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A day of silence

A moment of silence for all the victims of this tragedy.

Twenty-eight dead in coach crash in the Swiss Alps
A Belgian coach carrying school children from schools in Heverlee and Lommel has crashed in Sierre in the Swiss Alps. Twenty-eight people are dead including twenty-two children.

Belgium is mourning
Although most of the victims are Belgian, Swiss officials say the dead include seven Dutch children. Among those injured are three Dutch, one Pole and one German.

On the WC-final

Yes, it was a blatant foul on Elia, and the linesman should have awarded a corner from the free kick. BUT the Dutch shouldn't dare to complain!!

1. De Jong should have gone, for what can only be described as assault.
2. Robben should have gone if the game was refereed to the letter of the law (though I think it would have been harsh.)
3. Van Bommel should have gone in the first half alone, he played one of the most disgustingly nasty games I have seen and how he had the nerve to approach Webb at the end of the game was astonishing.

You could make a case for Puyol and Iniesta to see red too, but how could they after what was let go for the Dutch in the first half? I watched this game as a neutral, with a slight favor towards Spain. But I have a lot of Dutch friends so I would have been happy for them if they had won.
However after the Kung Fu attack, it was Spain all the way for me and I am glad Spain won. It would have been a blight on the game for a side using such tactics to win the world cup. Howard Webb's leniency was partly responsible for the ugliness of the match: if the Dutch had been down to 10 men earlier it might have calmed the game down. But he was in a no-win sittuation and I think he really tried to control the game.

The next time the Dutch should trust in the abilities of their footballers to win. They were undefeated for nearly 30 matches because they were good footballers; last night, with the whole footballing world watching, they simply looked like thugs.


On the WC

1. No, this is not a revenge on 1956. All the German players who said this, weren’t even born so you cannot in a 100 years compare this situation with that. I’ve also seen footage of that match: it is a close yes or a close no, so I give the benefit of the doubt on the linesman. Today’s situation is a definitive yes: both the ref and the linesman should have seen it!

2. Yes the 2-2 would have been a difference, even if Germany was the better team in the first half-hour. (last part of the first half was for England)

3. I hope that in the future the FIFA (and in particularly Sepp Blatter) will use technology or more referees/linesmen, like they did during the past European cup.

4. I admit, I was rooting for England. (Though I never expected them to beat Germany)

5. Germany’s play has been amazing (accept against Serbia) and the win against England was well deserved! I truly believe that the Mannshaft is a potential winner of the WC, I’m hoping for it as well (and if that doesn’t work: Spain, por favor)


Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Christmas song: And His name shall be called wonderful
Composed by: Sally DeFord
@ the piano: Tom Deneckere
Performed by: me, at my vocal exam at the end of June 2009.

The British “press” at its best?

- Belgium is not a "nothing country". I find this highly insulting.
- It is Herman Van Rompuy and not Herbert Van Rompuy (check your sources/facts!)
- If Herman is elected as president of Europe, he will not be ruling over Britain. Europe presidency is not the same as the USA (again, check your sources/facts)
- To my knowledge Van Rompuy has never spoken about installing European symbols instead of national symbols. (License plates are not symbols if everyone in Europe has the same format, what is the big deal? I am not for, nor against this.)

Look I am not saying that Belgium country is perfectly governed, but first look at your own country before you start making assumptions about a country of which you probably do not understand a lot of!

And what is it with you people, first you want/kick Blair out and now you want him to become president of Europe?

I am way to busy with college at the moment to update this blog on a regular base, but this will change starting from halfway January when I start my placements at www.supo.be for four weeks and followed by eight weeks at gunktv (pronounced as junk tv). I just had to get this of my chest..

On the Nobel Peace Prize for Obama

I'm no expert on either the Nobel prize nor politics. Yet I was a bit shocked when I read the news this morning when I was at school. When I was a bit critical towards the fact that President Obama won it, a classmate berated me for that.

Yet, I stand with my point... what has he done so that he could win the Nobel Peace Prize for?
I know the Nobel Committee said “It was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve."

Don’t get me wrong, he is a decent president and what I’ve seen of him shows that he has great ideas and morals. But I think that one year in office is not enough to give him this reward (and if you think about it, only his first two weeks in office “count”)

Maybe in a year or two, but now? No.
I had won 4 tickets for the avant-première of The Half-Blood Prince that was held on July 11, 2009.

Together with my mum, my niece Luna and good friend Myrthel I went to Brussels to see the movie. Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) were present as well.

Unfortunately, we couldn't take any pictures of them when they where introducing the film. Bloody security was pretty high.

After the after-party, we bumped into Evanna - In my niece's case this was quite literally, the bodyguard pushed her quite rudely away even though we didn't see Evanna because she was still 100m away. He could have asked nicely to step away so she could pass, you know! Of course, I forgot to take a picture until a few minutes later when we saw her on the level above us...

