A Night With The Police

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— Have a good evening Zhu… and good luck with the police tonight!

I love my students’ sense of humor. I just wish he wouldn’t have said that in front of the whole class. Indeed, I didn’t rob a bank, I just went to a concert. The Police. Hence the witty comment.

I grew up in the 80’s, and even though I was way too young to remember when The Police broke up in 1984, songs like “Message In A Bottle“, “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “So Lonely” found their way to my homemade tapes during my teenage years. That and an almost lethal dose of Nirvana, Radiohead, Guns & Roses and Pink Floyd kept me going through high school.

We didn’t get floor seats but we still had a pretty good view and Sting was awesome, as usual. Wish you were here…

The Police In Ottawa

The Police In Ottawa

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And more concerts to come in the summer for us!


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. So neat Zhu!! Your pictures turned out great! What setting did you use?

    Loris last great read…Nature In West Texas

  2. heeeeeeeeh Zhu!!

    :happy: THE POLICE, Thats a group I like also!!!
    What a great concert that was ???? Where was it playing? Its always very facinating to visit a live concert!! I also love the same songs: “Message In A Bottle“, “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “So Lonely” !!! But others too, how wonderfull you visited this concert, I am impresssed and that you could make photo’s? Mostly thats strictly forbidden, but not where you went…

    OK we are back from our journey to Switserland, with snow and fog also rain and sun… 😉 all types of wetaher ther, can you imagine? I am not a mountain walker NEH! Too much climbing, but I had to do it because I booked the trip… Hmmm Next time I will look better what kind of trip I’ll book haha, But we came home safe…

    Come and see my adventures on my blog. Bye and greetings from JOANN ( Now in Holland)

    JoAnn (now In HOLLAND again!)s last great read…Switserland , more…..

  3. AHHHH! I absolutely go ape knockers for the Police! Damn, I’d have been dancing in the isles! Shoot, I’m gonna steal your photos and tell people I got to go, and live vicariously though … your camera. *sob*

    Ghostys last great read…The Transcendent God and Time

  4. Hi Zhu,
    The Police; that takes me back, too.
    It sounded like you had a great time ! It’s worth it just to have fun & forget everything for a few hours.

    Your photos came out pretty good; it’s tricky taking pictures with spot lights.

    Peace to ya.

    barbaras last great read…It’s hard to find a good lodging

  5. Cool & Awesome!!! I love the Police too and it is so expensive to see them when they visited Singapore…. 😀

  6. Hey Juliette – thanks for visiting my blog. It took a bit of time for me to get to reading here and I still need to read more.

    Your story sounds a lot like mine. I think I struggle daily wanting to travel. I struggle with my French and want to use it more daily again.. Ironic a bit..

    And it also sounds like we grew up listening to the same music around the same time..

    Looks like a great concert!

    I hope to be back to read more and get to know you better. By the way, where do you find more info on your stories. Where did you grow up?

    expatravelers last great read…Time – Photo Hunt

  7. I love how concerts now have the big screens so the nose bleed section can see what’s happening on the stage.

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  8. Max Coutinho on

    Salut Zhu,

    Great pics, girl!!!! :happy:
    So, you went to the Police concert…when they came out in 1984 I was 7, so I remember their songs pretty well. I recall being in first grade and listening to “The Russians love their children too”: awesome!

    Of course I prefer Sting’s song. His individual career is marvellous and his songs are just dreamy! 😉

    Your students have an amazing sense of humour, indeed lol. You were blessed!


    Max Coutinhos last great read…Eventualities

  9. @Shantanu – Next time come along!

    @Lori – Nothing special, just my digital camera, no flash. The camera is very clear, I love it. 😎

    @Spyder – I’m sure you would have liked it!

    @JoAnn (now In HOLLAND again!) – It’s actually okay to take pictures, as long as you don’t have professional cameras etc. People don’t mind… I didn’t hide and I wasn’t the only one!

    The Police played all the classic songs, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, Every breath you take etc. It was very good!

    @johnada – I like the songs cause they are good memories to me… but yeah, Sing is a bit fucked up. Looks young though., so tantra is apparently good!

    @Ghosty – You are allowed to steal the pictures. Go in peace my son. 😀

    @Laarni – Thanks!

    @durano lawayan – We will be even when I watch The Police on a beach under the sun! 😆

    @barbara – I really had a good time. Even though I’m not a die-hard fan, the songs are good memories for me and the concert turned out great.

    @Theresa – Nah, they already know I’m uber-cool! 😆

    @Seraphine – No, but my thumb is sore.

    @Saskboy – We took the bus, so no car troubles.

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – The concert wasn’t even sold out in Ottawa. It was busy but some seats were way overvalued.

    @Aiglee – You’ll catch a lot of concerts in TO soon I’m sure!

    @shionge – The nosebleeds seats weren’t too expensive, that’s why we went.

    @expatraveler – Hi there, nice to meet you! I grew up in Nantes, western France. I’ve been in Canada since 2002 😉 I’ll be around your blog very soon!

    @Rudy – I do! Just click on my Flickr feed at the bottom of the sidebar, you can download the hi-res version. Help yourself!

    @Colleen – I know! I remember general admission in small arenas… couldn’t see anything!

    @Celine – Thanks! Even I was surprised the pics turned out that clear.

    @Max Coutinho – I was only 1 year old when The POlice broke up so I don’t remember them that well! That said, I heard the songs many times on radio when I was a teens and I liked the music and lyrics.

  10. Zhu – I’m glad you enjoyed the Police concert. My husband and I went to the Police concert in Miami but we didn’t feel the concert was very good. Others who attended agreed and said that it wasn’t unusual for bands, sports teams, etc. to do poorly when in South Florida. Too much partying on South Beach the night before!! 😆

  11. Your photographs are fab! I am truly jealous that you have been to see sting! I imagine that it was an amazing experience, you lucky lady!!! The only concert I am going to this year is to see Queen – even though it just won’t be the same without Freddie Mecury.

    Grahams last great read…One Amazing Year Of Blogging

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