Thursday, September 24, 2009

3 New friends

These new friends are designs from the Dutch artist Hella Jongerius. She made them for the IKEA PS Collection and was inspired by creatures from Swedish fairy tales. Click here for the full story.

Pelle
Mikkel
Gullspira

Welcome to ye all three, the March Hare said.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hare's musical discovery of the year

It's true - I always wanted love to be hurtful, the March Hare said.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New friend

This Friday, the newly established foundation for our Animal Art Collection was able to purchase the very much wanted Art Deco Longwy polar bear!


Welcome to you, polar bear! the March Hare said.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Surprise festivities

There were some sky-high-way-surprise festivities to celebrate the event of me entering The Club. Here they are in random order:




Goin' up to the spirit in the sky, that's where I'm gonna go when I die, when I die and they lay me to rest, I’m gonna go to the place that's the best! The March Hare sang.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This is Forty, goodnight.


Oops, welcome to the club! the March Hare exclaimed.

Friday, March 27, 2009

New friends

From the stable of the oldest Dutch company Royal Tichelaar Makkum here are:



Here, doggy doggy! the March Hare shouted.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Do's and Don'ts in public transport, or in life - in general, actually

(click on the image for a larger image)

DON'T, the March Hare said.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Hare at the Hurricane Tour

Last Thursday I visited the concert Grace Jones gave in Paradiso, Amsterdam (so I updated this.) It was definitely one of the most awesome gigs I ever visited. I never experienced such a hot steaming show, which lasted more that 2 hours. The crowd was constantly over-the-top-excited and didn't get enough. As words can't describe the thing this 60 years-old-mum did, here are 7 truly wonderful and magnificent pics, made by top photographer Caroline van Oosten de Boer:

And here are two YouTube clips as proof of the musical qualities of the show. The first is the spectacular opening of the evening. It only took about 30 seconds to realise the come back of the fenomenon (read the review in the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant on 03/21/09.) The second is an almost complete compilation of the show, on which al her costumes can be admired:


As there can be only ONE pop queen, so... Madonna: eat your heart out, the March Hare said.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Hare at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

This week I visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam. I was present during 6 days and visited a total of 23 screenings. The quality of the films was OK for me, but I nearly got depressed from al the agony I was exposed to. The Rotterdam Film Festival is well known for presenting the newest among the newest and the experimental, but certainly not for the mainstream (Hollywood) films. Although alt this agony is beautifully framed, I had - face to face - an over dosis of poverty, anger, pain, lonelyness, grief, hunger, dead, ghosts, people repressing other people, adultery, child murderers and post-natal depressions. Und so weiter. The world is really a cruel and messed up place, I must conclude. It was almost too much.

So here's my list, not in any random order:

(*5 = really good, *4 = good, *3 = OK, *2 = bad, *1= awfull)

1. Birdwatchers*****
Film about the repressed situation of the Indians in South-America. Film striking like an air blow. At least: I ended up crying.

2. Last conversation******
Intriguing Roadmovie (made in one take in a car with 24 camera attached to it!) about a woman who has her last telephone conversation with her lover, during her way to him.

3. The sound of insects - record of a mummy*****
Experimental diary-film about a man who decides to commit suicide by starvation. Wow - unbelievable!

4. Frozen river*****
Exciting thriller about a white woman who gets involved in smuggling of illegal people on the border of Canada and the USA. Got me on the tip of my seat.

5. Slumdog millionaire*****
The visitors favorite of the festival. About a young man from the slums in Mumbai, who wins the jackpot in a quiz. Did he cheat, was he a genius, or was it written? A true Carnival of Light!

6. Troubled water*****
Norwegian film about a child murderer who gets another chance in life as the organ player of a church. Very moving.

7. The blessing****
Danish film about a young mother suffering from a post natal depression. Very suffocating.

8. Wendy and Lucy****
A young woman loses her dog while traveling through a small town. Not very funny if you're a dog lover.

9. Rachel getting married****
About a girl who gets released from mental hospital for a few days as her sister is getting married. With her, all the old family ghosts get released too. A laugh and a tear, and certainly Oscar material for Anne Hathaway who plays the messed-up kid.

10. The hungry ghosts****
Mosaic film about several people in New York trying to life their life. After a few slow films without any narrative and without any conversation it was a delight to hear people talk and communicatie with eachother...!

