The Girl in the Cafe on tour

The Girl in the Cafe14 different countries, and Hawaii are on the current list of locations for The Girl in the Cafe on tour project. The Girl has just packed her bag and is currently on her way to Charlotte’s web (Germany) and Man over board (New Zealand).

There are 2 new reviews up from soyouthinkican(USA) and zichtbarezaken (NL), both in English, both long and interesting reads. A big thank you to both for participating!

If you happen to like Bill Nighy, don’t miss this 25 minute video interview with him about The Vertical Hour, acting and being mellow.

If you have 2 hours, a stamp and a little bit of patience, join in, it’s free!

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

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! Read More

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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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.


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.

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. 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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Ok then

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

For all the people writing, calling, texting, buzzing me (I love you all for it thanks! Keep sending me mails about Bill it makes my day!) here we go one more time (with the risc of jeopardizing my own project).

I did already write it here but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it, if you live in the Netherlands:

The Girl In The Cafe – tonight at Nederland 3, 22:35 – 00:10

If you don’t live in the Netherlands : sign up here and have the film delivered to your mailbox.

Enjoy !

How did I suddenly end up having 2 weblogs about Bill Nighy? Tomorrow, or tonight maybe already, a review of Stormbreaker, and after that I promise to Cool Down a bit on the Nighy front. Maybe. Probably.

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.

The Cafe is threathened by closure

New Piccadilly Cafe, Denman St, London W1
New Piccadilly Cafe, Denman St, London W1

More and more rumours are going around that the Cafe, yes the one and only THE CAFE, is closing. The owner is facing another raise in rent, and he is not really willing to settle for that, so if things are not getting in place, they will close this summer.

I haven’t been there for a while (and I feel pretty bad about that right now), so I will go there tonight, and I hope to hear from them that things are going to be fine. It would break my heart if they had to close.

But (and this might be a last attempt), go visit the Cafe, if and/or when you are in London before it might be too late. It is a really nice place!

New Piccadilly Cafe
8 Denman Street
Piccadilly Circus
London, W1

(Here it is on a googlemap)

And some links:
New Picadilly
New Piccadilly on design classics

The Girl In The Cafe on her way to Denmark

The Girl In The CafeKarin, from 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 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.


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.

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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The Girl gets a life

In the train back home from work I was thinking about what I could do on this course. I didn’t need to think long about that. I think I know a girl who can’t wait to get a life of her own. I have no idea how much we are going to accomplish in just 3 evenings, but it would be cool to have her starring in her own (very) short movieclip. Consider this to be a very rough first sketch attempt (and I am very bad with Flash), but I do have a micro story in my head, which could be fun to make. And I think she’s happy to finally have a beating heart.

(And several messages from Denmark are confirming that the postcards now really are available in cafe’s in Denmark. And the DVD of the project is still lost. I’ll give it until the start of June, if it hasn’t arrived with the next person then, I’ll send a new DVD around. I still hope on a happy ending though …)