The Girl on Tour – Hawaii would be nice

Bill Nighy - Lawrence in The Girl In The Cafe

What is that man doing here you wonder? I think we have looked at Will Ferrell and Daniel Craig long enough now haven’t we. And we are in the middle of a small update on The Girl In The Cafe on tour project, so it is completely legitimate.

Things are going a bit slower here around the Christmas time. One DVD is currently in Holland but those people seem to have gone on holiday, her twin sister has just arrived at soyouthinkican‘s house in the States. To make things a little bit more exotic for the Girl, Hawaii has just been added to the list of planned destinations. She likes that I can tell you. I might jump in the envelope with her when she is going there, I mean, Hawaii! I envy her a bit, she is going places I have never been.

If you want to be added to the list, please read here and join. If you want to know where she is going or has been check here.

Paul in Spain saw the film, loved it, and wrote a wonderful review. A big thank you for that! Continue reading

The Girl in The Cafe – travelling

The Girl In The Cafe What can I say, Bart doesn’t like Bill Nighy. Ouch.
I am not entirely sure that he likes the film either, but read his review yourself.

In the mean time, one Girl is trying to catch some sunlight in Spain before flying to Holland, and the other one is in the States and will stay there for a while. Here is a list of people participating and if you want to be added to this list : read more here and join in.
There are 3 simple rules : Watch the film, Write a review on your weblog, Send the DVD to the next person. Easy does it.
Everyone is welcome.

Love can?t change
what?s wrong in the world.
But it?s a start.

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The Girl still touring

The Girl In The Cafe

I love this project. And I love it when people love the film and write a nice review. The latest one comes from Aarhus, Denmark where Dorte wrote a wonderful review about this wonderful film.

Sit back and relax, make a cup of tea, find a biscuit or two and step inside.

‘Cause it’s actually not bad tea seeing as how they are Italian …

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11 countries

The Girl on tour
USA, Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Portugal.

I had no idea when I started this that she was going to travel this far. And despite some hickups along the way, people have been very kind to keep their promises of writing a review and making sure that she was send off to the next person on the list. Another good thing: nearly all people who already have been visited by her loved her.

I hope more countries will follow, having a representative of all G8 countries on the list would be fantastic.

Would you like to join ?

Read more about TGITC on tour here, and signup.

Everyone is welcome, also if you live in countries that are already on the list.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

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The Girl – still going strong

Bill Nighy in The Girl In The Cafe
Bill Nighy/Lawrence in The Girl In The Cafe

Let’s attempt to write something that makes sense, which is hard, as millions of balls are bouncing in my head at the moment. It is inevitable that Nighy will be a regular here the coming months, so be warned.

Nathan has participated in the TGITC on tour project and written a wonderful review about the film. (It is a long review, and if you are waiting for the film, you might want to wait reading the review until you have seen it, it might contain spoilers) But I am very happy to read that he loved the film.

I was totally astounded by the superb acting by Bill Nighy. He was so convincing as the somewhat older man, who didn?t feel home in this world, not any longer in his job, disappointed in himself, in his achievements.

No I didn’t pay him to write that. But quotes like that make me happy. Men like Bill Nighy too, that is good to read. Nathan wrote the same review in Dutch too for those interested. A Big thank you to Nathan for participating.

The list of people wanting to participate continues to grow, recently New Zealand has been added, and shortly Canada will be added too. I am very happy that the The Girl is travelling around the world like this, as she is carrying an important message.

Would you like to join ? Read more about TGITC on tour here, and signup.

Everyone is welcome.

Love can?t change
what?s wrong in the world.
But it?s a start.

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Where the heck is the DVD?

Lawrence (Bill Nighy), at the G8 in the Girl In The Cafe
Lawrence (Bill Nighy), at the G8 in the Girl In The Cafe

A short update for the people on the list on the whereabouts of the Girl DVD.

One DVD is in Denmark, but after he did write a review I never heard from the person again, so I hope he is alright. Since this has been quite a while ago, I have decided to send the DVD to the next person myself. That has been done yesterday, so hopefully the girl will arrive in Aarhus shortly, before she takes off to Australia, and after that to the USA. At last, I know people over there are waiting for her !