11. Snow****
About a small village in Bosnia where the women own a small curry factory and one day outsiders visit them because they want to buy the land. With a sympathetic touch of magic realism.

12. Unmade beds****
Second feature film from Alexis Dos Santos. Funny and colourfull, about two young people who have to deal with the lonelyness in their lives.

13. A country teacher****
Sympathetic film about a homosexual teacher who moves to the countryside to teach on a small town school.

14. Tokyo OnlyPic***
Very funny animation. Satire on the Olympic Games with made-up sports, rituals and participants. Hilarious!

15. Jay***
Funny film about the murder of a young homosexual teacher, and the efforts a TV show take to let his family tell 'the true story on TV.

16. Bollywood hero***
Not bad for a Dutch movie. About an actor who gets a role in a Bollywood movie and along the way wants to do some good work in the slums of Mumbai. (Speaking of Bollywood: I think that since Bombay is renamed as Mumbai, we ought to speak about Mollywood instead, shouldn't we?)

17. Eléve libre***
Interesting film about a young man and his private teacher. What's the boundary between teaching and forcing?

18. Delta***
Very slow film about the incestuous relationship between a young man and his sister he meets for the first time. Shocking ending!

19. Liverpool***
Very slow, but not boring film about a sailor who visits his home town Ushuaia (in the south of Argentina) after 20 years of absence. Stay in your seat until the very end, for only then you;ll know why the film is called 'Liverpool'!

20. My magic ***
Nice film about a drunkard father who regains his old job as a fakir-magician, to regain the trust of his only son.

21. Puisque nous sommes nés***
Not my cup of tea, but nevertheless a beautiful shot portrait of two street kids in Brazil.

22. Rule #1***
Asian horror movie about the question: do there are any ghosts in thos world or aren't there any? Afterwards you're not pretty sure...

23. The shout ***
Bit dated film from the late seventies about a stranger who's into Aboriginal sorcery and who gets between a man and a woman.

I was sooo ready to go home, the March Hare said.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Hare learned some exiting German words

During our lovely ski-stay, last week in Bettmeralp in La Bonny Suisse, I learned a lot of die Deutsche Sprache from the German television. Here are some terrific-terrifying words, in random order:

Kronegebrate
Totesopfer
Travestite Künstler
Reinheitsgebot
Damenbart


Und zum nie mehr zu vergessen: Danny Kiste, der rettende Engel von das Piste, die Marschhasen sagte.

In memoriam: Katwijk

Op dinsdag 30 december jl. is onze lieve poes Katwijk overleden.

KATWIJK
Katharina Annebjørk Truusje Wilhelmina IJsolde Koba

juni 1994 - 30 december 2008

Ondanks dat ze al weken ziek was en we dus op haar vertrek voorbereid waren, valt het ons erg zwaar haar te moeten missen na de ruim veertien jaar dat ze bij ons is geweest.

Katwijk is dezelfde dag nog gecremeerd in Stompwijk. We gaan haar op een mooie voorjaarsdag uitstrooien in de duinen van Meyendel.

Lay down, your sweet and weary head.
Night is falling, you have come to journey’s end.
Sleep now, and dream of the ones who came before.
They are calling, from across a distant shore.

Why do you weep, what are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see, all of your fears will pass away.
Safe in my arms - you’re only sleeping.

What can you see, on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea, a pale moon rises,
the ships have come to carry you home.
And all will turn, to silver glass.
A light on the water, all souls pass - into the West.

(Annie Lennox - Into the West)

Katwijk zal altijd ons mooie kleine meisje zijn en we hopen dat ze nu bij haar poezenmama en onze Nilfisk is, en zonder de ballast van haar zieke lijfje vrij rond kan dartelen door de groene weiden van de poezenhemel.

Gedenk haar met Martini, pistachenootjes en muffins, want daar was ze stiekem dol op.

(... the March Hare said.)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Hare has been called

("I see the letter... H...")

Yes, I already thought I heard something, the March Hare said. But is it her or is the other side calling?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hare's Roman Holiday

These are the pictures Mommy Hare made:





Obscure and stunning colouring - sometimes a sixties revival, sometimes a bit Six Feet Under-like, the March Hare said.