I feel you: Depeche Mode's masseur moonlights at Olympics

Ryan Zapolski of the US sprays water on his face at the Gangneung Hockey Center, Gangneung, South Korea on February 17, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 18 February 2018

I feel you: Depeche Mode's masseur moonlights at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG: The United States men's ice hockey team just can't get enough of their new Olympic masseur -- he also just happens to be the massage therapist for rock band Depeche Mode.
Peewee Willmann, who soothes the aching bones of the British electro rockers while on tour, moonlights for the American team who are chasing gold in Pyeongchang.
"There is really no big difference between a rock and roll star and a hockey player," said the German -- though presumably there is less sex, drugs and rock and roll at the Olympics.
"A hockey player -- you need harder stuff," added Willmann. "You go in deep on the muscle structure. A lead singer needs more work, something for his voice, something for the mental side (of performing) and I can treat it."
Willmann has worked on and off with USA Hockey for 15 years but was offered a job touring with Depeche Mode after fixing a knee injury suffered by lead singer Dave Gahan, he said.
"Touring with the band is the same as (at the Olympics), said Willmann, who will join up with the eighties stars in Mexico before their South American tour when the Olympics come to a close on February 25.
"We have our own breakfast club, we go swimming every day.
"They are getting older and they know they have done some stupid things," he added.
"It's not the same anymore. The sex, drugs and rock and roll life was in the eighties."


Fans praise Syrian vlogger as he cooks kabsa for Taal victims in the Philippines

Updated 19 January 2020

Fans praise Syrian vlogger as he cooks kabsa for Taal victims in the Philippines

  • He drove around the province to give away packed meals, including a 1000 chicken wings and Arabic dish kabsa
  • Around 80,000 people have been displaced since the eruption covered nearby towns with thick charcoal-like ash

DUBAI: A Syrian vlogger has visited communities in the Philippines who were affected by the recent volcanic eruption, giving out care packages and packed meals.

Philippines-based Basel Manadil, also known online as the “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer,” posted a video on YouTube of his recent trip to rescue centers around Taal Volcano, which erupted last week.

“When I first saw the news about Taal eruption, I immediately thought of the people who will be affected and will be needing immediate help,” the social media personality said on his YouTube account that has over 1.5 million subscribers.

Manadil, who has been living the Philippines for more than five years, distributed boxes of donations that included medical supplies.

Watch the vlog here:

He drove around the province to give away packed meals, including a 1000 chicken wings and Arabic dish kabsa, which he said he prepared for more than 10 hours.

“I never cooked before I left Syria, so my mom would be so proud once she sees this,” Manadil wrote on Facebook.

The Philippines remained on high alert days after the devastating eruption of the Taal Volcano, a famous tourist spot just 50 kilometers north of the capital Manila.

Around 80,000 people have been displaced since the eruption covered nearby towns with thick charcoal-like ash.