Throwback Thursday: CULTAVERDE 2015

As the title suggests (and as I mentioned before) I’m going to share a few things from this past year, which I haven’t been able to show earlier due to being too busy with life itself (and creating a new life). The first event I think I should mention in this online diary, is the annual school concert CULTAVERDE.

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Amy and I doing “Sweet Goodbyes”
 

Although I had stopped teaching right after the auditions, I was determined to guide our artists until the final night of the show and it was as rewarding as the former two editions. We had many first year students this year and it was great to see their courage. And attitude: Noëlla blew us away with her ‘All About That Bass’ and Shania’s ‘The Climb’ had me teary-eyed.

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“You can check out any time you like but you can never leave”
 

We also had dance acts (with surprising cool masks), our Singing Sisters took part again and we had a new wild duo: Silvana and Silvana. Our own ‘The Voice – Kids’ contestants sang ‘Everything Has Changed’ together and I also managed to get a few of my colleagues on stage to do ‘Hotel California’ – more or less spontaneously, which was a lot of fun.

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The boss calling us back on stage.
 

At the end of the evening, my partner in organising-crime Bastiaan and I had a few ‘thankyous’ we needed to say. To all our colleagues for their support and also to all the lovely students who worked so hard; backstage as well. Sadly, our presenting duo was about to graduate, so we had to look for new talent. Fortunately, they both had their little brother and sister in school now and the talent runs in the family!

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Our students thanking us!
 

So I was a very proud teacher again. We had a great time. The funniest moment for me was when we found a mother’s driver’s licence, which she had forgotten on a table ‘backstage’. As we announced on stage that the owner could ask for it back in the break, one of my students whispered to me: “That’s my mum! Now do you understand why I keep forgetting my books and stuff?!”

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The amazing presenters!
 

And we thought that was that. We had organised the event and it had gone as planned. Our head teacher had thanked everyone for coming, but then the participating students took over to thank us for giving them this stage. They had planned it together all along, without us knowing; we got flowers and even a custom-made winning cup. A night to remember.

Sign of Life

Lately I’ve been rather absent from this weblog. I did do a couple of lectures and events in the past few months, and I tweeted the odd picture, but I haven’t had the time and energy (yet) to report about those here. This has everything to do with the fact I’ll become a mum within the next month, but I do still intend to write a few ‘throwback’ posts (if only because I promised some pictures and it would keep my diary complete). But for now, here’s what I have been doing mostly. My dear cat Poes (he really is the sweetest) is very much involved in the pregnancy…
 

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Testing the baby’s car seat

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and checking the crib

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Hugging my bump

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and making sure the hospital bag is warm
 

WWRY Germany!

I did it again. And I have now seen the show in three languages. This one was kind of a surprise, as there were only a few shows planned in Cologne. But I took the opportunity with a friend who’s a fan of Queen also and it was another great show, of course. Like the Dutch, the audience was a bit lame though. When Pop finally announced ‘Queen!’ nobody cheered?! Fortunately, by the end of the show they all understood what kind of show they were at and everyone stomped and clapped along. And I have to admit that the language didn’t bother me at all. ‘No-one but you’ in German manages to make me cry just as much.
 

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“Did you find a voorwerp?”

Why yes I did! (In the leaflet on the boat to our summer holiday destination, under lost and found – I thought it was too funny not to share).
 

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Asteroid Day: Don’t Be A Dinosaur!

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Asteroid Day is a global movement to protect Earth from Asteroids. Or, as it says on asteroidday.org: “It’s a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history”. Which is tomorrow, 30 June 2015.
 

I know I have a lot of readers who know even less about astronomy and science than I do as an amateur, citizen scientist, but don’t get me wrong: this is not another doomsday prediction. I try to pay as little attention to those silly but annoying announced apocalyptic events, which are usually not based on facts and evidentially, none of these forecasts have actually happened so far. So, we haven’t found an asteroid of which we can say it’s going to destroy our home on a certain date – yet.
 

But, according to this declaration you can sign, stating your concerns, there are a million asteroids in our solar system that have the potential to strike Earth and destroy a city, yet we have discovered less than 10,000 — just one percent — of them. And if you’re now thinking: “Yeah, well, you never know what’s going to happen and I will probably be dead by the time this happens”, then you might be right. Because we don’t know (yet) if an asteroid will hit us in another hundred year’s time or, say, next week.
 

Should we panic then? No, but let’s also not be dinosaurs. As Bill Nye, who’s one of the esteemed scientists who signed the declaration, said: “Someday humankind will have to prevent an asteroid impact. We will need to work together to get it done. The first step toward protecting our planet is to find and track the swarm of space rocks that cross orbit with Earth. Let’s get going!”
 

So tomorrow will be the first global Asteroid Day, to raise awareness of the fact we need to act now. If you want to add your name to the list of people who’ve said: “Yes I think this is important, please do something about this” too, then you can find the petition on asteroidday.org.
 

On there you can also find a list of cool events, such as the premiere of the film 51 Degrees North in London, the Science Museum. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it, but I thought I should bring it to your attention anyway. My pal Brian May has written the music for it and I can’t wait to see the result. I’m going to end here with a little interview he did, in which he gives away only a little bit of why this movie is so unique.