The Girl : From drawing to postcard (sneakpreview)

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Front and back (click for larger)
(The webaddress is not on the front of the real card, and colours might differ a bit for the real paper cards).

It took me two whole evenings to transfer silly drawings to something that looks a bit like a postcard. Luckily I am not busy at all, only 19 days before the big move. And my head it not at all exploding because of all the bouncing balls who seem to have found a way to double in number, for every day I get closer to the 1st of March.

But I delivered my photoshop files to my very nice colleague who helps me transferring them into a printerready file. I have send one printerready file to Go-Card, and it has been accepted, so now we will make the other 9 too, and hopefully we will be able to send them off to Go-Card today.

I have to say that I like the background colour on the cards. Even though I thought that as simple as possible (white background) was best, I actually quite like the extra colour.

And yes, I am just a cosmic girl, from another galaxy …

Would you like to drink a cup of tea with me, in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe ?

Cool Brits : David Tennant

David Tennant
David Tennant

This is David Tennant, and he is one cool British actor. I already wrote this post a couple of days ago, so I could use it on a day where I either had no inspiration at all, or was too busy to write. Today is a day in the second category. The Girl cards are taking up all of my freetime at the moment.

I had a bit more to say about David, but I can imagine that you are not interested in him at all, in that case you can just watch his picture, and wait for better times. But one thing more, David is a Scot. So watch picture and imagine him talking with this delicious accent, or even better hear him talk (click on David Tennant in the right down corner) .

Or you can read on if you like ramblings about Dr. Who and such. I know at least one person who does.

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The Girl – in a lot of cafe’s !

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I don’t know exactly where I got the inspiration from, it suddenly was there. OK this triggered me a bit, and so did this film and this one too. I got ideas from listening to music, and many of them are a direct interpretation of a song. Making them absolutely relaxes me, and is something that seems to tame the bouncing balls for a short while, which is rather nice.

After making quite a lot of them, I got (another) very crazy idea. Wouldn’t it be really cool to leave Denmark, leaving behind some kind of Goodbye (and thanks for all the fish) note. After my London decision I have learned that silly ideas sometimes can have great results, so I contacted Go-card. Go-Card is a free postcard service, distributing postcards to all the cafe’s in Denmark. Most of them are commercial postcards, but they do support artists too, and give them a chance to publish their work for free through these postcards.
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Painting by numbers : Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy - click for the large version
Bill Nighy

After concert 5 out of 8, very late at home (03.00), waking up with a fresh layer of snow in ?rhus, I woke up late. I watched the news, I was shocked by what’s going on in the world at the moment (without commenting on it any further). I sold my dinnertable, which means that my passport has to move. And I sold my tv which is going to be picked up next sunday, just before my week to London. I have to survive 8 days without a tv, well I think it will be great.

And after all the violence on tv, I switched it off, turned some music on, and started working on a friendly face.

What do you think ?

Action !

Action !
(Michael Learns To Rock – The Actor)

When people here ask me why on earth I want to move to London, I say (apart from the whole new and fresh start thing) : film, theatre, museums. And in the look in their eyes I can see that they don’t get it. Why is the cinema in Århus no longer good enough. Well it is, really, but it wasn’t only the cinema I was thinking about when I say film. I also somehow, want to get a little bit closer to the whole filmmaking process, to find out if it is something I like. Well that sounded like mission-are-you-completely-out-of-your-mind-impossible some months ago, but not anymore. (and I warn you this is a very long post !)
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Jamie Cullum meltet the ice in Århus

Jamie Cullum
I have been to quite some concerts, but this definetely was one of the best ever, if not the best. I once saw a concert with Jamie Cullum on tv, and I admit, that you quickly can get the impression that he is one spoiled brat. The way he is moving around stage, his jumping from his piano, his dancing around on stage and all that. But giving the guy a second chance – this is not a spoiled boy. This is an extraordinary musician with the passion for his music running through his veins. And I happen to like people with passion.

