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Denmark and Statues

Statues eeeeeeeverywhere. Can anyone explain what this is all about

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From another view. Its got me stumped. Why on earth? What’s the point?

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And the naked lady throttling a goose…naked lady …has goose Will travel Wont go hungry

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Casablan a

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Vultures in for the kill. Nice buildings gutted and largely under enemy occupation. The war goes on. Even if it’s costly. Go around the corner and buy lunch in a real place run by people who care.

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Children recognise music first. Kids often recognise that my sound is worth a listen and they want to stay a while ….and in this instance the parents encouraged them to .their dad took this photo.lovely family.

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So crass it’s almost high art…

It’s not the way forward is it? This is not what millions died to allow. This isn’t freedom of expression; this is a war of nerves where the price of everything and the value in nothing abounds.

A far cry from the man with the eskimo and old european values.

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Partytime

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Denmark Pt 3

My plan is to go to Bergen Norway
Monday-pls God- i be there
So lets see what happens.

Am booked into a place in London 14 and 15th of April. Many thanks to Tony Mole for sponsoring me. Let me know if you want to come to a houseconcert during my London stay …i leave London about 17th. Prior plan is to go to York. Really appreciate the leads given to me in this area. Thanks Ruth and congratulations btw he’s a lucky guy.

Please ya’all get in touch if you want to host a Hurley show..i can play at yours for a song within 48 hours anywhere in the Europe. Its fun playing this way ..

So far so good but i been spoilt in Denmark. It’s such a friendly place. Here are some more photos from around Aalborg.

This eskimo is a hundred euros. Made by Lisa anderson in the 60’s – seen here with the owner. The little eskimo stays in the window but you can buy her for 100 euros ( about $NZ 160)

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Dont want to leave her here. Wish i could tour with lisas eskimo but she’s in safe hands she might get smashed in my luggage if she tours with me.

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As does this one, So cute. It’s not on topic i know but i love kitsch.

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Best cafe in Aalborg…

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Great watering hole…

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Jeppe at your service…Jeppe made me a hot choc to die for. What a superb environment. Be afraid starbucks. No way to surpass this place. Good to see sole traders thriving. Expressemotion

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I want one of these…

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Needs vs wants. I need this…

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A typical street in Aalborg

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World leader in wind power generation…

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My host Ulrik with a Tubilak – Thanks for the offer sheriff but i don’t need one What is a tubilak? or this ? Tupilak pronounced dubilak this is the real spelling of the object Ulrik is holding.

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Thanks again everyone for your help. Hope to see you in Norway or England soon.

Denmark – in Åalborg

Last gig in Denmark this Sunday, then England. Anyone out there keen to host a house concert in London or York in the near future?

Just played a place in Åalborg acting on an invite from Casper….here i am with him in the super duper elevator.

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He had to cover a lota bases to get me the gig. Future Care is brand new so i was the first overseas performer to play there. Note: Future Care Home, Ålborg Denmark

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World famous in future care

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Here is the library

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The green wall – The greenery is real

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The green wall close up

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A place to have a cuppa

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The amazing thing about this care concept is that visitors have a place to share with one another and the visited can come and go as they please. High quality food make no mistake…not junk food…no way

Artform future care furniture

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In conclusion – Playing in this place was not a depressing experience. The staff do everything they can to give late lifers a good time. The music i played was well received. We need more of these places.

Like Caspar, Maria was one of 50 selected out of 900

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She sports a tatoo like many young people here do

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Residents can take a ride on an electric trike with one of the staff

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Bus to Aalborg…The drivers got tats… theres a very clear notice about what is not permitted on the bus. No sausages please. No skates pal.

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Lots of little towns with little shops but the franchises are sneaking in. Aalborg has its first Starbucks. It wont be the last. I found a superb place.

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Means knife and fork in Danish. Yes i had this place recommended to me by a lady who was on her tenth pint of beer. She said it’s great but not cheap.

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The owner of knife and fork – Aa is the owner.

