Newsflash #16

Not happy. I just got home from the Venhei Veterinary Hospital. Mr. Bowie’s check up shows that the medicines are not working properly so we have to look for other options. Next Friday we are going back to see a special eye doctor. In the meantime Mr. Bowie’s medicines are adapted. I’m sure everything will work out fine. Hang in there, my furry friend!

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Newsflash #15

A big bummer. Just got back from Venhei, the Veterinary Hospital. What a disappointment… The ointment didn’t cure Mr. Bowie’s eye infection. We need to treat the symptoms with antibiotics, an inflammatory agent and ointment for the following 2 weeks. Thank goodness Mr. Bowie is in the good hands of Veerle and Sarah, 2 experienced and brilliant vets.

Meanwhile Mr. Bowie is chilling and recovering from the stress after all the medical examinations…

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

In the Sick Bay

Wounded eye of the tiger. Lately, Mr. Bowie has had bad luck, health-wise. I took Mr. Bowie last week two times to Venhei, a Veterinary Hospital. An injury of his lower eyelid got infected and Mr. Bowie became very, very sick. The vet disinfected the wound and Mr. Bowie received acute treatment and proper medication. I need to put a thin line of ointment in his eye, 3 times a day. Thank goodness he is feeling much better right now. Get well soon, my furry friend! Don’t worry, I will look after your catnip plants…

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

BEAF

Kicking off the summer. So glad I got tickets for the concert of Jóhann Jóhannsson at the Bozar Electronic Arts Festival in Brussels, September 2017. Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer, well-known for writing music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, TV and films like ’Sicario’, ‘Arrival’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’. Also performing live on the BEAF festival: William Basinski, an avant-garde composer based in NYC and Phew, a Japanese singer working in the areas of jazz avant-garde and experimental music. I’m looking forward to attending this festival!

Meanwhile Mr. Bowie has declared himself “very comfortable on the table”. He’s enjoying life and wonders how long it normally takes to get served…

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

33

Back to normal. Mr. T has left building and our country but the heat is still on. Temperatures are set to soar above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) the next days. This is not fake news. Mr. Bowie is chilling out and gets plenty of fresh, clean and cool water. I was invited by my best friend to try some healthy vegetarian and (hot hot hot) Mexican food. So delicious…

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Kraftwerk hat es geschafft! Kraftwerk, the Beatles and godfathers of modern synthesizer music, arrived last Saturday at the Elisabeth Center Antwerp (Koningin Elisabethzaal) with ‘The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8’ show. The brand new Queen Elizabeth Hall offers a wide range of concerts, musicals and other events. It’s located in the heart of Antwerp, adjacent to Antwerp Central Station. In 2014 the British-American magazine Mashable awarded ‘Antwerpen-Centraal’ the first place for the most beautiful railway station in the world.

‘The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8’, is a spectacular, maybe a little weird and retro, multimedia 3-D concert inspired by and touted as an art installation. Kraftwerk calls it “Gesamtkunstwerk” (total work of art). Their music may sound complex, electronic, or inaccessible at first sight. But they inspired a lot of people, musicians, rap artists and bands like David Bowie, Depeche Mode, New Order, Daft Punk and even Coldplay. Kraftwerk was the main reason why I started to build, play and buy synthesizers when I was a kid.

The audience received 3-D glasses with which to watch the projected performance, vintage video and film footage. During ‘Spacelab’, satellites and a flying saucer seemed to hover over our heads. The first encore song, ‘The Robots’, was an amazing moment in the show with Kraftwerk replaced by moving, lifelike mannequins dressed as their younger selves. It was a breathtaking, challenging, unique and yes, a very fun evening.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

While I was working on this post I heard the tragic news about a suicide bomber killing at least 22 innocent people, including children, in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester UK. My thoughts are with all those who have been affected. 

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