Friday, 8 June 2012
On this grey and rainy evening the classic cruise ship Marco Polo (176 x 24m) passed by on its way from Copenhagen to Warnemünde.
|The setting was beautiful, but the overall impression was restlessness|
Last night I watched with great anticipation the Vienna Philharmonic´s Summer Night Concert broadcast live from Vienna. The setting could not have been more beautiful: One of the world´s best - if not the best - orchestras, under the baton of the young, charismatic musical magician Gustavo Dudamel, playing in the UNESCO world heritage listed Schönbrunn palace gardens.
|It was nice to see several female musicians in the orchestra|
|Gustavo Dudamel did his best to cheer up the audience|
The uneasiness was also apparent in the "water ballet", which failed to light up Debussy´s rather boring La Mer. The Wiener Staatsoper´s fine dancers were not to be blamed for this; not even the best dancers can produce anything spectacular when the "floor" is covered by water.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
This the French Navy´s mine warfare vessel M642 Cassiopée passing Helsingør/Helsingborg late this afternoon. The M642 is one of the Marine National´s twelve Tripartite class minehunters - built in the 1980s - currently being upgraded by the Thales Group.
|A Swedish sailing boat and a Danish motor boat observerd the Cassiopée passing by|
Specifications for the Tripartite class:
|Displacement:||536 t (528 long tons) empty|
605 t (595 long tons) full load
|Length:||51.5 m (169 ft)|
|Beam:||8.96 m (29.4 ft)|
|Height:||18.5 m (61 ft)|
|Draught:||3.6 m (12 ft)|
|Propulsion:||1 × 1370 kW "Werkspoor RUB 215" V12 diesel|
2 × 180 kW ACEC active rudders
1 × HOLEC bow propellor
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Range:||3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats and landing|
|2 × rigid-hulled inflatable boats|
1 × remote controlled submersible for mine identification and disposal:
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
|Paul McCartney at last nigh´s Diamond Jubilee Concert in London|
Somebody at the German ZDF Kultur television channel seems to share my feelings. Last night, just before the Jubilee Concert, the channel showed McCartney´s 2009 "Good Evening New York", which, at least in my opinion is one of the best - if not the best - concert recordings ever.
|McCartney at the New York City Field stadium in 2009|
|Another shot from the "Good Evening New York" concert|
It is not difficult to agree with what the BBC´s Will Dean wrote about the event:
When Citi Field, the Met's recession-defying new stadium, announced its first musical act, it wasn't tremendously surprising that McCartney was going to be declaring the building open. In July 2009, Britain's greatest living musician (heck, person) entertained 120,000 New Yorkers with a career-straddling set of Beatles classics, Wingsfavourites (both of them) and solo tracks.
Anyone who saw McCartney's on his huge Back in the World tour will know what to expect from his modern show. The band, featuring Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray and Abe Laboriel Jr, is wildly accomplished, giving a slick stadium-rock edge to tracks that, when The Beatles played Shea, would have been barely heard through the stadium's PA. But that's not always a great thing, as some period studio shakiness is lost. But it's always a joy to hear a real Beatle singing real Beatles songs, and during I'm Down some video trickery even allows Macca to duet with John and George, as they play the same song at the 1965 Shea show.
There are tributes to old pals past – Here Today for John and Something for George ("I played this to George, and I'm not sure he was very impressed"). Even if you've seen him do these things ten times before, it's still nearly enough to bring a tear to your eye.
As the undying thirst for Beatles media proves, these songs are both for everyone and timeless – just look at the diversity of attendees captured enthralled on the DVD. And then look at the last ten selections of this mammoth 33-song set: that kind of closing chapter to a show doesn't need words here telling you how great it is.
Always incredibly hard-working, McCartney never relents here – his patter isn't cool, but it absolutely doesn't matter, as he could turn up and play on a washboard and it'd still be worth 20 quid. Good Evening… is a wonderful souvenir for those who were there or who've seen his tour over the last few months, and a perfectly pleasant second-hand experience for those who weren't.
The outstanding musicians in McCartney´s band should not be forgotten,either:
- Rusty Anderson - electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals.
- Brian Ray - bass, electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals.
- Paul Wickens - keyboards, electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, percussion, backing vocals.
- Abe Laboriel Jr. - drums, percussion, backing vocals.
Monday, 4 June 2012
This afternoon I found these enterprising young ladies on the local "beach boulevard". Not too many customers around today; people chose to stay inside because of the chilly and windy weather. But one of these days, when the sun reappears, their business will
Sunday, 3 June 2012
This gorgeous yacht, here shown in the Helsingborg harbour today, is the Bramora, owned by Norwegian billionaire Per G. Braathen, who is a keen sailor. "There is nothing that makes me feel as relaxed as when I am sailing", he told an interviewer a few years ago.
The Bramora, a 73 feet yacht built by Baltic Yachts in Finland, should be ideal for a serious sailing enthusiast like Braathen.
Here is how the builders describe the yacht, previously called Baltic 73 Canica:
"A European client asked Baltic Yachts to build a 73ft pilothouse yacht to a Judel/Vrolijk design. With this kind of design, however, comes a challenge in maintaining a high level of sailing performance, due to the additional weight in the superstructure of the pilothouse along with the high levels of equipment typically installed on this kind of yacht. However, careful design and the use of high-tech composites still enabled us to achieve a ballast to displacement ratio of around 40 per cent."
|Displacement:||35 000 kg|
|Ballast:||14 300 kg|
Based on the information on the Baltic Yachts webpage, it appears that the Bramora has undergone a complete refit, and is consequently looking like new now.
Follow Bramora on MarineTraffic.com here.