Originally scheduled for October 10th of 2010, Katie Melua’s concert at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon was definitely a show that I didn’t want to miss out.
The ticket was bought, but due to the sudden nervous breakdown that Katie had, the concert ended up being delayed to March 11st of 2011, almost 5 months later.
It was indeed a long waiting time. (but was it worth it…!)
During this delay period, as the new concert day was getting closer and closer an opportunity showed up on Facebook: the chance to meet and greet Katie after her show in Lisbon. All I had to do was to make up a sentence where I explained what Katie’s music meant to me. Instantly, I hurried up to enter the competition.
My sentence was (translated to english):
A heady invitation wrapped up in beauty and sweet harmony, “Just Like Heaven”. That’s how Katie Melua’s music sounds like.
The wait was long, but the D-day finally arrived (or should I say K-day!).
The show’s opening act was in charge of Carolina Deslandes and her band (an ex-contestant from the portuguese Pop Idol).
Finally the big moment of the night arrives: Katie Melua shows up and kicks off her concert by playing “The Closest Thing To Crazy” in an acoustic atmosphere. Later on, the band joins her and together they proceed with the show.
Along the concert, Katie performed some more solo acoustic acts that gave an intimate feeling to the concert, and she even dedicated one of those acts to the people of Japan that are currently being affected by the massive tsunami.
Besides the music, which sounded perfect, the ambiance was very nice also, specially the stage backdrops that were nicely done to match the tracks currently being played. My favourite one was the Space Invaders inspired backdrop that accompanied Katie’s “Tiny Alien” performance. Gotta love that geeky touch.
Most of the tracks played were from her most recent album, ‘The House’, but there was space to fit some of the most known tracks that everybody loves to hear and also covers of Canned Heat’s ‘Going up the country’ (a recent addition to the show, she told me later on) and Janis Joplin’s ‘Kozmic Blues’.
Then the last song came on… after the band finished playing it they said their goodbyes and walked towards the back curtain. But the the crowd wanted more, so after many and many cheering and applauses, Katie and her band came back on stage and played 3 more songs for the Lisbon crowd, one of them the Janis Joplin cover:
It was a brilliant concert indeed! Absolutely loved it.
Once the concert was over it was time for the exciting meet-and-greet with Katie Melua! Me and 9 other people were the lucky ones to get this opportunity on Lisbon concert.
Between autographs and photos, Katie was so nice to everyone and talked a little bit with each one of us. She was very kind… and she’s even more gorgeous in person, unbelievable! It was such a pleasure to meet her in person.
A night to remember, no doubt.
Hope to see Katie Melua back in Lisbon for another concert soon!
I learned about it this week and I instatly added it to my wishlist.
I’m talking about the Noteslate.
I’ve been thinking of a device just like this for years now. The practicality it promises to bring to the act of taking or drawing notes looks great.
It’s like a (much!) cheaper iPad without the whole app thingy or like a Kindle with the freedom of drawing on it.
And, besides the drawing component, it will also allow to save the notes into documents that can be edited later, which is great and it’s what makes it the perfect gadget for a web designer!
Can’t wait for these to come out to try them on. And since the base model is being launched June this year, precisely the month of my birthday, the timing couldn’t be better. *wink wink*
Yep, it’s true. Three years after getting my driver’s license (and saving some money), I finally broke my piggy bank and purchased my first car!
Buying a first car is an important task, so when I made up my mind about wanting to buy it, I started searching the market and made a list of possible models that were affordable to me. Such cars as the VW Golf, Opel Corsa, Renault Clio and Opel Tigra made part of my list. Then I stumbled upon THE car that I had forgotten about and that left me without any doubts about what I wanted to be my first car: the Ford Puma.
The first time I remember learning about the Puma I think it was in the Playstation game Gran Turismo 2, back when I was younger. The car is remarkably good looking for its time (and still is!) with its round forms and übber awesome puma eye-shaped headlights (new edge design).
On top of that, since they were only produced from 1997 to 2001, there aren’t many Pumas circulating on portuguese roads, which made this car an even more interesting choice: I get to own a car that is kinda of “exotic” on the road.
Later I learned that Top Gear named it Car of the Year 1996.
So last week it was time to track down possible cars to buy and I was very lucky to find a Ford Puma in great condition for sale with the exact features I’d like it to have: metallic grey paintjob and arched alloy rims.
So we went to meet the owner and took a look at the car. Gosh, how beautiful it looked! It looked good and was working properly. It’s a Ford Puma 1.4 with 90bhp. We analysed the car thoroughly and negotiated the price with the owner. Although the Puma is 11-year-old next November, it only has tiny defects like some scratches on some corners and some minor glitches (it’s very normal for a car this age). Nothing that a couple hours of work won’t fix.
So eventually I decided to bought it (**yey, I haz a car!**).
After driving it for a week now, I must say I made a good purchase. The sporty Puma rides smoothly, the engine really seems to have been well taken care of and it’s a joy to take on the corners with it. In time we’ll fix some of the minor scratches it has and some glitches here and there.
But I’m aware that “surprises” may appear. When it comes to cars you’ll never know… but with or without problems, I really like my Ford Puma =)
I leave you with the cool 1997 Ford Puma advertisement which stars the very own Steve McQueen:
(the Steve McQueen scenes are from the movie Bullitt)
— edit: included engine CC and BHP.
Greetings, fellow internet users!
Finally, my personal blog is up (yey, I haz a blog ). Yes… I know it’s kinda late, but my current job consumes a lot of my time (and spare time). It took a while, but it’s finally here to stay. It’s like people usually say: it’s better late than never.
My blog is running (the fabulous) WordPress 3.0, with my own custom hand-built theme applied to it.
I’ll be posting stuff I find around the interwebz, talk about movies and tv shows I love and more. I also plan to post some jQuery/PHP/HTML5/CSS3 tips and snippets every now and then.
Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you around here again!