Noah and the Whale – The First Days of Spring

Posted on September 29th, 2009 in Music by Tim • 0 Comments

Noah and the Whale - The First Days of Spring

I discovered this through a a video clip from some post in my RSS Reader. I loved the sound right away. So I looked them up on Spotify and lo-and-behold, they have 2 albums there.

My first reaction was: “This sounds a lot like Sigur Rós”. But I guess that was only the opening minute of the CD. The rest is not so similar. But sounding very good never the less. A tiny bit of pop, sometimes folk, and a voice over all that to connect it. Just wonderful at times…. trumpets, violins…. Autumn in NY is the kind of images I get in my head listening to this.

I think I listened 2 or 3 times to the album and probably will a few times more in the coming weeks. Go and listen for yourself.

Pondering

Posted on September 24th, 2009 in Journal by Tim • 0 Comments
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I know…. last time I talked about running I got jinxed and could get out for almost 2 weeks. But I hope that only happens once. Over and done with that now.

What I wondering is if I should start running at lunchtime instead of the evenings as I do now. Mostly it’s somewhere between 21:00 and 21:30 that I can start running. After putting the kids to bed, cleaning the mess they made, being exhausted and needing to rest 30 minutes before I can move again….. then you get to those hours.

But running at lunchtime gives me the whole evening free. And I can do loads of other stuff. What a dilemma. If I put it down like this, it’s an easy decision. We’ll see. Maybe next week.

American Breakfast

Posted on September 23rd, 2009 in In the kitchen by Tim • 0 Comments
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Pancakes that is I believe. Milla was going on “field trip” with daycare. Meaning, they were going out with a boat to one of the islands on the coast here. Not a big thing, really, since the group she is in does that quite often. But because she just joined the older group since after the summer holiday…. A BIG thing for her !!!

And that means that they will be gone for the whole day, and so have to bring their own lunch bag. Milla knew this since last week, so she has been asking us the whole time if she could have pancakes with her. “No problem”, we said. So I decided to make pancakes for breakfast for us all this morning.

Not really my thing (I even skipped), but the rest seemed to be very happy. I do like them, but just not for breakfast. And if I do like them…. it’s a recipe I finally figured out so it tastes exactly they way I remember from when I was a little kid. My mom would take me out on a saturday shopping in Genk sometimes. And then we would eat some pancakes after a while… with hot chocolate, or sugar on it. They were the best !!!

And I finally figured out how to make them. This is what you need for 4 people:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1,5 dl flower
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1,5 dl water
  • 2,5 dl milk
  • tiny bit salt (between 2 fingers)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Mix it all together, let it stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile heat a frying pan. Really hot, so it goes fast. Believe me, they will eat faster than what you can make. And no butter or oil in the pan !!!!

Bon appétit….

Pancakes

Lobster

Posted on September 22nd, 2009 in Journal by Tim • 0 Comments

Yesterday was the start of lobster season. They are legally allowed to start “fishing” after lobster since yesterday morning. You can see that at work as well, since some in the office will not be here until 11:oo or so because they have been out “on the water”.

So it’s always fun to see what the first lobster will cost: 111,- Euros per kilo !!!!! Hopefully it will taste that good as well.

Swedish Hollywood Wives

Posted on September 21st, 2009 in Journal by Tim • 2 Comments

There is this thing on TV these days in Sweden. “Swedish Hollywood Wives” it’s called.  And there has been some serious hype around it even before they showed the first episode.  The plot is very simple: the follow some swedish women in the USA who are married to some rich and/or famous men and look at how they spend their day at home. I guess it comes down to how the “typical” swedish blond good looking woman can catc a rich man and then just do nothing for the rest of their live. I use qutation marks because that is how a swedish woman living outside of Sweden usually looks like, but maybe only 10% of the woman who actually live in Sweden look like.

Anyhow, a lot of the noise has been made by the current wife of Paul Anka, Anna Anka. She made some various statements about how boring swedish men are, among other things. The whole thing got half the population of Sweden reacting.

But then this lunch, on my way to work (yes, I was at home in the morning) I was listening to the radio. They were comparing her to Annika Östberg who had the looks as well (in the 80’s),  and actually is more popular here now than Anna Anka, despite the fact that she is a murderer. But then I heard this statement:

“It’s more politically correct to murder someone, than to be a housewife in Sweden.”

And I think that is almost true. Women in Sweden are supposed to have equal rights. And they have that when they murder someone, but not when they are not allowed to go to work and make a carreer….

Selling

Posted on September 18th, 2009 in Journal by Tim • 0 Comments

People in town know their car. I mean, this is Gothenburg, capital of Volvo. Everybody knows about it and has owned at least one Volvo during their life time. And quite  few work for them or with them.

But I am a foreigner in this country. I have a now even a permanent working permit. After 10 years in this country I can speak and write swedish. Not 100% correct, but who does ???

Anyway, people notice that I am not from around. So I usually get the question what part of Sweden I am from. Sometimes it’s the north, sometimes south, they think. Until I tell them I am from Belgium. Then comes the inevitably follow-up question:

“From which part or city?”

Genk, I tell them.

“Ah yes, Gent. Volvo has a big factory there”, is an answer I get 99% of the time.

No, not Gent but Genk, I say. Again they hardly notice the difference.
G-e-n-k. With a k at the end. Where the Ford factory is.

“Oh yes, now you mention it.”

It’s always like this. And I wonder how I will respond in the future now Ford wants to sell Volvo. It looks like some Chinese company will buy Volvo, if not some group of Swedish investors will put in an offer (cause they want to keep it Swedish again after the Ford-fiasco, as they say). But…. then I hope they will also buy the Ford factory in Genk.

Or I could just start saying that I am from Gent……. I studied there. Does that count ?

Changes

Posted on September 17th, 2009 in Journal by Tim • 0 Comments

Some of you probably wonder what just happened here. Well, it has been something that I had in the back of my head for a very long time now. Making it a “normal” blog or keep it running as a photolog.

As you can see, I made my mind up this week and swapped it around. I had a design ready for a while anyway and posted stuff there just for me. Now it’s out in the open and hopefully live a long life.

And in case you are looking for some photos, well… click on one of the photos at the bottom of this page, or just follow this link to my Flickr account.

Watchmen

Posted on September 16th, 2009 in Movies by Tim • 0 Comments

WatchmenPosterFinal I finally got round to watch Watchmen. I had never heard about the comic book. Even at the time when the only thing I did was reding comic books. But that maybe has to do with the lack of internet at that time.

Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised. Nice atmosphere, good filming (I really liked the slo-mo shots) and a story line that is typical for this kind of movie/comic book. Even for a 2,5 hour movie it never was boring or going to slow.

My favorite character ? “Walter Kovacs / Rorschach” I guess. Not just because he is the storyteller, but the most mysterious one as well….. I think.