Tony Penultimate

Koln

Heathrow sunrise - the carpark Caravaggio strikes again!

On the flight over to Koln, part of a short three day tour of Germany, I found that my keys had slipped through into the lining of my jacket and reaching in to retrieve them, found this screwed up bit of paper - unwrapping it, I found it was a plane ticket from our US tour last year - its been to the dry cleaners a couple of times! Life is very peculiar sometimes.

Our hotel is right in the middle of town and near to the Philharmonie, the venue we've played a few times before. Thats the Cathedral in the back ground - beautiful.

The Philharmonie is an absolute barn of a place, Daniel Barenboim plays here and we have sold over 1700 tickets - yay!

Last week, rooting though some old cd's of ukes ephemera, I came across this photo (below) which according to the digital information was created on 11 September 2006 and it was taken at the soundcheck of our very first German gig at the Bar Jeder Vernuft in Berlin. It was, and is, a exquisite antique venue, an original speigeltent from the 1920's, and a tiny place (maybe seventy/eighty seats). We were so inexperienced that we did seven to eight encores, as we didn't understand that they would keep appauding as long as we came back onstage - and we did!. 

 

The Bar Jeder Vernuft

It was the start of a long and fruitful relationship between the UOGB and Germany - we have always felt very welcome here and have many friends as well as a loyal audience. Roll on the tour!

 

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