I stayed far away from the stage last Sunday, I only stood on it before rehearsal. And almost fell off it when someone called me over near the entrance of the theater-restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, the stage is only 18 cm / 7 inches high, but the up lights where in my eyes so I couldn’t see where the stage ended and the floor began.
The theme of this Soirée Frivolette Culinette by Luna Lunettes was “Mother / whore, Maria, Madonna” And the show was filled with classic and modern songs, a recitation about Maria Magdalene, a spider charmer (who also performs with snakes, but not last Sunday) and a crooner. In the audience two people celebrated their birthday so the whole crew and the audience sang “Happy Birthday To You” for them, while the restaurant staff brought cake and prosecco to their tables.
I was sitting in the back with Pete Statham, a singer/songwriter I met several months ago. He’s a guest at Luna’s Tuesday performance at ‘t Mandje on Zeedijk. At the end of the show Luna wanted all the people who helped on stage, I refused. I’m only selling tickets and hope that after all the costs are subtracted something is left in the till.
It was a fun evening and afterwards most of the audience stayed for dinner too, a nice mix of artists and visitors. The next one is on Februari 22 and the theme will be L’Amour!
It’s a long post, not in text but in photos. Click the first one and you’ll see a bigger version, some have a text to explain it.
We are an odd lot, instead of being quiet for a few moments we applaud. Just to show our thoughts to them who never reached the AIDS conference in Melbourne just because their plane MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine.
Miss Dolly Bellefleur, this years Ambassador of Gay Pride
Lord Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, opens the flotilla of Amsterdam Canal Pride 2014
the ‘pride’ of City Hall
The Moroccan float, a combination of Jewish and Muslims. Love has nothing to do with religion, only with the heart.
The Israëli float, somewhere Dana International was on it too.
NO, that’s not her! ;-)
Expreszo Magazine, for LGBTQ youth
SIN creates parties for women, but also sports events, dating and…
A commercial break…
Suitsupply concurs the waves…
Julius Gaysar and 70 Pink Knights concur the waves.
Pink Dolphins, they ran out of sea horses…
No this is not a float made by Christo…
SOA = STD
Cat Carpenters, I’ve never heard of them, found out they make music
No name, no organisation, just friends who digged deep into their pockets to be part of this fest
Popcake from The Hague, a disco which is ‘straight friendly’.
The title says it all
The providers of food and drink to restaurants, bars and you!
Another commercial break
Make women visible
ING Bank, pharoah leads his people (to the bank vaults…)
But what have those two Anubis’s to do with it all. Is the end near? (Of the bank)
A big employer in Amsterdam who’s known for equality for all
The Opvoedkliniek (Education Clinic) helps youth, families and adolescents with questions about starting a family…
… okay, that last statement didn’t sound right. The youth get’s placed in loving families.
Amsterdam gay Rugby
COC Netherlands has been advocating the rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders from 1946 on
One of the Pink Noord members
Of course the tagline is Power to You. Joehoe is the dutch (gay) version of Hello!
Gay firefighters sponsored by United Bikes
Bring me Sunshine…
the name says it all
guest of honor… Conchitta Wurst
Rich + Gay, they had enough money to sponsor this little boat, meanwhile doing nothing while sipping wine and standing around.
The ‘girls’ from bar Lellebel
He’s participating for the 19th time, he likes to show off and he’s straight… but loves the attention. (BTW, he’s a great guy, he offered his boat to us, Pink Noord, but we didn’t have the funds)
Another commercial break, love the ship though
Gay postal workers
Royal Dutch Kentalis is a national organization in the Netherlands specializing in providing diagnostic, care and educational services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind, as well as to people with severe speech/language impairment or autistic spectrum disorders accompanied by severe speech and language difficulties.
WOW! That was a mouth full!
X-MO is a gay (male) porn TV broadcaster, so what are those women doing onboard?! Or do they have an all female TV channel as well?
Akzo/Nobel colors your world
So, what’s coming next?
Milkshake is an 1-day festival for girls who like boys who like boys who like…
I’ve never thought about that!
S.O.S. The PANN Foundation organizes straight-friendly parties all over the country
Café Kalff from Utrecht
The one in the middle, with the big hairdo, is a friend of us.
Again loads of applause and calls to our men and women in blue.
Pink in Blue
Their slogan is: “Proud to be your friend” If they were not on the float, they took care of traffic and misdemeanors along the canal.
Amsterdam Gay Student Association
The Hivos organisation, break open that closet!
