t been around for quite a while, seems his coming out was not so well received by his rents! Heck, what coud I do, if necessary? ...Elsehow I´m fine! :-)   Tadah Pilgrim


No title but snow

Have you all a nice week! I´ll be back, when my impetus returns. Tadah Pilgrim ...P.S. please comment!


Dinner at Val

It was a promising evening, until after dessert Val came out to his parents. I just divined myself, leaving the house in a rush.I was not prepared on such a thing! Fortunately I met my Gf: and went for a drink. I am totally shattered.  She helped me up! We have a lot in common. Val, my Gf. and ,me. But we don´t share our sexuality! That would be too weird! Propz Pilgrim


C´est la guerre!

Calling old friends of Grandma for their respective b-day is hell! She made me feel so bad, I had to !cry. My advice, never car your Gandparents friends!....on another note, my date with Val was lesser a date but a normal meeting, one of those you hang out with, having a bottle of drinks, some Chips. The temps. were like -6C, but we didn´t bother. We were just happy!  I suppose to have a new Lover! Tadash Pilgrim


What calling for?

Past days I had some calls from Val, asking for a "Date"!*lol* As i if I would date a junior to me! What do you think? He is of legal age, not unknown to me(as you might know, my dear readers) but that was too much! I mean, meeting him at the rugby ground is one thing, but wanna dating me is a totally other thing. You get me? I need some help on this!   Laters Pilgrim


We´re open again!

Having survived Christmas, New year, St, Moritz and my fanily, I foumd an online love or two, a boy from Norway and a girl from Chili. I.R.L I´m back in Paris and gonna see Val tonite, though he has to go to school again. :-) I´m happy all around! Two weeks in the snow, a just minor injury, but I live! :-) ...on another note I found so many blogs I followed are deleted! Why?! Ain´t we worth reading your blogs or what? This goes to Davey, M-Boy etc.! Others transferred their blogs to Nibblebit, or Wordpress, where one can harly follow them! WTF is that good for? Two weeks off, more or less and my blogoshere turns upside down! :-(  Laters Pilgrim



Happy new year to all! :-) We are in St.Moritz, Switzerland, Rafiq, my Gf. and me, having a real decadent ski vacation. We have a great time skiing and partying, and whether we go skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing, it´s always fun! Last nite was a gala dinner and party(of course) til the drinks got stale in the barkeepers hands. This morning we had brunch in our suite, delivered by a Bellboy, who would make Torchy envious! :-D I hope he won´t be angry at me for the pic! :-)  Tadah Pilgrim


The Christmas Truce 1914

On Holy eve 95 years ago, amidst the already entrenched armies of the British Expedition Forces and the germans, it happened. While the Brits had an extra ration of rum, the Germans received small trench fitting christmas trees. At this place near La Bassee, East Flanders the trenches were not 300ft. away from their enemies counterparts. German soldiers began to sing christmas carols and were heard by the Brits, who suddenly started to join in. The German troopers put up their lightened trees over their parapets and shouted Happy Christmas to the british parapets. So did the Brits and after a while the First Soldiers left their trenches on both sides and met in No mans land. They exchanged small presents like a can of beef or tobacco, showed each other their respective family pictures and some scottish soldier even produced a football, so the soldiers played a match, which the Germans won 3-2. This informal truce lived about a week, before the respective High Commands ordered them back to fight, the Brits removing the two involved regiments. The war continued. Have you all a merry Christmas! :-) Tadah Pilgrim


Strange Day

This morning at 11am CET we had the 6 - week mass for Sam, his parents asked me to hold a sermon obout him and his life and provided me w/input before, that I never knew before. I was stunned, not by the fact they handed me out his life before I had knoen him, but the sheer amount of stuff, i.e. his diary. ´Nuff said?! Anyway, it was a nice mass and prbly. the first ever with Eminem songs instead of organ and choir. Needlss to say the church was full, his akumni from lycée as well from uni, his family, my Gf. and me. And I was the least bit sad! :-) ...In other news, this weekend we have christmas vacations and I´m glad to see my family and friends in H.town again. It will take me some days to speak an agreable german, but fortunately they speak english, french, turkish or arabic, so a convo will not be that hard to lead! :-) In good mood...Tadah Pilgrim


Lost weekend

Hello world, I´m still alive! :-) But yesterday and today are like black holes in my mind. As for today I went to Sam´s grave on Cimétiere Montparnasse, where I sat on a bench like a homeless, talking to alternatly him or his neighbors, le Général Aupick, his wife and strpson Charles Baudelaire about this day, having a 3 ltr. bottlle w/a mix of Osbourne bramndy and Fanta with me as warmer and only nourishment.It was feeling temps. like -4C, but I sat there, clochard like, from like lunchtime till it was dark. My only chance since my Grandma´s grave is near H.town, 500 or so, miles away.No yummy christmas cake and coffee for me, but an exercitium. Bet my confession father would not approve such one. But as the saying is; chacun a sa facon! Laters Pilgrim...and I promise to post more often again. Take my word!