The other girl is currently staying in Belgium, she is very fine, and will be travelling back to Holland one of these days.

So the project is still very alive, and to the people waiting on the list, please be patient, she is on her way!

Want to join the project ? Just step over here, and go for it.

TGITC and 3 emmy’s

The Girl In The Cafe2 more reviews:
Dan liked her
Bjorn did not

The Americans just gave her 3 Emmy’s (Best film, Best script, Best actress (Kelly MacDonald) – I know Bill is missing here, he wasn’t even nominated, but we all know that he made the film – Best film).

If you like to find out what you think, go.

Love can?t change
what?s wrong in the world
But it?s a start

And another one

Another what? Another good review of The Girl In The Cafe from a particapant in the project. I won’t bore you too much with the details, if you want to join, please read on here.

Apart from that I have 3 potential pieces of text that might endup in a post.

1. The Pizza hut waiter who sounded like Alan Rickman

2. 3 things that put a smile on my face

3. Lawrence’s twin brother (in the Cafe)

They are all not great, but they are Bill free (enjoy it while that lasts). Which one do you want ?

I have my very nice clothes on today, and am ready for the red carpet world premiere of “The Beginning” tonight. Hopefully it isn’t the End at the same time.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world
But it’s a start

Things that make my day

The Girl In The CafePeople participating in TGITC on tour and loving the film. Sandra did, and she wrote a great review in English, and she watched it with Smile who wrote a great review in English too. Thank you both !

I am very happy to see that the DVD is creating a chain of positive reviews in weblogspace.

Do you have 2 hours and a stamp? Please join !

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world
But it’s a start

The Girl In The Cafe – the travel continues

Lawrence in The Cafe
Lawrence (Bill Nighy) in The Cafe

On a day where my head nearly explodes because so many things are flying around in it, I knew I wouldn’t be able to come up with something decent to write. One could discuss if the stuff I normally tend to write is decent, but let’s not get into that right now.

On days like this, it’s nice to let other people do the writing for me.

Miwian.nl has participated in TGITC on tour project and just written her review of The Girl In The Cafe (in Dutch only) , and I am very pleased to read that she too finds it a fantastic film. It makes my day.

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Enough now

The Girl In The CafeWell, how am I going to tell you this. The Girl DVD is lost – again.

My first reaction was – ok, that’s it, I have enough of it now, if it is simply impossible to keep the DVD travelling around, I stop this project.

But Davy heard me swearing, he hopped on the sofa (which was quite impressing with his one good leg and the crab, uhm, leg thingy) , and asked what was going on. I explained it to him, and that I was tired of it, and about to give up, as the fun of it was far gone now.

And he asked me why I had started this project in the first place.
And I told him why. Beautiful film, important subject, fantastic actor, Richard Curtis, Iceland, Sigur Ros, Damien Rice, you know, all that.
“So you are going to give all that up, just like that. What about the people on the waiting list ?”
“Ahrrr, I know! They have been on the list so long now, I wonder if they are still interested.”
“What if you send 2 DVD’s around, to speed it up a bit, one to Denmark, and from there to Australia and the USA, and the other one to Holland, and from there to Belgium. That way things will go faster, and the project will get alive again, I’m sure of that.”
“You know, you are a pretty clever pirate actually. What should I do without you.”.
He smiled.
I nearly smiled again too, have 2 DVD’s waiting here, am going to post them tomorrow.
I would be lost without this pirate.

(Wanna join ? You’re welcome!)

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

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The Girl In The Cafe on her way to Denmark

The Girl In The CafeKarin, from met-k.com has written a very nice review about The Girl In The Cafe (both in English and in Dutch !), which is of course a very nice start of the week for me.

“The film moved me and let me think. About life and it’s chance meetings. How people seem to meet and go together in their journeys and stay or leave. Laurence is the shy and insecure man who feels trapped in his life and job. And Gina is just pure and wants to live in the purest of ways. Eventhough she takes risks. Eventhough she might lose the things she loves so much.”

Read her whole review at met-k.com. A big thank you to Karin for participating !

The Girl will step on the plane again soon and fly to Denmark, where she will accompany Bjoern for a while.

