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The Day After…

11150293_368122626718574_1053545641733442304_nHaving heard Monique Krüs sing (Lucia di Lammermoor) is something totally different than hearing the composition she wrote for the youth opera ‘Anna & Zef’. Next to the invited guests several school classes were invited, it’s their age group (12 to 15) this opera is written for. Even the age difference of seventy years between someone who died in 1945 or 2015 didn’t matter, in heaven you keep your own age. (good to know)  The Dutch-Iranian soprano Lilian Farahani (24) gave a wonderful performance, so did Dutch baritone Benjamin de Wilde (20). It’s so good to hear not everyone who can sing wants to do it in a band or musical. Photo: Jan Swinkels (from Facebook)

Left to right: Conductor David Niemann, composer Monique Krüs, baritone Benjamin de Wilde, soprano Lilian Farahani.

15 minutes before the opera started the AMC hospital called, and we did the trial talk by phone. It saved me to travel to the outskirts of the South-East region of the city and I still could see and talk to my brother before he went back home after his Easter visit. No nap was taken before the final event of the day.

At eight it was Showtime!, the final Siorée Frivolette hosted by Luna Lunettes @ café ‘t Mandje on Zeedijk. With “Want Not Waist Not” in mind she distributed left over chocolate easter eggs. I’m not sure that’s a good combination with a glass of wine or beer, so I (with my chocolate addiction) stayed away from that.

It was a pity not many people turned up to see the final show, but even with a small audience we had a great night out, or was it because we all know each other that well? Okay, I could catch the last ferry home and fell asleep in front of the telly, waking up at six. Next stop the shower and after being dressed a trip to the supermarket to get some milk and other stuff. I have a lunch meeting with Luna.

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A Full Day Ahead…

special-music-keySometimes life takes us in different directions. A few weeks ago I met a woman in a bar, we got talking about living in Amsterdam and other things. We talked about what we did for a living and how we spend our off time. After that evening we kept in touch via email and Facebook. You should have seen my surprise when I got an invitation to her latest project.

Later this morning I’m going to listen and see the World Premiere of ‘Anne and Zef’ a youth opera, based on the diaries of Anne Frank. The music is written by the woman I met at the bar, Monique Krüs.

In ‘Anne en Zef’ 10 musicians and 2 singers/actors are involved. The opera is based on the successful play ‘Anne en Zef’ by Dutchman Ad de Bont, who used parts of Anne Frank’s diary as a starting point. The story in short: Everybody knows the story of Anne Frank and knows how her life ended. Zef is an Albanian boy, victim of a feud between two families. Anne and Zef meet in heaven and find out they have a lot in common.

After the opera I hope I have some time to congratulate Monique with “the birth of her latest project”, knowing two other projects are already set in motion for 2016.

Next stop, AMC hospital! Nothing is wrong with me or my feet. A new trial will start in a few weeks and my specialists Tessa and Sicco thought I was a good ‘specimen’ to contribute to it. So first we have the talks before the trials really start. Afterwards home for a short nap, the day isn’t over yet.

In Café ‘t Mandje, the same bar I met Monique, is the final episode of Siorée Frivolette by Luna Lunettes at eight. It all started two years ago and time has gone by very fast. I got to learn, and met, a lot of people because of that show, making my world a bit bigger than the four walls of my home I normally was working in.




thankyouNormally I write my ‘Thank You’ note on the first day of Christmas, my birthday, now with still a few days to go I want to thank the people who enriched my life these past 12 months.

Of course my physicians are part of it, I haven’t seen them this much this year and I hope to keep it that way, unless they need me one way or an other. Because of them I can walk again, short distances, and without crutches!  But also the friends I gained over the years, some of them I’ve met, others who give advice over the internet, I thank all of you. Just to name a few, Anne-Marie near Philadelphia (who I met thru a shrink in Phoenix AZ), Wayne in Delaware struggling to stay alive with his form of blood-cancer and Josh in Podunk, Indiana, an online pastor. (still a good friend after i lost “the Faith”).

But also the people who gave me will power, see my inner strength while they showed me theirs. Just to name a few, Charl Bakker (links to FB), Pete Statham, Luna Lunettes and Tom de Jong. (sorry some sites are in Dutch only), a big ‘Thank You’ to all of you!

But also my sisters (big and small), younger brother and Dad, who were a big support after Mum died on November 1, 2014.

Thanks for keeping me sane, enriching my life, looking forward to a bright future. See you all, online or in real life, next year!





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Song Of A Wanderer

BOI-Song-of-a-Wanderer-Anne-Marie-BorsboomNext year a documentary will have its official premiere and will then hit the screens in theaters around the globe. Last night we had a semi private viewing in the EYE Film Institute here in Amsterdam. The title of the movie: Boi – song of a wanderer

Boi was originally aimed to relate the living conditions of individuals in countries where political and religion issues hamper everyday life. But Boi became the story of an inner struggle, a quest for who one really is. Boi is the story of a girl who wanted to be boy. Boi keeps tracks of Nitzan’s life and body changes, following her through her journey all over the world. But most important it shows us the surprisingly beautiful direction uncertain steps can take. Nitzan unveils who she really is: an amazingly attractive and vigorous young man.

It took eleven years in the making, the movie starts in 2003, and the transition goes slowly just as real life, it’s not a decision made easily but something that literally has to grow.

The presentation was in the capable hands of Luna Lunettes and Merel Moistra. After the movie there was a Q&A of course and during the drink at the café Merel performed several of her songs. The one I liked best is “Geboortekaartje” (birth announcement) in which it doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl as long as you are YOU!


Canal Pride 2014

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.


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