Positive Things 4 Negative People: 022 – 026

I’m in a weird funk this evening. Dreading work tomorrow because there will be so much to do and I feel in way over my head a lot of times these days. So to cheer myself up and to remind myself of the good things, here are a few recent ones:

022: Hazel Osmond novels. I finished another one this weekend (“Who’s afraid of Mr. Wolfe?”) and loved it!
023: The new Keane Song “Tear Up This Town”
024: Falling asleep again this morning after I’ve feared I wouldn’t
025: Salted Caramel icecream with chocolate sauce
026: New episode of “Lucifer” and a promising new show “This Is Us”


Farewell Game for a Great Hockey Player

Just a quick post to share some of my photos from a lovely hockey event yesterday. I have to admit that supporting my hockey team – the Cologne Sharks – has moved down a bit on my list of priorities. I still follow their news and games and such, but with a bit less enthusiasm as I used to only a couple of years ago. No idea why that is…. :-/

Anyway, when the last season ended in the spring our defense player Mirko Lüdemann retired. At the age of 42 after having played 23 years. For the same team! If you know a bit about hockey or any physical sport like it, you have an idea how amazing that career was. For the farewell game a lot of previous team mates came back to Cologne to share that moment and it was a lot of fun. There was a autograph signing before the game and my friend and I got lucky that we entered the venue very close to the tables where the two players we mostly wanted to see again were seated. So we walked by, collected our autographs, snapped some photos, chatted a bit. It was lovely.

Before the game there were the usual speeches, presents, ceremonies and I didn’t really shed that many tears. I “had something in my eyes” for a few moments though ;-) But seriously, it was a lovely and fun afternoon in Cologne.

Thoughts on Adapting Outlander for TV: Voyager 17 – 20

17: Monsters Rising 
Part Five: You can’t Go Home Again
18: Roots | 19: To Lay a Ghost | 20: Diagnosis

I have no idea how much of Claire’s, Bree and Roger’s trip down to Loch Ness they will actually have in the show, if any at all. They left out the whole monster scenes from book/season 1, so that alone makes it unlikely they will incorporate something similar in season 3.

Chapters 18 – 20 bring Claire back to Boston in 1968, where she also remembers events from her life there during the past 20 years. As I’m now convinced that doing a chronological split-timelines portrayal of these years on the TV show is the ony way to go, I’m sure we’ll see quite a lot of these memories play out in real time so to speak. Maybe not the same scenes as in the book, because some might just not work on TV.

Scenes I expect to see – besides the ones mentioned in earlier chapters – are Claire starting her medical training and definitely how she will have stood out in this group of American males, younger than her. It’s hinted at when she remembers what made her bond with Joe Abernathy, the only black man among her fellow interns. Both so different from the rest. There is potential for a few short scenes where she has to stand her ground against prejudice from fellow doctors, patients and anyone else in the hospital setting.

I’m really curious who they will cast as Joe. A young and the older one? Or just one actor who will be made look younger for his first few appearances? He will be reappear in the story later, so one 30+ years old actor might be the better choice.

I’m on the fence still, if I consider the forensic examination of the bones from the Caribbean island an essential part of the story. In the book it was a neat hint of things to come, but I’m not sure if it will work that way on TV or if it’s necessary from a story-telling point of view. There also is the issue with Claire’s kind of supernatural ability to detect something from just touching the patient or bones in this case. Nothing like that has been addressed on the show yet, so it might be a stretch to include it on the TV show. Which now makes me wonder what is left of the scene with Joe then, if you cut all that ;-)? There is Claire asking his opinion about her appearance and her confiding into him about Jamie, at least to some extent. It’s going to be interesting either way.

Then there all the scenes with Frank. They might scatter a few hints of him having affairs all through the various scenes of the almost 20 years they will include in the show. They will definitely focus a huge part of one episode on that last conversation and fight in the bedroom one night. Frank telling Claire he will be moving back to England and planning to take 17 year old Brianna with him. The huge fight this will entail. All these emotions and anger guilt those two have suppressed for years. Frank taking off in his car, the crash, Claire mourning him in the hospital. They might also include additional scenes of Bree mourning him, the funeral as well maybe. I know many book fans think the show focus too much on Frank and added too much of his side of this story to the TV show, but I don’t mind. In fact in most instances I considered it well done so far. And Frank is an essential part of this story and I think it’s important to do him justice.

Which leaves me with the question how in Claire’s part of the split timeline they will go from that event – Frank’s death – to the “present time”, i.e. when Claire and Bree come over to England and later Scotland for the reverend’s funeral in 1968. And even more important how they will then bring the story back to the moment on Craigh na Dhun at the end of season 2? In that final scene Roger and Bree had found the first traces of Jamie in history. Will we in early season 3 learn that they have already traced him further through history and have found him as A. Malcolm, printer in Edinburgh in 1766? Claire on the show is right away determined to go back. Unlike Claire in the book, who isn’t so sure, because she doesn’t know if he is actually still alive 20 years after Culloden, even if he had survived the battle itself. I get why they might have wanted to end season 2 on a hopeful note, but to me it might seems too easy, if Claire really just made up her mind in that instance already. And if they don’t have to search for Jamie a bit more in history. I have no idea how they will solve that “problem” on the show. I’m looking forward to it though.

And now up for my re-read are the remaining three chapters of Part Five and then Part Six: Edinburgh. Chapter 24: A. Malcolm, Printer. *deepsigh* :-)


Scotland 2016: Day 12 – 14, Edinburgh

Day 12 – 14: 12 -14 July, Edinburgh
After my wonderful trip through the Highlands, I’ve spent two more days in lovely Edinburgh. Without any set plans, really, as I’ve been to this city a few times by now and have visited all the “must-see” sights. It’s always busy in the summer with the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Fringe festival on the horizon. I

On the first afternoon I found myself trekking up Arthur’s Seat once more, which for a few moments while I was doing it, considered a stupid idea ;-). But of course it is always worth it. I came back down on the west side this time and used the opportunity to walk along (or rather below) Salisbury Crags for the first time as well.


View of Salisbury Crags and Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat

This time I also went to stroll around Dean Village and along the Leith for a while. Unfortunately the river foot path was blocked for some parts due to construction work.

And then there always are the Prince Streets Garden to just hang around in on a lovely summer day.

Next time I’ll be back in Edinburgh in the winter and it’s going to be interesting to see how different the city looks during that season…  Read more

Photos from the Sculpture Park

It’s been an exhausting week. Mostly because of the heat wave that had hit Germany till Thursday (over 30 °C) and in parts also because of work stuff. I’ve spend most of my evenings and even most of today lazy at home, procrastinating. The things I’m so good at *sigh*

Last Sunday I went out to take some photos in a sculpture park in my area. Today I splurged on an upgrade for my old gallery plugin here, because the new one I had used these last few weeks didn’t feel right after all. Especially if I plan to take and share more photos in the future.

I can already see myself overhauling all my galleries and present them in a neater way. Procrastination galore!