Yearly Archives: 2018

Seen Live: Three Free Gigs

Yeah yeah yeah. I know we’ve been here before: I intend to write some more stuff for my website, and then nothing happens, stuff keeps piling up, and in the end, all I’ve written in a year are a bunch book and gig reviews, and I am not even getting those done at the moment…. Read more »

First Lines: Het verdriet van België

Hugo Claus’s semi-autobiographical Het verdriet van België (The Sorrow of Belgium) is Belgium’s Big and Important Book about World War II. It covers a lot of themes — growing up, family, Flemish small-town life, collaboration — as seen through the eyes of an impressionable child. I found it a bit of a slog. Mostly, I… Read more »

Overheard at Lunch

“So, Easter, last weekend, did you listen to the Matthäus-Passion?” “No, but I did listen to Jeanny” And in my head, the following scene played out: And so it came to pass that on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, Jeanny went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices she… Read more »

Seen Live: Like a Bat Out of Hell

Vorig jaar vierde Meat Loafs Bat Out of Hell zijn 40e verjaardag. Om dat te vieren stelde Menno Gootjes (de gitarist van Focus) een band samen (met muzikanten die bij onder andere We Will Rock You, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ayreon, Anouk, Kane, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Stevie Ann, VOF De Kunst, Charlie Dée, Toontje Lager, Idols/The Voice… Read more »

Donorwet

Vandaag stemde de Eerste Kamer voor invoering van de nieuwe donorwet. Per medio 2020 ben je volautomagisch donor, tenzij je daar bezwaar tegen maakt. Het enige wat de donorwet doet, is je dwingen na te denken over wat jij wilt wat er met jouw organen gebeurt nadat jij er niks meer aan hebt. Wil je… Read more »

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