30 juni 2006

Mariners @ Diamondbacks : 3 - 2

The Seattle Mariners are on the move, the Arizona Diamondbacks are in a free fall. So, of course, the Mariners rallied with two runs in the ninth inning to beat the beleaguered Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday night. Raul Ibanez hit a disputed homer and Kenji Johjima tripled to set up the go-ahead run. Yuniesky Betancourt's two-out single drove in pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist to give the Mariners their fifth consecutive victory and 10th in 12 games. Eddie Guardado (1-3) pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the victory. J.J. Putz threw the ninth for his 14th save in 15 tries.

Second base Umpire Dale Scott, center, exchanges words with Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, left, after throwing Melvin out of the game, for arguing a home run by Seattle Mariners Raul Ibanez, during the ninth inning of their baseball game, Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Phoenix.

The Diamondbacks have lost 20 of their last 23 games and finished the homestand 1-5. Enrique Gonzalez allowed three hits over seven innings and scored both Arizona runs to give Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead entering the ninth. But closer Jorge Julio (1-3) blew a save for the first time in seven tries, giving up the leadoff homer to Ibanez, his 17th, to tie it at 2. The 422-foot shot to straightaway center was initially ruled a triple, but after the umpires huddled, they decided it had it hit the wall above the home run line. Melvin was ejected for arguing the call, the third time he's been tossed in the last eight games. Although he acknowledged that it may have been a homer, he was upset that second base umpire Ron Kulpa was overruled. The homer came on a 3-1 pitch.

After one out, Johjima followed with his first major league triple, into the right field corner. Julio struck out Jeremy Reed, but Betancourt singled to center on the first pitch to put Seattle ahead. The blown lead spoiled a strong outing by Gonzalez, who has been called up from Triple-A Tucson twice this season. He gave up a triple to Adrian Beltre and an RBI infield single to Jose Lopez in the first, then shut down the Mariners on one hit over the next six innings. Seattle's Gil Meche allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked one, but balked to allow Gonzalez to score the tying run in the fifth.

Arizona went ahead 2-1 with an unearned in the fifth when Gonzalez reached on a two-out error by second baseman Lopez, who failed to backhand the sharp grounder. Craig Counsell walked, then Gonzalez scored from second on Eric Byrnes' single. Beltre doubled and tripled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. His triple came with one out in the first, then he scored on Lopez's infield single, a play initially ruled an error on third baseman Chad Tracy. Gonzalez helped himself with his second big league single to lead off the third. Counsell singled, but was erased on a double play that sent Gonzalez to third. He scored on Meche's balk to make it 1-1.
Bron: AP

Tour de France

Morgen start de Tour de France. De belangrijkste vraag is dit jaar wie de Tour wint, maar of de Tour zelf Parijs wel haalt.

Dopingzondaars zijn er genoeg. De beerput staat op een kier open. Vanaf zaterdag is alle media-aandacht weer gericht op de Tour en kan de beerput helemaal open. De vraag is of iemand het deksel eraf durft te tillen.


D66 ministers staan lijnrecht achter de D66 fractie die het vertrouwen in Verdonk opzeggen, volgens de fractievoorzitster Lousewies van der Laan.

D66 ministers geven in een brief samen met het kabinet aan, minister Verdonk te steunen.

D66 fractievoorzitster Van der Laan geeft op een vraag gisterenmiddag van Jan Marijnissen niet aan wanneer zij op de hoogte was van het standpunt van haar ministers.

Was het niet beter dat de D66 ministers een motie van wantrouwen hadden ingediend tegen haar eigen fractie?

FritZ vind het een schandelijke vertoning dat een partij die niet weet wat ze wil, wie wat wil en waarom ze wat willen dit kabinet de das om doen om een persoonlijk geval.

Gelukkig is het woord nu aan ons Staatshoofd. Ik neem aan dat zij het landsbelang beter in kan schatten en een minderheidskabinet door laat regeren tot de nieuwe verkiezingen.

29 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 29 juni

Fan Argentinie
Tijdens de wedstrijd Argentinie - Mexico

CD Wisselaar IN > Paul Simon - Surprise

Artiest : Paul Simon

In a career dating back to the 1950s, Paul Simon has established himself among the best and most popular songwriters of the rock era. Growing up in Queens, NY, Simon befriended schoolmate Art Garfunkel, who had an angelic tenor voice, and the two teamed up as Tom & Jerry, taking the names of the cartoon characters. In the winter of 1957-1958, they scored a chart hit with "Hey Schoolgirl"; both were 16 years old.

Simon continued to try to score hits in the late '50s and early '60s, reaching the charts briefly in 1962 in the group Tico & the Triumphs with "Motorcycle" and under the name Jerry Landis in 1963 with "The Lone Teen Ranger." He and Garfunkel teamed up again as a folk duo in Greenwich Village, signed to Columbia Records, and released Wednesday Morning, 3 AM (October 1964). The album flopped initially, but Simon, who had been spending a lot of time in England, was picked up as a solo artist by CBS and recorded The Paul Simon Songbook, released only in Great Britain in the spring of 1965.

In the wake of the folk-rock trend prevalent that year, producer Tom Wilson took the acoustic track "The Sound of Silence" from the Wednesday Morning album, overdubbed electric guitar, bass, and drums and released the result as a single in October 1965, a full year after the album's release. It took off and hit number one, establishing Simon & Garfunkel.

For the next five years, they were one of the most successful acts in pop music. Simon wrote the songs, and the two harmonized on a series of hit singles and albums. They split up in 1970, after the release of their most popular album, Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Simon returned to solo work with Paul Simon (January 1972), which could not hope to match the success of Bridge, but which did sell a million copies and featured the reggae-tinged Top Ten single "Mother and Child Reunion." There Goes Rhymin' Simon (May 1973) was another million-seller, containing the hits "Kodachrome" and "Loves Me Like a Rock." After a 1974 live album, Simon released Still Crazy After All These Years (October 1975), which topped the charts, won the Grammy for Album of the Year, and included the number one hit "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

Simon took his time following this success, though he did release a greatest-hits album featuring a new hit, "Slip Slidin' Away," and contributed to a remake of "What a Wonderful World" with Garfunkel and James Taylor. Moving to Warner Bros. Records, he wrote and starred in the film One Trick Pony (August 1980), the soundtrack of which contained the Top Ten hit "Late in the Evening."

Another three years passed before Simon returned with Hearts and Bones (October 1983), which did not match his usual level of commercial success. Simon experimented with songwriting styles and became interested in South African music, resulting in Graceland (August 1986), which became his biggest-selling solo album and won him another Album of the Year Grammy. Four years later, he delivered The Rhythm of the Saints (October 1990), which did for Brazilian music what Graceland had done for South African music and was another multi-platinum seller. Simon played a free concert in Central Park in August 1991 (ten years after Simon & Garfunkel had done one) and released a live album from the show. In 1993, Warner Bros. released a box set retrospective on Simon's career, and he undertook a tour that featured Garfunkel on their old hits, as well as covering other aspects of his career. He spent the next several years writing a stage musical, The Capeman, and released his own version of its score as Songs from the Capeman (November 1997). The show, which starred Rubén Blades and Marc Anthony, opened on Broadway in early 1998 and was a quick failure. In 1999, Simon toured on a double bill with Bob Dylan. His next album, You're the One, was released in October 2000. It went gold and earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. In 2006 Simon released Surprise, a collection of new material featuring three songs written with Brian Eno.

Album : Surprise

The obvious surprise of Surprise, Paul Simon's tenth solo album and his first since 2000's underrated You're the One, is that the singer/songwriter has enlisted Brian Eno as his collaborator. At first glance the pairing seems odd, even awkward, since they seem to come from opposing backgrounds: Simon the folk-rock troubadour and Eno the avant-garde art rock adventurist. Dig a little deeper, and the similarities do surface. For one, there is the mutual shared interest in world music -- most evident in Eno's productions/collaborations with Talking Heads at the turn of the '70s and on Simon's 1986 Graceland and its 1990 follow-up, The Rhythm of the Saints, but there are undercurrents running as far back as Simon & Garfunkel's "Cecilia." But more than any other singer/songwriter of his generation, Paul Simon has demonstrated a keen interest in having his albums sound unique and distinct from each other, using each album as an opportunity to explore a different sonic characteristic, so working with a sonic landscaper (as his back-cover credit on Surprise calls him) is not out of character. Similarly, Eno has not been entirely adverse to pop, either, as his ongoing collaboration with U2 proves, not to mention his productions for James or even the flamboyant pop of such early Roxy Music singles as "Virginia Plain." So, their collaboration here is unexpected, but not unnatural -- in fact, it's anything but unnatural, since Surprise is as seamless and graceful as Graceland, which it resembles greatly in how it blends a new sound with Simon's songs. But where Graceland found Simon writing around existing rhythm tracks, the opposite is true here: Eno fills in the space behind songs, creating an evocative, dream-like bed for Simon's words, which, more than ever, scan equally well as poetry as they do song lyrics. Simon was shifting toward this direction on You're the One, but he pushes even harder here, largely abandoning familiar song structures -- only two cuts here have something resembling a conventional chorus, and one of those is "Father and Daughter," originally released on the Wild Thornberrys soundtrack and the only track not treated by Eno -- for elliptical, winding songs that demand attention.

