24-08-07

Facts of life - things I always wanted to tell you

Hello everyone,
one of the following personal stories is incorrect.

1. It is now undeniable and beautifully visible: Femmie and I are going to have our first baby. The baby should say Hello World somewhere begin December. Like for probably many of you, this miracle of life is probably the event of our lifetime, and you cannot believe how much we are looking forward to it. We will make sure though that the baby will have Brussels as city of birth.
 


2. SBS Broadcasting Europe was acquired some time, to be part of the newly creation pan-European group ProSiebenSat1 Media Group (click on the most recent PDF to get a good overview). 

The official announcement related to my new role sounds like:
 
Bart Becks, 35, will head the Innovation and New Media International unit. He will be responsible for the overall coordination of international new media services as well as for the development and international implementation of new services of the Group, in particular online, mobile, idTV, music, licensing and merchandising. Bart Becks previously worked as Senior Vice President New Media at SBS Broadcasting.” 
International here means Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe and the Benelux. Group is International plus Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 


3. I will leave wonderful Amsterdam in some months and will have lived in this invigorating city for a small year. Although Femmie isn’t the biggest of fans, my personal opinion is that Amsterdam combines a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an in-depth rest thanks to it watery surroundings.

We will now move to Munich, and although we don’t know the city very well, it was chosen by a magazine as the best city in the world to live in, and first impression is great.So after studying and MBA, I will now be living an MBA (Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam) – but deep down I will probably remain a Brusselse Limburger in love with the world. 


4. The Simpsons movie got released some time ago. There is an accompanying personality test that matches your personality to one of the characters. I turned out to be … Lisa… In my entire life, when pronouncing my name people verify by ‘like Bart Simpson’? I will now have to adjust by answering ‘Phonetically yes’, but…
Truth being told, there are some things we share. 


5. Femke and me are together now for quite a while. In order to celebrate our 4000th day together, I adopted a pup named
“Famke”, which will be trained now to become a guide dog to the blinds, via a Dutch organisation named Adopteer een Pup (not Pub!). Not only was she very happy with my little present, but she really couldn’t believe that I had managed to remember the exact 4000th day! 


As said, one of the above is incorrect – and it is not the first!
 

bart 

30-05-07

Jeff Buckley

Today Belgium (amongst other countries) celebrates Jeff Buckley with a concert ‘an evening without Jeff Buckley’. Although he tragically sailed into his death at the age of 23, Mr. Jeff Buckley had a huge impact on many of us. His voice danced between strength and fragility, pulling all of us into his heart and mind reaching music.

 

In one of today’s newspaper, Stef Kamil Karlens talked about him. I had the pleasure of talking a bit with Stef Kamil and his partner Laurence, and they made me think. For me, Stef is not only one of the most gifted musicians Belgium has ever had, but also one of the most giving. There is so much warmth in him, and it reflects on all around him. Much like Jef, and if I wouldn’t be on this plane to New York, I would definitely be in Ghent at the Night w/o Jeff Buckley where Zita Swoon will also be playing.

 

It reminds me also of my wedding with my Femke. At the city hall, we were aloud to play some music. And the 2 pieces we had that afternoon at the magic Grand Place in Brussels (everyone that lives in 1000 Brussels must marry there, before you get any wrong ideas) where we played Jacques Brel, Hallelujah from Jeff Buckley (a cover from the great Leonard Cohen) and Victory from Daan.

 

I must be somewhere in the middle between London and NY now – and although I managed to forget my iPod, I fortunately had backup all my songs on a portable hard disc, and am now near tears in my eyes listening to Buckley’s Grace.

 

Goodnight everyone. Goodnight Femmie. Goodevening NY!

Bart

04-02-07

Ventoux - here we come!

Last year I finished the Brussels 20km, the year before I arrived at climbing the Sault side of the Mont Ventoux. I never suffered more than the last 6 km of that day. We were 12 to start, 4 to finish – and yes: I was by far the slowest J 2 hours and 30 minutes of intense but beautiful suffering. The last km even looked quite a balancing act: “how can someone climb so slow and still not fall”...

 

But some friends convinced me to participate in climbing the steepest side (Bédoin) of the Ventoux at June 9 2007. At this date, the Belgian Sporta organization brings 1000 Belgians over there, and some even try to climb it 3 or 5 times.

 

So this morning I had my first training session. Conclusion: need to start cycling at least every week-end, must throw at least 5 kilos overboard within the coming 3 months, and most importantly: find a rhythm to train at least 3 times per week … With a intense and passionate new job and quite a traveling schedule not that easy, so I’m pretty happy that I just found a sport school/fitness, just around the corner of our Amsterdam apartment – with opening hours from 7h to 24h.

 

Great incentive though: my dear Femke will join me. She started sporting a lot since her ski knee injury 3 years ago. She's actually quite a cycling talent, so I surprised her last year with a beautiful Bianchi bike. Some proper equipment is the least.

So we’re in it together!

 

Game on! Ventoux, here we come.

bart