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I had to have lunch here. Soup and salmon. I will suffer for this cause it wasn’t cheap. O well. Lunch on the firm is ok from time to time.

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Graffiti pic the day

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Graffiti 2

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Denmark Photos

Denmark is kinda like being back home except that the buildings are super well insulated and the furniture is an artform. The Danes love statues too.
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Here is an early tobacco promotion.

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Or hop along cassidy
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Shop windows full of them
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Babies climbing into the sky
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Even a teddy with offspring
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Art abounds in peoples homes like this lady from Cuba
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And this from another house. Superb taste they have….clean Tidy Orderly and generally super polite.
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The pubs are much like home except
You can smoke inside
And they don’t talk loud
And remain polite even when munted

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Lovely ornament in the place i stay
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On Tour- Germany – Berlin

Thanks Wolfgang for this great email below.  I’ve been in Berlin and Hamburg and now driving up to Denmark for the concert which is tonight.

Wolfgang B wrote:

Hi Luke, hope you will remember the 22th of March in Berlin when we met you in Friedrichstraße near “The Blockhouse” restaurant. After a smalltalk you gave me a cd with a lot of songs made by your own.

Great in songwriting and guitar playing. I have a friend who is a guitar teacher in Berlin and a performer and composer too and he was very impressed of your fantastic songwriting. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Berlin.

Such a short moment we had together was worth much more than a stay in a cd shop with uninspired shopping. When you come back to berlin, maybe we will find a location for you to introduce your songs to a greater audience…….. All the best for you.

Wolfgang

Berlin was a buzz but i only saw the bright side there is a dark side of course.  A lot of poverty.  A lot of street people but the drunks seem more polite and orderly than antipodrunks or irish drunks.

I tried playing the street but it wasn’t as great as i thought it would be. The cops were very nice but adamant that.

..it is forbidden……here they are

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So it’s not so easy and there are a lot of people on the streets asking for charity. like this lady see “the honest beggar”

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Then there are clubs like this one the junction bar where its nice and cosy but small and you get a cut of the door and have to do all promo. Not worth it for the money cause there is none by the time you pay expenses.cd sales? there are none.Ha ha. So its the usual tale of woe.

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The only guys coining it are the name acts but it’s probs not easy for them either cause berlin consists of many cities….its not under a forced centralised system ….yet. Thats why it still hosts a profusion of small shops and funky places.

In Alexandra pltz there is a conglomeration of franchises all vying for the visitors dollar. Ghastly atmosphere and a taste of things to come if the mammon heads take over ……èeeeeeeeeeeeek! God forbid! Berliners aren’t wimps they would put up a good fight …thats probs why its not a corporate city. They care about their heritage.

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Stayed at a backpacker called heart of gold very warm comfy and inexpensive. Close to everything ya need.

Old and new- side by side
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Messing about in boats
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Was invited to play a house concert…..see facebook link

Very unlike any i have played.These berliners actually listen closely.They respond. It was recorded so let me know of you wanna copy.

Right now we are heading to Denmark for a concert tonite. Wilfried and Rita are driving me there and they are the reason i am in Germany as their daughter Natasha has a travel mag she runs with her husband michael… They did a story on me a few years ago and by an amazing coincidence i met Natasha’s parents when they were on holiday in Auckland….they invited me to Germany for the launch of Anamea.de Natasha and Michaels new mag….Wilfried and Rita have been together 50 years.

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We are taking the same road Wilfried took when he was 17 on his cycle trip to Denmark he is now 66.

Thanks to them we will be in Hjallerup soon. Thanks also to all those who made donations and gave other help so I could make this trip.

Since Paris-Part 1

WRITING TO YOU AGAIN!

LH1

We live a sheltered life here.

Euro is way more stressy.

NZ is the “armchair of the world” by comparison.

It seems too good to be true.LH2

These girls promised to make my music popular.Friend on the right from Germany is writing to her grandmother, on the back of her best friend from Brazil .Way to go!

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visitors from Sweden

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Daddy daughter day

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the happy young couple