With temperatures in between 14 and -2 degrees Celsius, it is easy to adjust to the temperature with comfortable shirts and pullovers. Unsurprisingly, pullovers are making a comeback. However, the somewhat warmer leisure shirts should not be missing in your wardrobe, and you really don’t have to be a lumberjack or polar region dweller to wear them.
Dear Neighbors to the North, Now that the obligatory New Year’s wishes are soon a thing of the past, it is time for the traditional short review of the last semester of a rather eventful 2016, with some striking statements made by famous and less famous Belgians in the Flemish media.
In 2011, actor Willem Nijholt published his letter to Dutch authoress Hella Haasse. Haasse was, as was Nijholt, born in the Dutch-Indies. After the publication of this book of letters, which for a large part deals with his time in a Japanese (POW) camp and is a “a stirring tribute to his mother” (according to newspaper “de Volkskrant” in 2011), now his memoirs are published. In expressive, associative, and often exuberant language Nijholt takes the reader to some impressive chapters in his life.
A year ago Berlin’s Schwules Museum announced an overview of the collections. This self-reflection was interrupted because of a special exhibition but will now be re-installed. Of course, this re-installment will be novel. New art works within the exhibit will bring new perspectives and discussions. The first “special” is devoted to “Rock Hudson and the AIDS Crisis.”
After a busy Christmas period seeing family and friends, the members of A.S.V.Gay will be united in one of the greatest cities of our southern neighbor country, Antwerp. Traditionally, the travel committee organizes a trip around Christmas. If the trip is as fun as it normally is, the members can again fall back on mucky but fun anecdotes for weeks.
On the eve of the unification of Germany, the citizens of the Prussian capital Berlin attentively followed the reports on a serious sex crime. On a cold Sunday afternoon in January 1869, the five-year-old Emil Hancke had been lured away from his pals and was seriously abused and raped in an attic. Two years earlier, another boy had been killed under similar circumstances, in 1869 still an unsolved case.
Despite a decrease of people diagnosed with HIV, there is reason for concern. Nearly 50% of all new HIV cases is diagnosed too late. The Dutch HIV Association HVN is extremely worried. People who do not belong to the high-risk groups, such as heterosexual men and people over 45, are often treated too late.
The Dutch book “40+ Homo’s: Gay Midlife” hits the bull’s eye. Anyone just over forty can no longer consider themselves part of the younger generation, nor do they belong to the older generation just yet. In this age bracket, people start looking back and consider what life possibly has in store for them.
Last month, I witnessed an historic event. For the first time in history, a crowned head of state visited the GLBT community.
COC Netherlands, which celebrates its seventieth anniversary this year, was bestowed the honor of a royal visit by His Majesty King Willem Alexander on November 22.
A distinct British accent shouts “Grab them by the balls!” in the microphone, “Didi Trump is making Spijker Bar great again!” Ms. Didi Licious is spinning the bingo wheel under screens showing porn and slapstick. Tonight, Ms. Licious is Didi Trump, and the audience loves it.