On the last Sunday of the month, I always write a little recap of that month for my series Reflections. In today’s review: our new pets, meeting my tallest fan and the winner of my recent blog giveaway!
Meet our new pets!
Hubby and I are proud to announce that we have adopted a few unusual pets. Yup, those are worms you see in the photo! We received a special delivery of about 50 wriggly worms recently and made a nice cosy home for them. I have to say they aren’t as cuddly as I imagined… Okay, I’ll be serious for a moment. Hubby actually received the worms for a special project related to soil and the crucial part worms play in the fertility of soil. He’s working on this project with visual artist Kasia Molga.
On the left the special breathable bag the worms were delivered in. And in the photo on the right you can see hubby putting the microphone in the soil.
I’m not entirely sure when and in what form the final installation will be presented, but hubby has a few hours’ worth of sound recordings of worms for it. I’ve heard some clips of it and it’s rather creepy and far more unsettling than you would imagine!
My personal highlight of the month
Was definitely the moment when I was immediately recognised as Lady Modular by book editor Eva Prinz and her partner Thurston Moore (guitarist of Sonic Youth) upon entering a room! It was quite bizarre as Eva had seen my music videos on Instagram for the first time just a few days before and really loved what I did. And there I was suddenly, and she managed to recognise me within a second!
The context: hubby was invited to be part of the 8-day long celebrations of what would have been the 90th birthday of the late French music composer Luc Ferrari. Every day there were live performances at music venue Cafe Oto in Dalston, east London, preceded by film screenings at Close-Up just off Brick Lane. Besides my little moment of fame, it was such a great evening where I met so many lovely people including Luc Ferrari’s widow Brunhild who attended all the events and was the driving force behind it all.
If you want to know more about Luc Ferrari, you can read hubby’s blog post on his website here. And I’d also like to recommend the brand-new book Complete Works of Luc Ferrari, which is the first monograph on Ferrari in English. It’s written by Brunhild Ferrari and edited by Eva Prinz and Catherine Marcangeli (the latter also did the translation).
And the winner is…
Do you remember the special giveaway I announced on my blog a few weeks ago to celebrate 5 years of Dutch Girl in London? I’m happy to announce we have a winner! Natasha Barnes received these typical Dutch treats for leaving me the following suggestion.
I’d love to see more book recommendations! Love all the arts and culture stuff but particularly interested to see what you and others are reading.
Considering I know a lot of people who read a lot, I think this could make for a great blog series asking my friends ‘whatcha reading?’. Thanks again Natasha!
In February I wrote the following blog posts
- The Dutch Girl Tales #10: Vrienden maken in het buitenland. Hoe doe je dat?: in this month’s Dutch-language post I shared some general tips for making friends abroad as an expat, illustrated with my personal success (and failure) stories.
- Bag to the Future: not a day goes by that I don’t receive press releases or invitations to events. Unfortunately 92.43% of them aren’t necessarily relevant for me, you or my brand. But when the Swedish ambassador asked me to join him for cocktails and traditional Swedish dishes in his private residence, I couldn’t refuse. Find out what happened that night in this blog post!
- Secret London Tip: Discover the Petrie Museum, Home to the World’s 4th Largest Ancient Egyptian Collection!: the British Museum is of course THE place to see ancient Egyptian artefacts in London, but don’t miss out on this secret museum, which just happens to house the world’s fourth largest ancient Egyptian collection!
- Take Five: 5 Cultural Things to do in Central London: in the series Take Five on my travel blog Done That Been There I always share 5 cultural travel tips with you. From great record shops to special bookshops, good museums, cool neighbourhoods or the best places to sample local cuisine. In this blog post: 5 cultural things to do in Central London!
- Off the Map: Confessions of a Map Lover: I can’t deny it, I truly love maps, and especially historical world maps. I find it both an intriguing and romantic idea that by looking at vintage maps now, we can get an idea of how people saw the world and their place in it hundreds of years ago. In this blog post I confessed my obsession with maps and how I’ve seen some changes on them during my life!
