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  1. For some reason that made me cry like a baby. Must be the cold I've been nursing or something
  2. When I joined the Lake, I was totally unused to internet etiquette and just commented on something in a running thread without introducing myself or anything. I got trounced right away by a longtime contributor for talking "complete bollocks" and decided that I would stay
  3. If this is Bruce, I'll eat my old hat.
  4. Reading your introduction, I have only one question: What took you so long to touch down here? OH, and welcome!
  5. I'm sure Bruce would very much appreciate how people here rack their brain to find venues for him.
  6. That's right. We did that one night during a Greek holiday in a little tavern right across from our hotel. They left the empty glasses on the table when we ordered more, a group of friendly young Greeeks next to us ordered some for us, we some for them, and when we left the was a row of empty glasses right across our table. We made it alright to our beds, but needed some recuperation the next morning. Each of us must have had ten Ouzos. ......
  7. There were very few Springsteen calendars this year and all are out of stock. I get several calendars every year, but there is a special place for a Bruce calendar. Put up the 2014 one that starts on the right day, but that will only serve till Feb. 28, then we have a problem because it's a leap year. So I ordered a Liverpool FC calendar to take its place then.
  8. The DVD came today!!!! I watched it right away and the film is still great. And surprisingly, there were parts about the narration I didn't remember. I'll watch it quite a few times, I'm sure. Very reassuring to have the chance to go back to it again and again.
  9. I have always loved her - she was one of the three women singers I had almost always on the record player (Mr. B called them "your wailing ladies") - but my admiration went up a notch when I read her memoir "Simple Dreams". She wasn't just a girl with a great voice but a superb musician, inventing and arranging. So sad she has this terrible illness.
  10. Wish you all that for 2020! Plus add any necessary individual things like health, world peace, and an album and tour by you know who!
  11. It's 12, all hell is breaking loose outside and I can't console my cat who burrows as deep as possible into all sorts of dark corners. And unfortunately this racket will go on for hours. Happy New Year to all of you, nevertheless!
  12. He first became very popular during the World Championship 2006 when he was co-commentator on German TV and everyone interested in football took notice because he was able to describe a match in an entertaining yet knowledgeable way. He was coaching Mainz at the time, a club not very prominent in the Bundesliga. Then he changed to Dortmund and everyone took notice.
  13. What a year it has been. I wasn't expecting much of it - same old, same old - and then there was a super hot summer (not so good) and Western Stars! Made my year. Plus the expectation of a new E-Street-Band album plus tour - looking forward to that makes 2020 exciting even before it began. So glad most of you are still around - despite Trump and Brexit and horrible hate crimes and terrible fires in so many places - but coming here calms my soul and gives me hope that people of totally different background can be friends. (And maybe Liverpool stands a chance to become Pemier League champion) So: Have a very happy New Year. Just the horrible noise and fireworks to get through and keeping cat Lizzie from freaking out.
  14. In Germany we say: You have to work off the celebrations as they come. Congratulations on your anniversary and the birthday of Mr. J!
  15. Sorry we have fallen short of your qualitiy standards, @Paolo's Circus Story. We just took it as relaxation before holiday stress, but next time we will endeavor to smarten up.
  16. He's got to be my favorite Liverpool player at the moment. Second comes the handsome Mr. Van Dijk (he'll pass the ball calm as you like) - don't you just love the fans for making up all these songs about their heroes?
  17. We don't call it Boxing Day but in Germany we always have 25/26th December off work. Well, normal people. As I worked as a journalist for 45 years, I was one of the unfortunate ones: Often duty on Christmas Eve, and regular work on the 26th because people want a paper on the 27th. Being retired has its uses... And today Liverpool ist playing Leicester! More fun.
  18. Every year when I hear about you guys Down Under celebrating Christmas in hot weather, I'm glad I'm not there. The fact aside that we haven't had "proper" Christmas weather here for at least a decade - just rain and about three to five degrees Celcius - I hated the one Christmas I spent in Arizona in the sun. To think that about 50 years ago my ex and I contemplated emigrating from the US to Australia - I was saved by immigration laws which were much to complicated. Good old Germany came to the rescue.
  19. Tomorrow I hope to have the first 15 minutes on the new treadmill and then I promised Mr. B. full English breakfast, with real (danish) bacon. And beans. And tomatoes. Toast and marmalade. Tea. Champagne. Ahh, Christmas.
  20. Mr. B is in the basement sweating and swearing while putting together a treadmill I wished for as Christmas present. It's a complicated piece. I hope to spend many happy hours on it walking away while staying in place . He left it till today to set it up and only has until tonight to finish because present giving time is Christmas Eve in Germany. We will be having scallpos in herb butter as starters and then "Ragout fin", which is best cuts of veal, beef, mushrooms and chicken, cut up small and braised, then smothered with a tasty white sauce, topped with Parmesan and bread cumbs and browned it the oven. Served with lemon slices and -important! the real Worcestershire Sauce. It's a family tradition to serve it on Christmas Eve while most people have potato salad and frankfurters. I can have the latter any old day but not tonight! So, have a merry Christmas, everyone, hope to see you here soon because I'll miss you if you're absent!
  21. DVD is the only thing mentioned. I kept asking for both, but the offer now says just DVD. The most expensive I've ever bought. Must be pure gold.
  22. Ho ho ho! Amazon finally have it! Won't be here till Jan 6 at the earliest, but what a treat in the New Year!