I’ve just got in from a new club on the Reeperbahn

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(photo: Rabea Bollmann)

where TheBoyWonder was playing with his new band (regular readers will realise that he is now TheYoungManWonder). Having finished school, he decided to spend his gap year playing the bars of Hamburg, just him and his guitar opening as support for a whole load of local musicians, but also Richard Dawson. Then he got a place on the prestigious POPKURS at Hamburg University for Theatre and Music, asked some of the lads he met there to help him record a CD and they had such fun together they decided to form a band. Today was their first official gig and it was pretty good 😉



Burning Down The House

feuer hs 11 jeannot groß(Photo: Holger Wentzlaff)

This week got off to a difficult start when fire broke out in a neighbour’s flat early Monday morning. We had 22 fire engines here, it took all day to get the fire out (and even then it started up again 2 days later) and we were very, very lucky to get away with only one person in hospital with light burns. Another person had to crawl across the roof to escape, three flats are completely burned out – the people living there have lost everything they possess – and a further eight flats had to be evacuated and will take at least six months to repair and renovate.

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Following on from Panthersan’s ‘Famous House Guest’ Post… or, My How ThatBoyWonder’s Grown!

Luke’s post about potentially famous (or not!) German musicians sharing his bathroom has prompted me to subject you to an update on TheBoyWonder’s musical career. His band (The Box) is no more, the others having gone away to university and/or a gap year in warmer climes. Himself is currently singing for his (often liquid) supper, quite literally, in the smaller Hamburg clubs, opening as support for the evening’s headline acts, as can be viewed in the video above.

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When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)

Anyone remember my wee son, TheBoyWonder? Well, he went camping with some kids from school a couple of weeks ago, to make a video to one of his songs as part of a friend’s uni application. And this is it…
I’m not too sure what I make of it, having only just seen it for the first time myself – basically I am speechless at how grown-up he is. Hope at least a couple of you enjoy the song!

Who knows where the time goes?



With apologies for anyone hoping for Sandy Denny, this is debbym smuggling a post in amongst the end-of-the-year outpourings to join RTJ’amy in wishing Shoey a Happy Birthday and to wish all of us a Happy New Year 2013 – may it prove even better than/be a 100% improvement on [delete as necessary] the past twelve months…

I would also like to say thank you to Shoey and Herr Hachi for organising the Festive Extravaganzas, to SR for being an excellent Lady of the Worms and to all RR’ers who’ve made welcoming noises in my direction – all very much appreciated!

A couple of weeks ago TheBoyWonder’s band was allotted a slot in a charity event in a little Hamburg club. The song that’s been posted on youtube is called Time, so I thought it might be appropriate to share it with you here. 


Happy New Year!

Rule Britannia…?…

A rare visit from me, with apologies to anyone planning on posting A Challenge this evening. Little’Un’s class at school is doing a project on all their different nationalities, and GHE and SV80 were a great help to me in getting a mix of Balkan/Afghan/ex Soviet pop together. Now Teacher has told me they’re going to be doing a whole week on each country. Obviously I could fill hours and hours with nursery rhyme mixes, lo-o-ong trad folk songs with 56 choruses,and most of the pop music you’ve ever heard – if it didn’t originate in Swinging England, there’s a good chance English be the language used. But it got me to wondering – what music makes you think of England? Answers on a postcard, please…. (or if you’ve no stamps to hand, feel free to use the comments below).