So, what can I say about seeing Rammstein Live aus Berlin..? Sarah said it best when she told me that she had explained it to her colleagues as the German equivalent of seeing Queen at Wembly back in the day. Let’s just say that they / it did not disappoint in any way shape or form; even this morning over früstuck we were both still saying “awesome” with a somewhat whistful look on our faces.
What was undoubtedly as cool as being there and the music / show / atmosphere all really delivering on expectations was being there with someone who was as excited and happy as I was – I am deeply thankful for Fate’s hand in that for sure.
It has also been lovely to be back on Berlin, and once again reclaim my favourite city from the “I went there with…” place that it has been since March 2007. To wander around the Weinachtsmarkt at City West, to go for champagne at KaDeWe and just generally ride the Stadt Bahn and feel present in Berlin has been just what I needed.
And so now back to the UK, back to work for four more days until Weinachten in Huy with my family – all together again for the first time since the wedding in August; I am looking forward to it far more than I can reasonably explain…
…by encouraging people to NOT buy the X-Factor single(s) I’m denying charity money, please, please, please go and donate at least £1 to Shelter, in association with the people who started the Rage Against The Machine for Christmas Number 1 campaign, through Just Giving, here:
That way Shelter will get £1 + Gift Aid (at least) from everyone who’s bought “Killing in the Name” in order to protest against the X-Factor, and that’s MUCH more important than who is number 1 this Christmas.
…and every woman will do her duty as well, I pray!
Please help to make a stand against X-Factor, Simon Cowell and the general dumbing down of mainstream culture in the UK by buying a copy of “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine from a UK digital download provider, such as iTunes (UK), Amazon (UK) or 7music.co.uk, as all of these services contribute data to the UK chart.
If enough people buy this single instead of the vacuous crap put out by Cowell’s X-Factory there is a __hope__ that the Xmas number #1 can be a song that means something and represents the true meaning of rock and roll instead of being some half-baked wannabe covering a power ballad with Auto-Tune and a ridiculous production budget hastily papering over the cracks in a questionable talent that needed a brainless talent show to rise to the top rather than appearing on its own merits.
Thanks for your attention – I reckon it would be a quid very well spent…