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Tentoonstelling van Veronique Branquinho gaan bezoeken in het MoMu in Antwerpen. Eén woord – TOP! Mooi gepresenteerd – off course – maar vooral heel sfeervol. Niet in het minst door de jukebox, met alle muziek die ze tijdens haar verschillende defilés heeft gebruikt. Fantastisch was het om eerst een nummer te kiezen , en vervolgens dromerig langs de verschillende silhouetten te wandelen. Ook de volledige gecustomize-de porsche was hilarisch en lijkt me een goeie reden voor de mannen om vrouwlief te vergezellen;
Ik had een hoop foto’s om mijn betoog kracht bij te zetten, maar helaas…. Gsm met alle foto’s is ondertussen gestolen, dus ook weg foto’s. Eén voordeel, jullie zullen het met eigen ogen moeten gaan ontdekken!

Knuffels

Social networking is getting quite some attention, and rightfully so. Even if there are discussion about the potential in different domains, many will agree that social networks have become amongst the leading media to reach the 14-24 generation. Internet and mobile are the leading media for youngsters, and social networks are taking a central part in both of them. Netlog has been getting a lot of attention of the last weeks. Toon & Lorenz, the 2 founders of Netlog, have done quite an amazing job envisioning a service many years ago that has remained pretty consistent over the last years… Some interesting reading and viewing: – Terzake (the Belgian ‘news’) made a video of a couple of minutes, see it on my netlog profile - WallStreetJournal already wrote an article some months ago – but also Realtid in Sweden, L’Echos in France, Vacature in Belgium but also in Germany or other countries arecovering us You can find some more on our corporate pages. Yes, this is a bit of advertising, but it is such an amazing story ☺ And Yes, we are hiring talent in technology, sales and marketing! Send me a mail, or give me a call – there is an amazing journey if you dare.

bart

Toen Bart afkwam met het idee voor deze blog heb ik toch even moeten nadenken. Degenen die me wat beter kennen, weten waarom – gestructureerd berichtjes posten op een blog is nu echt niet mijn sterkste ding. Getuige daarvan ook mijn vorige blog, die wegens te weinig tekst vorig jaar al een stille dood is gestorven.

Ma bon, nieuwe blog – nieuw begin dus. En aangezien enige trots me toch niet vreemd is, wil ik natuurlijk ook allerminst onderdoen voor Becks Sr en Becks Jr – hoe graag ik hen ook zie!

Tweede issue, inspiratie… Waar vind je inspiratie als je al ongeveer een half jaar thuis bent om voor je kleine spruit te zorgen en dit ook nog eens de volgende drie maanden zult doen. Wel, juist – bij die kleine spruit dus en in al die kleine triviale dingen die we elke dag meemaken. Aangezien zowel Jr als ikzelf van nature nogal uithuizig zijn, zullen we de inspiratie af en toe wel een handje helpen.

Voor morgen ziet het er alvast goed uit, want dan gaan we een dagje naar Parijs. Voordeel van kleine (mannelijke) baby’s is dat ze nog niet kunnen zeggen dat een dagje winkelen in Parijs met hun mam totaal funest is voor hun mannelijke ego. Alhoewel het als hij groter is, vast nog wel ter sprake zal komen – daarvoor ken ik Becks Sr veel te goed.

Knuffels en tot morgen!
Femke

PS: vanaf morgen is het in het Engels, al klachten gehad van de redactie

Charlie en PC van Femke

Over the last days, I have seen and encountered so much young talent. I believe that we are seeing a new revival in dare and will. Look at our sport women. Or Humo’s Rock Rally, where 14 and 15 year olds demonstrated a musical inspiration that is amazing. Or others in cycling, fashion, arts, etc etc. Even in business we are living a revival.

Today we had a nice conference in Brussels named www.plugg.eu – and even if the content of the seminars was not overwhelmingly good, the start-up creativity in Belgium is starting to florish. I have met so many people over the last weeks that feel stuck in their job, and want to create. A day like this inspires all. No-one is to judge besides yourself. As posted here before.

However, the day got a totally different feeling once I heard that Hugo Claus passed away… It is now 4.30 am, and I am watching vrt news edition – and it feels like a sad dream. But what inspiration has he given, dare shown, inspiration given, with his opinions and leading opinions … Difficult to express, he would have done it better.

