May 12, 2017

Starry starry night


 




The Last Time That I Saw The Stars
by Jay Harold
http://jayharold.blogspot.com

The last time that I saw the stars
They spun at record speed
Propelled by popped prosecco
Between roses, buds and trees


The last time that I played guitar
I rocked at record speed
I heard my conscience echo
And its sound was bittersweet


The last time that I saw my crew
We crossed some party lines
With Jack and Hen and Tanqueray
Tequila, salt and lime


The last time that I caught the blues
They faded space and time
I had to run so far away
To get them off my mind


The last time that I lost myself
I knew not where to look
My friends pointed the way for me
But oh, the time it took


The last time that I lost myself
I knew where not to look
And now it’s crystal clear to me
But oh, the time it took

May 10, 2017

Europe by night

European Union headquarters
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat Brussels with the 

May 06, 2017

Let there be light

Two men hard at work finalising the renovation of a grocery store.

May 04, 2017

House of European History

The House of European History is located in the beautifully renovated Eastman Building in leafy Parc Léopold. Its exhibits will be available in all 24 official European Union languages and entrance will be free. Tailored resources will be available for schools, families and groups, offering a fascinating experience for all. More here: 
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting/en/brussels/house-of-european-history

May 01, 2017

The first day of May, revisited

I am kind of sorry to have to revise my original May 1 post because the photo (in its original version), in my option at least, clearly illustrated the May 1 spirit of sending out good luck wishes.
Sunday night I received a request from the person photographed to remove the picture. I promptly obliged, of course.
I did however not receive an answer to my permission request to publish this cropped version.  Let's see what happens .. according to the good old quote "Silence is Acquiescence".. no reaction equals approval.
Does this happen to you fellow bloggers?
original text:
This happy lady on a Brussels' tram last night seeemed to be in the right mood for the long May 1 weekend.
On the first day of May, a holiday (Labor Day), the tradition is  to give a bouquet of  a few Lily of the Valley  (" muguet" in French -  "meiklokje" in Dutch) to mark spring and to wish good luck to your loved ones, family and friends.  
Today, the flowers are everywhere; street vendors offer them at a not so interesting price.. only today, idem in flower shops. They are on tables in restaurants and street cafés,  in peoples hands, hats or hair or in men's lapels. 

April 29, 2017

.. a long weekend!

We celebrate Labor Day on May 1 and most people will have a day off from work.
Hope you will get plenty of R & R and enjoyment. 

April 27, 2017

South station Brussels

How I wish I'd had my camera with me because these two looked so precious and photogenic. 

April 25, 2017

Library inspired by Magritte

This is NOT Belgium but Lourmarin (Luberon, France).
Certainly Magritte would have enjoyed this library. 

April 19, 2017

"Doel: the ghost town that's a paradise for graffiti artists"




 
Pictures by Pol De Witte

How did a 400-year-old Belgian village now threatened with demolition become a magnet for the world's best street artists? Doel's last 25 residents explain why they're fighting for their extraordinary town 

"It's noon in a cafe in a small Belgian town. People are eating sandwiches, popping in for a chat or to read the paper. So far, so normal. But the view from the window tells a different story. The cafe overlooks a square full of boarded-up shops and homes. Graffiti covers almost every available surface, including a forlorn children's playground. In the neighbouring streets, row upon row of vacant and abandoned houses are covered in eye-poppingly colourful doodles or large murals by street artists. To add to the dystopian feel of the place, every so often a large pile of rubble shows the spot where a house once stood, and the giant smoke-billowing cooling towers of Belgium's first commercial nuclear-power station loom on one side......"



April 07, 2017

Spring, train, country

Springtime at the Countryside 
by Jay Harold*

the smoggy streets of the city struck my fancy for a week
but now it’s time
to say good-bye
and i take a train to the countryside
listening to jazz
but all i hear is drum and bass

a crooner sings of a spring day and it washes over me
i’m feeling good
the sun is high
as a train takes me to the countryside
contemplating jazz
and the poetry of place

i savour the sweet smell of the countryside; i disembark
and as i walk
through this small town
i think i’m feeling good, therefore i am
digging all that jazz
as the sun shines on my face

*Jay Harold is studying Creative Writing
at the University of Essex. 
http://jayharold.blogspot.be

March 09, 2017

Gorgeous Brussels houses, they are everywhere


Very frequently, I (have to) stop the car, get my telephone, take a quick shot and think "wow".  Guillaume Macau street near the Ixelles/Elsene ponds. 

More about these jewels: http://www.irismonument.be/fr.Ixelles.Avenue_Guillaume_Macau.4.html

February 17, 2017

Magritte was in Paris

"Sometimes it’s nice to get away for a few days. In January, I took a short trip to Paris and stopped by the Centre Pompidou where "La trahison des images" showed a wonderful collection of Magritte’s work throughout the years. It was heartwarming to see that the exhibition drew people from all around, an astonishingly large crowd for an exhibition in a late stage".
For This is Belgium, I'm Jay Harold
Jay is a student in Creative Writing. You can read some of his work on his blog http://jayharold.blogspot.be