These are songs that cry out for the kind of cinematic sounds Eno brings to them, since he helps give them structure, momentum, and emotional weight, and his "sonic landscapes" do this precisely, following the contours of Simon's words and enhancing his meaning. And while Surprise glides along easily, thanks both to Eno's seamless work and the warmth of Simon's voice, it's an album meant to be listened to closely, and it pays back that effort handsomely. With repeated plays, Simon's songs don't seem as open-ended, and there's more to discover within Eno's production, particularly in how it plays off Simon's recurring themes of faith, aging, fatherhood, and getting by in George W. Bush's U.S.A. But this is not by any stretch a protest record; "How Can You Live in the Northeast?" and "Wartime Prayers" are about the uneasiness of living in the post-9/11 America, yet they're not statements of outrage, they're about the emotional toil of the time, and they have counterparts in the wearied narrators of "Once Upon a Time There Was an Ocean" and "Outrageous." It adds up to a bittersweet undercurrent that runs through Surprise, not unlike the melancholy threaded throughout Hearts and Bones, which this also resembles in its overall introspective tone and arty bent, but this is hardly a one-dimensional record; there is gentle hope and wry humor as well, giving this music a rich elegance that makes it stand among Simon's best work. Unlike such deservedly praised comeback albums from some of his peers -- such as Dylan's Love and Theft, the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang, Paul McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard -- Simon doesn't achieve his comeback by reconnecting with the sound and spirit of his classic work; he has achieved it by being as restless and ambitious as he was at his popular and creative peak, which makes Surprise all the more remarkable.

Bron: Allmusic
FritZ mening :

Liedjes met puur spel. Liedjes met variatie. Liedjes die niet moeilijker zijn gemaakt als het niet hoeft, maar de complexiteit hebben als ze erom vragen. Liedjes is het toverwoord en dat doen Paul Simon heel goed.

Mariners @ Diamondbacks : 10 - 3

Felix Hernandez is carrying himself with more confidence and his Seattle Mariners teammates are following his lead. Hernandez pitched seven strong innings and Jeremy Reed homered to help the Mariners beat the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Wednesday night. Seattle moved one game over .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 on April 7. Kenji Johjima's sixth-inning run-scoring single broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Mariners to their fourth straight win and ninth in 11 games. Seattle then put the game out of reach with three runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth against the Arizona bullpen.

Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, of Japan, hits a single off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Edgar Gonzalez to lead off the first inning of their baseball game Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Phoenix.

Shawn Green doubled and had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who have lost 19 of their last 22. The Diamondbacks, who led the NL West by 2 1/2 games on June 6, now trail the first-place Padres by 4 1/2 games. With the score 2-2 in the sixth, Jose Lopez doubled to the warning track in left off Edgar Gonzalez (0-2) and went to third on a grounder by Raul Ibanez. After Gonzalez struck out Richie Sexson on three straight pitches, Johjima lined a single to right, scoring Lopez for a 3-2 lead. The Mariners put the game out of reach with three runs in the eighth. Adrian Beltre and Lopez hit consecutive triples and Ibanez singled to make it 5-2. After a walk to Johjima, Reed singled home Ibanez for a 6-2 lead. Lopez finished 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three runs scored.

Green cut it to 6-3 with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, but Sexson hit a three-run double and scored on Johjima's single in the ninth to make it 10-3. Hernandez (8-7) held the Diamondbacks to the two runs and seven hits while walking one and striking out four for his fifth win in six starts. Seattle had taken a 1-0 lead in the third when Yuniesky Betancourt singled and scored on Beltre's bloop double to right. The Diamondbacks answered in the fourth, tying the game when Luis Gonzalez was hit by a pitch and scored on Green's double. Green moved to third on Johnny Estrada's fly ball to center and scored on Orlando Hudson's grounder to third for a 2-1 Arizona lead. Beltre scooped the ball halfway down the line and looked home briefly before throwing to first for the sure out.

The Diamondbacks' lead lasted two pitches into the fifth when Reed homered into the pool area in right-center field, clearing the fence by inches. Edgar Gonzalez allowed three runs and eight hits over seven innings in his second start of the season. He walked one and struck out four.
Bron: AP

Sneeuwploeg in juni?

Ja hoor! En gewoon op de A12 bij Worgl. Even een grote hoeveelheid hagelstenen opruimen.

28 juni 2006


Teigertjuh meldt dat Kevin nu wel laat zien waarom hij pinestripes zo graag draagt als hij pitched. Hij legt ADO het zwijgen op. Diogesaurus gooit in relief om deze belangrijke punten veilig te stellen.

FritZ vraagt zich af of Diegosaurus eigenlijk niet geschorst hoorde te zijn na zijn verwijdering afgelopen zaterdag? Kennelijk is de KNBSB niet zo snel.

Verder meldt Teigertjuh dat de selectie van HCAW weer twee namen minder groot is. Cliff Foster en Dimitri Leon spelen niet meer voor HCAW. Zo haalt HCAW de play offs niet.

Nog meer mogelijk maken.....

Gisteren schreef ik al hoe ABM Amro meer mogelijk maakt voor mijneer Poetin en het Kremlin. ABN Amro begeleidt de beursgang van de russische oliemaatschappij Rosneft. Rosneft heeft het grootste deel van de bezittingen van het voormalige Joekos concern op dubieuze wijze in bezit gekregen.

Vandaag kwam Trouw met nog een stukje over ABN Amro en russisch gas.

U leest weer even mee?

ABN Amro is dus al langer actief is als zakenbank van Gazprom. Gazprom is natuurlijk het andere oliespeeltje van meneer Poetin. Niet gek dat ze ook zijn gevraagd om de emissie van Rosneft te doen.

Zou ABN Amro zich ook zorgen maken over het lot van de ex president van Joekos die door Poetin naar een Siberisch strafkamp is verbannen?

Hoe moet je niet autorijden?

Kleine vrachtwagen, net een slok te veel op, onderweg in het buitenland op een onbekende weg en proberen je mobieltje van de vloer op te pakken....
Die combinatie werkt niet.

Voetbalplaatje 28 juni

Patrick Vierra - Middenvelder - Frankrijk
In de wedstrijd tegen Spanje

Mariners @ Diamondbacks : 11 - 7

The Seattle Mariners have climbed back to .500 thanks to some big swings from Kenji Johjima. The rookie from Japan drove in five runs for the first time in his young major league career to power the Mariners to an 11-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. It was his second two-homer game in as many starts. Johjima, who sat out Sunday's game at San Diego with a bruised shin after a four-hit, two-homer game on Saturday, hit a two-run shot in the first inning and three-run drive in the ninth. Asked through an interpreter if he had ever had consecutive two-homer games in Japan, he insisted he couldn't remember. Johjima has nine RBIs in his last two games.

Seattle Mariners' Adrian Beltre watches the play develop as he runs around third to score on Jose Lopez's triple to right against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the baseball game in Phoenix, Tuesday, June 27, 2006. Beltre and Ichiro Suzuki scored on the play.

The Mariners won their eighth in 10 games and pulled to .500 (39-39) for the first time since they were 6-6 on April 15. The Diamondbacks rallied to tie it at seven, but reliever Brandon Lyon (1-2) gave up four runs in the ninth. After Adrian Beltre's second double, Lyon intentionally walked Raul Ibanez with two outs to get to Richie Sexson, who was hitless on the night. Sexson, booed loudly by the crowd at every at-bat after leaving Arizona following one injury-shortened season, singled in the go-ahead run, then Johjima homered to make it 11-7. Sexson missed nearly all of his only season with Arizona with a shoulder injury after he was acquired in a trade with Milwaukee. He said he wasn't surprised by the reception from the fans.

Arizona had runners at first and third with two outs in the ninth when closer J.J. Putz came on to retire Luis Gonzalez for his 13th save in 14 chances. Jake Woods (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief. Shawn Green was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two doubles for the Diamondbacks, who lost for the 18th time in 21 games. Luis Gonzalez hit his first home run since April 20.

Johjima homered and Jose Lopez tripled in two runs against Arizona's Brandon Webb in the first. Webb failed to win for the sixth consecutive start after opening the season 8-0. He allowed seven runs and nine hits in seven innings and left trailing 7-4. But the Diamondbacks tied it with three in the seventh. With runners on second and third with no outs, Damion Easley and Craig Counsell struck out looking against George Sherrill. But Julio Mateo relieved Sherrill and Eric Byrnes' doubled down the left-field line on a 3-2 pitch to drive in two runs. Chad Tracy followed with an RBI double.

The Diamondbacks scored four runs in the first two innings, three on Gonzalez's homer, but Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn settled down and retired the last 11 he faced. Washburn allowed five hits and four runs in six innings. He struck out five and walked one. Gonzalez had gone 204 at-bats without a home run, by far the longest drought of his career.

27 juni 2006

Forever Changes

Hij zit voor de tweede keer in de CD speler van mijn auto: Forever Changes van Love. Een aanrader, volgens Fury Noir. Ik ben gekomen tot track 8 of 9 de vorige keer, toen was de tijd op. En ook nu kwam ik niet verder dan track 8. Soms is het vervelend dat er geen file staat.

Morgenochtend gaat hij gewoon mee de bus in naar Utrecht! Ik moet de CD wel afluisteren.

Meer mogelijk maken.....