Films and series to watch
After last month’s massive film & TV list, the one for February looks a bit sad. February has been a disappointing month regarding new cinema releases. I suspect the school holidays and upcoming Oscar awards have to do with this.
Instead of going to the cinema, hubby and I have been mainly binge-watching The Office US on Amazon Prime. So, what’s been on my watch list for February?
New in the cinema / on Netflix / Amazon Prime
Meh, not that great
Exhibitions I enjoyed visiting
- Roman Vishniac Rediscovered at The Photographers’ Gallery (26 October – 24 February 2019) You might remember I already visited this captivating black and white photo exhibition a few months earlier. I was utterly captivated by Vishniac’s vast and detailed documentation of Jewish culture in Europe and the US before, during and after WWII. I just had to go see it again before it closed on 24 February!
- Roman Vishniac Rediscovered at the Jewish Museum (26 October – 24 February 2019) The Vishniac photo exhibition consisted of two parts, the second part being shown at the Jewish Museum in Camden, London. While the topics of both exhibitions were the same, both collections had their own focus points. I felt that the show at the Jewish Museum had more personal photos in the exhibition. I’m glad I went to both locations and have seen the complete show.
Entrance to Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Krakow, c.1935-38
- Living with Buildings at the Wellcome Institute (4 October 2018 – 3 March 2019) The latest exhibition at the Wellcome explores the relationship between buildings, well-being and health. It offers a fascinating architectural travel through time. Starting from London’s 19th-century slums that were so hideous yet inescapable even Charles Dickens wrote about it, to the birth of British garden cities at the turn of the century, to the emergence of postwar tower blocks. If you’re interested in history, sociology, London and architecture, this show is a real must-see! And it’s for free so don’t miss your chance!
My favourite Instagram photos
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Just came across this photo of @akajimmyc’s mural of David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust in Brixton, London. I took the photo in April 2016, 3 months after he had passed away. As you can see, people had left flowers and photos and left messages around the portrait. I haven’t been back to the area since then, but expect it’s still there and still serves as a special tribute to this extraordinary artist. Jimmy C’s works are always quite extraordinary as they exist of countless paint dots. I love his characteristic style! • • • #jimmyc #davidbowie #ziggystardust #streetart #mural #muralart #brixton #london #davidbowieportrait #brixtonstreetart #bowietribute #davidbowietribute #streetartphotography #streetartblogger #artblogger #dutchblogger #travelblogger #londonblogger #londen #artiseverywhere #portrait #publicart #thisislondon #portrait #reisblogger #reismeisje #dutchgirlinlondon #bestoftheday #instacool
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before it dies each night setting free the stars to dance in the sky the sun gives us its final kiss • ✒️ Zarina Rimbaud-Kadirbaks (Girl Noir) • • • #poem #poetry #instapoem #sunset #london #londonsunset #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite #amateurphotographer #amateurfotografie #zwartwit #zwartwitfotografie #londonblogger #dutchblogger #ukbloggers #originalpoem #sunsetquote #love #inspirationalquote #dutchgirlinlondon #travelblogger #reisblogger #reismeisje #girlnoir #noirgirl #bestoftheday #instacool #londonscape #cityscape #lovequote
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Over 14 years and some kilos ago I posed at the famous glacier-fed Lake Louise in Banff, Canada. It must’ve been the biggest lake I had seen in my life at that point. I was in awe of its bright turqouise colour, which was emphasised by the white of the surrounding snowtopped mountains. Have you ever been? • • • #banff #lakelouise #alberta #lake #canada #westcanada #mountainscape #landscape #roadtrip #portrait #dutchgirlinlondon #donethatbeenthere #travelblogger #reisblogger #cultureblogger #reismeisje #followme #womenwhotravel #travelgirls #holidaypic #throwbackfriday #tbf #travelmemories #bestoftheday #instacool
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