- Book Club: Slaughterhouse 5 4 September 2019
- tíc Welcomes You to Tilburg! 7 September 2019
21 Oct 2018. It was a clear, but chilly day at Grotto in the Oude Warande in the neighbourhood of Tilburg University. tíc members (and a few guests!) met at the pavilion, Grotto, in the middle of this small forest for a warm drink to keep out the chill.
This cave inside a glass box is a structure located at the point where eight paths converge from the forest in a baroque formal garden. The interior of the building is sunk into the ground and has holes at eye level to afford glimpses of the park outside.
In 2007, Fundament Foundation commissioned Callum Morton to design a pavilion where the baroque design of the garden was to be respected, it had to be at the central point of the park, the only spot from where the star-shaped pattern of the paths can be seen. However, a pavilion in this position would destroy the view of the star design. This presented Morton with a dilemma, which he resolved by creating an exterior that is not immediately apparent, because it is a mirror, so all eight paths of the star continue in the reflection.
tíc kids and adults alike had a great time around this unique building playing soccer, racing a remote control monster truck and munching on warm snacks despite the cold nipping at noses, ears and fingers! It was a beautiful autumn day filled with good company and lots of laughter. Probably one of the last clear days, as the rainy, fall weather has finally arrive in Tilburg.
#tilburginternationalclub #Grotto #Autumnday #expatlife #Fall
Later that evening, the party spilled out to the patio and the warm air and warmer company made everyone excited to attend the next tíc event.
#expatlife #taphuys #borrel #tilburginternationalclub #Piushaven
The leaves are changing color, everyone is back at work or school and tic’s 10th Anniversary season is well underway. Even after a hugely successful welcome event, where we welcomed and entertained over 100 people, there was no time off for your board to relax. We quickly jumped in to the club season with a brewery tour, book club, movie night and a Thursday evening borrel.
The newly formed events team has breathed new life into our planning sessions and have come up with some creative ideas to keep your social calendar full. From fall picnics and ghost tours, to board game afternoons and attending live sporting events, there is definitely something that will appeal to your own idea of fun. This group is doing an outstanding job and we are so pleased to have them on the board. It won’t be long until we release the planned events for the second half of the season so be sure check out the website and follow us on social media to keep up with the busy schedule and join in on the fun! I look forward to seeing many of you at a tic event soon!
reviewed by Renata Kenda
On 9 October 2018, we enjoyed another interesting tíc book club gathering. Only three of us finished the book, but this did not prevent us from having a nice discussion among eleven book worms.
Some agreed that the style of writing is not the best, however being a historical novel, the author clearly spent a lot of time researching the topic and providing a story based on sound historical facts. We agreed that it is fascinating how the novel, which was written in 1938, fits with today’s world.
Anita also provided us with a historical and religious overview of Persia, which all of us thoroughly enjoyed. Some readers agreed that the content of the book would easily be condensed in much less than 500+ pages. Moreover, others have found the ending of the book rather unexpected or abstruse.
As usual, we also enjoyed a general chit-chat and swapped some books while enjoying hot tea, snacks and home-made pastry. We also chose a new book, titled “We all begin as Strangers”.
#bookclub #Tilburg #expatlife #Alamut
For tíc’s first movie night of the year, on 28 Sept 2018, we had a great turnout of 12 people who made their way to Cinecitta to watch The Children Act. The movie follows Fiona Maye (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson) who is a respected Judge in the High Court of England and Wales, well known for her professional and just decisions within the complex area of family law. Just when her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) seems to be reaching a crisis due to her devotion to her work, she throws herself into a complex case. The 17-year old Adam (Fionn Whitehead) has leukemia and will die if he does not receive a blood transfusion. However, Adam and his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses, and believe that having a blood transfusion is against their religion. Fiona must decide if he is too young to decide himself over life and death, or if the court should step in. Her decision will have major consequences for both Adam and Fiona.
There was a lot to talk about after the film, which we did while enjoying a drink in the beautiful café area of Cinecitta. Without giving too much of the film away, those who kept waiting for Fiona to soften up in the face of the emotional onslaught from different sides were a bit disappointed she never really did. While the ending was somehow inevitable, it was felt to be either: 1) too bad, 2) preventable, 3) the only good ending.
Fortunately, there were other topics to be discussed as well: summer activities, how the knop punten system of bike trails in the Netherlands works, the challenges of doing research, whether Aston Villa is from London or Birmingham…in short a great start of the weekend.
Don’t miss TIC’s next movie night!
#tilburginternationalclub #Expatlife #Cinecitta #movienight #thechildrenact
Next week we will be meeting for our next book club; a gathering that sometimes has intense debates, but is always a lot of fun. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at a book club review from earlier this year!
Book Review by Molly Johnson
We all agreed that the latest book discussion choice didn’t quite hit the spot and live up to the glowing reviews plastered on the cover. Perhaps the original title “Tony & Susan” should have already indicated a not so exciting read, but despite the difficulty some of us had to power through its 370 plus pages, we did all think it showed some promise at the start.
Austin Wright, the author of this novel – recently made into a movie with a slightly more enticing ‘Nocturnal Animals’ title – has a rather unique writing style. But many of us felt like it lacked any flow, and struggled to get going at times.
Tony & Susan tells the story of Susan Morrow, who receives the transcript of ex-husband Edward’s newly completed novel, Nocturnal Animals. She is tasked with giving her critique on his writing efforts, which she’d struggled to praise during their marriage. While the intention of Wright, we thought, was to create some kind of link between the life of “Tony Hastings” – Nocturnal Animal’s protagonist – with that of Edward and Susan, many of us were left disappointed by the lack of such a revelation. (more…)
Saturday, 22ndSeptember a group of enthusiastic beer tasters assembled outside the La Trappe Monastery in Berkel Enschot. Coincidently, the majority of our group consisted of Australians although some were from Sydney.
Antonio our guide met us at the gates and we preceded to the brew room where he explained the process (see link below), but the most important part for us to remember was the 2nd fermentation!! As once the beer is bottled, it continues to ferment. So, the longer you store it, the better the taste.
After visiting the brew rooms, Antonio took us to the old Bakery and told us about the history of the monks and how they originally came from Normandy and soon after their arrival in 1881 they began brewing beer.
Antonio showed us the bottling plant where we watched a short video of the automatisation of the bottling and packing process. The final part of the tour we went to the tasting room where we could choose from one of the 9 beers produced by La Trappe and Antonio demonstrated to us the correct way to pour a beer.
The brewery works together with local farmers, who produce the barley sustainably, and also with persons with a disability from the Diamant Group. The proceeds from the brewery go to maintenance and supporting a charity in Uganda. This means when you drink a La Trappe beer you are donating to charity!!!
Final words of wisdom from Antonio:
Treat the environment and people with respect.
Be Positive 😊
Don’t forget the *2ndfermentation!!!
*2ndFermentation is when you buy two 6 packs of La Trappe and you leave the 2ndone in your cellar for preferably two years (ignore the sell-bydate). I have done this with Bock Beer and can highly recommend it.
La Trappe Bock beer will be available in the shops as of 1stOctober.
#expatlife #LaTrappe #tour #brewery #brabant