Meer mogelijk maken.... Dat is de leus van een grote Nederlandse bank. Het afgelopen jaar kregen ze bijna iedere week 30 minuten sponsortijd in Studio Sport als het weer eens over de boten in de Ocean Race ging. Al jaren proberen ze ook meer mogelijk te maken in de Amsterdam Arena, met wisselend succes.

Maar vandaag las ik in Trouw dat ABN Amro nog meer mogelijk gaat maken.

Leest u even mee....

Soros: Ethische belegger moet zijn vingers niet branden aan Rosneft
door Gijs Moes

Het Russische olieconcern Rosneft moet naar de beurs. Ook al is een groot deel van het bedrijf afkomstig uit dubieuze transacties.

Nu te koop: aandelen in een bedrijf dat in 2015 de grootste olieproducent ter wereld moet zijn. Die ambitie sprak Rosneft-topman Bogdantsjikov twee maanden geleden uit in Londen. Met een productie van 1,6 miljoen vaten per dag is Rosneft nu al een van de grootste olieconcerns. De productie moet de komende jaren nog eens verdubbelen, aldus Bogdantsjikov.

Een buitenkans dus voor de belegger, die medio volgende maand in Moskou en Londen aandelen Rosneft moet kunnen kopen. Mogelijkheden om te participeren in de snel groeiende Russische oliesector zijn zeldzaam, en de aandelen Rosneft zijn bovendien niet duur in vergelijking met die van westerse concurrenten als BP en Shell.

Maar er is wel een probleem: het grootste deel van de activiteiten van Rosneft was kort geleden nog van Joekos, het olieconcern dat is gesloopt door het Kremlin. Joekos-topman Chodorkovski verzette zich tegen de politiek van de Russische president Poetin en zit nu in een Siberisch strafkamp.

Investeren in Rosneft is daarom ethisch niet verantwoord, betoogde de Amerikaanse superbelegger George Soros onlangs in de Britse zakenkrant Financial Times. Westerse beleggers zouden zich zo medeplichtig maken aan duistere machinaties.

ABN Amro, de bank die de beursgang begeleidt, wil niet reageren op dit verwijt.

Soros waarschuwde ook dat Rosneft in de eerste plaats het Russische staatsbelang zal blijven dienen, wat de positie van de aandeelhouders zeer onzeker maakt. Met de koop van aandelen Rosneft zouden beleggers instemmen met de energiepolitiek van Poetin, die erop gericht is de staatscontrole over de sector te vergroten.

Ook beleggers die weinig ethische scrupules kennen, twijfelen nog of ze wel willen beleggen in Rosneft.

Zo'n staatsbedrijf blijft inefficient, redeneren zij. En ook voor hen vormt de Joekos-affaire een probleem: het restant van dit bedrijf heeft de Britse financiele toezichthouder verzocht de beursgang van Rosneft te blokkeren, omdat het concern 'gestolen eigendom' op de markt zou brengen. Bovendien dreigen er rechtszaken.

De ontwikkelingen op de Russische beurs zijn ook niet erg bemoedigend voor een grote beursgang.

De aandelen zijn dit jaar met gemiddeld 30 procent in waarde gedaald en de onzekerheid blijft groot. De aandelen Rosneft zijn misschien niet duur ten opzichte van de westerse concurrentie, maar wel in vergelijking met de Russische beursgenoteerde oliemaatschappij Loekoil.

Toch zal Rosneft waarschijnlijk gewoon naar de beurs gaan en daar veel geld ophalen. Want het aantal beleggers dat de kans om mee te delen in de Russische olierijkdom niet wil missen, is veel groter dan de groep die zich daarvan laat weerhouden om ethische redenen.

Poetin zal in elk geval alles op alles zetten om de beursgang een succes te maken. Daarmee wordt Rosneft immers toegelaten tot de eredivisie van de internationale financiele wereld. Ondertussen behoudt het Kremlin wel de controle over het bedrijf. Samen met collega Gazprom, ook in meerderheid staatseigendom, beheerst Rosneft de Russische olie- en gasproductie.

De beursgang moet snel plaatsvinden.

Volgende maand ontvangt Poetin de machtigen der aarde, tijdens de topontmoeting van de G8 in Sint- Petersburg. De energiezekerheid in de wereld staat dan hoog op de agenda. Een door het Westen geaccepteerde oliemaatschappij die precies doet wat hij zegt, past precies in het plaatje dat de Russische president daar wil laten zien.

Ja, ja, meer mogelijk maken. De leus is voor FritZ nu wel duidelijk.


FritZ weet wat hem te doen staat vlak voor de naderende vakantie in Grindelwald. Naar de blbliotheek voor Woede en De Grond onder haar Voeten.
Maar natuurlijk zal ook de NZZ in Grindelwald weer regelmatig worden gekocht, want er gaat niets boven een goede krant tijdens de vakantie.

Waar gaan we morgen skiën?

Zaterdagavond zaten er (eindelijk) weer drie FritZen naast elkaar in het familiestadion. Natuurlijk hebben we genoten van een mooie por honkbal. Maar er werd ook weer een legendarische andere vraag gesteld:

Waar gaan we morgen skiën?

FritZ weet het : het is nog vroeg. Bijna iedereen moet nog op zomervakantie. Maar over wintersport kan je bij mij niet vroeg genoeg beginnen. Het antwoord op de vraag waar we gaan skiën lijkt me duidelijk.
Zondagavond werd ook een week geprikt en iedereen wordt dan op de hoogte gebracht dat de FritZ & FritZ Express weer gaat rijden: 10 t/m 18 februari 2007.

CD Wisselaar in > 10cc - Deceptive Bends

Artiest : 10cc

Deriving their name from the metric total of semen ejaculated by the average male, the tongue-in-cheek British art-pop band 10cc comprised an all-star roster of Manchester-based musicians: vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of the Mockingbirds and the author of hits for the Yardbirds, the Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Jeff Beck; singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was an alum of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both highly regarded studio players. Formed in 1970, 10cc began as a session unit dubbed Hotlegs; after establishing residence at Stewart's Strawberry Studios, Hotlegs scored a surprise U.K. smash with the single "Neanderthal Man," subsequently issuing an LP, Thinks: School Times and touring with the Moody Blues.

After signing to Jonathan King's U.K. label and rechristening themselves 10cc (a name suggested by King himself), the group backed Neil Sedaka before recording 1972's "Donna," a sly satire of late-'50s doo wop. The single reached the number two position on the British charts, establishing not only a long-running string of major hits, but also the quartet's fondness for ironic and affectionate reclamations of musty pop styles. The follow-up, "Rubber Bullets," topped the charts in 1973, and both the subsequent single "The Dean and I" (a nostalgic look at academia recalling Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential") and an eponymously titled debut LP further solidified 10cc as a major force in British pop.

While 1974's Sheet Music and singles, including the Brian Wilson-esque "Wall Street Shuffle," "Silly Love" and "Life Is a Minestrone" continued 10cc's dominance of the U.K. charts, they found the American market virtually impenetrable prior to the release of 1975's "I'm Not in Love," which topped the charts at home and climbed as high as number two in the States. After 1975's Original Soundtrack and the next year's How Dare You!, Godley and Creme exited to focus on video production as well as developing the Gizmo, a guitar modification device the duo invented. In the wake of their departure, Gouldman and Stewart continued on alone, enlisting the aid of session men to record 1977's Deceptive Bends, highlighted by the perennial "The Things We Do for Love."

After recruiting guitarist Rick Fenn, keyboardist Tony O'Malley and drummer Stuart Tosh as full-time members, 10cc returned in 1978 with Bloody Tourists, which yielded the number one reggae nod "Dreadlock Holiday." Following a series of unsuccessful efforts, including 1980s Look Hear?, 1981's 10 Out of 10 and 1983's Window in the Jungle, the group disbanded; while Stewart produced Sad Cafe and worked with Paul McCartney, Gouldman supervised recordings for the Ramones and Gilbert O'Sullivan before joining Andrew Gold in the duo Wax. In 1992, the original lineup of 10cc reunited for the LP Meanwhile, while only Gouldman and Stewart remained for 1993's Mirror Mirror.

Album : Deceptive Bends

When Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc in 1976 to pursue a solo career, many thought it was the death knell for the group. However, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman kept the group alive as a duo (with the assistance of percussionist Paul Burgess) and turned in a surprisingly solid album with 1977's Deceptive Bends. It may lack the devil-may-care wackiness that popped up on previous 10cc albums, but it makes up for it by crafting a series of lush, catchy pop songs that are witty in their own right. Deceptive Bends also produced a pair of notable hits for the group: "Good Morning Judge" told the comical tale of a career criminal over a hook-laden, surprisingly funky pop backing while "The Things We Do for Love" was an irresistible Beatles pastiche that showcased 10cc's mastery of pop vocal harmonies. "People in Love," a surprisingly straightforward ballad built on a gorgeous string arrangement, also became a modest chart success. The remainder of the material doesn't stand out as sharply as these hits, but each of the tracks offers up plenty of naggingly catchy pop hooks, oodles of catchy riffs, and surprising twists in their arrangements. Highlights among the non-hit tracks include "Marriage Bureau Rendezvous," a satire of dating services set to a lilting soft rock melody, and "You've Got a Cold," a portrait of illness-influenced misery set to a percolating pop melody. The only place where Deceptive Bends slips is on "Feel the Benefit," the lengthy medley that closes the album. Its excessive length and hazy lyrics make it less satisfying than the album's shorter tunes, but it is kept afloat by a catchy, mock-Spanish midsection and some lovely string arrangements. All in all, Deceptive Bends is the finest achievement of 10cc's post-Godley and Creme lineup and well worth a spin for anyone who enjoyed Sheet Music or The Original Soundtrack.

