Claudia Schiepers

Office view
July 31, 2008, 10:20 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Gets me everytime I see it.

Office view

Kid Fear
July 31, 2008, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Vrienden

Kid Fear (alias of Lieven B.) is getting ready to release his first album and to promote this fantastic accomplishment, he is giving everyone an opportunity to listen to the songs. He created a couple of films with short outtakes of the album and will be sharing a new film every Monday until the release date of the record on October 1st. Check out the first one, The Carnival, below. You can listen to the full song on his MySpace page.

Go Lieven!

Visiting (me in) NYC…
July 30, 2008, 10:34 pm
Filed under: New York


… in August or September (or maybe until the end of the year) and not sure where you are going to stay (since my stuff won’t arrive for another 8 weeks), then look no further! M. is going on an Asia trip and has a fantastic place in the East Village (go east!) that he is subletting. He is taking bookings right now, so hurry up, because it will fill up fast for sure.
More information, prices and pictures here.

The girl from the east
July 30, 2008, 9:09 pm
Filed under: New York

I grew up in the east of Belgium. More than 20 years I spent there and loved (almost) every minute of it. After living a couple of year just east of Brussels, I moved to Canary Wharf in the east of London. One year later, I moved to Shoreditch, again in the east of London. And now, in less then two weeks, I will move into my new apartment in the gramercy/Union Square area of New York. Yes, you guessed well, it’s in the east of Manhattan. Some thing never change. East side rules… (making E sign with right hand).

Kate on Perez
July 24, 2008, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Belgium

Kate Ryan got a mentioning on the Perez Hilton blog, gossip capital of the world. That’s quite impressive and will do her career a lot of good. He can make someone famous.
(I know… I waste my time reading this stuff, but I can’t help it. Totally addicted!)

July 24, 2008, 10:45 am
Filed under: New York

Ok, got it. First lesson planned next week.

July 23, 2008, 9:56 am
Filed under: London

4 more days in London. Today I will have to prepare for the movers that are coming tomorrow. This means packing my suitcases for the next 6 to 8 weeks because that is how long the shipment of the rest of my stuff will take to get to NYC (if I’m lucky). Although I’m quite used to packing for trips, I’m not really sure what I should pack for 8 weeks. Especially since I won’t be staying in a hotel, but in my new apartment. Do I take a duvet and sheets? Do I take towels or just buy them new? What about kitchen stuff? And then I haven’t really even thought about what clothes to bring. Since it is 1000000 degrees in New York, my (mostly male) friends are telling me to just bring a bikini. I however don’t think the people in the office would be ok with that.
I organized some leaving drinks for my mates, both work and friends on Friday. I have a feeling I’m going to cry a lot that night. I really do hate saying goodbye. And the chances of me ever returning to live in England are quite slim, so some of these people, I’ll probably never ever will see again… Sucks.

July 19, 2008, 8:14 pm
Filed under: Vrienden

Liz. Doctor, blond and the loveliest girl ever. On top of that she is the queen of badminton. Will miss her.


Plea of a Belgian
July 15, 2008, 6:48 pm
Filed under: Belgium

To the future leader of my home country.

I am a Belgian living abroad. For months and months I have followed the political shenanigans happening in our gorgeous country from a side line. I know I’m not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to the discussions about state reform and language politics. What I do know is that I would like my country to still exist in a few years. And for some reason, I have never felt this pessimistic about that prognosis ever.

I don’t feel like I’m Flemish (although I suppose I am), I am a Belgian. Ok, my french is not as good as I would like it to be and I have not been to too many Walloon places in my life, but I don’t think I would be better off without that part of Belgium. I speak dutch with my family and my friends back home, but speaking that language doesn’t mean that I want only Flemish statesmen to decide on laws, legislation etc for me.
My culture is one of “moules et frites”, great beer, not so great football, hard work, enjoying the good things in life, being (sometimes a bit falsely) modest, appreciating good food and nice clothes, putting family first, joining a sports team linked to a local cafe,… If I’m not mistaken, that is something I share with all Belgians, not just the Flemish. So I don’t want to hear the argument anymore that my language makes my culture. I’m much more like my Walloon neighbor than like my Neighbor in Maastricht on any day!

So many important things are happening in our country and the world today that I beg you to focus on those things first. A crisis in our economy, the problems in Europe with the Irish no, the environmental problems, the Olympics (!)… All this talk about a reform of the state has brought local politics to a place where people don’t care anymore. A dangerous place, because then only the radical and extreme voices remain present.

I understand that there are some things that need sorting out in Brussels, but is that really the most important thing right now? If the politics of compromise doesn’t work anymore in the extreme Belgian form, why are we talking about giving the regions even more responsibilities? Shouldn’t we also look at the alternative? What if we would give the responsibility back to the federal government. No more compromise on everything, no more “a Euro here, then also a Euro there”, but a sensible government with as a goal to manage a country and not several regions? I’m sure that our country with its great education, has produced intelligent, smart people in Belgium that could actually rule our nation with the best interest of the whole country in mind. Or is that too much of a Utopia?

Anyway, I hope that when you do take up the challenge of ruling this fine little place, you will keep in mind that there are people out there who care a lot about Belgium. Although some have argued that it’s a natural occurrence, that if you look at the history of countries cobbled together by European powers they inevitably break down. Know that it would break my (and hopefully many other) heart(s) to see it go.

July 15, 2008, 1:37 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Just testing the new typepad application for the iPhone. Pretty cool how you can add pics. This one was from the girls weekend in Hastings. Fun 🙂Test