Mario and best friend Klaus
Gay workers of the Dutch National Bank, celebrating life but also the 200th anniversary of the Bank and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Rainbow bar Rotterdam
Café ‘t Mandje – Bet van Beeren, one of our regular hangouts on Zeedijk
Two hospitals work together, OLVG and Lucas/Andreas…
These are the Guardian Angels that will take care of you… when needed.
Listen to the Jungle, an eventplanner
Waternet is the water company for Amsterdam and the surroundings. They supply you with tap water and take care of the discharge of waste water. They also make sure you keep your feet dry by maintaining the water level and keeping the surface water clean.
Dutch Mensa group
Positive and proud
Again they tell their own story
Upstream swimming team
doing the carwash, over and over again
GVB = Municipal Public Transport. These are the fairies who bring me to town on their ferries
Radio Decibel, normally good music but now a bit too loud
Funeral Insurance company
Our men and women of Army, navy, customs and military police. For a change the minister of Defence was not onboard.
…she was not missed… it’s these people who keep us safe.
Gays from Amsterdam-ZuidOost
Wilson bar in Haarlem
The Dining Divas, meeting new women during dinner once a month for singles and… swingers.
Ferry magazine + store
Bar Loud of Rotterdam
Taking care of LGBTQ pensioners should be better in retirement homes, a TV program on RTL4 this autumn will show what goes right and wrong. The presenters Gerard + Gordon, aka Geer & Goor, heve a feud in real life but in front of the camera that’s all gone. (or is it an act?!)
The Queens and queens of love
just unicorns do not make this gay
Some final notes…
And a commercial which states: ‘Tomorrow even more men in tight leather suits! Gamma is a DIY superstore chain which organizes a motor rally in Assen.
That’s me smack in the middle of Zeedijk in front of Café ‘t Mandje – Bet van Beeren. The street is closed of for all traffic.
Moon + Corrie, the red-head is my friend and neigbor, the blond her niece.
I’ve heard of dog owners who start looking like their best friend, but this… cats that start to look like their masters… or are the cats the master and the owner the underling ?!
Tomorrow we have again some better behaved pets on A Dogably PAWfect Day.
Here in the Netherlands carving a pumpkin is not widely done, neither is celebrating Hallowe’en. I found these photos on Designboom, and they are made by Joshua Bousel.
Last night we, Mario and I, went to Gay Night at Pathé De Munt cinema, together with 500 other people who wanted to see Chez Nous.
Again, like two months ago, the cinema was overbooked, so another screen room was opened.
The movie takes place in Amsterdam, of course, in a gay bar with live entertainment, where due to the mismanagement of the late owner they need cash soon. A lot of cash!
They plan a heist, during the busiest weekend of the year, Gay Pride’s Canal Parade.
Our own drag queens, some of them played in the movie too, turned up in full regalia for this opening night. Mean while in Utrecht this movie premiered at the Nederlands Film Festival, and the main character Berti [Alex Klaasen] and the movie are nominated for a Pink Calf.
It started all on Saturday morning 11 AM, coffee verkeerd with a baked ham/cheese sandwich at Noordermarkt, with longtime friend/neighbor Corrie. The last time we did this was about a year ago. The baked sandwich tasted like the finest patissery. Afterwards we did some shopping on Lindengracht market before heading home.
Around 5 PM I left my home to pick up Mario, another neighbor, to go to a combined 95th birthday bash of PN friends. I planned on staying not the whole evening, but it was so beregezellig*, we left as some of the last ones. During that party we met old friends and made new ones. I even met a commenter/reader of this blog, it’s a small world.
This morning I just went to see my parents, they celebrate their 61st wedding day today, just coffee and vlaai was served. My Mum originates from the south of the country and my Dad from here, in Amsterdam.
Later this afternoon I’m going to visit a friend who’s turning 50 today, I’ve known him for 25 years, on and off. We only see each other once or twice a year, while we don’t live that far from each other, but that’s life too.
*Gezellig is one of the Dutch words you can’t translate in English or any other language, cosy is close but not really the right word. Gezellig is a feeling.
“Mr DeMill I’m ready for my close-up!” Here I am with good friend Caroline [aka Luna Lunettes] and I’m wearing a new apron which will be helpful when we’re having the Pink Noord BBQ next month.
I met Caroline/Luna in November 2010, at my first PN drink, later it turned out it was her first time too. So that makes a bond. Without knowing I used to know her wife for years, when she and her Dad were customers in my shop. Have you seen her
shoes boots! A good combination of a classic dress and useful shoes, she’s very down to earth.
Also both Mario and I noticed we almost had no photos of the two of us, so here’s one of us together.
At last a six-pack without bringing the beer!