The film was great! Only the most literalist Potter fans will not enjoy this film as it has it all: exquisite cinematography, a brilliant soundtrack, imaginative direction, and the very best acting from both the veterans and young guns we've seen so far in the series.

The leading actors were great. They've all matured in pace with the maturing content of the books and their acting shows it. Rupert Grint has no reason to keep doubting himself as an actor. And although Emma Watson had relatively little to do in this film, she generally hit the spot.

As for Radcliffe, I particularly enjoyed his comedic turn in this movie. I do tend to agree with others that Radcliffe's handling of the more serious moments needs refinement. Not bad at all, but some depth still missing there.

The supporting cast is excellent as always; Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon are fine and isn't it always wonderful to see the familiar faces of others like the great Julie Walters and of course the great Alan Rickman? Jim Broadbent is wonderful as Prof. Horace Slughorn. Tom Felton was superb as Draco Malfoy. Helena Bonham-Carter (who wowed me to no end with her minimal screen time as the deranged and depraved Bellatrix Lestrange) delivers once again.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince mixes comedy, romance, drama, and adventure into one, and makes it so marvelous and fun to watch. The movie is not sort of rushed, but you feel that it is being pushed forward. It doesn't feel long at all because of everything going on, so it passes by normally. Quidditch is back and is action packed.

Much more confident direction, fine cinematography, an improved score and excellent performances by an all star cast mark this triumph, which is sure to be one of the biggest hits of the summer.

Pics from after-party avant-première HBP @ Facebook


Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vs Twilight

Edward's behavior and the fact that many people are seeing it as romantic is very disturbing. He watched her while she slept, was obsessively violent mannered towards anyone that even looked at her, he is manipulative... and the most horrifying scene happens in the 4th book is the "sex" scene (= rape in my dictionary! She is unconscious for Pete's sake!!) after they are married. After Bella is "beaten and bruised" and pregnant and SHE IS HAPPY!?? Come on!! Teenagers think this is romantic?!!

So when I stumbled on this little remix, I thought it was quite refreshing.
What would Buffy do if Edward Cullen was interested in her? Here is the answer

Amazing editing and hilarious too! :-)

Btw: I have nothing against the actor Robert Pattinson. I enjoyed his performance as Giselher in Ring of the Nibulungs and as Cedric in Goblet of Fire. I think he has everything to become a great actor. (And he's nice to look at as well ;P)
Farrah Fawcett
February 2, 1947 - June 25, 2009
A great woman, not only known for her role in Charlie's Angels. But most of all, a woman who fought bravely against cancer.

Hilde "Yasmine" Rens
March 3, 1972 - June 25, 2009
She is not known outside the borders of Belgium (perhaps maybe in The Netherlands) but she had a great impact on the Flemish music here in my country. It is sad that she took her own life. She seemed the struggle when her partner left her, bu noone expected this.

Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009
I'm not really into his music, but I do love a few of his songs. I also know the impact he had on the music world in general.
He was a weird guy, a person who I've always felt sorry for. He is the result of a abusive upbringing in front of the whole world, never really allowed to be a child and by some, actually I think by a lot of people, looked up as a god. Which is never a good thing.

May they all rest in peace.

Sort of an update :P

Finally! The Easter Holliday have started. Two weeks where I don’t have to go to college, don’t have any deadlines, don’t have to write a lot of articles/interviews... Oh, wait... I do have a lot of articles to write, and I do have deadlines... Ah well, at least I got plenty of time to write them. :P

But as you might have guessed, I hadn’t got the time to update this LJ-thingy. I hope this will change in the near-future.

Book Meme

This bookmeme has been going around on my fl these last few days. I am rather proud of myself that I've read quite a few of them. :-)

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ

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Merci Justine Henin

Sorry for spamming, but while I was posting the other post, I heard on the radio that Justine Henin is quitting tennis.

Sad to hear, but I do understand that it takes a lot from a person to stay on top and sacrifice quite a lot for her sport. She recently mended her ties whit her family (father and siblings) and I think she realized that there are more important things in life than staying on top of the WTA ranking.

Our little country was spoiled. Both Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin highlighted Belgium on the tennis world map. Though there is new talent coming up, I don’t think they will achieve the same results as those two. We shouldn’t expect that either. Wouldn’t be fair.

Anyway, I wish Justine the best and I hope she finds the same happiness that Kim has found with her child and husband.

Cristmas & New year wishes

Merry New Year and Happy...no wait...Happy Merry and New Christmas. Shit no, that aint it. Uhh Merry New Happy and... ah fuck it! You all know what I mean :D

Yours truly,

The Golden Compass

I saw this movie tonight.
I haven't read the book, so I can't compare it.
The acting is really good (Especially Nicole Kidman's performance!) But the movie was choppy and fast paced. I find that it lacks story development. Nice sceneries, but most of the time to artificial.

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Anyway, updated my My atempt at 50 Book Challenge for 2007 list.
I've read 49 books so far. I still got time enough time to read at least one :)