In Defence of Cats

  Recently, I’ve gotten into the cat-sitting business. April has been pretty hectic so far, as I have been up and down Amsterdam taking care of all sorts of cats. Some need medication, others have a very specific diet, but the one thing they all have in common is this: all they really want isContinue reading “In Defence of Cats”

Taking a moment

  Whether it’s on a grander ethical scale or in a more day-to-day sense, we’re always catching up with technology: we can only figure out how to deal with it once it’s already there. Today, it’s the same with the proliferation of the steady stream of stimuli from smart devices: many people, including me, areContinue reading “Taking a moment”

A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat

  Armed with hammer, screwdriver, and inexhaustible optimism, Pat and Mat have been taking on the world for over 40 years. In those years their world changed drastically;  born during the dark days of communist Czechoslovakia, they witnessed the Velvet Revolution, watched the Iron curtain fall, and saw their country being split into two. YetContinue reading “A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat”

We all have hairy legs

Not too long ago, I was waiting at the bus stop after having visited a friend in the evening. As I was standing underneath the roof of the bus stop, I became aware of music, playing very quietly. Looking back, I think it might have been part of a project to make people feel moreContinue reading “We all have hairy legs”

The Wonderful World of Webcomics

  I’ve found myself amazed over these past few years by the concept of The Webcomic. With the advent of the internet, the publishers of old are no longer the only way to get your art to your audience, and a new generation of writers and readers has gratefully picked up on this. Instead, ifContinue reading “The Wonderful World of Webcomics”

How can multilingualism affect our identity

  We live in a world where speaking more than one language is seen as a positive thing. Multilingualism is encouraged, and as our world becomes more globalized, multilingualism is seen as a normal part of a child’s upbringing.

The Redundancy of Memes

Memes. What about ‘em? I dread them, that’s what. Luckily for me, my hate for the concept only boils up on a very superficial level, namely most of the stuff you go through on your social media feed: captioned pictures, short clips, inside jokes and puns that revolve around certain formulas and themes. However, theContinue reading “The Redundancy of Memes”

Realism and Dialogue

  “God,” declared a girl I once watched Network (1976) with, “who talks like that?” The only right answer is “no one”: the movie was rightly called out on its preposterously verbose dialogue, which nears parody. It is lucky that the next day I watched a John Ford western, with stiff, wooden but somehow believableContinue reading “Realism and Dialogue”

These Are a Few of My Favourite Words

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things.  In life, it is the little things that make your day. Like Julie Andrews sang, these favourite things, the blue sky, the smell of freshly brewedContinue reading “These Are a Few of My Favourite Words”

Cult documentaries

  We’ve all seen those lists: “10 Cult films you have to watch!!!”, “5 of the best cult films ever!!!”, “You’re not a true film-lover until you’ve seen these cult films!!!”. Donnie Darko, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, The Room, I’ve seen those lists and I am no longer impressed. What I personally would likeContinue reading “Cult documentaries”