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If you would like to participate in The Girl In The Cafe on tour project, you can read about it here, and join. (It doesn’t matter where you live).

All it will cost you is a stamp to send the film to the next person, 2 hours to watch this beautiful film, and 15 minutes to write a review about it.

If you want to know where The Girl is, has been or will be going – check here.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

makepovertyhistory.org

TGITC back on track

The Girl In The CafeI just personally packed a new The Girl In The Cafe DVD, and will send it off to the next person on the list in Holland. I have given up waiting for it, I guess the person having the DVD either loves the film so much that he couldn’t let her go, or has some other reason to spoil the project.
Whatever the reason, the TGITC on tour is restarted, and will hopefully continue without problems. Sorry about the delay.

I had to check if the DVD did play, and just wanted to see a few seconds of the film to be sure everything was OK, before sending her off. I did that at 11.30pm, close to bedtime. Which was a very stupid idea.

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TGITC – on tour – now in the USA

The Girl In The CafeAfter a short visit to my ex hometown (Aarhus), the Girl actually crossed the ocean, and she is currently staying with Jason in the USA, who is taking good care of her.

Jane saw the film, and wrote the following review:

Hugh Grant meets Bob Geldof

In what starts out as yet another romantic comedy vis-?-vis shy, slightly awkward man meets young girl, falls in love, overcomes various obstacles and all ends well, the viewer is mercifully and happily surprised when this film turns out to be highly political with a strong message that every voice counts in the fight against poverty in the world. According to the film it is a battle that can be won if the Western world sets its mind to it.

The message is delivered in an often fun and easy manner, which makes it less dogmatic and more agreeable, nevertheless, the subject matter is never taken lightly and it is clear that the problems of the world ought to be taken more seriously.

Having been pleasantly surprised by the quality and substance of this film I strongly recommend other ignorants to watch it ? sooner rather than later!

Having somewhat questioned Ingrid?s taste in films in the past; I will no longer treat her recommendations with a pinch of salt. Thank you Ingrid for giving us the opportunity to watch this great film.

Well what can I say, another person that seems to love the film, so I can’t be anything else than very pleased about that. A big Thank You to Jane for participating in this humble project.

If you would like to participate in The Girl In The Cafe on tour project, you can read about it here, and join. (It doesn’t matter where you live).

All it will cost you is a stamp to send the film to the next person, 2 hours to watch this beautiful film, and 15 minutes to write a review about it.

If you want to know where The Girl is, has been or will be going – check here.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

One girl leaves Aarhus, the other one comes to Aarhus

The Girl In The CafeNice title eh ?

The girl leaving Aarhus, and Denmark, well that’s me. In about 13 hours from now.
And you can probably find me in The Cafe in London somewhere this week.

The other girl though, has just left woordenaar, and she is on her way to Jane in ?rhus !

I love the way things get connected by the Infinite ImprobaBILLity Drive.

Wanna join ? Read here.

Or check where The Girl is, has been or will be going.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

The Girl In The Cafe travels on again

The Girl In The CafeThe Girl In The Cafe has now arrived at Woordenaar

Anne has seen the movie, and she wrote the following review:

Okay, I have to admit I wasn’t completely objective about this movie. Being a fan of BBC productions, accents, movies like’ Lost in Translation’ and… Bill. Add the enthusiasm of Ingrid and what do you get? High expectations! And I wasn’t disappointed. Not in the least.
I liked the movie, I liked Bill, the only man who gets away with 356 ‘erm’s’ in about 90 minutes.
The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that I wasn’t allowed to copy it.
So I watched it twice : Thanks Ingrid!

Anne

Anne rated the film with a 9 (out of 10).

If you would like to participate in The Girl In The Cafe on tour project, you can read about it here, and join. (It doesn’t matter where you live).

All it will cost you is a stamp to send the film to the next person, 2 hours to watch this beautiful film, and 15 minutes to write a review about it.

If you want to know where The Girl is, has been or will be going – check here.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

The Girl In The Cafe travels on again

The Girl In The CafeThe Girl In The Cafe is soon leaving Noviolog and will travel on to the next participant in TGITC on tour project, which is Anne.

Noviolog has written about the film (in english) , you can read his review on his website.

