First of all: thank you all so much for your great music suggestions!!! If you can think of any more new songs Pádraig might have missed out on in the past year or so, please let me know!!

imagesAt lunch time I learned what “SEV” stands for on a German train time table. I had been wondering why the train times had changed when I looked them up on the web. Maybe they were different on Sundays? When I got to Tonndorf Train Station and checked the time table there, there were no changes. And there was no train at the “changed” time.

There just was no train.

Because, yes, you guessed it, “SEV” stands for Schienenersatzverkehr, in other words: busses were running instead of trains from Tonndorf today.

Pity that by the time I had figured that out, the “SEV” I was supposed to get had left.

I could go on with this story for a while – but, eventually I made it to Hamburg main station, just in time to catch my train to the South of Germany , where I am tonight, getting ready for a days work in a company, then to Dublin in the night, and an early morning start to drive to Limerick. – I’ll tell you about the rest of the week at it’ll progress. It’ll be hectic.

Of course, Pádraig was at his best today. Long hours in the wheelchair, long walk out, great phone call with his uncle in America, exercises, great eating and drinking, standing bed, head control – the list goes on. Pat said he was really happy because he enjoyed doing all this stuff. Living. Life. Trying really hard. Getting tired. Breathing. Feeling the rain and the wind. Smelling the grass, the trees, the flowers.

I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm
I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band
I’m going to camp out on the land
I’m going to try an’ get my soul free
We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

This must be the best version of Woodstock with Joni Mitchell telling how she didn’t make it to this festival having been with this new band called Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young the previous night and then watching Woodstock all day on the telly…

Today’s German Music Tip
Heino, Willenlos – Heino in Hamburg, sings Marius Müller Westernhagen, an absolute deadly combination. I heard that on last Friday night on a jukebox (!) when I was out for the first time in months with a good old friend and we were wondering whether this was for real. It was. Was ist mit dir los?
What’s hot
The Garden
What’s cold
Car Parks
The German word/phrase/verse of the day
Was’n mit dia loos?