Almost 23 years of Nevermind – what happened to the baby?

It’s been almost 23 years since Nirvana released their second album, Nevermind. I believe that everyone is familiar with the album cover. The question is: does anyone wonder what happened to the Nirvana baby?

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Well, the baby on the album cover is actually Spencer Elden. He currently works at ObeyGiant as an artist assistant to Shepad Fairey. He also does his own art.

Here is a little bit more about Spencer:

Onward and upward,

Tsaritsa Katarzyna

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Istanbul – on the border of Europe & Asia

Places to see and stuff to do in Istanbul:

  • Hagia Sophia – former Greek Orthodox basilica, then imperial mosque and now museum. Worth queuing up to see. Bear in mind there are some works going on right now inside and outside.
  • Basilica Cistern – one of the largest ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city.
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque – also knowns as Blue Mosque. It is very impressive from outside. I haven’t been inside since it’s only that much of the building I enjoy seeing a day.
  • Bosphorus tour – take the longer one that takes you to the Black Sea. The last stop is filled with nice restaurant, lots of tourists. You can also hike up to the hill and see an amazing view of the sea.
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar – filled with everything. Expensive and fake stuff. Spices and turkish delights you can actually buy somewhere else cheaper. It is still worth seeing.
  • Setustu Tea Garden – has the best panoramic view and it is located in the far end of Gulhane Park. Order a tea served in traditional way in samovar.
  • Sit on the rocks – by the Kennedy Road opposite Gulhane Park and watch how the group of kids are jumping into the water and being taken by the strong current.
  • Turkish kebab – in bread and with fries inside. Delicious.
  • Take a walk in the evening on Istiklal road – take a picture of the vintage tram and enjoy the busy crowd and hundreds of shops and restaurants open until late.
  • Turkish ice creams –  one of my favourite thing in the world. The ice cream are like cheese, really chewy but they are absolutely delicious.
  • Turkish delights – look like crap but taste amazing.
  • Simit – the Turkish pretzel, sold almost next to every Turkish attraction.
  • Taksim Square – a place to hang around during the evening with all the hippy people and creepy guys looking for girls to chat with and use one of their cheesy pick up lines.

The best Instagram account for pictures of Istanbul – Sefayamak.

Onward and upward,

Tsaritsa Katarzyna

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Oh Crap! It’s Monday! #11

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 The stuff which we absolutely loved last week.

Abe & Ellum

  • Playing steely dan in the car and remembering how brilliant they were.
  • Finding out yer loved when yer thought no one gives a shit.
  • Seeing couples walk hand in hand in the sunshine.
  • Being in the right place…at the right time.
  • Getting drunk and taking dumbarse pics on someone elses fone.

Tsaritsa Katarzyna

  • Italian cafe with italian biscuits near my workplace.
  • The movie “Drive”.
  • Pancakes for breakfast made by my mum.
  • Turkish delights, Turkish ice creams and Turkish kebab.
  • My burnt face.

6 best concerts I’ve seen in my life

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Since I’m a concert freak I’ve prepared the list of the six best concerts I’ve seen in my life. Some of the videos might not be from the same show which I’ve attended, because of the video quality, but they will definitely give you some idea.

6. Muse (L.A. Rising, 2011)

I’ve never liked Muse. For me they were boring and they were singing like they couldn’t go to the toilet. Muse was playing just before RATM during L.A. Rising couple of years ago and obviously I had to inform everyone standing next to me how much I dislike them.

Muse went on stage, started playing, showing their lasers, special effects, throwing balloons in shape of eyes and I was hypnotised. I said only one thing after their show to people around me: “Everything what I said before I’m taking it back”. Those guys won me over. They are amazing and I’m a fan since then.

5. Slipknot (Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2008)

Slipknot was my band when I was a teenager and I still lived in Poland. When they released All Hope Is Gone and announced UK tour in 2008, I didn’t think twice and I bought the ticket.

I meet a bunch of really cool people outside the Hammersmith Apollo in London on the day of the show. Machine Head was playing before Slipknot and they were bloody good. When those freaks from Iowa finally came on stage and when I’ve heard that banging sound of drums I was in heaven. I’ve even managed to touch Clown’s nose.

4. Rage Against The Machine (Hollywood Palladium, LA, 2010)

RATM was about to play their first show in LA in 20 years and I was in town at that time. My common sense was telling me: GO GO GO!!! I’ve seen them a month before that show in Germany but still, seeing them in their hometown is something different. Finally, managed to get two tickets. Gosh, I was standing in front of the stage, surrounded by inpatient, frustrated males. Conan Oberst played before Rage, and he was booed at. The crowd started shouting “Get the f^&k out of the stage, we want Rage”. I felt sorry for the guy, but I was kind of tired of him singing as well. When finally RATM went out I though I’m gonna die in front of the stage. First time in my life I got scarred at the show and I run away to the back, where I was being constantly offered a weed. The whole Hollywood Palladium smelt of weed that day. RATM always delivers. They have the energy, great songs. Come on Morello’s guitar and De La Rocha’s voice – where can you go wrong. You only have to see them live.

