Played hockey today, with a team of football players. Don't ask, I don't get it myself. Had a good day though. Plenty of sun, lots of fun, enough booze, bbq and an overdose of talking crap.
Over the last years, Mulder has become a phenomenon on Dutch television. He is the standard expert on a late night television show. He has opinions on everything from art to world economics, with sports and politics as the most interesting subjects. He livens up every discussion, he is a bit controversial. It is always difficult to see if he is drunk, provocative or just feels strongly about a certain topic.
In his first life, he was a professional football player. An injury ended his career prematurely, he could have been huge, now he was only big in Belgium (where he spent the best years of his playing days), representing his country a few times in the Dutch national team. As the end was near, he was asked to write a column about football in a newspaper. He was different from others. He saw the beauty in missing chances. He loved heroic struggles and was soon seen as a dreamer. Someone who noticed details though sometimes missed the main story. He was very pleasant to read.
Nowadays, after playing football and writing columns, his third career as a TV pundit/critic/expert has opened doors. His popularity grows. This book consists of columns and stories from years ago, put together and republished. Over 400 pages about the beauty of sport. About players who should have been great, but never were. About the shorts of the Italian football team, about away games in East Groningen, the region of his childhood days, about red tape in extremis, about the viewpoint of a cameraman at a women's hockey team, about the Swiss German accent of former legend Neeskens, about applause substitutions inflation and a zillion other things.
I love his style, his eye for the unusual, sometimes dream of writing one column in his league. There are two other collections waiting for me, this was only part one. I'll keep them on the shelves a bit longer. Just to know that I've got them coming still.
Song that reminds you of waking up in the morning: Rage against the Machine - Killing in the name of love
Song that's best to drive to: Fishbone - Bonin' in the boneyard
Song that's best on Sunday afternoon: Koning voetbalmars
Song that's best to listen to at night driving: Klein Orkest - Laat mij maar alleen
Song that's best to listen to at night at home: Tori Amos - Cornflake girl
Song that reminds you of your childhood: Beegees - Tragedy
Song that's best for sex, or remind you of sex: John Hiatt - Have a little faith in me
Song that's best for when it is raining: Nirvana - About a girl
Song that reminds you that you're in love:
Song that reminds you of your last relationship: Tröckener kecks - In tranen
Song that reminds you of traveling: Shakira - Ojos asi
Song that reminds you that everything is wonderful: World party - Ship of fools
Song that makes you cry: U2 - October
Favorite band: Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Portishead
Favorite band when you were 13: U2
Band that you liked then but do not anymore: Simple minds, Dire straits
Bands that you still like after years and years: Klein orkest, Pink Floyd
Band/musician that you are embarrassed that you like: Tom Jones (Reload album)
Favorite male voice: Tom Waits
Favorite female voice: Struggle between Beth Gibbons and Tori Amos
Most annoying female voice: ?
Most annoying male voice: Bryan Adams
Male singer's voice that makes you cry: Positive? Mark Hollis
Female singer's voice that makes you cry: Beth Gibbons
Band that describes your life: Klein Orkest
Theme song: Guru - The traveller