All the fine people of Århus came to this concert, in their nice clothes. The musichall was sold out, and I was curious about where this was going. After half an hour, the men had taken of their jackets, all women were screaming and everybody was standing and dancing and clapping. There was this rare connection between the artist and his audience, and I am sure that everybody could sense that, both on and in front of the stage. There was truly magic in the air.

Yes Jamie is a Londoner. And yes I would have bought a t-shirt, if they had accepted credit cards, but they did not. And no this wasn’t the last time I have seen him live, that’s for sure.

A 10/10 for this concert.

Why I love London, truly, deeply, madly

I joined a theatre group in London (just got the confirmation today), and while I could use some more than 32 days to get all the practicals things in place here in Denmark, I wish I was in London tomorrow to get started with this group.

This is what “we” are going to do:

Initially we’ll be doing various confidence and ice breaking games and adding in improvisation, script reading and then working towards rehearsing a script. With a potentially large group we’ll be breaking up in to smaller groups on the night to allow more experienced people to work together or to lead smaller groups of less experienced people and this will help us integrate people as they join us.

The intention of this group is to provide a fun, sociable outlet for people with an interest in drama and to make it comfortable for those with no experience in drama to find out what it’s like whilst also giving some great opportunities to those with more experience. The plan is to consider a number of opportunities including producing an internet film, a stage show in a Notting Hill theatre (there are a couple) and also starting a group for those wanting more serious amateur dramatics activity.

Outside of the normal drama group nights we’re looking at organising going to see a BBC production being filmed as part of the audience, theatre previews and once we’re established I’ll be inviting experienced directors, actors and other talent to come and talk to the group.

I simply can’t wait to get to London, and I will join the group on the 14th February (which is becoming an even more important day now). After that 2 weeks back to Denmark, to definetely join them the beginning of March.

I pressed play
and am currently, well you know what I am doing. And the smile on my face is huge.

Funky Kevin – let’s dance

Now, I know that you want to know what music I am dancing on all the time right ?
And thanks to this genius of a WordPress plugin, which looks fantastic too, you can now dance along. Press play and get moving ! And if this song doesn’t make you happy, I don’t know which one will.

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If you’re wonderin’ what I’m askin’ in return, dear
You’ll be glad to know that my demands are small
Say it’s me that you’ll adore
For now and evermore
That’s all – that’s all.

The Girl In The Cafe Movie – soundtrack

The Girl In The CafeThis post is mainly for all the people who come here looking for information about the soundtrack from The Girl In The Cafe.

The bad news is, there isn’t any official soundtrack available. But the good news is that you can find the 2 songs that make up 90% of the soundtrack of this film.

2 songs from the soundtrack of the Girl of the Cafe that made an everlasting impression:

Sigur Ros – Starálfur (islandic for Staring Elf) from the album ágætis byrjun (”an alright start”). (Download Starálfur free and legal from Sigur Ros’ website : click here).

Damien Rice – Cold Water from his album O. You can watch a videoclip of a live version of this song here.

The song that’s playing as they walk down the corridor to the hotel room on their first night in Reykjavik is ‘Somewhere there’s an Island’ by Seaman Dan. You can hear a sample of it here.

The beautiful movie soundtrack is composed by Nicholas Hooper, who also will compose music for the upcoming Harry Potter movie : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Nicholas Hooper has also composed music for other Nighy delights like State of Play and The Young Visiters.

Nicholas Hooper won a BAFTA Award in 2006 for Best Original Music for The Girl In The Cafe.

Hope this helps.

If you want to get the DVD, you can find it here on Amazon.

Zenphoto 1.0 Beta

There has been released a new version of the very funky Zenphoto gallery. I upgraded my test Photo gallery, if you want to have a look.

Big improvements since last time:
Image and directory sorting (also with drag and drop with funky Ajax)
Comment notification

And they already had the incredibly smart on the fly editing of picture titles and descriptions.

Things on its way (soon hopefully, ’cause then I finally will kick Coppermine out – for good):
Tagging
Searching
Sub albums
A sexy integration with WordPress (2.0)

They are doing a great job to keep it a clean and simple gallery program.