FritZ mening:

Dit is voor mij nu echt heerlijke luistermuziek. Ik kan genieten van bijna alle nummers. In de wisselaar!

Voetbalplaatje 27 juni

Oleksandr Shovkovskyi - Doelverdediger - Oekraine
In de wedstrijd tegen Zwitserland

26 juni 2006

Bruno is dood

Wekenlang hield Bruno ons in zijn greep. Hij vluchtte voor ons allemaal als het hem te link werd. Maar hij kwam ook vaker en dichterbij de mensen wereld. Spannend was het ook voor Bruno.

Wekenlang hebben verschillende teams Bruno gezocht om hem met een verdoving neer te kunnen schieten. Dit bleek een lastige opgave. Een paar keer lukte het bijna. In dit geval zou Bruno weer door kunnen leven in Zuid Tirol.

Tirol, Vorarlberg en Bayern wilde Bruno eigenlijk wel kwijt. Een beer in de mensenwereld is een gevaar voor de mensen en voor zichzelf en zijn soort. Het geduld van de regeringen raakte op. Als de beer niet voor zondagavond gevonden zou zijn, mocht er met scherp worden geschoten.

En zo geschiedde. De inkt van de Beierse regering was nog niet droog of Bruno werd doodgeschoten.

Het gevoel is dubbel. FritZ had liever gehad dat Bruno zich liet vangen, maar Bruno liet zich niet vangen. Het wrange is dat een jager Bruno, in de eerste nacht dat er met scherp mag worden geschoten, wel raakt. Terwijl de dierenvrienden dat in weken niet lukt.

Bruno: rust zacht.

De laatste foto van Bruno. Gisteren bij Spitzingsee.

Alonso wint opnieuw

FritZ keek eindelijk weer eens een race van start tot finish. In dit geval keek FritZ in het huis van 'de vijand'. Die durfde alleen het laatste gestuntel van McLaren en Kimi te ondergaan. Schoonmama van Der Chef mocht op vakantie en Der Chef is nooit te beroerd om iemand weg te brengen.
Alonso deed gewoon zijn ding.
Hij leidde van start af aan en werd alleen door een andere pitstopvolgorde even tweede.
Kimi kon goed volgen en FritZ volgde goed hoe Kimi zijn neus een keer naast die van Fernando zette. Alonso pareerde goed.
Alonso moest als eerste pitten en dus leek de weg vrij voor een spannende race. McLaren gooide echter roet in het eten van Kimi door de het rechter achterwiel erg langzaam te wisselen. Kimi viel terug tot zeven seconden achter Alonso. Kimi spinde bovendien in de laatste ronde en verloor zijn tweede plek ook nog aan Schumi.
FritZ zit nu al met spanning te wachten op het seizoen 2007. Dit seizoen lijkt immers al beslist. En volgend jaar rijdt Alsonso, mijn favoriet, in die McLaren Mercedes. Die auto gaat mij nog te vaak kapot en dat team maakt mij nog te veel foutjes.
Kan Alonso net als Schumi een team uit een dip halen en weer kampioen maken?

Voetbalplaatje 26 juni

Maniche - Middenvelder - Portugal
In de wedstrijd tegen Nederland

25 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 25 juni

Lukas Podlski - Aanvaller - Duitsland
In de wedstrijd tegen Zweden

24 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 24 juni

Philippe Senderos - Middenvelder - Zwitserland
In de wedstrijd tegen Zuid Korea

23 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 23 juni

Graig Moore - Middenvelder - Australie
In de wedstrijd tegen Kroatie

Mariners @ Dodgers : 2 - 4

Derek Lowe entered the dugout after retiring the side in order with two strikeouts in the eighth inning, and manager Grady Little congratulated him for a job well done. Lowe wanted no part of that. He wasn't about to be taken out of the game at that stage. And that's what Lowe did, completing a seven-hitter to win his fifth straight decision in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Cesar Izturis had three hits and scored twice as the Dodgers snapped a five-game losing streak with their second win in nine games.

Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki grounds out to first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 22, 2006, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 4-2. Suzuki went hitless in four at-bats to end his 20-game hitting streak.

The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Mariners -- their longest since August 2004 -- and was just their sixth setback in 20 games. It was also the first interleague loss in nine games for the Mariners, who were the first team ever to win eight straight interleague games to begin a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Lowe (6-3) walked none and struck out six while throwing 119 pitches in the Dodgers' first complete game of the season and just the fifth of his career in 171 starts -- 16 this year. Richie Sexson hit a one-out single in the ninth, prompting Little to visit the mound. Kenji Johjima hit into a forceout and Jeremy Reed grounded to second, ending the game.

Izturis was activated Tuesday, and played in his first game that night since Aug. 22. He underwent Tommy John surgery Sept. 16 to repair degenerative arthritis in his right elbow. He singled in his first three at-bats off Felix Hernandez before striking out against Eddie Guardado in the seventh. A Gold Glove shortstop in 2004, Izturis made his debut at third base, playing the position for the first time since May 12, 1999 when he was a minor leaguer in the Toronto organization. He handled six ground balls without a problem and caught a popup. The Dodgers scored three runs in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead and chase Hernandez (7-7), who entered having won four straight starts. Los Angeles loaded the bases with one out on singles by J.D. Drew, Andre Ethier and Izturis before rookie Russell Martin hit a two-run single. Rafael Furcal added an RBI single before Julio Mateo struck out Nomar Garciaparra with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit his fourth homer in the third and Ibanez hit his 14th in the fourth to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers got their first run in the fifth on singles by Izturis, Martin and Furcal before Hernandez pitched out of a first-and-third, one-out jam. Ichiro Suzuki went hitless in four at-bats to end his 20-game hitting streak. He entered with eight hits in 17 lifetime at-bats against Lowe. Hernandez allowed 11 hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings. He walked none and struck out six.

22 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 22 juni

Khalid Boulahrouz - Verdediger - Nederland
In de wedstrijd tegen Argentinie

Mariners @ Dodgers : 8 - 5

Adrian Beltre has had quite a homecoming. Beltre burned his former team for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the eighth inning to drive in the go-ahead runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday night. Beltre, who played six-plus seasons with the Dodgers before signing a five-year, $64 million contract with the Mariners after the 2004 season, hit an 0-2 pitch from Danys Baez into the left field corner to snap a 5-5 tie. Beltre went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored twice in his second game at Dodger Stadium as a visiting player, lifting his batting average to .250. He went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a double, four runs scored and two walks in the series opener. Beltre, who still lives in nearby Arcadia, said it's been about two weeks since he felt his confidence return. He's hit safely in 18 of 20 games since being moved to second in the batting order.

Seattle Mariners' Adrian Beltre slides into second base after being forced out on a grounder by Jose Lopez during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 21, 2006. Beltre had three hits and a walk as the Mariners won 8-5. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The win was the fifth straight and 14th in 19 games for the Mariners, who are 8-0 in interleague play -- all against the NL West. They scored twice in the seventh and four times in the eighth to overcome a 5-2 deficit. After scoring four times after two were out in the sixth for a 5-2 lead, the Dodgers had only one baserunner in the final three innings. The loss was the fifth in a row and seventh in eight games for the Dodgers. Jeremy Reed hit an 0-2 pitch from Baez (4-4) into the right-center field seats leading off the eighth for his fifth homer to tie the game at 5. Rene Rivera and Ichiro Suzuki hit one-out singles before Beltre came through. Jose Lopez followed with an RBI single to make it 8-5 and chase Baez.

Julio Mateo (4-0) was the winner, pitching a perfect seventh. J.J. Putz, the fourth Seattle pitcher, worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances. The Mariners scored twice off Jonathan Broxton in the seventh to draw within one run. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett led off by hitting a full-count pitch into the right field pavilion for the 200th homer of his career, and Lopez hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Olmedo Saenz hit a two-run homer for his 12th hit in 27 lifetime at-bats against Jarrod Washburn to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Ramon Martinez hit a two-run double later in the inning. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on Martin's two-out, RBI single in the second. Beltre scored on a fielder's choice in the third, and the Mariners took a 2-1 lead when Kenji Johjima hit rookie Chad Billingsley's first pitch of the fourth into the lower left field seats for his sixth homer. Washburn allowed eight hits and five runs in six innings while walking two and striking out six. Billingsley, a 21-year-old right-hander making his second big league start, gave up five hits and two runs in five innings. He walked four and struck out one.

Bruno liet zich bijna vangen

Maar zoals wij allemaal weten: bijna is niet helemaal. Honden kwamen twee keer op het spoor van Bruno, maar tot twee keer toe vluchtte Bruno. Letterlijk onder de ogen van de berenzoekers.


FritZ is had niet zo veel met Oranje. FritZ heeft meer met clubteams dan met nationale teams.

