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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society

by Melissa Dondersbook-club-logo

Reading the book ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ written by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows made me reflect on the way that I came to be part of  TIC and what it means to me to be part of a bookclub.

The characters in the book ‘accidentally’ formed their literary (or bookclub) society during the WWII German occupation whilst living on the island of Guernsey. From this literary society, friendships formed, connections made and lives changed while they supported each other through an obviously difficult time during the war.
I had been a part of a bookclub in Australia, which I loved, so when I arrived in the Netherlands at the end of 2015 I googled ‘English speaking bookclub’ and the TIC website came up, which gave me valuable information, not only for the bookclub, but for other events and ways to meet other expats.
There’s something special about getting together with a group of people, who, you may or may not see outside of bookclub, and connecting over a book. You’ve all got a common goal – reading and then discussing the same book. Sometime in the last month, you have all read the same words on paper, maybe interpreting them in different ways or not. And at some stage you realise you have come to know the people you meet once a month or so, as nearly everyone puts their personal view, experience and personality forward when discussing a book.
Whether you search for a book club or accidentally become part of one, just like in the book, being able to connect with people over a book you either love or hate can cross all social, religious, racial and gender barriers and can help you form friendships in a foreign world.
#Expatbookclub #Tilburg #reading #Guernsey

Match review! Willem II vs. Roda JC

by Andrew Kelly

A visit to Willem II is becoming an annual occurrence for TIC and I must say we need to keep doing it, as they always win!!

It was a great turnout of 14 people and probably 50% of our group had never seen Willem II play live. After finding our places and singing the Williem II song, I would like to say, at this point, it was already really, really cold! The game began!!

There was a minute silence to commemorate an old player of Willem II & Roda who had passed away a few days earlier. It really showed how people can come together and have respect for the game.

And then, after only 14 minutes, Willem II made the first and only goal of the game. I am afraid to say the quality of football was not the best, but for a price tag of 8 euro a ticket, you can’t beat it. Roda never gave up and did fight for the ball resulting in two yellow cards being given; one for Willem II and one for Roda.

It’s always a great day out, but just don’t think you are going to see Barcelona, but of course you can always be pleasantly surprised.

#Tilburg #expatlife #voetbal #football #WillemII

Review of I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

book-club-logoreviewed by Anne van Oorschot and Mala Raman

We had a super evening a great turn out to discuss this thought provoking book. As we settled into the lovely new home of one of our long-standing members and munched on the delicious snacks our hostess provided, we talked about I Am Malala, our most recent book.
All had liked it and the book gave many good points for discussion – how happy Malala’s family life was, despite the dangerous situation due to the ever increasing influence of the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan. The American’s in the group remarked on how little real information they had received via television/Internet/newspaper coverage of this time period; how little they understood the full political, military and cultural ramifications.
The group talked about how different Malala’s family’s “exile” to England is from our voluntary residence in Tilburg, yet how many similar challenges we face as strangers in a new culture. In spite of Malala’s multitude of awards including the Nobel Peace Prize, worldwide recognition and activism at the highest international levels, how her voice was that of a regular teenager with the trials and tribulation of a regular kid in many ways. We can recommend this inspiring book to all 🙂

#bookclub #Tilburg #Expats #expatlife

TICMovie review: The Post

by Anne van Oorschot

TIC members met at the Cinecitta to see the Oscar nominated film, The Post. The film, staring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, tells the story of The Washington Post’s decision to publish information from a top secret study regarding the United States’ political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The report chronicled the U.S. government’s involvement in Vietnam’s affairs – indirectly or directly – by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. The report demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration “systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress”. Needless to say, the government of then President Nixon, was not happy with the leaks and tried to prevent publication. Happily, The Washington Post persevered! Little could they have imagined the stories and stature they gained from a “little break-in” of the Watergate hotel only 1 year later.

As we sat in the cozy and crowded bar area of the Cinecitta after the film, we talked about the important role the press played in 1971. With so much talk of “fake news” and “alternative facts” today – certainly in America! – the role of the press seems to have been rather marginalized.  What has changed over the years? While there is no one answer, it was noteworthy to see that part of the dilemma “should we publicize?” in the film was due to the recent public sale of Washington Post shares. A strong and almost winning argument against publication was that the investors would not like it. If it caused shareholders to sell their shares, the result would be financial disaster for the cash-strapped paper. Strong leadership in 1971 on the part of The Post’s majority owner Katherine Graham and Editor Ben Bradlee, resulted in publication, but it was a very close call.  Can the same be said anno 2018…?

#Tilburg #Brabant #Expat #Expatlife #Cinecitta #movie #thepost

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