Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Goodbye Daniel

Had to say goodbye to our neighbour in Brussels, Daniel, who was always there to lend a helping hand for those who needed it.
Our thoughts are with Murielle, who is now his widow.

The cremation took place in Vilvoorde, an industrial suburb of Brussels.

Before rushing home to stay ahead of the hell on wheels that could be expected on this rare winter's day, I went out in Vilvoorde to collect some visual impressions.
This led to a QuickTime slideshow, dedicated to Daniel and for you to enjoy.

I'd like to close today's diary with an image that struck me this morning. A second after I took this photo the streetlights and the backlight behind the poster went out, and gone was the magic - and so was the snow only hours later.
The blue letters z.o.z. are usually translated as please turn over, an inadequate translation in this case.

Thanks to Rachel Fuller and her friends the day saw a cheerful and colourful ending. Her web-tv programme In The Attic (click on Towser TV after following this link) ,which is broadcast mostly on Wednesdays, was great fun to watch again.
Snow photo Koos Fernhout


Erik-Jan said...

He looks younger then I am.
What the F*** happened?
Anyway my condolences.

Koos F said...

Born 1955
It was the radio therapy that dealt with the cancer but undermined his health.

Erik-Jan said...

Hi Koos,
Very bad. Born just one year before I was born.
He looks good, healthy and young on the photograph. It used to be your neighbour somewhere if I understood right?

Very dissapointed by 'In the Attic' by the way. Lot of talking about nothing and hardly any music. I did switch off after one hour. Seems the main character is Mickey in stead of Rachel. Basement Jams are better.
Maybe next time but this was not worth broadcasting in my opinion.
Kind regards again,

Dale said...

Dear Koos

I am sorry to hear about your friend, Daniel.

Any type of cancer therapy is very hard on the body. My best friend went through it a couple of years ago. Very difficult. The good news is she has been cancer-free since.

My condolences to Daniel's wife & family.

I think the photo of the sign is one of your best!

Not only is there the contrast between the colours of the lit sign against the grey of the buildings, but there is also a contrast between what the sign is saying against the snow of the season!

You have such a good eye.


Anne-Marie said...

So sorry about your friend Daniel. Much too young to die, and I have to say it is frightening how many cancers are now claiming young people. My condolences to you, his friends, and his family.


Mary Beth said...

Hi Koos,

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend - way too young forsure. Cancer is a terrible disease, to say the least, especially with how sick the treatment makes someone while they're trying to recover. I enjoyed your slideshow and how you took the pictures from different vantage points. A very nice dedication!

Mary Beth said...

Thank you for linking my blog, by the way! I just noticed it the other day. :)

Anne-Marie said...

Hi Koos,
I just noticed the link to my blog as well. Canadians are very observant, aren't they? ;) What a sweet thing to do. I hope you're doing well and enjoying the weekend.


Anthonetta said...

My condolences too, what horible!
Health is the most precious thing you can have.
I'm sorry you're friend died so young,
Put some foto's on my blog for you,

Koos F said...

Thanks all for the kind words of condolence - I'll tell Murielle about them when I see her again.
I'm sure she'll appreciate that.

Carla thanks for your kind mail and for publishing the rare snow photos on your blog!
Now we all know what it looked like in our absence.
In Belgium the weather was much milder, only a 2 hour drive from Rotterdam!