Boom Chicago

Yesterday evening, we went to the theater (“Het Arsenaal” in Vlissingen) to see Boom Chicago.

I don’t know if you know them, or have heard about them, but they are (obviously) a theater group. They do improvisation theater. We had seen them once before, a year or two ago, so we knew what to expect. If you don’t, maybe you have seen De Lama’s on Dutch television…? That’s more or less similiar to Boom Chicago.

The group consists of a couple of Americans who live in the Netherlands; it’s very funny to hear “foreigners” characterising “us”, the Dutch people, our habits, et cetera. But they’re very good at it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Some improvisation examples from the show: people in the audience yell out some professions and the names of some famous people, and they make a sketch of “Sean Connery as a flying doctor”, or “ET as a bank robber”.
Or they ask the audience for a couple of one-liners from movies. Two of the actors, who were back stage during that time, then have to do a scene in which they randomly get these lines and have to integrate these into the scene.
And yes, on stage it is much more funny than if you read it here…

Anyway, if you want to know more about them, or see some example videos, have a look at boomchicago.nl.
Have fun! And go and see them some time, if you can.

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Friday, March 24th, 2006 Leisure No Comments

Family visit

We went away for the weekend, to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Bristol, UK. It had been more than a year since we were there last time. Luckily they come to the Netherlands more often than we go there! ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a lovely, relaxed couple of days. On Saturday, we visited Tintern Abbey and made a walk in the surrounding area. On Sunday, we just strolled around through town. Unfortunately, I was a bit sick both days, but that didn’t stop me from walking.

All in all, we had a nice weekend, some time to read a book, chat with each other, and relax.

On the “professional” level: my first month as a software engineer has come and gone. And I’m allowed to stay! I’m very pleased with the job, so far, it’s nice, it’s interesting, and it’s challenging. And with a bit of luck, before long, I will be able to do most of it from home!

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 Leisure, Personal No Comments


This morning we returned from our skiing trip to France.

We stayed in Hotel Aujon in Flaine, in the Grand Massif.

We had a very nice week, although the first few days we had a lot of snow. Because of that, a lot of pistes and lifts were closed. As the weather got better, more pistes were opened, and by the end of the week, we had skied most of the 265 kilometers of piste.

Nice detail about the village of Flaine: the site was not discovered until 1959! In 1968 the resort was officially opened.

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Saturday, January 7th, 2006 Leisure, Personal No Comments


During our honeymoon, I finished the next two parts of the Hitchhiker’s Guide: “So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish”, and “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe”.

As you will understand, I didn’t have the opportunity there and then to write that on my weblog… I do now, but in the mean time, I also finished (yesterday evening) the last part: “Mostly Harmless”.

You will have to wait for the quotes, though. I haven’t had the time yet…

Update: I almost forgot. I was reading the latest Natuurwetenschap & Techniek and there was an article about The Hitchhiker’s Guide and about a new book, called “The Science of The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”, by Michael Hanlon.

BTW, the article is also available online.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 Funny, Leisure No Comments


I finished the third part of the Hitchhiker’s Guide: Life, the Universe and Everything.

I haven’t got the book with me though, so you will have to wait for my collection of quotes.

In the mean time, you can check this site for some. (Check out the links on the left side.)

(Update: the link appears to be no longer working.)

OK, here’s one I remember:

(…) and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic.

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Saturday, May 7th, 2005 Funny, Leisure, Personal No Comments


No, this is NOT the 3rd part of the Hitchhiker’s Guide.

This is the name of the theater show we went to yesterday: TATATATA by Hans Liberg. A great entertainer. Music and comedy. He seamlessly combines classical music with old folk and modern pop songs. Liberg really is a marvel at the piano.

The name of the show refers to the opening piece. TA TA TA TA, Beethoven’s 5th, ยท ยท ยท โ€”. You know what I mean – everybody knows it.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005 Leisure, Personal No Comments


Yes, I finished reading part two: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
Another book full of nonsense! In this book we learn about the end of the universe and that people come visit Milliways – the restaurant at the end of the universe – to watch the whole show.

In this restaurant, you can meet the Dish of the Day: May I interest you in parts of my body? Something off the shoulder perhaps?
After ordering, the animal walks back into the kitchen: Very good, I’ll just nip off and shoot myself.

On the Heart of Gold space ship, however, the Cybernetics Corporation Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer still cannot produce tea.

“Share and Enjoy” is the company motto of the hugely successful Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Complaints Division, which now covers the major land masses of three medium-sized planets and is the only part of the Corporation to have shown a consistent profit in recent years.

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Friday, April 15th, 2005 Funny, Leisure, Personal No Comments


After reading Charl’s blog entry about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie, I borrowed The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide from him.

I’d heard about the book, of course, but I’d never read it. I had no idea what it was about. But reading it had been on my todo-list for quite some time. So after bugging Charl about it for a week or two, he finally lent it to me the other day.

I finished the first part yesterday evening. And it’s great! It’s hilarious!
It’s a fascinating story. Catchy, too. But absurd. With a lot of dry, absurd humour.


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Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 Funny, Leisure, Personal No Comments

Back from Brixen

This morning we returned from our wintersport holiday in Brixen, Austria.

We had a great week, did a lot of skiing, met some nice people in our hotel, and took a few hours of private skiing lessons. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t very good. Snow (almost) every day, misty up in the mountains, so very difficult skiing conditions. But that didn’t stop us, of course. Apart from two or three lifts, we used every single lift in the area. See here for the card. The area is very nice, and pretty large with about 250 kilometers of piste and over 90 lifts.

Yesterday, our last skiing day, we met up with a girlfriend of ours (and her brother) who arrived with the same bus, that we took back home that evening! And they brought some great weather with them. Our last day was perfect, sunny – we even had lunch outside – and a lot of fun with the four of us.

On a side note, just before we left last week, we booked our honeymoon. We’re going to Greece for two weeks. When? Well, after our wedding of course. The date? May 20, just like those two zillion other people! Copycats!

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Sunday, February 20th, 2005 Leisure, Personal 6 Comments

Brixen, here we finally come

This afternoon, we will leave on our skiing trip to Brixen im Thale, Austria.

We are very much looking forward to it! According to the website, there’s two meters of snow in the mountains, so that’s good. Now let’s hope for some nice weather.
Check out the live webcams on the site now and again, maybe you’ll see us slide by.

So, this weblog will be rather quiet next week, but you will definitely hear more about Brixen when we’re back! See you in 10 days!

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Friday, February 11th, 2005 Leisure, Personal No Comments