Story time: That one time I met Bastille in Pompeii
Hi music lovers!
Today I’m going to tell you about the surreal experience I had of meeting Bastille. So sit back, take a cup of tea (or whatever floats your boat) and enjoy this little story.
Summer of 2013. I was on vacation with my mum in Sorrento (South Italy). One day we decided to go visit Pompeii. For you who don’t know, Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was mostly destroyed due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Pompeii was also a source of inspiration for Bastille’s single that came out in 2013. I’m sure you all heard the song on the radio back then (and still to this day it gets played quite often). Singer Dan Smith said the song is about two lovers who die during the eruption and therefore will be together forever.
And the walls kept tumbling down In the city that we love Grey clouds roll over the hills Bringing darkness from above
So, me and my mum go visit the Vesuvius, Pompeii, the whole shabang. Suddenly I see someone who looks an awful lot like Dan and I say to my mum: “Look mum, this guy looks exactly like a singer from a band I know.” (Seriously I’m an idiot) Then I see Kyle (member of the band who plays the piano, keyboard, bass and guitar) casually strolling by (actually he was walking pretty fast) and I’m like: “Well, this one looks a lot like Kyle from Bastille.” (Yep… I definitely am an idiot) And suddenly I see Woody (the drummer of the band) and it hits me: “Not only do these guys look like the members of Bastille, they are actually the members of the band!” Dan and Kyle were allready long gone by the time I was struck by this realisation but Woody was still filming around the area. So I walked up to him and waited until he was done filming then tapped on his shoulder and asked: “Excuse me, aren’t you the drummer of Bastille?” He smiled largely and said “Yeah!” So we started talking and I asked for a picture.
Seriously, look at my face, I look like an idiot.
Then he asked if I wanted to take a picture with the band, which I obviously said yes to. So during the walk to the band (who was standing a litter further than we were) we talked a little bit, he asked me some questions and I cracked some stupid jokes. (Bear with me, I was 18 and stupid. And honestly I’m still stupid. ;) )
When we arrived to the band I shaked everyone’s hand like the polite girl I am. Everyone was super friendly. Honestly, the guys from the Bastille are reaaaaaaaaaaally nice guys. Then we took a picture with the whole band and I did a little happy dance (Did I allready tell you I was an idiot?)
So, this is the story about the time I met this amazing band and had a nice little chit-chat and picture with them. I’m still amazed by the fact I actually met them in Pompeii while we’re both not originally from there. To me, it feels like a leap of faith.
Now tell me if you have ever met an artist or someone you admire (like for e.g. a writer) I myself have met some Belgian artists while going out in bars but I haven’t always go up to talk to them since now I’m a little bit older I feel like I might bother them. Even though I got pictures with Bastille I’m not sure I would ask that again today. Now I’m more aware of the fact they’re normal humans enjoying some time off and I wouldn’t want to be that annoying fan (but when I told Woody that he said it was no problem :) )
I hope you liked this little story! If you did, be sure to leave me a comment or heart this post!
When I joined: I start read The Selection in december of 2013, in my College’s vacations. I see the cover and think: let me see if this book its good. And I love!
How the series has impacted me: First, I need to thank Kiera @partylikeawordstar for introducing us to the wonderful world of Ilea and her incredible characters. The selection series are huge important to me,because many situations present in the book are very similar to everyday situations, such as doubts about the choices of life, broken and healed hearts, among other things. Identify me with some characters, I was angry with others and I fell in love with someone (yes Maxon, it’s you)! And in the 3 years of Tumblr, I find a awesome people on internet: the selection fandom!
Special Thanks and Tag: I need to thanks this blogs for all suport in my ride:
@americaleger: Te adoro, garota! Você é uma amiga muito especial, saudades!
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AN: I have slayed the dragon called procrastination and conquered the mountain called writer’s block. This was actually one of my half-written stuff from my last bout of writer’s block, and I rewrote chunks of it. I originally wanted to post the whole thing as one part, but then it reached 3,500 words with only ¼ of the plot finished. Plus, what better way to celebrate Chained Up’s 1st Win? In good news, I just finished what will be Part Two. I just need to edit that and decide if I’ll continue to a part three. IDK, I think I just love this scenario for giving me some fluffy angst to write. Before any of you ask: I needed a break from Leo. I’m working on it.
Half of this was a request from an anon a looong time ago, and the other half was just my imagination doing things.
I was researching something completely unrelated the other day and I ran across this video, which included an interview with Josh Kushner.
He made an interesting comment right at the end: “We’ve invested in the United States, Europe, Latin America, spent time in China and India.”
This caught my attention because of the locations/connection to the annual Josh/Karlie New Year’s vacations.
In 2013, Josh and Karlie went to St Bart’s with Derek, Dasha, and friends for what is a huge annual celebrity New Year’s eve celebration. Models, movie stars, musicians are all in attendance.
In 2014, they traveled to Myanmar/Burma (which borders China and is next to India).
In 2015, they traveled to Chile (Latin America).
In 2016, I suspect that Karlie will show up in St Bart’s again at the billionaire’s celebrity bash with Josh, Derek, Dasha and friends. Derek has already snap chatted from there.
They also traveled to Iceland in the summer of 2013. A quick google search shows that “Iceland is a good place for technology startups. An Ideal Location for Investors.” Sounds just like Josh’s cup of tea.
So what I am getting at is that these vacations are likely business-related for Josh. Having a super model on your arm is never bad for business.
Gentrification as seen through Google Street View: read about Justin Blinder’s Vacated project this week on the Design and Violence blog.
[Justin Blinder (American, b. 1985). 11 Second Avenue, New York, NY (Composite of images from 2011 and 2013, from Google Street View), from the Vacated series. 2013. Google Street View, Adobe Photoshop. Images and video courtesy the artist. Series commissioned by More Art for their Envision NY 2017 project. Vacated was produced with the support of Eyebeam Art and Technology Center]
Above are some pictures of the Palmfield school when it was under construction:
In the summer of 2013, a vacation Bible school was started by a young pastor, Rev. Joseph Johnson, in the Palmfield area. They met in a very rustic borrowed space in which more than 200 children attended. The children and parents urged Pastor Johnson to continue on with regular school starting that September. Local teachers volunteered their time and more than 300 children attended. The classes were held with no furniture and the children are asked to bring something to sit on. Each day, there was an array of plastic buckets, cement building blocks and pieces of wood used as chairs and desks. But it was a school and a beginning! Donations to PCHA purchased a small piece of land which was cleared by community volunteers. Next, a well was dug and construction of a basic school began. PCHA hopes within a few years that this school can start to fund itself, or at least most of it. We believe kids should not be prevented from attending school because they cannot afford to go. That is the very reason why we need to help them and provide the seeds of good for these children who will grow up to be productive adults in their country.