Maar... het onderbuikgevoel veranderd. Sinds er weer een bondscoach aan het roer staat die nuchter naar de wereld kijkt, heeft FritZ in ieder geval weer vertrouwen in Oranje. Er staan spelers in Oranje die er vol voor willen gaan. Er staat een staf die er vol voor wil gaan. En er staat een team in het veld; een team dat ook realistisch speelt.

En dus zat FritZ gisterenavond toch voor de tv om te kijken naar een soort oefenwedstrijd, maar dan op het WK. En ik heb me toch goed vermaakt. Dat kwam met name door een man bij Oranje: Khalid Boulahrouz. Verdediger van Oranje. Verdedigen zoals hij doet is mooi. Op de bal, fair, effectief. Khalid is weer top! FritZ genoot ook van Teves. Een wonderbaarlijk goede aanvaller van Argentinie. Snel, behendig, stijvol. FritZ snapt heel goed dat Teves wel in de basis staat en Julio Ricardo Cruz niet.

Natuurlijk willen we wereldkampioen worden. En als zelfs mijn moeder al zegt dat ze de halve finale gaan halen, dan wordt het gevaarlijk. Want mijn moeder is nooit optimistisch over Oranje. FritZ heeft niet het idee dat we het beste voetbal spelen op dit WK. En dus verwacht ik niet dat we wereldkampioen kunnen worden. De volgende wedstrijd is tegen Portugal. Die spelen ook beter dan Oranje. Normaal gesproken is dat het einde van het WK voor Oranje. Aan de andere kant: FritZ heeft het gevoel dat het met Van Basten allemaal wel goed komt. Waarom? Geen idee. Vertrouwen is het wellicht.

21 juni 2006

Mariners @ Dodgers : 9 - 4

Adrian Beltre's return to Dodger Stadium was just about perfect. Beltre hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat against his former teammates, added a double and two walks, and matched a career high by scoring four times to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 9-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Beltre received a mixed reaction from the crowd of 43,949 when he hit a 1-1 pitch from Brad Penny (7-2) into the right-center field seats in the first. Beltre also doubled and scored in the third, flew out to the warning track in right in the fifth, walked and scored in the seventh, and walked and scored again in the ninth. He made his big-league debut with the Dodgers in 1998 at age 19. Beltre hit .334 with 48 homers and 121 RBIs in his last season with the Dodgers, but has struggled since signing with the Mariners. The 27-year-old third baseman has turned things around somewhat since being moved to second in the batting order, hitting safely in 17 of 19 games.

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin #55 tags out Yuniesky Betancourt #3 of Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Dodger Stadium during an interleague game on June 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. The Mariners defeated the Dodgers 9-4.

Richie Sexson had three hits including his 12th homer for the Mariners, who have won four straight games and 10 of 14. They are 7-0 interleague play -- all against the NL West. The Dodgers, who dropped out of a first-place tie with San Diego in the NL West, have lost four in a row and six of seven. Joel Pineiro (6-7) earned the victory, allowing 10 hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings. He lost his previous two starts, giving up 15 hits and 11 earned runs in 9 1-3 innings. Pineiro is 9-4 with a 2.28 ERA in 19 interleague games. Rafael Soriano blanked the Dodgers over the final two innings to earn his second save.

After Beltre's seventh homer gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead, the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Nomar Garciaparra, a throwing error by left fielder Ibanez and a wild pitch. The Mariners got a run in the second on Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice fly, and another in the third when Sexson singled to drive in Beltre. Rookie Russell Martin hit a two-out, RBI single in the fourth, but Sexson hit a solo homer in the fifth to make it 5-3. The Mariners got two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Ibanez against Hong-Chih Kuo and Kenji Johjima off Jonathan Broxton. Both runs were charged to Kuo. J.D. Drew hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning. The Mariners scored their final two runs off Jae Seo in the ninth on an RBI double by Ibanez and a fielder's choice. Penny allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He walked none and struck out two.

Arno Havenga naar Donk

Na zv Rotterdam, ZPB Barendrecht en Olympic Nice sluit mijn ex adsprianten teamgenootje bij Rotterdam zijn carriere af in Goude bij Widex GZC Donk. Arno combineert het spelen bij Donk met zijn functie als teammanager van het Nederlands dames zevental.

FritZ is blij dat de linkshander weer te bewonderen is in de Nederlandse competitie.

Geen honkbal morgen

Zwaar weer in Utrecht. En dus beginnen mensen spontaan afspraken op onmogelijke tijden in te plannen. Kortom: morgen om 17:00 uur vergadering in Utrecht. En dat duurt langer dan een paar minuutjes. Dus kan ik het honkbal gewoon schrappen.

FritZ hoopt nu gewoon dat Nederland vanavond niet wint, want dan is de zaterdagavondwedstrijd in het familiestadion tegen ADO ook opeens een mooie optie.

Scheiße Wetter

Scheiße Wetter.

Dat was de gevelugelde uitspraakt van Vibeke toen ik dit bericht voorlas. Gisterenavond was het dramatisch slecht weer in Ellmau, Scheffau en het Brixental. Een beek trad buiten haar oevers en spoelde een bosweg over 50 meter weg in Ellmau.
FritZ denkt dat ook Fred weer een avondje mocht opdraven met de Freiwillige Feuerwehr om de buren in Ellmau te helpen.

Valt Bruno voor een geile berin?

Tot het komende weekend hebben de Finse berenvangers van het WWF de tijd om Bruno levend te pakken te krijgen. Lukt dat niet, dan wordt Bruno afgeschoten. Er wordt nu zelfs een loopse berin ingezet om Bruno te lokken. Nu maar hopen dat Bruno op vrouwtjes valt.

Voetbalplaatje 21 juni

Arkadiusz Radomski - Middenvelder - Polen
In de wedstrijd tegen Costa Rica

20 juni 2006

CD Wisselaar IN > The Rasmus - Hide from the sun

Artiest : The Rasmus

The four members of Helsinki's melodically rocking the Rasmus formed the band in 1995 while still in high school because Finland's English music scene -- in their own words -- "sucked." Their debut, Peep, rapidly went gold in their homeland, making the members rock stars at the age of 16. They quickly recorded and released the follow-up, Playboys, which also went gold and earned the group an Emma, Finland's version of a Grammy. Their third album, Hell of a Tester, included "Liquid," a track that was voted Best Single of the Year by Finland's music critics. 2001's Into went double platinum in its native country, with its debut single, "F-F-F-Falling," going to the top of the charts. An international audience started to build, and the band toured throughout Europe. It paid off when 2003's Dead Letters climbed to number one in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Album : Hide from the sun

FritZ mening:

Fritz had nooit gedacht dat dit nog in zijn wisselaar zou komen. FritZ deed lacherig over The Rasmus. Maar dit klinkt zeker ok. Niet top, maar wel ok genoeg voor de wisselaar. FritZ is in een milde bui.

Sweep, being swept, sweep again

De Mariners wonnen eerst drie keer op rij van de Angels, verloren toen drie keer op rij van de Athletics en wonnen afgelopen weekend weer drie keer op rij van de Giants.

Nu maar hopen dat de Mariners kunnen winnen van de Dodgers in de interleague serie in LA.

Honbal of geen honkbal?

Gaat FritZ donderdag dan eindelijk dit seizoen richting familiestadion?

Het leek een zekerheidje aan het begin van deze week. Leuke wedstrijd (vs HCAW) en eindelijk op een doordeweekse avond. Dat zijn ingredienten die FritZ wel aanstaan.

Maar, een potentiele afspraak met een klant om 17.00 uur en Inge haar ziektebeeld zorgen weer voor onzekerheid.
(to be continued)

CD Wisselaar IN > 10CC - Bloody Tourist

Artiest : 10CC

Deriving their name from the metric total of semen ejaculated by the average male, the tongue-in-cheek British art-pop band 10cc comprised an all-star roster of Manchester-based musicians: vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of the Mockingbirds and the author of hits for the Yardbirds, the Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Jeff Beck; singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was an alum of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both highly regarded studio players. Formed in 1970, 10cc began as a session unit dubbed Hotlegs; after establishing residence at Stewart's Strawberry Studios, Hotlegs scored a surprise U.K. smash with the single "Neanderthal Man," subsequently issuing an LP, Thinks: School Times and touring with the Moody Blues.

After signing to Jonathan King's U.K. label and rechristening themselves 10cc (a name suggested by King himself), the group backed Neil Sedaka before recording 1972's "Donna," a sly satire of late-'50s doo wop. The single reached the number two position on the British charts, establishing not only a long-running string of major hits, but also the quartet's fondness for ironic and affectionate reclamations of musty pop styles. The follow-up, "Rubber Bullets," topped the charts in 1973, and both the subsequent single "The Dean and I" (a nostalgic look at academia recalling Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential") and an eponymously titled debut LP further solidified 10cc as a major force in British pop.

While 1974's Sheet Music and singles, including the Brian Wilson-esque "Wall Street Shuffle," "Silly Love" and "Life Is a Minestrone" continued 10cc's dominance of the U.K. charts, they found the American market virtually impenetrable prior to the release of 1975's "I'm Not in Love," which topped the charts at home and climbed as high as number two in the States. After 1975's Original Soundtrack and the next year's How Dare You!, Godley and Creme exited to focus on video production as well as developing the Gizmo, a guitar modification device the duo invented. In the wake of their departure, Gouldman and Stewart continued on alone, enlisting the aid of session men to record 1977's Deceptive Bends, highlighted by the perennial "The Things We Do for Love."

