August 21, 2014

Robert Plant’s birthday… today or yesterday? It must have been, I thought, cause I have the urge to listen Led Zeppelin since yesterday… hah, even yesterday I had mistaken a song as Plant’s (when it was actually the other Robert’s (Palmer).

Anyway, my first memory about Led Zeppelin (after Ify — the biggest Led Zeppelin fan I’ve ever known… seriously, he must have been, since he loved listening to Led Zeppelin early in the morning (like those murderous hours - six o’clock in the morning or earlier) — and I took different paths in life)… was at an open air concert, when an unknown singer belted his voice, singing “Black Dog”. Standing beside me was somebody I knew, and he’s like… living and breathing for the Pet Shop Boys …. and suddenly he screamed: “BLACK DOG!”. I normally couldn’t stand him, but for that day, we were like best of friends. Especially when he danced like crazy to “Rock ‘n Roll”.

So I’ve been listening to Led Zeppelin this morning. For Robert. For Ify. And for that Pet Shop Boys’ boy. Who knows, I might dance like crazy to “Rock ‘n Roll” today.

*Happy - belated- Birthday, Robert!*

August 20, 2014
Sparrenburg - Bielefeld

Sparrenburg - Bielefeld

August 19, 2014
The pavement at the Sparrenburg Castle

The pavement at the Sparrenburg Castle

August 19, 2014
Denkmal Großer Kurfürst - Sparrenburg - Bielefeld 
According to the guide, Sparrenburg Castle was heavily damaged during the Second World War (1944), and the only part which remained undamaged was the tower.
The building behind the statue is (I think) some kind of restaurant, where  some events are held. When I was there, somebody was having a marriage party. 
I have to say, salute to the attending ladies, who wore 4-inch heels to ‘climb’ the pavement from the parking area to the castle.

Denkmal Großer Kurfürst - Sparrenburg - Bielefeld

According to the guide, Sparrenburg Castle was heavily damaged during the Second World War (1944), and the only part which remained undamaged was the tower.

The building behind the statue is (I think) some kind of restaurant, where  some events are held. When I was there, somebody was having a marriage party.

I have to say, salute to the attending ladies, who wore 4-inch heels to ‘climb’ the pavement from the parking area to the castle.

August 19, 2014
Denkmal Großer Kurfürst (Der Große Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm 1620 - 1688) at the Sparrenburg Castle
(I would like to thank Ms. Kringel from Bielefeld-Marketing.de for the permission to publish the photos of the Sparrenburg Castle).

Denkmal Großer Kurfürst (Der Große Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm 1620 - 1688) at the Sparrenburg Castle

(I would like to thank Ms. Kringel from Bielefeld-Marketing.de for the permission to publish the photos of the Sparrenburg Castle).

August 19, 2014
Happy Birthday, Deaky. I truly miss you!
(Lion’s location: Tierpark (Hauptstadt Zoo), Berlin)

Happy Birthday, Deaky. I truly miss you!

(Lion’s location: Tierpark (Hauptstadt Zoo), Berlin)

August 17, 2014
Sparrenburg - Bielefeld

Sparrenburg - Bielefeld

August 17, 2014

Abandoned Vlotho Train Station

August 17, 2014

serenadeyoursilence said: About the defenders, we still 'have' Hummels; Boateng, and Höwedes, but I understand totally how you feel. I love Merte and Lahm. Any opinion on Jansen, Schmelzer, Badstuber, Ginter, Durm and Mustafi (or any of them)? Thanks.

justplaying-thegame:

serenadeyoursilence

Hello :)

Yeah, we do have good defenders but that doesn’t stop me from worrying lol. Lahm is the epitome of reliability and Per has been a positive presence whenever he was on the pitch. Without their experience, it is a bit of blow isn’t it?

Agreed, I’m glad we still have Hummels, Boateng, and Howedes. I’m especially pleased with Howedes this year. He’s centre-back but played out of position without complaining - and played really well!

As for the others, I don’t think Jansen will be called up for the nt since he’s 28 already and there are a bunch of youngsters vying for a spot as well. Given a few more years of experience and I think Durm and Ginter will probably be consistent, viable options. I feel really bad for Badstuber :( 19 months of injury is a long, long time and now that he’s back, there is a lot of competition for a starting spot on the nt. This season will be so crucial for him; he must impress Jogi or I’m afraid that might be it for international duty :( I don’t know what to say about Mustafi tbh because oh my god, that was the one and only time I was glad to hear about an injury (I know, I’m a bad person -.-). (And in general, I’m not a fan of Kevin Grosskreutz).

We have too many centre-backs and not enough full-backs. Some of them are going to have to learn to play out of position if they want to play for the national team. 

But now that I think about it, the striker problem is worse than the defense problem :/

What’s your say?

Thanks for the answer!

I think, during the WC 2014, Höwedes became one of the players I watched with big eyes.

Agree about Badstuber. He will have a lot of things to prove, since the Benders will be ready to challenge him, too. Not to mention Durm and Ginter  (along with Dennis Aogo„ Oliver Sorg, or Antonio Rüdiger).

The thing with Mustafi is, imo, he plays in Italy. He might not be known well, but I think, if he can make a name in Italy, then he must have been good (or that Jogi played him instead of Durm or Ginter). Hah, doesn’t mean to defend him or something (but he has some moves - at dancing, especially - lol -).

Also agree about not having enough full-backs. But I suppose, the game systems force the defenders to be able to be strikers.

What about Schmelzer? Do you think he could somehow take Lahm’s place? I also read somewhere about Andreas Beck. Ever saw Beck play?

Apropos strikers, pure strikers are rare these days. The one like Klose is even rarer. Let’s hope Götze can continue doing what he’s been doing.

August 16, 2014
Busbahnhof Vlotho

Busbahnhof Vlotho