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Some people might think I’m ridicilous but this is just a quick shot of how I came through the memorial evening of Michael Jackson… together with my niece, the Kleenexbox was too small, and even at the end my son, Bart, was sobbing on the couch, realizing one of his big idols had left this world. Together we were singing « Man in the Mirror », and very much into all the songs and beautiful words that have been said.

crying over MJ

Stevie Wonder’s performence was, in my eyes, the most beautiful one ; « I never Dreamed you would leave in summer », take a look here :

I won’t go into the argument about « who’s bad »… I loved Michael Jackson, his life, his carreer, his music, the lyrics he could write, about the human nature, the world… it all meant a lot to me, I am deeply touched by his death.


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You have always been in my life, your music helped me, comforted me, brought me joy, tears and hapiness. My first record ever, bought with my own money, was « Ben »… and all your music lingers on, I will never go anywhere without you! Goodbye Michael, Thank you!

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My aunt Oeke was really the best with her heart as pure as gold.
To me she was just so genuine and spontaneous so in my eyes she would never grow old.
So intelligent to me, she, with the same amount of beauty in her heart.
Of course she has had her share of pain and with that she showed no shame at all.
Her smile and gentleness spoke for itself at all times. It let you know she was successful and kind.
My aunt let you know what you see is what you get.
How much I respected her.

When I was a little girl I used to visit my father’s sister many weekends, since I was the only grand-daughter (with 3 brothers and 4 male-cousins…) in the family, she loved having her (spoiled) niece over and we would play « zwarte Piet » for hours, or she would let me play outside, we would pretend I was the painter, had to paint the fences and the wooden stairs (with a brush and water…), and once I finished she would pay me with cookies, the little old fashioned ones with the pink, white or yellow coating on, she would ‘pay the painter with that cookie-money’, she would make me hot coco (real Van Houten which she would prepare in a cup, the cacao and sugar and a little milk to delay… by the time the hot milk was ready to pour it over I would have eaten the cacao mixture… who didn’t as a kid ?) 

She’s gone now, this very special person and very special memories, I will never forget but now when I visit, I must visit in my heart and also in my mind.

She will be near her little brother now; ‘Tante Oeke, please tell him I miss him so much too and take care of him as you could for all of us !’

My last words to you would be : ‘ZWARTE PIET’ !!!! You would understand… and by the way, why didn’t you ever tell me you knew I was cheating…?

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Just when you have another of these days, when things don’t go exactly the way you want them to go and you wish to be elsewhere… I just cheer myself up with some old videos that make me laugh… I love this, it lights me up, I should watch that Ally Mc Beal series again, just alot of fun !

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We hebben deze Volvo 850 T5 Summum gekocht in 1996, had toen al 76.000 kms, maar reed als een speer, (nu nog trouwens, we zijn er net nog mee naar de wintersport geweest), maar we hebben de zware beslissing genomen deze te verkopen en hebben er een hele goede prijs voor gekregen, ondertussen wel 286.000 kms, hier en daar het leer wat gescheurt en andere kleine kwaaltjes. Het doet mij aan m’n hart maar morgen gaat hij weg ! Onze eerste familieherinneringen gaan samen met deze auto, op vakantie met zowel twee kids als twee grote honden als alle bagage van ons viertjes, dat past alleen in een Volvo…
Ik ben echt triest…

Salut Ma Titine, on t’a aimé, beaucoup, tu nous manqueras !dsc03085.jpg

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Sorry, but I just copied this from Wikipedia, Henri Salvador just died, I am sad, I loved this man, he would always make us laugh (with his famous laugh) and he could bring us the most nicest, funniest, romantic, swinging songs. We’ll miss you Henri, have a drink with Dad, he loved you too !(Specially ‘the Blues of the Dentist’ !)


Henri Salvador (born July 18, 1917, died February 13, 2008) was a French singer. His father, Clovis, and his mother, Antonine Paterne, daughter of a native Indian from the Caribbean, were both from Guadeloupe, France.

Born in Cayenne, French Guiana, his musical career began as a guitarist accompanying other singers. He had learned the guitar by imitating Django Reinhardt’s recordings, and was to work alongside him in the 1940s.

Salvador recorded several songs written by Boris Vian with Quincy Jones as arranger. He is known to have recorded the first French rock and roll song in 1956 written by Boris Vian and Michel Legrand.

In the sixties Salvador was the host of several popular television variety shows on French TV.

In 1964 he scored a hit with « Zorro est arrivé », which was inspired by The Coasters’ U.S. hit « Along Came Jones ». He is also famous for his rich, catchy laugh, which is a subject in many of his humorous songs.

In 1969, Henri Salvador recorded a variation of « Mah Nà Mah Nà » titled « Mais Non, Mais Non » (« But No, But No » or « Of Course Not, Of Course Not »), with lyrics he had written in French to Piero Umiliani tune.

Henri Salvador and his song « Dans mon île » (1957) was an influence on Antônio Carlos Jobim in formulating the Brazilian Bossa Nova style.

Caetano Veloso, a famous Brazilian composer and singer, made Henri Salvador famous to Brazilian audiences with the song « Reconvexo », in which he says « quem não sentiu o swing de Henri Salvador? » (‘who hasn’t felt the swing of Henri Salvador?’)

He had a brother, André, and a sister, Alice. He became a musician and comedian. Later he discovered singers Keren Ann and Art Mengo.

Henri continued to be popular today among French communities in Canada. In 2000, Virgin Records released a CD featuring popular hits like « Jazz Mediterrannee » which continues to receive regular air play. In 2002 his album ‘Chambre Avec Vue’ sold over two million copies. In 2005, Henri Salvador was awarded the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit, which he received from the acclaimed singer and Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, in the presence of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for his influence on Brazilian culture, particularly on bossa nova, to whose invention he contributed. He was also a commander of the French Légion d’honneur and of the National Order of Merit. In 2007 he released « Reverence » on V2 Records which features Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. He then went on to perform the track « La Vie C’est La Vie » from the album « Reverence » on the BBC programme « Later… With Jools Holland, » which aired on 4th May 2007.

He died of a ruptured aneurysm at his home in the early hours of February 13, 2008. He was 90 years of age.

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Cheers Daddy. We miss you !

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