Dutch Design Week Eindhoven...

Van 17-25 oktober vindt hij weer plaats: De DDW, de Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Voor mij een van de hoogtepunten van het jaar! Met name de Graduation tentoonstelling van de afstudeerders van de Design Academy is een jaarlijks terugkerend moment van geluk. Het is zo mooi om te zien hoe jonge mensen innovatief en enthousiast bezig zijn met vernieuwing! Op mijn blog en/of Twitter doe ik komende week verslag van dit prachtige fenomeen! Ik ben nu al blij! Zie http://www.dutchdesignweek.nl 17-25 October. Save those dates! One of the highlights of the year: The Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. If you go, don’t miss the graduation galleries. Where graduates of the famous Design Academy show their enthusiasm and innovative skills. It always make me very happy! I’ll update you all via Twitter and this blog. See:...

My own attic

Our house has four floors. At the fourth floor I have created my own condo. Having my own space has always been important to me. A place where I can get my thoughts straightened, where I can reflect and where I can muse. My attic is small and you can hardly stand straight but it contains memorabilia from my entire life. My record collection, my Philips 900 series audio set, the Mission speakers, a pre war radio and some of my dearest toy cars. It has got only one window. Because it is on the top of the roof you actually feel connected to the stars and clouds passing by. You can glare at the entire skyline of Eindhoven here.  I always feel at ease in my shelter. As ‘I am not in love’ sounds through the speakers I sometimes feel sixteen again. I cherish these nostalgic feelings. Next, The Police, Message in A Bottle. Life can be simple...

DUB’s favorite persons (3) The young ones...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1NOWHd00nA] This is my all-time favorite sitcom that I can watch over and over again. When this was originally aired I saw these guys on a black and white set in my bedroom at home. The main characters were four students sharing a house: violent punk metal Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), would-be anarchist Rick (Rik Mayall), hippie Neil (Nigel Planer), and womanizer Mike (Christopher Ryan). It also featured Alexei Sayle, who played the their landlord, Jerzei Balowski. The show combined traditional sitcom style with violent slapstick, non sequitur plot-turns and surrealism. Another great thing about the show were the speaking props and animals. And of course the sudden appearances of pop groups like Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Madness. (parts of the text from...

Trouvailles (4) Mad Men…...

After several tips from trusted people I decided it was finally time to watch the TV series Mad Men. What a catch! It’s about an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in the early sixties in New York. It highlights smoking, prejudice, antisemitism, drinking  and bigotry. The position of women in those days is best reflected by the subheader of the DVD: ‘when men were men. And women were skirts’. Although it is set half a century ago, some scenes are very recognizable. Especially the agency/client presentations are very familiar to me. Can’t wait to see the next season. It starts August 16 in the States. If anyone knows how to watch this in the Netherlands then please let me know! P.S. Season one is on rent at the Cinematheek. ( € 9,50 a week). Not this week though!...

Sir Bobby Robson, rest in peace…...

Dear Bobby, You were no rockstar, nor a famous politician You were in every inch a gentleman, and the kindest man I ever met You adored football, that was your game, and football adored you in every way You lost the fight, but won everyone’s heart London, West Bromwich, Ipswich, Vancouver, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Newcastle are in mourning. And so is the rest of the world. Your foundation lives on, and we will never forget you. Rest in peace, dearest Sir Bobby...

DUB Travels… (2) Karimunjawa Islands 2004...

In September 2004 Wendy and I backpacked our way through the Indonesian islands Java and Bali. The Lonely Planet was our only companion and we were certain about three things. One and two being the flights from and to Singapore and the third certainty was our visit to The Karimunjawa Islands, 83km northwest of Jepara (Java). Here: http://www.kurakuraresort.com/ and here: http://www.indonesiadiving.com/karimunjawa/index.htm you get a grasp why we’d like to have a rest from our hard way of travelling particularly there. Only once a week a ferry travelled from Jepara to the islands. Jepara is not far from Semarang, where we stayed the night before because this was a very special place to my father. The lonely planet stated that it was two hours by bus, so we called in a taxi more then two hours before departure. What we did not think of was the Northern Indonesian early morning rush hour. Never seen so many mopeds in one hour. They came from everywhere and made even our cabdriver nervous. Like flies they appeared left and right of our taxi. Some of them enjoyed a free ride by holding the sidebar. The traffic was the least of a problem for us. We saw the clock ticking and every minute our heartrate went up. We urged our driver to hurry up, but the poor man could not speed up without making victims. Although some chicken did not make it to Christmas. Eventually we showed up at an empty port. The chauffeur, who was tipped during the ride like he had never been tipped before felt, good for us!, a bit guilty and gestured that we had to stay put. Disappointed and confused we settled ourselves at the pier. After a while the man came back and screamed...