The Independent Bee & other tales

Dear reader, Let me start this piece of writing with an apology Indeed, I must confess its title is faulty Inasmuch as the other tales of this brilliant collection Are at present still locked inside my imagination Don’t worry though, I didn’t lie, I’m sure the future will Bring more…

35 souls max

A tiny tiny gem in Central Brussels 35 seats max You’ll need patience and luck to discover the place But you will go back Arthème welcomes you to his living room cafe He shows you around the little cabaret Take a seat, make yourself at home Have…

The surprising wonderfulness of that first Patreon patron

Today I got my first ever “Patron” on Patreon. And I must say I didn’t expect this to have such a massive effect on me: as soon as I saw that someone had decided to support me and this blog & podcast project with a few bucks a…

First ever episode of “A mad Belgian”

In this increasingly mad world, I find that we need, more than ever, to share ideas, opinions & stories, to discuss, and to tell the stories of these “little nothings” that make life worth living. Which is why I’ve recently taken up to publishing episodes of…

Sound Song

  Sound. Safe and sound. I only feel safe when there’s sound around. Sound. Safe and sound. It makes me feel less lonely. Which is why, I always leave the radio on, and listen on and on and on…   To the news, the news, and…

Amour Rouge: Tomate à la mode Alexandrine

Votre beauté m’enivre et j’en perds la raison De la cerise vous avez la petitesse La couleur et la forme, puis la délicatesse Madame je vous admire, c’est une déclaration Ce qui m’a vraiment plu, C’est votre discrétion Vous n’êtes pas comme les autres, vous avez…

Uzivati — New video

Une vidéo des concerts de la semaine passée à La Samaritaine, d’un morceau INEDIT, qui plus est: Play/Stop, une composition d’Alessio Campanozzi. Merci à Lucas Hoyois d’avoir filmé ceci, en plus d’avoir assuré le son et les lumières avec brio! Bonne écoute 🙂  

The Greatest Tomato in the World

Gardening work is quite often portrayed As a doing that brings serenity But it has never been the case for me Unless my crop can be proudly displayed This time I slaved, I cried, suffered and prayed I wanted to impress with a veggie Produced right…

Belgian flag warning

This yellow mug on that yellow desk I always thought it was grotesque Close to a black teapot, what is next? A red table cloth and too Belgian I’ll get via Daily Prompt: Yellow

Brief Encounter — in 300 words

Traditional dancing is by far my favourite leisure activity. When I go to a ball or a Ceilidh my heart starts pounding. I feel like a Princess as every frog-like man I dance with briefly turns into a Prince, and, if only for an evening, everything…

Financing Haiku

A little Haiku inspired by this article from the Guardian Beware, fellow burrito lovers, prices are going up. But who cares when it's for a good cause?#Trump #Mexicanwall https://t.co/297jmmpUvc — Jennifer El Gammal (@pourquoipasfou) January 26, 2017 via Daily Prompt: Simple  

Stage — Initiation au Théâtre

Le Théâtre Maât propose un stage d’initiation au théâtre pendant les vacances de Carnaval, du 27 février au 3 mars. Stage pour les enfants et adolescents de 10 à 14 ans. Prix pour la semaine: 40€. Qu’on se le dise…

The Tall Man, the Tiny Old Woman and the Fool

A beautiful old mansion on Franklin Roosevelt avenue. Unaware still of the surreal experience that is coming my way, I push the door. I’m right on time, though a bit out of breath. I left in a hurry, and didn’t even have time to eat. Got a hazy feeling this first ever…

A tacky take on tasty tomatoes

A little while ago a friend challenged me to write a Petrarchan sonnet dedicated to a tomato…with no adjectives. I didn’t know what a Petrarchan sonnet was. But thanks to google, I soon learned it is “a sonnet form popularized by Petrarch, consisting of an octave…

Overworked Haiku

Woke up at 5ish Played two shows and a concert Must now go to bed Overworked | The Daily Post This Haiku was written in response to a Daily Prompt

Wednesday Wonder: Wonderful coincidences

Introducing my blog’s brand new weekly feature: Wednesday Wonder. From now on, I shall try to publish a new story or poem every  Wednesday. This special feature post will be inspired by either something wonderful or something that made me wonder that week. Here’s the first…

The greatest “local” in the world

The scene is set in a tiny tiny bar As soon as I walk in, I know with certainty That this visit is but the first one of many I found my new “Local”, even if it’s quite far At first it seems normal, or even…

In praise of “useless”challenges

A few years ago, I read a short essay by Bertrand Russell titled “Useless” knowledge. The paper argued that what is considered “useless” knowledge, knowledge that doesn’t have a direct technical use in one’s life, is unjustly disregarded by many. Russel argued that it is precisely these little…

Everything has an end

Everything has an end. Only sausages have two. On this ancient German saying I built my own wisdom The problem however, is I don’t have a clue I have means but as for the end I confess I have none

A year ago today

A year ago today, I didn’t know it yet You walked away from us. And quietly you left There are so many things that could or should  be said But words fail me so I’ll just say I’m very glad we met I’m glad we got…

Ode to a Gourde

My dearest companion, I didn’t realise When I decided to bring you to that cursed Wednesday run that it would be the last time that I set my eyes on You, darling travel partner in old cloudy Britain Oh the glorious trips, the thrilling lows and heights The wonder…

La Nef des Fous: la brochure arrive!

En avant-première: la couverture de la brochure! Le scénario de “La Nef des Fous”, le prochain spectacle des Sentiers de la Communication, est presque prêt! Dernières relectures en cours, dernière chance de repérer les coquilles et d’améliorer encore, par petites touches précises, ce texte signé Hadi…

NYE Haiku

Twenty Seventeen! Twenty Sixteen was a bore Please don’t let us down

Le feu à l’allumette

Une ambiance intimiste mais enthousiaste hier à l’Allumette à Forest! Merci à Rina et à toute l’équipe pour leur accueil chaleureux…et merci à Pierre pour les photos (les premières du trio “nouvelle version”. Prochaines dates: les 19, 20 et 21 janvier à La Samaritaine! Faites passer le…

Le grand retour d’Uživati!

Un retour en force d’Uzivati lors de ce concert au festival Schaerbeekois “Alles es Just” samedi dernier. Un événement important de la vie du trio, immortalisé avec talent par Pieter Fannes (qui nous avait déjà fait le plaisir de dessiner la pochette de notre premier album)…