RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore

Oh my – like his daughters reported, Tom didn’t make it. I read it in Tagesschau Online first, and here is an obituary from Thomas Spickhofen from our ARD studios in London:

Thank you Tom, for everything you did – you won’t be forgotten. My thoughts are with your family, and with your friends.

P.S., from Feb. 3rd, 2021:

The interest in Captain Sir Tom Moore is world-wide, even sites in Malaysia are reporting the sad news. You can find lots of images of him, and I myself left a short tribute on a news site in Wales

Here’s the report of our biggest TV news from yesterday evening:

And here’s the BBC about him.

As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing.

Rest in peace, Clayton

Another good one left us – and one of ‘BigDaddyCee’s’ last reactions on Wikiloops was a nice comment on this remix on one of his tracks:

Thank you my friend – jamming with you has been an honour and a pleasure.

His friend for over 40 years, David Knight, can tell you more about Clay

Edit: according to David, Clayton died on June 15th, just four days before his 58th birthday.

Wolf & Gang – VIII

Just published my eighth album with collaborations on Wikiloops:

Wolf & Gang – VIII, on Wikiloops. Photo ©2015 by MĂ©lanie Gomez

A click on the cover here will lead you to Flickr, but a click on the text link or on the small cover in the right Widget area will lead you to Wikiloops where you can hear and/or download the album.

Looking forward to the next one already – and I asked MĂ©lanie if she would take my photo for it again.

As always, thanks to my friends world-wide with whom I had the pleasure and the honour to make music. And thanks to you for reading and/or listening and/or downloading the album.

Roy Hargrove, 12 years ago…

“An iconic performance.” is what QwestTV wrote under their video of the Roy Hargrove Quintet from 2007. And indeed it was! Look and listen:

Roy Hargrove Quintet – Strasbourg Saint Denis – Live at the New Morning 2007 • NOW ON QWEST TV !

Line up:
Roy Hargrove
Justin Robinson
Gerald Clayton
Montez Coleman
Danton Boller

Rest in peace Roy – and thank you!

The way back home – Saturday July 13th

As I wrote already, the Hammersmith & City line had some service announcement for Saturday, so we had to take Jubilee to London Bridge, and the Northern line to Kings Cross / St Pancras. The guys at the hotel were nice enough to pack some breakfast for us, of which we had a bit while waiting at this place in the station:

Sun glasses on display at St Pancras International, London 2019

In the Eurostar, we had the “Standard Premier” tickets this time, so we got another breakfast in the train as well – nice. Plus, while knowing that it went way over 200km/h over land (not in the tunnel), this time I could actually see the monitor – and indeed it displayed 298 and 299km/h when I looked. Two hours from London to Brussels (or back), which is very cool.

Then, “S-Bahn” from Brussels to Leuven – with what felt 1/10th of the speed. For these 18kilometers it took us almost another hour.

Finally, some stations with a bus, and at the Toyota dealer we could pick up our car with a new generator and battery (which was also damaged according to the service/sales guy there).

And yes, thankfully our car brought us back home. But the display is still strange – when I now turn on the front lights of the car, the display automatically dims to almost unreadable. And the (step-trough) section of undimming that display is gone – simply not there anymore. They must either also have changed the programming box, or cabled something differently, or simply put in something else than what the car had before that service… so that means I either have to live with that dark display now, or to have it checked (and repaired) again at a local dealer. Because, honestly, what were the options? To complain on a late Saturday, with no mechanics in anymore?

Sigh… reality has me back…

At least, London was nice. As long as I didn’t have to walk too far.

And as always, thanks for reading.

Went back to the Twenty Seventeen theme

I just find that one to be much more useful and organized, and not so simple and at the same time bold as the newer one.

Sorry guys, but Twenty Nineteen is not for me…

I’m still undecided about the new “Gutenberg” editor of WordPress, don’t like that much as well. Let’s see if I can get used to it…

WordPress 5, Gutenberg, and Twenty Nineteen…

Ok, I’ll simply start writing here in a normal “paragraph” as they called it now, and then add some other stuff. Like for instance an image:

Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass Fretless

Or “custom html”:

Here I’ll insert a link to Zuleikha’s page. It should open in a new tab or window…

Next will be a Flickr photo:

Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2018

What else do we have? A “classic block”, whatever that might be…:

Aaahh, looks like an embedded mini version of the former editor which is now called “classic”…

Then comes a “heading”:

Ok. H4 here.

Then, a “gallery”…

Or a “list”:

  • one
  • two
  • three
  • many…

Finally, a quote:

don’t waste time it’s prime

© marmotte
Lyrics: Sistahood

Ok, enough for now. There are many more “blocks” which you could add, but let’s see how it all turns out in its default form…

Ciao for now…

Scam (they try, but poorly)

I got a few emails lately which contained an unsecure password I once used somewhere – and that site was hacked, and millions of user accounts and passwords were compromised, such as mine. Sites such as TechCrunch reported about that breach.

The emails come from a fake well-known account at Yahoo; these all have more or less the same format.

The threat is the following: they claim I was using some delicate (meaning porn) sites, and while doing so, they – in possession of my password – could hack into *my* system and turn on the webcam, filming me while whatever I would have been doing while consuming that ‘delicate’ stuff.

Problem is, I don’t have a webcam…

Nice try, guys, but sorry – no bitcoins from me. Go f**k yourselves.