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Light digression for a table of friends Light digression for a table of friends
November 18th, 2010

Mendelssohn – either you love him or feel-a-bit-luke-warm about him
Tuesday’s Vriendentafel was a good one, although I have come away deciding that I don’t really like Mendelssohn much (Felix, that is. I quite like the actor, Ben. Actually, I always liked him, since The Year My Voice Broke.)
But I digress.


Who – or what – is Zwarte Piet? Who – or what – is Zwarte Piet?
November 18th, 2010

Zwarte Piets are white people with blackface paint on their faces. You can’t be serious!
Okay, please don’t groan if you’re reading this and you happen to be Dutch! But, a couple of minutes googling anyone can gather reams of stories on how wrong expats regard the Zwarte Piet characters. You too can sit alongside and be horrified by the inherent wrongness of it all. For many newbies to the lowlands, Zwarte Piet represents Dutch multi-cultural hypocrisy, which according to one source, encourages regular citizens to condone blackface practice and “illustrate the passive-aggressiveness of the Dutch character”. Being Australian myself, I’ll admit when I first arrived I bore my own brand of speechlessness. I thought it an outrageous failure of the Dutch to not see how wrong their depiction of Zwarte Piet was.


A couple of things to hold onto while surfing into 2011 A couple of things to hold onto while surfing into 2011
November 17th, 2010

Is it just me? Is there anyone else out there feeling the adrenalin rush of riding the wave of post-summer pre-silly season activity as the year draws to a close?


Popsters and popstars pop into Eindhoven Popsters and popstars pop into Eindhoven
November 13th, 2010

The travelling pop festival, Popronde ends, I believe, every year in Eindhoven. After touring through no less than 23 cities, 100 lucky pop bands that have been ‘unearthed’ get valuable live gig experience and access to new audiences and network connections. Other bands that have played at previous Poprondes are Go Back To The Zoo, Roosbeef, Voicst, Elle Bandita, Racoon, Lucky Fonz III, Sabrina Starke, Marike Jager, De Staat and The Mad Trist. All good news stories for this year’s batch of popsters – and they’re so young and full of beans! Their energy and creativity is palpable.


Mid-november round up Mid-november round up
November 11th, 2010

There’s a bevy of things to do in town this weekend and for some odd reason, the council has allowed at least four really fun things to clash. But don’t worry, with a bit of careful planning maybe you can do them all …


Did that chair just sing something? Did that chair just sing something?
November 8th, 2010

As the PR material says “Carved from the finest woods from the South, comes a mind-bending celebration of post-digital design.” The detail I like most about it is the Dutchified interpretation of crooning; a sort of cross between soulful Leonard Cohen but the assertion that Dino Martino is also a musical influence. I’d like to find out who the voice is behind the singing chair, but that’s not the point. It’s not computer programmed, it is a device that performs LIVE, which is another quirk that makes it likeable. Mind you, some people don’t like the singing chair. They might respect the chair, but they don’t like his voice. Just as well it’s a chair, and not a person – we wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings.


Big ideas during a big night in Big ideas during a big night in
November 7th, 2010

Tomorrow, on Monday night and we won’t have a television hooked up at home. Truth be told, I don’t spend that much time in front of the box, but if I did, I’ve nothing to fear, for Baltan Laboratories is having an Exciting Evening at Home!

Three speakers, a beamer, two record players, and party food will help us feel a bit more at home – as do current developments in media technology when we’re not at home. Tomorrow night, Baltan Laboratories is opening up its hearth to you and Oliver Schürer, Tatjana Djordjevic and Marc Maurer. They will tell you what their take is on the link between media and architecture.
I really hope to make it. If I can’t, why don’t you pop over and make yourself at home?


Bright lights, big city Bright lights, big city
November 7th, 2010

I was absolutely gobsmacked when I went out for the first time on the first night of a Glow Festival in Eindhoven. The streets were teeming with souls. Kids, grannies, posses of girlfriends, family groups, full-blooded Eindhovenaren and the International community were all out, enjoying some art. The intensity and quality of city events seem to be gaining strength and popularity too – or is it just me? Take a look at some of the impressions of the evening, and if you’re in the area between now (7th today) and 13 November, Eindhoven is well worth a visit when the sun goes to sleep. Eindhoven, city of light indeed.


Many roads lead to Eindhoven Many roads lead to Eindhoven
November 6th, 2010

Brainport Development has put a fair load of time, money and energy into the Brainport International Weekend 2010, and from what I’ve seen, the response has been solid. I am sure that at the party, held at the Dynamo last night, I heard at least ten different accents and languages – let’s see, Chinese, Hebrew, American, French, British, Indian, Danish, Polish, Dutch and Tunisian. I’m sure there are scores more too.
Brainport International Weekend continues today and tomorrow.


Two pieces of Brill-iant advice Two pieces of Brill-iant advice
November 5th, 2010

It’s not every day that you meet an old soul like Erik van Schenk Brill, only 29 years of age. I came into the interview with Erik all a fluster. The weather was rotten, and I had torn myself away from the cosiness of my house and ran-walked through misty rain to our agreed meeting point. I was not sure which way to drive the interview: for Erik wears two hats that I knew of – webdesigner and a musician. Which way to go?


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