December 7, 1941

Y´all might be familiar wit this date, you might know the Memorial in the last and the burning, sinking pic but the middle pic shows USS Arizona in all her beauty and glory in New York Harbor ca. 1939-40.  Laters Pilgrim


A better day

 Was in mass today for the first time at St. Ignace, the jesuite church here. I had a nive talk w/a chaplain after and he told me, that it´s no big thing to enter the jesuite laicist brotherhood, just being catholic and a devout follower of our Lord! ´kay, a bit of evening or sunday school are unevitable, but not like 2 yrs., as I presumed. So I can make it witin a year! Yay! ...John, you must really have a different church calendar, if you still insist on a 9 weeks rememberance mass, here it is 6 wks.! So far for now, got no further news, exept a 20 -17 loss against ENA last day, but that is prbly. only interesting my dear New Zealand reader(you know who you are). Laters Pilgrim


me in a mirror

Actually it´s not a mirror, but my sadness. that comes up in this time where everybody should be joyful. It´s simply, that some of my most beloved persons in the world died tragically! And the nearer Dec. 14th comes, the sadder U get. Maybe I´ll share the story of the death of my Grandma then with you, But I trust noz many of you, to make jokes or take me for an attention seeker. I don´t blame you, you weren´t there. you hadn´t the call trom Dad the next day, you hadn´t the pain in your haert at Christmas, and no Chiístmas at all that year! I  only can hope you´ll understand me then! Thx in advance. Laters Pilgrim



Today we celebrate not only the beginning of the new year in the christian churches calendar but also the beginning of the christmas time. The 1. Advent(from latin "ad veniat" to come) is traditoinal the start of a lent time before the actual Birthday of Our Lord in medieval times, now it is down to a mere shopping season or should I say hunting for presents(?). ...We were attending mass in the morning, then our parishs Christmas market, where mainly women sell potholders, books, table cloths, coffee and cake, but we also had lunch there, a yummy chicken-noodle soup and a german thing named "Rote Gruetze", consisting of red berries and gelated juice, I can recommend it! :-),  All, exept the books, is selfmade and the incoming money goes to social Organisations or partner parishes. My families church has a partner parish in Peru, actually a benedictine sister, who works there for the good of the people and to follow Our Praised Lord. ...besides, anyone ever tasted Absinthe? To me it tastes like cough syrup with water! :-) May you all have a blessed Advent time! Tadah Pilgrim


Bleak November

After all the backlashes I needed distractio more than ever. So I study harder, work parttime in the skateshop again, hang out with friends who are fun or tweet. ...But then, there go special thx to a man, who on his post on sunday brought me to the conlusion, that life doesn´t end whn one dies, but our deceased live on, as long we have them on our minds. This doesn´t mean eternal grief for the rest of our miserable life, but every now and then to remember to good times we had with them, who are gone. In my honest belief, they become our Guardian Angels and to know this gives me a great relief! So, if you think, you have none, think again. Our Lord doesn´t leave us unprotected against the odds of live. As a saying goes"I saw two pairs of footsteps in the sand while all was fine. Where, o God was you when i was is sorrow? I´seen no footsteps anymore! God replied there upon: When you saw no footstep at all, I carried you."  Laters Pilgrim


I can´t believe it!

These suckers from Gaggle have disabled my old mail adr. and sort´a forced me to get a gmail adr.! I never wanted this! But anyway, I can access my old dashboard again and post...Those who still have my old mail adr. please stick to it, I won´t change it. So far, so bad!...Maybe I will close the blog, maybe not. I lost my impetus on what to blog when I can tweet, let alone my friends IRL! One could think, I´m just another asocial(in lexical meaning!)guy, who spends his days between pc/laptop and fridge. Nope! I have a soical life, only my studies prevent me from hanging out more often w/them. Btw., I now go regularly to a treadmill to stay fit and get lesser prone to rip another muscle, and have also heart-vascular training. ...Sorry to Davey, telling that he threw me off his blog.You are of couse free to do so if I offended you, but for now; Peace out Davey, I like you! Laters Pilgrim


What the heck...?

All day I tried to log in at Facebook, but they don´t take me in! Ffs., do I have a hacker? If someone can help me out, he/she is welcomed! :-) ...saturday was the day of the year; we won vs. École Militaire 15 -11, 7 pts. by me, two penalty shots. ...Elsehow there is nothing of major importance that happened. So, a short update and my best wishes to you all! Tadah Pilgrim


A late contribution

Well, with all the partying and official commemoration I missed out to post s/thing. But since the german troops withdrew from belgian soil, it was not until around to Nov. 25. Anyway, here a nice monument in commemoration of our noble people, who gave their lives for the just side!  Laters Pilgrim


Three November 9th´s

November 9th, 1918, Philp Scheidemann declares the first german republic.                                                                                                  November 9th 1938, HerschelGrynszpan had killed a german Embassy employee, thus initiating the Reichskristallnacht.                                                                                                                                                   November 9th 1989, in an press conference a GDR official annouced accidentally, that all frontiers to the west are open. This became the end of the iron curtain. Laters Pilgrim


My first wake - Update

This morning at 10 I did, what Sam´s Mom asked, the first wake, as I was his best friend. Maybe some of my catholic friends might know the proceedings. It was a bit weird to sit at the side of the open coffin. I had taken my Biology papers w/me to have a bit of distraction, along w/a tablet of bromeazepame for my nerves.But I hardly came to read more than a couple of pages. Never I shook so many hands of mostly strangers attending the wake, or just briely visiting. Must depend on the family´s social status. Came home like half an hour ago, a bit bummed out, drowned by some Calvados and fed w/roastbeef sandwiches....Thx to all of you who gave me their condolences. Tomorrow at this time is the funeral at Cimétiére Montparnasse. Laters Pilgrim