And then I see a newsitem about Belgian politics. And now I became even sadder. But in a different way. It’s an angry sadness. The role of a political leader should be to make things better and do good for society, to help those in need, and to shape a perspective for the current and future generations. The current complete lack of interest in creating a perspective is ashaming. What one does with his or her own life is private, how they un-inspire the next generations is irresponsible, and very sad. Creating perspective and inspiration to youngsters is a key element for every (public) figure or person. I wish I could say one party is different, but unfortunately I cannot … . continue reading…

Hello everyone,

What I had explained to my colleagues some months ago, has been officialised today: I will not move permanently to Munich, and hence will leave the ProSiebenSat1 group at the end of 2007, but I will remain linked to this great company as an advisor. Here you can find the official press release. And finally, I am very happy with my succession: Thomas Houge, one of my trusted colleagues who is also in charge of new media in Norway, will take over. He survived a Muse concert with me, so the rest should be easy J

When ProSiebenSat1 acquired SBS Broadcasting, I was very grateful to have been appointed Senior Vice President for New Media and Innovation for Scandinavia, CEE and the Benelux. But from the start I explained my doubts into the relocation, and the different compromises this meant to me. John Goossens, who unfortunately passed away a little over 4 years ago but who remains a guide for me, once made me swear to always follow my heart and dreams and give it all. Munich isn’t the city Femke and I want to be at this moment in our lives, and by moving there I have to give up to much of the things I believe in, while being too far from the ones I love.

Some months later, I confirmed my destiny is elsewhere. It has been a truly amazing year, and if the last 18 months made something clear – it is that I want to keep on working internationally in the domains of technology, media and communication. Where exactly I want to live is not that important, as long as it is Brussels, New York, California, Milan, Paris, London, Rio or Madrid/Barcelona. Courtesy of my Femke ;-)

Do I already know what I will do next?Well, it is getting form and should be concrete very soon, possibly even tomorrow morning. It will be a mix of things, with 1 specific focus. But more in a next post.

And now, back to preparing the birth of our son.
He’s already late at his first appointment. That promises :-)

Bart

Fiji

Oct 1

Bula !
Bula is Fijian for good morning, good evening, thank you and all other things one should regularly say. What a wonderful country !!

Fiji was recommended by one of my skynet colleagues (thx barbara, one of my completely blund and honest colleagues, meaning I trust her so much I even trust her for honeymoon travel), who visited this country during a long Asian travel she took some time ago. And right she was.

It started quite weird. We arrived an evening.
It was dark, and were aked to step on to a small boat that would bring us to our destination. 2 couples & someone to bring us. It was dark, very dark – the sea was fortunately relatively calm.
And then: in full darkness in the sea: “Sir, please step onto the other boat.” Huh? He threw our lugage in the other (even smaller boat), to arrive at Matamanoa in the Mamanuca Islands, a group of 30 islands in the East of Fiji mainland. Paradise one would say. Our resort was named Matamanoa, and yes, it looks like the pictures. 1 hotel on an entire Island. Sheer beauty, fantastic scenery and sun all day long. Didn’t do much but swimming, sunbathing and reading.

After 3 days we left for another village named Botaira, up north in the Yasawa islands on Naviti. Well, in all honesty the Botaira resort surpassed all I had ever dreamt. The sea, bures (beachfront separate rooms), food, etc are amazing. But the most special of all are the people. This small resort (only 10 couples can stay here) is owned by the Village. And that gives it a really special feeling & atmosphere. At evenings, we had an incredible

village “choire” (to say it in franch), traditional songs & dancing (named ‘mekke’) – but also this incredible pride. We walked up to the village one day, and I was truly amazed by what we saw, felt, discovered. Life is a beach. A f beach.

Kid education pretty developed, each week around a specific theme. This week: “humility: humble people cause no dissent. There are no happy wars, there is no unhappy peace”.
We should teach our kids the same …

This holiday is pretty fantastic.
Up next: Bangkok. Voila, on.

Cu there ;-)
bart

Howdie love.
Got happily married, and left immediately on a honeymoon.

Stop1: Sydney

  • every city surrounded with water has a plus, so sydney has a triple+!
  • fantastic boat/ferry voyagekes
  • attended modern version of Puccini’s La Bohème
  • rested & slept (a lot)
  • visited all other places via busses, boats, ferry’s, taxi’s tourists visit
  • went out a bit, met weird & fun people
  • But especially: had fun in the backpackershotels & bars at Bondi Beach. Like the place, cool’ed the pool (see picture above), love the people

But more than anything: had so much fun with femke. Was time ago we only had time for eachother. I think that for some reason we are just meant to be together. Nobody could understand better her feelings, laughs, jokes, thoughts, …. And nobody definitely laughs so much with my jokes J

During summer not much time for eachother:

  • my party-ante passed away in summer. She was so strong, but cancer was unfair & too tough …
  • organisation of wedding took loads of time, though femke did most of the work
  • launching new brand, adsl.be, belgacomtv & 11+via calcio (our football tv channels), developping new services, and loads of other work, etc etc.
  • preparing to mount the ventoux took all the rest of my free time
  • and a lot of other stuff

But now just here for eachother.
Tomorrow we leave Sydney though. Up to the next.

bart