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days go by (in Prague)

I have been thinking why is it that it takes me so long to come up with a posting and I guess I figured it out. When I was in Pakistan all was new and I have been seing things “weird” or really worth noticing every day, in Ghana I was pretty much hardened and it soon became a rather normal life, where things like travels across the country or swimming in the sea became common day. And now I am Prague and that seems so normal that I just dont get the “must note this experience down” anymore…

I dont want to say I have a boring life, no way, its just that its only a normal life with fun moments and also dull hours. But to catch up, I will give you a taste on what I have been doing here and by that also what is there to do in Prague :)

Seen in Cinema:

  • Dracula in Pakistan (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0360232/, 1967) – hilariously bad, great thing to watch with friends on a bad movie night
  • Hells Ground (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887973/, 2007) – a great fun horror movie, a true best of worst
  • The Pagan Queen a.k.a. Knezna Libuse (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1096997/, 2009) – a real gem, “bad” does not qualify as description for this, its “totally awesomely bad”, the film makers tried to make a serious movie, but finished up in a perfect parody of bad film making, the whole cinema was laughing all the time :)
  • Pure hearts (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0495237/, 2006) – a real good movie, a demented man falls in love with a movie character and decides to find her in real life, the movie combines shots of the “original movie” that the character was from and the “current one” that depicts what happens to this man (the original movie didnt exist, its very well shot “40s looking” sequences). Watch it, make you laugh, cry and think.
  • 2010 – a fun movie to watch on big screen, whole world ends.. nothing new
  • Avatar – in IMAX, 3D sci-fi movie… all that needs to be said
  • Let the right one in (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/, 2008) – a great movie, exact opposite of Dracula in Pakistan… yes its a vampire movie, but a very good one with a great story, ranks as 200th best movie ever by imdb ranking, see it
  • Mary and Max (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0978762/, 2009) – a very good animation movie, great artwork, good story, emotional moments (will make you hide a tear), very recommended

Watched a concert life of:

  • Australian Pink Floyd (see previous post) – great experience, but shit cold in the concert hall (actually a hockey stadium with just ice covered with temp flooring), www.aussiefloyd.com
  • Chiki-liki-tua – very fun slovak band, pogo+jokes+fun lyrics combined, always brings a great energy relief, my neck was hurting for two days from headbanging and pogoing, www.chikiliki.sk
  • Cechomor – a band that takes folk songs of czech and morava, makes them faster and ands some currenty music instruments, creating a great great experience, always gets me, www.cechomor.cz
  • Puvodni Bures – fun-folk-alternative band, a random discovery I made some two years back, good music, good lyrics, great relax, www.bandzone.cz/puvodnibures
  • Krystof – not really my type of music, but with the right company (crazy cows), some beers and a lets-have-fun attitude a good evening, www.krystof.net

Exhibitions I have seen:

  • Herbert Tobias – an interesting character who started to do photographs as german soldier on russian front, than did fashion and later focused purely on gay photography (he was gay too), interesting exhibition but not a hammer, www.herberttobias.com
  • Industry and Art Musem (umelecko priemyslove museum) – nice, but again not an amazing experience

Theather piece visited:

  • Krysar (The Pied Piper) – a theathre/musical by Daniel Landa (www.2landa.cz/en/daniel-landa.html) is a pretty ok piece, but still I consider Landas origianal song Krysar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb9uHawHQfI) and the book by Viktor Dyk (made also into a stop motion movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krysar) as much better

And places visited: I walked at least 100 km in last months just walking around Prague (I plan to make a google map to trace my wandering here), going to earlier known places but also randomly picking places to see based on googling.

So yeah, life is good and as time goes by slowly I will also catch up with pictures on www.picasaweb.google.com/tomas.klesken and from time to time come to my blog and drop a line or two :)

For now, farewel all those who have not forgotten that I have a blog and for some reason do sometimes come and check it up :D

(Aussie) Pink Floyd – close enough

I have seen the Big Pink show of The Australian Pink Floyd a.k.a. Aussie Floyd (www.aussiefloyd.com) who have basically been playing Pink Floyd music since 1988 (!).

Simply said, it was a great experience. Shit cold (they played in a hockey stadium with the ice intact, covered up by temporary flooring), the show was real fine and if you just listened to the music, it wasnt difficult to think this is a real pink floyd concert (for a rather small audience of some 2.000 ppl) and being a litte boozed, so sometimes loosing the grip and making littel variations away from the original sound :)

So it was not exactly Pink Floyd and who they are and most of all how they play, but was close enough – I do recommend to all who realy like PF but are not shit crazy about them so will listen to every tone misplayed.

It was good and I am glad I went to see this, even though it was rather by accident – I went to buy tickets for Stomp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu15Ou-jKM0) but changed my mind in the process :D …Heck, stomp is in march, I still might change my mind and go there too :P

So now I have seen The Offspring and Pink Floyd (or at least the closest you can get), which are the two international bands that influenced my teen-music-formation-period. Job well done. So lets see whats next, afterall, music soothes even the savage beast.

Goodbye blue sky :)

Bouldering

Funny that my first true post on by blog after months is this one. I will add also updates about the time that passed previously, there truly is quite a lot to say… And why this one? Dont know, maybe because going for a climb is something that has been deladed as much as these posts.

So, I climbed my first artificial wall today. I have mixed feelings, I liked the feeling of going up – achieving something, on the other side I felt doing it alone can get tiring, and most of all – I am weak. After a short, enthusiastic climbing, my hands got tired and wobbly, considering that even before that I was able to hold only on the biggest grabs is not too good news.

I basically have two options – stop after first try or really get into it. This is not like cycling or running that its ok to be slower. In bouldering you can hold on to the wall or you cant. So that might be one of the reasons to put this post up – it might push me to do those push ups, pull ups and at least once weekly go to see if it has any effect… I might actually manage to start with the second option, lets see if it stays :)

And as final I have to say I have seen the kind of beauty of a rather Michelangelo kind. If you check his paintings, he was painting women being rather masculine and having musles. No way am I saying that the girl I have seen today on the wall looked like a man (NO way), but when she was hanging by fingertips on the wall on her back I have seen flexing muscles that I havent even know exist :) Michelangelo was an autist who had crazy talent for art, but in this case we would agree :D

And if you think that picture looks good or think that girls climbing is not sexy, you should check www.stonenudes.com ;)