25 Sept 2022. We had a few sporty runners from the Tilburg International Club join in the Tilburg 10k or the 10 Miles race.
For everyone else, armed with the starting numbers of our runners, our tic audience enjoying this Tilburg tradition from the Cat’s Back did their best to cheer on our runners and to follow them live on the 10 miles app!
13 Sept 2022. We met to discuss the book, The Liar’s Dictionary, by Eley Williams, a young British professor and writer who grew up in a family immersed in words and dictionaries.
While not everyone enjoyed the book as a whole, it was the consensus that dictionaries must be fluid in nature, as words change in meaning over time. Also, imbedded in the story was the existence of mountweasels, or false words, as well as many metaphors, hyperboles, puns, turns of phrase. This made for a clever and fun read.
Our book took place over a century in the fictitious Swansby’s Encycolpedic Dictionary of Words. The thread in the story in the late nineteenth century was told through the eyes of Mr. Winceworth, a man who (more…)
review by Katie Schweitzer
9 Mar 2022. For our most recent book club we read The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See.
Watch the video to hear about the origins of The Island of Sea Women told by author Lisa See who visited us during our book club!
It told the story of two friends set on an island of Korea called Jeju. The story was told specifically through the frame of the society’s focus on women as breadwinners through diving, and the tumultuous period in history for Korea in the 20 th century.
Everyone really enjoyed the book even though there were some difficult parts to read due to the traumatic events that took place.
However, the main highlight of the evening was that we were able to talk with the author herself because she joined our book club through a video call! She gave us some background on how she got interested in the topic of the haenyeo (women divers) and all the research she did to make the book a reality.(more…)
Where are we now?
Hi everyone! I’m typing out this edition of the president’s message with more enthusiasm than I have had in quite some time. The sun is finally shining, I’m sitting in my real office and I attended a tic event (in person) over the weekend. It feels like the clouds are beginning to part and we are emerging smarter, happier, and more appreciative of the “little things”.
While day to day life begins to settle into the old routine, it is also a chance to change that routine into something that works better for ourselves and our family. Maybe that is hybrid or remote working. Perhaps it is finding joy in new hobbies we picked up during lockdown. It could even be something as simple as taking a few minutes of each day to be appreciative of all we have in our lives. Whatever that new normal means for you, I hope you can take full advantage of making it work in your life. (more…)
17 Jan 2022. We spent another relaxed evening chatting about the book Hiddensee by Gregory Maquire (and often many other life topics!), with our favourite drink(s) in hand.
“Enchanting, mystical and filled with wonder – the perfect holiday fairytale for grown-ups” is how People magazine described this month’s book club choice. From the opening of our discussion, it was clear that this is not quite how our TiC readers would describe it.
Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, tracing the story of the toymaker Drosselmeier from his challenging childhood through to his later years and his friendship with Felix and his daughter Klara.