Thursday, April 7, 2016

Movie - Eddie the Eagle

Recently I won two movie tickets and I decided to invite my sister in law. So off we went this Tuesday to see "Eddie the Eagle" starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.

Basically it's a feel good movie based on true events:
Michael Edwards (born 5 December 1963), better known as Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, is a British skier and ski jumper who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Finishing last in the 70m and 90m events, he became famous as an example of an underdog or "heroic failure", and of perseverance and achievement without funding.

His lack of success endeared him to people around the globe. The worse he performed, the more popular he became. He subsequently became a media celebrity and appeared on talk shows around the world. The press nicknamed him "Mr. Magoo", and one Italian journalist called him a "ski dropper". However, admirers praised him as representing the true Olympic spirit as an amateur athlete who wanted to compete at the best of his ability for its own sake, regardless of his chances of winning.

The widespread attention that Edwards received in Calgary was embarrassing to some in the ski jumping establishment. Shortly after the Olympics finished, the entry requirements were strengthened in order to make it nearly impossible for anyone to follow his example. 
(source: Wikipedia)

If you're interested to know what became of him later on, there's a couple of nice articles about him in the Smithsonian Magazine and the The Guardian or even an interview:

I can only admire this man that never gave up, whatever the odds.

Have a nice day!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Creativa Brussels

Hi all,

It's been a while - as usual - but here's a new post! ;-)

I recently visited the Creativa fair in Brussels. For me it's one of the best fairs during the year. First of all because the "cold and dark" Winter is over and you feel that spring is in the air (lots of lovely "fresh" designs). The start of a new creative season with plenty of new things to discover ...

Here's an impression of the whole thing ...

Le Comptoir des Fleurettes - Editions de Saxe

Joëlle Tissus - Le Jardin de Nana

Fils a Soso - Babachic 

Neelam - Border Wollie

A lovely display by Azza Créations - interior of a house (4 pictures above)

 And something to cater for the interior (food) and exterior (art)

There was also a lovely display of the prize winning quilts of last years (2015) Open European Quilt Championships. As there were quite some quilts, I'll keep this for the next blog entry (I've taken quite some piccies as I didn't attend last year :-)

And the things I've bought:

At the Quiltmania booth (picture above):

Quiltmania - Ratsburg Road Quilts by Linda Koenig
Quiltmania - Creating Heirlooms - Carolyn Konig

At 't Gaerenhuys - Ghent

I've bought a kit "Les Poissons" from "Un Chat dans l'Aiguille" 
this is the finished example in traditional embroidery

Frühling (Spring) by Christiane Dahlbeck
A lovely book with plenty of Easter/Spring oriented cross stitch designs

Even the weather was in my favour:

Morning - before entering

Afternoon - after quitting the fair

Hope you enjoyed this small visit? :-)

Have a nice Easter holiday (for us - I mean the kids - it's the second week)!