Category Archives: Free Time

All kind of things I do in my free time

Queen + Paul Rodgers at the O2

Last Friday Silke, me and over 10.000 other people had a really good time in The O2 arena in London. That was of course due to our hosts, Queen + Paul Rodgers.

The concert was brilliant, just as I expected. Brian May‘s mastery of the guitar is just breathtaking. Roger Taylor is looking a bit older than he used to but his abilities as a drummer haven’t been affected at all. He even played the famous bassline from Under Pressure on an electronic bass guitar using his drumsticks. And while nobody can replace the late Freddie Mercury the new lead singer Paul Rodgers is an excellent musician.

Besides some great songs from the new album the The Cosmos Rocks they played the classics that people love. There is nothing like celebrating We Will Rock You with thousands of others or singing We Are the Champions at the top of your lungs.

Silke and I are both hoping that this wasn’t the last Queen + Paul Rodgers concert that we have lived to see.

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Only three years after moving to Cambridge Silke and I finally managed to visit the nearby Imperial War Museum Duxford. It is Chris Cunningham’s fault that we finally made it. He visited Duxford two weeks ago and published a lot of photos in his blog.

We took advantage of the nice weather last Saturday (which is a very uncommon phenomenon on a Bank holiday weekend) and drove to Duxford at noon. As the museum is located on a former airfield of the Royal Air Force it covers a wide areal. We spend an hour walking around and looking at various planes outside:

We even saw a Hurricane performing aerobatics over the airfield.

After a lunch break we made our way through some of the many hangars. We started with the Battle of Britain hangar, continued to the restauration hangar and finally reached the The American Air Museum. And there it was, the aeroplane I wanted to see most of all, just right in front of me: The SR-71 Blackbird.

I have been fascinated by this aeroplane since my childhood days. And I wouldn’t have dreamed of standing in front of one of them.

There was so much more to see in Duxford, and Silke and I didn’t even manage to enter all the hangars. I guess we will have to come back to see the rest. 🙂

Movie of the Week: The Dark Knight

A lot has been said about the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Especially Heath Ledger‘s performance as the Joker has been praised a lot. I became sceptical about the film because of all the hype.

This evening Silke and I went to watch The Dark Knight ourselves. I must say it deserved all the hype. The movie was exciting, disturbing and full of action. Heath Ledger was simply brilliant. He reached a level of malignant madness that will assure him a place in the midst of legendary movie villains.

All in all it was one of the two best Batman movies ever. It reflected the dark ambience of the comics perfectly.