If you would like to participate in The Girl In The Cafe on tour project, you can read about here, and join. (It doesn’t matter where you live).

All it will cost you is a stamp to send the film to the next person, 2 hours to watch this beautiful film, and 15 minutes to write a review about it.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

The Girl In The Cafe travels on

The Girl In The CafeThe Girl In The Cafe has left Amsterdam and is travelling on to the next participant in TGITC on tour project, which is Noviolog.

Robtheblob.nl has written about the film (in Dutch) , and I am pleased to read that he loved it!

If you would like to participate in The Girl In The Cafe on tour project, you can read about here, and join. (It doesn’t matter where you live).

All it will cost you is a stamp to send the film to the next person, 2 hours to watch this beautiful film, and 15 minutes to write a review about it.

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.

TGITC – on tour

Say what ?

The Girl In The CafeThe Short Version:
I think this is a wonderful and important film that needs to be seen by as many people as possible. That’s why I decided to send my The Girl In The Cafe DVD on a tour. The Girl has been on tour for more than a year now, she has visited more than 60 people already, and is planning to visit people in 20 (and counting) different countries. If you want to participate all you have to do is send an email to be put on the list. And when the film gets to you, you watch it, write a review on your blog (or send it to me if you don’t have a blog) and send it to the next person on the list.

The mighty Bill Nighy has called this project “very cool” and “very admirable”. And writer Richard Curtis is “thrilled” about this project.

Have a look at where the girl has been and will go on the world map here.

I was amazed by the number of people who either don’t know this film at all or have heard of it but have not seen it. And since this film made a big impression on me, I thought it was a nice idea to share it, and have other people to see it too. It is not only a great romantic comedy, it’s also a film with an important message.

And apart from people not knowing the film (which is forgivable to a certain extent), there seem to be people around on this planet, believe it or not, who do not know who Bill Nighy is! Now that is what I would call an emergency situation, a situation I had to do something about.

The script for the film is written by award-winning screenwriter Richard Curtis. You probably know him from Notting Hill, Love Actually (!), Bridget Jones, Four Weddings and a funeral. He doesn’t need any further introduction does he. So you get Bill Nighy, Kelly McDonald in a film with a very important message, by Richard Curtis, it can’t get any better than that! You can watch it as a very amusing and well-played rom-com, and you can learn a bit about G8 and what’s going wrong in the world too.

So – The Girl In The Cafe promotion campaign was born, my The Girl In The Cafe DVD went travelling.

Is this a sleazy way to promote your blog?
No. You don’t even have to link to my blog if you don’t want to, you can still participate. I just want to promote an in my opinion important and also fantastic film, and also support and promote the makepovertyhistory.org campaign. Maybe you already know everything about G8, the millennium goals, and aid, debt and trade, good, you can still enjoy the film. Maybe you didn’t, great, I didn’t really know that much before I saw this film either, so maybe it will clear up some things about all this for you too. It did for me.

So now you want to see don’t you? (Of course you do!)
Easy, just send me a nice mail telling me that you want to be put on the list, and write your postal address. All it will cost you is a stamp to send it to the next person.

The film is in English, and does only have English subtitles.

The Rules
If you want to participate in this project, you accept the following simple rules:

  • You watch the film (wowee – this really is the best part of it all)
  • You write a review about this film on your weblog and send me a link to it. (In English would be very nice, but if that’s a problem, use your own language) If you don’t have a weblog, you can send your review to me by email, then I’ll post it here.
  • After you have seen the DVD you promise to pack the Girl nicely, give her a kiss on the cheek and send the DVD to the next person about a week after receiving it; I will supply you with the name and address. And please send me a mail after you have done so. (This just to keep track on where The Girl is hanging around)
  • You may not make a copy of the DVD. You may lend, but not keep.

Any questions, remarks, comments, complaints? Send me an e-mail.
That’s it! Anyone can join in ! And go spread the word !

More info

Where is The Girl now ? (check the map)

The Girl In The Cafe – the official site (You can see the trailer there)
Bill Nighy Filmography (For those wanting to know what else he has been in)
Make Poverty History

(Credits to RobtheBlob.nl for pushing me (gently) to do this.)

Love can’t change
what’s wrong in the world.
But it’s a start.