After recruiting guitarist Rick Fenn, keyboardist Tony O'Malley and drummer Stuart Tosh as full-time members, 10cc returned in 1978 with Bloody Tourists, which yielded the number one reggae nod "Dreadlock Holiday." Following a series of unsuccessful efforts, including 1980s Look Hear?, 1981's 10 Out of 10 and 1983's Window in the Jungle, the group disbanded; while Stewart produced Sad Cafe and worked with Paul McCartney, Gouldman supervised recordings for the Ramones and Gilbert O'Sullivan before joining Andrew Gold in the duo Wax. In 1992, the original lineup of 10cc reunited for the LP Meanwhile, while only Gouldman and Stewart remained for 1993's Mirror Mirror.

Album : Bloody Tourist

After proving they could keep 10cc alive as a duo act with 1977's successful Deceptive Bends, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman pressed on in 1978 with Bloody Tourists. Although it scored some notable hits, it was a less consistent and less memorable affair than its predecessor. The problem with Bloody Tourists is that it feels like a group of session musicians trying to come up with songs in the 10cc style instead of a proper 10cc album. The eccentric humor that once flowed freely feels forced on this album: "Reds In My Bed" is a lame stab at Cold War satire that never really succeeds in saying anything while "Shock On The Tube (Don't Want Love)" tries to be daring with its tale of a subway sex fantasy and instead comes off as smutty and dull. Another problem is that the music propping up these narratives is lacking in both hooks and inspiration: the backing track for "Take These Chains" is a dull attempt at rockabilly that sounds like an especially poppy Eagles outtake and "The Anonymous Alcoholic" has a disco-parody portion that merely sounds like a mediocre example of the music it is supposedly sending up. However, the album's singles present a few bright moments: "For You And I" is a lovely ballad that fortifies its attractive melody with some strong vocal harmonies and "Dreadlock Holiday" chronicles the exploits of a hapless tourist in Jamaican against a catchy pop-reggae backdrop. Sadly, these are the first two tracks on the album so when they have passed there isn't much to look forward to. In the end, Bloody Tourists is competent enough to keep the 10cc's hardcore fans happy but the casual listener is advised to track down its hits on a compilation.

FritZ mening:

FritZ had ooit een mooie best off cd van 10CC. Die draaide FritZ helemaal grijs, voorzover dat met een cd kan natuurlijk. Helaas is deze cd kwijt. En FritZ weet echt niet waar hij is. Dus is FritZ op zoek gegaan naar werk van 10CC, omdat hij het zulke fijne muziek vindt. Werk genoeg gevonden en dus zullen er hier wel een paar CD's van 10CC passeren de komende tijd. Ondanks dit een minder 10CC album is volgens de kenners is dit wel een album wat FritZ weer doet herinneren aan het bes off album. Originele pop songs. Heerlijke luister CD. Zeker in de wisselaar.

CD Wisselaar UIT > Ed Harcourt - The Beautiful Lie

Artiest : Ed Harcourt

This former chef and member of indie-adolescents Snug has extended the range of ingredients, progressed from bass guitar, and long since raided the musical larder (playing piano/keyboards, guitar, banjo, drums, and kitchen sink). At the age of 23, it was alleged he had a backlog of 300-plus songs. They're not all searingly original, but this sort of youthful industry should be warmly encouraged. Harcourt is an obvious disciple of Tom Waits, and the marriage of his dreamland Americana and England's South Coast is sometimes an awkward alliance. Other self-confessed influences include comatose jazzer Chet Baker, incendiary blues showman Screamin' Jay Hawkins -- and, later, Perry Farrell, the Beasties, Gravediggaz, and At the Drive In. With a widening palette and application that sometimes sees him write two or three songs in a day, his career should be an interesting one. Maplewood sounds like a work in progress, indeed Heavenly Records put out the original four-track recordings straight from the rural idyll of his grandma's Sussex house. Here Be Monsters (2002) was recorded in a studio proper, some of the earlier songs are thickened and enriched, and the earlier promise is realized. Some wag has called Harcourt the Fortnum and Mason's version of Badly Drawn Boy, but he's not necessarily upmarket, more of a supermarket perhaps. He should rely on his own fertile soil, mulch his influences more thoroughly, and become an organic shop of real character, just like Damien Gough himself. His live performances are populated by an army of soft toys, with Kermit clinging onto the microphone sound promisingly dotty, but tales of piano trashing seem a bit egotistical and passé. This sort of caper can work with a gun-shaped guitar, but it does seem a bit harsh battering a defenseless piece of mahogany with imperfect ivory teeth. A piano is essentially a sedate and introverted piece of furniture, with hidden harmonic depths. This would be a step too far for Jerry Lee Lewis himself. These are minor quibbles however, Harcourt has youth and bags of talent on his side. In 2003, Harcourt returned with the stripped down sophomore effort From Every Sphere. That year he also toured with both Wilco and R.E.M., and by 2004 had released his third studio album Strangers.

Album : The Beautiful Lie

FritZ mening:

Net iets te vaag. Dit album bevat wel een paar goede songs, maar is dan ook opeens weer heel erg vaag. Typisch Indie?

Voetbalplaatje 20 juni

Alexander Frei - Aanvaller - Zwitserland
In de wedstrijd tegen Togo

CD Wisselaar IN > Nouvelle Vague - Bande a Part

Artiest : Nouvelle Vague

With a name that means "new wave" in English and "bossa nova" in Portuguese, Nouvelle Vague's moniker neatly sums up the group's concept: remaking classic new wave singles with a Brazilian pop twist. Nouvelle Vague is the brainchild of French producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Prior to this collaboration, Collin played with the trip-hop outfit Ollano; composed film soundtracks such as The Kidnapper's Theme; and released electronic music ranging from club-oriented material for Paper Recordings to more eclectic fare for Fcom and Output Records (under the aliases Avril and Volga Select, respectively). Libaux played with various French pop bands during the '90s and began working with Collin in 1998. For Nouvelle Vague, Collin and Libaux recruited half a dozen French and Brazilian vocalists who were unfamiliar with the original versions of songs like Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel" to ensure that their renditions had their own identity. Nouvelle Vague was released in Europe in 2004 and received U.S. distribution in spring 2005, which coincided with tour dates in locales as far-flung as Shanghai, New York, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro.

Album : Bande a part

FritZ mening:

Heerlijke rustgevende cd met covers van bekende stukken op een erg originele manier: ritmisch, muzikaal, zomers en toch rustgevend. Lekker om als achtergrond te luisteren op een zwoele zomeravond.

Zoeken naar Bruno gestaakt

Voorlopig wordt er even niet naar Bruno gezocht. Dit betekent alleen niet dat Bruno nu vrij kan leven. Het is eerder in het nadeel van de beer, want er wordt nu nog meer nagedacht over het met scherp afschieten van Bruno.

Ook in Canada worden beren die de bewoonde wereld inkomen afgeschoten. De beren horen thuis in de natuur en niet in de straat. Het maakt niet uit of dat nou Jasper is in de Canadese Rockies of Going am Wilden Kaiser in Tirol.

Bruno laat zich niet makkelijk vangen, maar komt wel steeds meer en intensiever in aanraking met de bewoonde wereld. Het is een kwestie van tijd en dan staan de mens en Bruno letterlijk tegenover elkaar. En Bruno wint dan wel als de mens ongewapend is.

Kortom: Bruno, laat je vangen dan blijf je het langste leven.

19 juni 2006

Wout verlaat 3FM

Wout is een kei van een dj. Hij kan namelijk veel beter een middagshow maken, zonder mensen te shockeren dan Ruud de Wild of Robert Jensen. Zeker op 3FM komt Wouter van der Goes goed tot zijn recht. Hij heeft vrijheid en kan zijn ei kwijt. Zijn ei gaat echter verder dan alleen dj zijn. Combineer dat met een goede persoonlijke relatie van Wout met Erwin Deckers van Q music in Belgie en een meerjarencontract tussen Wout en BNN is opeens niets meer waard.

Wout had ik zelf graag nog aan zijn contract gehouden op 3FM, maar Wout wil verder. Veel verder.

Voetbalplaatje 19 juni

Brett Emerton - Verdediger - Australie
In de wedstrijd tegen Brazilie

18 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 18 juni

Sulley Muntari - Aanvaller - Ghana
In de wedstrijd tegen Tsjechie

Voetbalplaatje 17 juni

Robin van Persie - Aanvaller - Nederland
In de wedstrijd tegen Ivoorkust

Voetbalplaatje 16 juni

Henke Larsson - Aanvaller - Zweden
In de wedstrijd tegen Paraguay


Neptunus wordt uiteindelijk vijfde in de Europa Cup.

Na de twee krappe nederlangen tegen de Italiaanse ploegen werd duidelijk dat niet Paderborn, maar Neptunus eigenlijk in Poule A had thuisgehoord en dat zo Neptunus wel had mee kunnen doen om de prijzen.

De loting zit niet altijd mee.

Bruno in Bayern

Maar... nog steeds zo vrij als een vogel. Of als een beer, het is maar hoe je het bekijkt.

