July 15th, 2003

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Rick de Leeuw – Planeet jeugd (03-023)

Rick de Leeuw – Planeet jeugd (03-023)

I do not read poetry very often, but this is one of the exceptions to that rule. In his former life De Leeuw was the singer of one my favourite bands, Tröckener kecks. Nowadays he is thinking what to do, performing as a professional guest on tv-shows, especially in Belgium. On one of these shows he does a poem every week. This book is a collection of it.

The poems are the thoughts he couldn’t turn into songs for his band, because it wouldn’t be appropriate for them. Yet he felt the need to write them down. The result is poetry that isn’t standard, sometimes resembles lyrics to a song, but are also original therefore.

Just an example:


een jongen nog

daar zit hij, een jongen nog
gevangen in een lichaam niet van hem
maar van een man die in weinig nog lijkt
op wat hem voor ogen stond
toen hij zo oud was als de zoon
door wiens ogen hij steeds vaker
naar zichzelf kijkt


still a boy

there he is, still a boy
caught in a body not his
but of a man who resembles very little
what he had in mind
whose eyes he uses more and more often
at the age of the son
to look at himself


Several very good ones in this book. I did think some of the lyrics of the Kecks worthy of publishing as poetry, this book proves that point.
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For those of you who do like baseball, but do not know there is baseball outside the America's as well...


The Dutch won their fourth consecutive match in the European Championships that started last friday, here in the Netherlands. In a difficult match they scored the only run against France in the 8th inning. Manager Davey Johnson is confident that his team will start hitting better later in the tournament.

The European Championship used to be a simple tournament. Several teams play, the final was Netherlands - Italy always. The Dutch won just over half of them, Italy nearly half. Two years ago things changed. The other countries are getting closer. In Moscow the Russians upset the Dutch in the group phase, then caused a major upset beating Italy in the semi final only to lose narrowly to the Netherlands in the final again. The Netherlands then went on to be the first ever team to beat Cuab at the Sydney Olympics, only missing the semi-final by one win. On amateur level this means they are the fifth country in baseball.

I'm planning on visiting a match next week in the qualifying tournament for the Athens Olympics, which will have the top 6 from this weeks tournament.

More on the European Championships via Yahoo:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-sportsshowcase&prov=ap&type=lgns

in which manager Johnson calls the level TripleA and rising.
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