Kevin Spacey – Cool Cat

Kevin Spacey - Beyond The Sea

Sometimes you run into a movie, and it just blows you away. The Girl In The Cafe was one (oh really ? Yeah you didn’t know that did you) and today I saw Beyond the Sea. And if I didn’t already have a slight crush on Kevin Spacey, I certainly would have one now. Beyond the Sea is telling the story about the life of Bobby Darin, an american entertainer, singer and actor.

Kevin Spacey directed and produced this film. And apart from that he plays the main character Bobby Darin. And Kevin is just as spacey as Bill is, if there is going to be any singing in a film he is in, he is going to do it himself. Resulting in Kevin singing all the songs himself accompanied by a big band, and what a fantastic singer he is ! And if that wasn’t enough to get me glued to the screen, he is one hell of a dancer too. The girl definetely likes actors that can dance and sing well, and are sharpdressed doing it. And actors that are passionate, and Kevin Spacey is one.

It’s not a typical biography film, it’s more like a tribute from Spacey (being a fan of Darin) to Bobby Darin. But absolutely worthwhile seeing.

Robbie Williams go home. Swing with Spacey, then you’re winning.

I know, you want to hear Kevin sing, well go on then:
Beyond The Sea official site

I am ordering the soundtrack as we speak.

Somewhere beyond the sea
Somewhere waitin? for me
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailin?.

The Office

The Office guys

5 things about the Office:

  • It’s the (re) discovery of Martin Freeman (Tim). I suddenly understand why girls find him cute, because he really is cute in the Office. And after having seen him here, both Love Actually (a christmas neccesity) and Hitchhikers Guide are a lot more fun to watch !
  • The office in The Office looks scaringly much like the office I have been working in, in Birmingham, in a company called The Birmingham Waste Co. Ltd. They might as well have filmed it there, because apart from the David Brent type, all other types were present, a blond secretary called Dawn (!), same style of office, same atmosphere. And they were in the paper industry too, not buying paper like in The Office, but buying and selling waste paper, which is probably worse. Both the Office and The Birmingham Office are not the type of places I want to work in London. Well The Office maybe, but I would probably die laughing.
  • I want some of David Brents unrockable confidence
  • It’s more cringing than Extras if you ask me
  • I haven’t laughed this much about television since – i don’t even remember since when.

More the Office:
The Office quotes
David Brent quotes

Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do.
David Brent

The Girl In The Cafe

Bill Nighy - The Girl In The Cafe
Bill Nighy en Kelly MacDonald – The Girl In The Cafe

Dit is macrogeluk : Én Bill Nighy én Kelly MacDonald genomineerd voor een Golden Globe award voor beste acteur / actrice in dé beste film van 2005 : The Girl In The Cafe.
Als ie hem wint geef ik een feestje. Als ie hem niet wint (de concurrenten zijn tough : Donald Sutherland, Ed Harris, Kenneth Branagh en Jonathan Rhys Meyers) – klaag ik ze aan, de Globes.

De Awards show wordt 16 januari 2006 uitgezonden.

Als u hem nog steeds niet gezien hebt, tja dan heeft u wat gemist.

Have a happy one

The man in the rain (the Girl in the Cafe)
The man in the rain (the Girl in the Cafe)

En dus kocht ik een kaartje voor het Sigur Ros concert. Thanks to Bill, want had ik de film niet gezien, had ik ze waarschijnlijk nooit ondekt. En laten we eerlijk zijn Takk is wel de beste plaat van 2005, en Staralfur, het allermooiste liedje ooit gemaakt.

Waar ze spelen ?

Carling Apollo, Hammersmith
Queen Caroline Street, London, London W6 9QH
op 29 maart 2006.

Ja dan woon ik er al (zei zij overtuigend).