15 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 15 juni

Oliver Neuville - Aanvaller - Duitsland
In de wedstrijd tegen Polen

Voetbalplaatje 10 juni

Miroslav Klose - Aanvaller - Duitsland
In de wedstrijd tegen Costa Rica

Voetbalplaatje 14 juni

Kaka - Middenvelder - Brazilie
In de wedstrijd tegen Kroatie

Voetbalplaatje 13 juni

John Aloisi - Aanvaller - Australie
Tijdens de wedstrijd tegen Japan

Voetbalplaatje 12 juni

Arjen Robben - Aanvaller - Nederland
Tijdens de wedstrijd tegen Servie

Voetbalplaatje 11 juni

Leo Beenhakker - Bondscoach - Trinidad & Tobago
Tijdens de wedstrijd tegen Zweden

Neptunus uitgeschakeld

In de Nederlandse competitie kan Neptunus nog mee met de top, maar in Europa komt Neptunus dit jaar tekort. Het scheelde niet veel, dat wel. Dinsdag werd er met 3 - 2 verloren in de 10de inning van Bologna. Diegomar gooide 136 ballen, maar was toen echt op. Martijn Nijhoff kon de Italianen niet houden en stond het beslissende derde punt toe.

Gisterenavond kwam Neptunus al snel in de problemen. Kevin Heijstek werd al snel geraakt en Neptunus stond al na 2 innings met 5 - 0 achter. De ploeg toonde wel veerkracht, want het werd nog 6 - 6. Maar uiteindelijk was ook San Marino te sterk. Het werd 8 - 6.

Natuurlijk trof Neptunus het dit jaar niet met de loting, maar de ploeg was vorige jaren ook in staat om van Italiaanse ploegen te winnen. De diepte in de pitchersstaf is op dit moment echter ontoerijkend. Zo is het en niet anders: Het vertrek van Rob Cordemans en Robin van Doornspeek en de blessure van Ferenc Jongejan zorgt voor een te grote aderlating in de Rotterdamse bull pen.

Het is te hopen dat Neptunus het hoofd koel houdt en in de ronde om plaats 5 tm 8 de wedstrijden wel wint, zodat er volgend jaar met een meer ervaren pitchersstaf, wel weer mee kan worden gedaan om de prijzen.

Mariners @ Athletics : 0 - 2

Joe Blanton refused to worry about his fate even after allowing the tying run to reach second with none out in the ninth -- Rookie of the Year closer Huston Street now had the ball. The pair of second-year pitchers calmly sustained Oakland's winning streak. Blanton pitched into the ninth and Jay Payton homered to help the surging Athletics win their fifth straight game with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Jason Kendall added an RBI single as the A's matched their best winning streak of the season. They have won eight of nine and 10 of 12, including a three-game weekend sweep of New York at Yankee Stadium. Blanton (6-6) bounced back with a great outing following an 11-2 loss last Wednesday at Cleveland in which he gave up two homers and six earned runs in five innings. The right-hander, who has been inconsistent at times in his second major league season, didn't allow a baserunner past first until giving up a single and a double to start the ninth and giving way to closer Huston Street. Blanton retired 14 straight starting with Kenji Johjima's fielder's choice to end the second, taking advantage of his fastball being the strongest it has all year.

Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima jumps over Oakland Athletics' Nick Swisher in the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 13, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. Swisher, out on the play, was attempting to score on a hit by teammate Mark Kotsay.

Blanton received a standing ovation when he left after allowing five hits, striking out two and not walking a batter in his fourth career complete game and second this season. After plunking Jose Lopez to load the bases in the ninth, Street struck out Raul Ibanez and Richie Sexson, then got Carl Everett to fly out to left to end it. It was Street's 15th save in 18 chances and fifth in five games. Ichiro Suzuki singled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Like Oakland, Seattle had won nine of 11, but the Mariners were eager to get on track against their division opponent. The Mariners are 1-7 versus the A's, losing the last seven. The A's winning streak in the series is their longest since taking 11 in a row against Seattle from June 22-Sept. 18, 1992.

Jamie Moyer (3-6) made his 499th career start as the Mariners began a stretch in which they play 12 of 15 games on the road. The lefty ran into trouble in the seventh and was done for the night when he loaded the bases on a walk to Marco Scutaro with no outs following consecutive singles to Nick Swisher and Payton, giving way to George Sherrill. Moyer allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out two and walked four. The 43-year-old Moyer has lasted more than six innings only once in his last six starts. He has been hurt by a lack of run support. Payton hit a solo homer to left in the fifth, his third of the season. He is batting .393 (11-for-28) against the Mariners this year. Blanton, meanwhile, improved to 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in seven career starts against Seattle. Oakland designated hitter Frank Thomas was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday in New York with a sore right quadriceps muscle that also bothered him last month and forced him to miss four games.

Soms is het niet eerlijk

Gisterenavond bereikte mij het volgende nare bericht over mijn tante. Na alle zware jaren die zij heeft doorgemaakt, leek er vorige zomer toch een hoop licht aan de horizon te schijnen. Problemen waren opgelost, een nieuw huis was gekocht en samen met mijn oom zouden ze nu een paar mooie jaren tegemoet gaan.


Want in de herfst van het afgelopen jaar voelde ze zich vaak moe en lusteloos. Ze moest vaak rusten. Ze had last van een Koningklijke kwaal (Artrose) en kreeg daar ook medicatie voor. De klachten bleven, maar haar bloed was verder in orde.

Inmiddels had ze al weer vele leuke dingen gemist, waaronder de verjaardag van Inge. En ik weet hoe erg ze dat miste.

Na aandringen van haar kant is er dan toch een scan gemaakt deze lente. Het oordeel sloeg in als een bom. Er werden ook nog twee plekjes gevonden op haar long, maar die waren nog miniscuul klein.

Na de marathon van Rotterdam (Mera liep niet voor niets voor KiKa!) zijn we nog bij haar langs geweest. Ze was moe, maar strijdbaar. Ze wilde de oparatie, natuurlijk! En de operatie kwam er ook en was ook nog eens succesvol. De nier was verwijderd en na 6 dagen mocht ze al weer naar huis. Ze knapte zienderogen op. De moeheid en lusteloosheid was weg. Ze klonk weer vrolijk en ging weer fietsen, boodschappen doen en alle andere dingen die ze niet kan laten in en om het huis en wat haar tot zo'n uniek en lief mens maakt.

Voor de twee plekjes op haar longen moest ze langs in de Daniel den Hoed kliniek. Dat was vorige week woensdag. Er werd nog een nieuwe scan gemaakt. Maar, zo zei ze, ik verwacht dat het allemaal wel meevalt. Ik voel me week kiplekker, zei ze.

Gisteren kon ze terugkomen voor de uitslag. De uitslag was vernietigend. Hoe een positieve bui binnen luttele seconden kan omslaan als de dokter je verteld dat het helemaal niet in orde is, heb ik persoonlijk nog nooit ervaren. Maar ik heb mijn oom nog nooit zo droevig aan de telefoon gehoord en nog nooit even horen inhouden met praten, omdat hij, ja ook hij, even iets moest wegslikken. Hij die normaal alles kan relativeren. Hij die zo nuchter in het leven staat. Lymfklierkanker is ongeneesbaar en de plekjes op haar longen zijn niet weg. Damn! FritZ was gisteren compleet k.o. Nu gaat ze dan wel voor de stabiliserende immunotheraptie, maar van de bijwerkingen wordt je niet echt blij. Helaas, er is geen keuze.

Ik moest gisterenavond gelijk denken aan deze spreuk van Elly. Het leven is soms niet eerlijk en veels te hard voor mensen die het niet verdienen. En als iemand dit niet had verdiend, is het mijn tante wel.

Bruno overleeft

Het is net een Big Brother variant van het oud Hollandsche spelletje: tikkertje. Maar Bruno loopt nog steeds vrij rond.

PS Mera rept met geen woord over de beer. Dus zal hij wel niet gesignaleerd zijn tijdens de vakantie in Vorarlberg

12 juni 2006

Mariners sweep Angels

Vrijdag zaterdag en zondag speelden de Mariners drie wedstrijden in Anaheim. Tegenstander: de LA Angels of Anaheim. De vertrouwde lezer van dit weblog weet het dan gelijk: Flitspaal vs FritZ series gaan verder.

De Mariners stonden dit seizoen al voor tegen de Angels en nu staan ze dik voor: 7 - 2. De Mariners wonnen alle drie de wedstrijden in LA en in vaktermen heet dat een sweep.

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 11: Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on June 11, 2006 in Anaheim, California. The Mariners defeated the Angels 6-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Vrijdag wonnen de Mariners met 4 - 1, dankzij een zeer goed optreden van ex Angel Jarrod Washburn als startende werper voor de Mariners.

Zaterdag sloeg Richie Sexson een grand slam home run en droeg zo flink bij aan de 12 - 6 overwinning.

Gisteren gooide de jonge ster Felix Hernandez slechts 94 pitches voor een complete wedstrijd en de overwinning: 6 - 2.

Bye bye Angels, bye bye Flitspaal.

Just Cruising

Alonso loopt weer twee puntjes uit op Schumacher en nog meer puntjes op de rest van het veld. Volgens Der Chef was de race te vergelijken met een middagje Plaswijck. FritZ houdt het net als de BBC op een middagje 'cruising'.

Op het spoor

De honden van de jagers waren letterlijk op het spoor van de beer, maar werden gestopt door de politiek of de burocratie. Het is maar vanuit welk standpunt je het bekijkt.

