Brussels Writer Counts His Chickens

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Charitic Angels Christmas Shopping Days

Charitic Angels is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Charitic Angels is a non-profit organization created by Sonia Henrion, which raises money through events useful, artistic, sporting and festive in favour of different associations each year. And once more it has organized a Christmas shopping event, running for three days at the end of November.

40 brands and exhibiting artists will gather in place du Chatelain. You can get all your Christmas gifts under one roof – chocolates, clothes, comics, decor, accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, etc. 30% of all sales will be distributed between two Belgian charities, Escalpade and Les Enfants de Salus Sanguinis. Hangar 18, 18 place du Chatelain. 27, 28 and 29 November, 11h00-18h00.

Join them and toast the imminent arrival of Christmas at the Nocturne cocktail night on 27 November at the same venue, from 20h00 to midnight. €20

www.chariticangels.com

 

Thursday, 27 November, 2014 - 11:01 - Saturday, 29 November, 2014 - 18:01 Hangar 18, 18 place du Chatelain. / Brussels angels, Brussels, charitic, charity,

Bazaar Christmas Market

Christmas craft market with local creators, coffee & cake, and free workshops

Our market will showcase the beautiful handmade work of creators from Belgium and
beyond. From clothes and textiles to jewellery and stationery, you'll discover perfect gifts
for all your loved ones. Free workshops will also give visitors of all ages the opportunity
to create something of their own. And of course, there will be some great coffee,
homemade cakes and some 'vin chaud' to get everyone in the festive mood.

Sunday 7 December, 12:00 - 20:00
Den Teirling, Rue Maes 89 Maesstr., Elsene/Ixelles (near Flagey)
www.bazaarcollective.com
bazaarchristmasmarket@gmail.com

Sunday, 7 December, 2014 - 12:00 - 20:00 Den Teirling / Brussels Brussels, christmas, expats, on, whats,

Eurochanukah celebrates 10th anniversary

The Jewish celebration of lights, better known as Chanukah, will take place this year from

16-25 December.

For 10 years, the Eurochanukah events have been bringing Jewish culture and the European institutions closer together. The European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC), which has been promoting Jewish culture within the European project of unity in diversity for 13 years, is hosting two separate events to celebrate the ten-year anniversary.

-On 16th Dec, on the Schuman roundabout at the heart of the European quarter, at 18h00 with guest of honour Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, the celebrations will start with a Menorah lighting open to the public followed by a concert at the EJCC premises.

-On 17th Dec, in the premises of the European Commission, the Berlaymont, at 17h30, it will continue with the highlight of the Eurochanukah events, a Menorah lighting hosted by High Representative of the European Union and Vice President of the EC, Ms Federica Mogherini.

This event is open to EU members and external guests. A relevant exhibition called “Inspiring Unity” will be displayed.

109, Rue Froissart - 1040 Brussels, Belgium
email: events@ejcc.eu
www.ejcc.eu

 

Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 - 18:00 - Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 - 23:25 www.ejcc.eu / Brussels Brussels, centre, chanukah, Eurochanukah, jewish,

Pa Weathery’s Chickens by the author, editor and screenwriter Paul Morris is one of the most extraordinary books you’re likely to read in a long time.

We are quickly introduced to SimRarg, a "traveler" of as-yet indeterminate origin, who finds himself in a “body  . . . that was not half bad, male, medium height, around twenty-five, handsome enough, fit enough; he would do”, sent by ‘the Engineers’ to Texas, he is tasked with a mission that even he does not understand, one that will change the world forever. November 22 1963, Dallas, 12.32pm. Ring any bells?

Anyway, he has to get the eponymous Pa Weathery onside first, and his slutty siren of a daughter, and, well, his chickens too . . . “You can sleep in the barn but if you so much as lay a finger on my daughter or my chickens, it’s your neck I’ll wring.” And there’s just one more little problem, SimRarg is black. Truly, a stranger in a strange land.

It took me a while to determine exactly what cultural buttons Morris’ yarn pushed, then I realized, while I have always been very interested in JFK conspiracy theories, it is (unwittingly?) the old ATV sci-fi series Sapphire and Steel, starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, that Pa Weathery’s seems to take its cue from most, with its titular ‘time detectives’ from another dimension, who are not quite alien but very much more than human, sent to safeguard the structure of time.

SimRarg never seems to be sure exactly what he may or may not be safeguarding, but one thing’s for sure, orders are orders.

This is riveting stuff, Stephen King will be publishing his take on the Kennedy assassination later this year, 22.11.63, but Morris got there first and, as far as bone-dry, believable dialogue, fascinating characterizations and a rattling good yarn is concerned, King is going to have to go some to top this.

Perhaps Morris’s finest achievement with this, his first novel, is the ease with which he seamlessly blends startling sci-fi with unflinching social commentary, as he casts a cold eye over the racism and corruption of early 1960s America. And, as for the novel’s take on the “conspiracy” itself goes, ask yourself , how much more incredible is what happens here than what the US public of the time were asked to believe happened? “Mr. President, you can’t say that Dallas doesn’t love you  . . .”

Besides, sources close to this reviewer reveal that sequels are afoot and, really, it couldn’t be any other way, just wait until you find out where our man is heading next, and who his next target is. And why? Well, that would be telling.

There is perhaps the occasional sense that Morris has grown too fond of wrapping the reader up in riddles, and his love of metaphor runs maybe a little too deep, but this is nevertheless a startling debut from an author we can expect a great deal more from. Bring it on, say I.


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