En omdat Bill Nighy jarig is vandaag, heb ik voor u een kadootje, als u ook van Sigur Ros houdt tenminste:

2 uur en 11 minuten Sigur Ros homecoming concert, Reykjavik (video en audio – opgenomen 27. november 2005 – danish radio rocks!) (Klik op de bovenste link onder “Se Koncerten”).
(Nog te zien tot 21 december)

And a very happy birthday to the coolest man in the Galaxy.

Davy Jones …

Bill Nighy as Davy Jones in Pirates of the Carribean : Dead Mans Chest

5 reasons for a Bill post:

  • Because it was at least 10 posts ago !
  • Because he looks so billicious on this picture.
  • Because the new trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Man’s Chest is online ! (Go for it, you get Johnny and Orlando for free!)
  • Because his voice in the trailer makes you swoon.
  • Because Pirates are cool, and he is the coolest – and because his ship is called The Flying Dutchman. Can’t get any better than that now can it.

Now go see that trailer, go go go !

Ricky Gervais goes podcasting

Ricky Gervais was wat mij betreft al een van de grappigste mannen die ik ken, nu wordt ie nog cool ook. Vanaf 5 december gaat Ricky wekelijks een speciale podcast show maken, die exclusief vanaf the Guardian te downloaden is. Er worden 12 afleveringen gemaakt.

Ricky will finally tackle the big questions such as: “Jellyfish – do we need them”? And: “Why do you never see an old bloke eating a Twix”?

Download Ricky vanaf maandag 5 december vanaf the Guardian Unlimited.

I can’t wait, en de donkere december maand is plotseling een heel stuk leuker geworden.

Wat ik wel en niet wil

Stuiterende ballen
Ik had er nog geen postje aan gewijdt, maar bij deze. Als ik in de bioscoop zit vind ik het normaal gesproken niet erg om het eerste half uur door reklame en trailers voor komende films heen te moeten.

Maar daar heeft H&M voorgoed verandering in gebracht met hun ellendige irritante H & M soulful jeans Romeo & Julia commercial. Dit reklame filmpje duurt minstens 4 minuten, wordt gezongen door Mary J. Blige en is de meest misselijkmakende, kleffe, overdreven, idiote, irriterende reklame die ik in lange tijd gezien heb. Genoeg reden voor mij om voorlopig niet in de H & M te komen. Zo erg dus.

En ik ben niet de enige.

Wat ik wel wil zien, op het reuze scherm in de Cinemaxx : De stuiterballen van de Bravia reklame, die mogen ze rustig 10 minuten laten stuiteren voor de film begint. Ik was er bijna zeker van dat het montage was, maar ze hebben echt 250.000 stuiterballen door de straten van San Fransico laten stuiteren. Dit brilliante idee kwam overigens van de deense regisseur Nicolai Fuglsig. En er zit nog hele mooie muziek onder ook. Bijna een reden alleen om naar de bioscoop te gaan, deze reklame.

Kicks voor niks

Pop Art B.Fantastisch, mijn kaart lag er nog toen S. vorige week in London het Theatre Museum bezocht. Netjes onder de stapel boeken in het winkeltje. En bedenk hoeveel honderden, duizenden (?) mensen daar intussen langs gelopen waren, nietsvermoedend en zonder hem te hebben gevonden.

Na de trip Århus-London is de kaart met het vliegtuig inmiddels overgebracht van London naar Massachusetts, USA. Gisteren sprak ik S. op messenger, en ze vond het fantastisch dat de kaart er nog lag. Kicks voor niks.

Mission Accomplished en closed. Wat zal ik nu weer eens bedenken.

Voor de nieuwsgierigen onder u – de kaart (S. is zoals gezegd ook een B. fan)- het was een van de 4 van mijn in een verloren uurtje gefotosjopte mini Pop Art Bill Warhol Tribute.

Wat ik me overigens nog het meest herinner van die dag van de kaart, is dat ik op Covent Garden market stond, geleund tegen een van de grote pilaren, gezellig druk met mensen, vlak bij de opera, en de zon in mijn gezicht. En precies daar op dat moment wist ik dat het wel goed zat.