The Weekend

Geweldig leuk!

Met dank aan: Annemieke & Ronald, Ab en de Eitjes, rosé, vers gebakken eitjes, Bram Nel & Ivo, het weer, de clowns, André 'Michel' Hazes, Vibeke & Yvonne en natuurlijk Inge.

(uitgebreid verslag volgt later deze dag)

09 juni 2006

CD Wisselaar UIT > The Aggrolites - The Aggrolites

Artiest : The Aggrolites

Album : The Aggrolites

FritZ mening:

Lekkere Reggae voor tijdens een mooie zomerdag als vandaag, maar normaal gesproken krijgt FritZ hier toch niet echt een warm gevoel bij. Haalt de wisselaar dus net niet.

Gelukkig hebben we de foto's nog

Voor de mensen die zondag al weg waren en anderen nieuwsgierigen onder ons. De foto is binnen:

Oordeel zelf...

Voetbalplaatje 9 juni

Dirk Kuyt - Aanvaller - Nederland
Tijdens een training in Freiburg

De beer is nog los

Ondanks een klopjacht afgelopen nacht blijft Bruno nog vrij.

2 - 2

Gisterenavond speelde Kinheim en Neptunus in 3 uur 17 minuten 10 innings en eindigden op 2 - 2. Na 22.50 wordt er in Nederland niet meer begonnen aan een nieuwe inning en dus eindigde de topper in een gelijkspel.
Herhaling: vanavond om 19.45 uur in het familiestadion.

Mariners vs Twins : 3 - 7

Torii Hunter was laughing, even cackling about how good Twins teammate Joe Mauer was Thursday. How great he's been this week. How great he will be. Mauer had three hits and reached base four times in Minnesota's 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners, finishing off an extraordinary road trip. One day after reaching base five times, Mauer doubled twice and singled. The Mariners had seen enough of him by the fourth inning -- they intentionally walked him. He finally flied out in the eighth. Mauer was 9-for-12 and reached base 13 times in 15 plate appearances during the three-game series. He drove in four runs, scored four times, had three walks and reached once on an error. In three days, he raised his batting average from .354 to .379, tops in the major leagues. Mauer left Hunter shaking his head.

Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana throws to Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 8, 2006, in Seattle.

Twins ace Johan Santana surviving a rocky beginning to help Minnesota end its otherwise miserable road trip 3-7. The Twins improved to 10-24 on the road. They return home Friday, where they are 16-9. Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, the major league leader with 96 hits and second to Mauer in average, had three more singles, finished the series 11-for-15 -- and was overshadowed. He finished the Mariners' 5-2 homestand 19-for-33 (.576). Suzuki is batting .362 overall. He was at .177 on April 17. Santana (6-4) allowed six baserunners in the first three innings, far off his two-hit, one-run gem over eight innings in Oakland on June 2. But he limited the Mariners to Raul Ibanez's RBI single in the first inning. Santana allowed five hits and walked one in five innings.

Mauer hit an RBI single off Joel Pineiro to give the Twins a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Seattle tied it in the bottom half but Juan Castro hit an RBI double in the second to give Minnesota the lead for good. The Twins then pounced on Pineiro's wildness in a three-run fourth. Pineiro walked Nick Punto on five pitches with the bases loaded to make it 3-1. Lew Ford then doubled in two runs. Pineiro (5-6) allowed nine hits and six earned runs in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out two and walked a season-high six.

Minnesota's only downer was reliever Matt Guerrier fracturing the base of his right thumb. Richie Sexson lined a pitch off Guerrier's hand after he relieved Santana. The Twins got the out, but Guerrier left the game with a trainer, replaced by Willie Eyre. Gardenhire said Guerrier, who had been pitching his way into more meaningful setup roles, will be out for an extended time. The Twins likely will place Guerrier on the disabled list Friday.

08 juni 2006

Voetbalplaatje 8 juni

Jose Antonio Reyes - Middenvelder - Spanje
In de oefenwedstrijd tegen Kroatie

CD Wisselaar UIT > Metallic Falcons - Desert Doughnuts

Artiest : Metallic Falcons

Album : Desert Doughnuts

FritZ mening : Na drie nummers ging de luisterpaal van 3VOOR12 uit. Wat een drama muziek.

CD Wisselaar UIT > Phoenix - It's never been like this

Artiest : Phoenix

The French band Phoenix draws elements from an eclectic '80s upbringing to arrive at their rock-synth sound. Thomas Mars (vocals), Deck D'Arcy (bass), and Christian Mazzalai (guitars) were a garage band based out of Mars' house in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai's older brother Branco joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin' disbanded in 1995. The group got their touring start on the French bar circuit doing Hank Williams and Prince covers to drunk audiences. Two years later the band took on the name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on their own label, Ghettoblaster. The A-side was a punk rock song and the other a chugging Krautrocker, hinting at their eclectic tastes. Shortly after, they were signed to the Paris-based Source records. Phoenix became well aquainted with labelmates Air when they acted as their backing band on several U.K. TV appearances. The result of the electronic exposure was a single called "Heatwave," which was very similar to an old '70s disco tune. United, the group's debut album, appeared in 2000 on Astralwerks and was recorded over two months. The album featured guest appearances from friends and family, including Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk), Phillipe Zdar (Cassius), and D'Arcy's mother's choral society on the track "Funky Squaredance." Alphabetical followed in 2004.

Album : It's never been like that

After avoiding the sophomore slump with relative ease, Phoenix return with their third release stripped of the post-disco house sound that helped to define them, focusing more on the songwriting side of things than any sort of dancefloor-focused groove. In fact, it takes until the fourth song, "Long Distance Call," for anything resembling a dancefloor beat to appear, and when it does it feels like an epilogue to the wonderful "If I Ever Feel Better" off the group's debut record. The band has definitely learned a thing or two through its evolution, placing more of an emphasis on guitar than before (Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai sound as if they've been in the woodshed studying the chops of Johnny Marr and the twin-guitar attack of the Strokes' last few records), and their performances sound more confident than ever. Gone are the sluggish country-infused downtempo numbers, replaced with a more even-keeled track sequencing and tempo throughout -- almost as if they've been able to focus on the things that make the band so engaging to begin with, monopolize on them, and move forward in a refreshing and vibrant direction.

FritZ mening:

Het luistert wel lekker weg voor een keertje in 3VOOR12, maar om in de wisselaar te stoppen vind ik het net iets missen. Een zanger met meer mijn stijl zou een hoop goedmaken.

Bruno bezoekt huttenwaard

Bruno kan in ieder geval tot 1.805 meter klimmen. Dat is nl de hoogte van het Solsteinhaus in het Karwendel gebergte in Tirol. De huttenwaard en zijn vrouw zagen de beer daar giterenavond. De beer, kennelijk geschrokken, koos snel het hazenpad.

(wordt natuurlijk vervolgd)

Mariners vs Twins : 10 - 9 (11 innings)

This was so sweet for Seattle, manager Mike Hargrove looked as if he might kiss Carl Everett. Hargrove traded back slaps and hugs and then placed his hand on Everett's cheek -- all after his slumping veteran lined a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the surging Mariners a 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. The 35-year-old designated hitter was 2-for-20 on Seattle's homestand and batting .245 before his winning hit. The switch-hitter is being platooned, sitting against left-handed starters.

Seattle Mariners' Carl Everett hits a walkoff home run on a pitch from Minnesota Twins' Jesse Crain during the 11th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Seattle. The Mariners won 10-9.

Everett pulled a 2-0 pitch from Jesse Crain (0-4) as if Crain had told him what was coming. He immediately flipped his bat to the ground, turned both shoulders to his dugout and skipped to first base to celebrate his second game-ending homer this season. The first was April 19 against Texas. Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a home run on the first pitch of the first inning, as the AL West doormats the last two seasons won for the sixth time in seven games. This, after a six-game losing streak had them a season-low nine games under .500 -- and had many Seattle fans looking forward to Seahawks training camp.

Minnesota, which got a career high-tying five RBIs from Mike Cuddyer, four hits from Lew Ford and two hits from major league batting leader Joe Mauer, lost for the seventh time in nine games. The Twins scored three more runs than they had scored in their previous five games combined -- and still lost. Their 10-game road trip won't end soon enough here Thursday. After Raul Ibanez had hit a three-run homer off Dennys Reyes to put Seattle ahead 9-4 in the sixth, Cuddyer erased that with a grand slam off Rafael Soriano to cap the Twins' five-run eighth. One pitch before, the crowd and Soriano thought he had a strikeout on an 0-2 pitch, but plate umpire Bruce Dreckman ruled it high.

Julio Mateo (3-0) pitched one inning for the win. Richie Sexson and Yuniesky Betancourt also homered, and Betancourt reached his career high with four hits. All that overcame Jamie Moyer's subpar, five-inning start, his shortest outing of the season. Moyer allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in his five innings, with two walks and one strikeout. Suzuki hit Boof Bonser's first pitch of the game into the right-field bleachers. Two outs later, Sexson homered to left for a 3-2 Seattle lead. Betancourt's two-run homer made it 5-2.

Bonser allowed five earned runs and seven hits in his five innings, with three walks and three strikeouts. Mauer reached base five times, twice on walks. He was on base in his first nine plate appearances this series, until Seattle closer J.J. Putz retired him to end the top of the 10th.