Check out the video:

3. The Prodigy (Rock Am Ring, Germany, 2010)

I saw The Prodigy at Rock Am Ring in 2010. They were playing after Machine Head and before Slipknot. It was a cold, rainy day and my shoes were wet and it was very uncomfortable but as soon as they started the show water in my trainers didn’t matter anymore. It was a party time. The whole Rock Am Ring was jumping to the tunes of “Omen”. Keith and Maxim were jumping on stage like crazy. A half of unmasked Slipknot were hanging out with other bands on the side of the stage, no one wanted to miss this energising performance.

Check out the video from the actual show:

2. Roger Waters (O2 Arena, London, 2011)

I grow up on Pink Floyd so I know The Wall since I was in my mum’s belly. My dad as PF’s maniac and the biggest fan has never seen them live, which for me was a big NO NO! So I took my dad to Roger Waters’ “The Wall” show in London. We had seats in front, facing the stage – that’s what you call QUALITY! My dad as he doesn’t like to share his feelings, didn’t say anything, but I knew deep inside that he loved it. It was a really cool experience to take my old man to the gig which he dreamt of his whole life. This plus the stage installation, which it must cost Waters a couple millions of that –> £££ – made this show absolutely amazing. He didn’t spare a dime on it – a sound coming from different sides of the arena, flying pig, building the wall during the show, hypnotising wall projections, controversial slogans on the bricks, falling of the wall and the costumes a la Nazi soldiers – it was all worth this little fortune of mine.

David Gilmour performed with Roger a couple days before our show. Imagine my frustration that I didn’t buy the tickets for that specific day.

1. Rammstein (Bercy, Paris, 2009)

This concert took place in December 2009. I remember that we (me + my sisters) went a day before that to Alice in Chains concert in Brixton Academy, drove back to Horsham at night, slept like 2-3 hours, woke up and head to Dover to catch the ferry (this time Yarek, my sister boyfriend,  joined us) to Calais. We managed to get our asses to Paris the next day (7h of listening to Rammstein in the car non stop). OMG!!! That was the highlight of my life at that time. I said to myself “I’ll see Rammstein live and I can die”. Adrenaline was in my veins instead of blood.

Combichrist was headlining Rammstein, and we really thought that they will be shit (none of us never heard of them then) and it will be painful to survive their concert. We just wanted the Germans to go on stage. But… it was a pleasant surprise. They were actually really good and it felt more like a discotheque rather than a rock show.

Anyway, going back to Rammstein. They were too good to be true. I was pushed into the barriers all the time, but who cares about pain when they are playing “Rammlied”. The pyrotechnics, fire, fake cocks, more fire, smoke, heavy guitars etc. It almost felt if Germans were invading Poland again, and trust me it felt good.

Here is my favourite Rammstein live video:

 

Onward and upward,

Tsaritsa Katarzyna

Oh Crap! It’s Monday! #10

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 The stuff which we absolutely loved last week.

Abe & Ellum

  • Love how fab a photo can make you feel.
  • Doing NOTHING ! and not feeling remotely guilty.
  • How what you hope for a day sometimes materialises.
  • The smell of freshly baked bread.
  • How fab friends are.
  • Making someone happy.

Tsaritsa Katarzyna

We all do it.

20140601-092336-33816923.jpgThere are certain subjects people consider taboo or culturally uncomfortable to deal with……
Cancer, death, to name two, but there is one we all do, and never speak about at all.
Some more than most, but we have all had damn good go at it at some point……yep, you guessed it,…………………………. Masturbation.

The age group that go at it hammer and tongs the most is the 20-30 olds, while rubbing close behind them is, unsurprisingly, the teenagers. The rest are either are too tired, can’t get their ends up cos of kids, or have just plain grown passed that need.
It’s something we all do and there is no shame in doing it. It fulfills a need in you, just like being hungry or wanting to sleep…..and as with anything over indulgence can lead to addiction, or, at least, the application of a soothing balm prescribed by yer doctor.

Is it good for you?
That’s like asking,’ Can I do it and not go blind?’
Yes, you can, and no, yer won’t, unless you have a kickback and hit yerself in the eye…..
When researching this I asked,’Is masturbation good for you?’ The first five options were aimed at Mens health, which rather tells you something don’t it? Presumably men are more prone to masturbation cos what they have sticks out in front of them, flaps about, and well, hell, you have to do something to quieten the fucker down….Can’t keep sticking it in an ice cold bucket of water…

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If you want some reasons to masturbate, other than your just horny as hell, here are a few.
In women it can help relieve menstrual cramps, but it can also help you sleep, achieve better orgasms with your partner and can help with insomnia. So there, if you were concerned about the guilt aspect of self love as it seems to be called now, don’t worry. You can argue your just off to yer bedroom for the good of yer health!

One last thing…..once I had thought about this, I guarantee you will do what I did.
You’ll go around looking at people in the street thinking to yourself, ‘Hmmm, …..he does it, ….she does it….he has definitely done it…..she wants to do it…….she IS doing it!’

Peace Love and Happiness to you all……..yer wankers

Choose yer words wisely,

Abe & the Elum