Tijd is geld / Time is money
Every minute counts in our working lives. Because during every minute, we can make money. Or lose it… Just look at Scrooge McDuck, who never spends a minute without thinking about making the right investments. After all, it is not easy to make the right consideration between the costs and benefits of your work. It is thus not so strange that some people experience work as strenuous and stressful. The ‘time is money’ theme is therefore a thankful subject in popular culture. Take, for instance, the famous Charlie Chaplin film Modern Times, in which Charlie has to tighten screws on an assembly line as fast as he can – which, obviously, does not end well.
“Above the ground or buried in it, never will I abandon my fight against sourpusses! Even if you build the whole town on my belly! This party will only cease to be if mankind ceases to be!” Those are the words spoken by jester and hedonist Bombast when he is cursed by a local priest, who does not agree with the carnival-like way Bombast lives his life, at the beginning of the 20th century. For decades, the Chief Jester seems to have disappeared. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Bombast has grown into the soil of Oosterhout and thus forms the breeding ground for the Burgundian lifestyle. And in 2017, it is finally happening: Bombast is resurrected!
Vadertje Tijd / Father Time
Father Time, derived from the Greek god Chronos, is the personification of Time. Usually, he is depicted as an old man with a long beard, carrying an hourglass and a scythe. The scythe might seem a bit strange, because what does a scythe have to do with time? The ancient Greeks knew another god with a similar name: Cronus, father of chief god Zeus. He was often depicted with a scythe. Thanks to their strongly resembling names, the scythe was added to Chronos’ attributes over time. Now, it represents the cutting of the lifeline of those who are ready to die. The hourglass, which stands for eternity and continuity, is also a later addition.
Zoals het klokje thuis tikt, tikt het nergens / There’s no place like home
All clocks tick differently, and that means that no clock ticks like the clock in your safe, familiar living room. Wherever you go, at the end of the day you always come home to the trusted ticking of that one clock. Surrounded by that wonderful reclining chair, the sounds of the house, the smell of fresh coffee, and those nice, familiar things, with the only rhythm that suits you. No wonder the Dutch have their own expression for ‘home, sweet home’: there is no place where the clock ticks like home!
Klok kijken / Telling time
Time is weird concept. It is measurable on a clock, on which the small hand signals the hours, the big hand points out the minutes, and the thin, fast hand counts down the seconds. Still, not everyone experiences time in the same way. A minute can sometimes take hours. During a boring lesson at school, for instance, or when you have to plank for a full minute. But an hour can also fly by, for example, during parties. Also, children experience time differently from elderly people. For kids, time always seems to move more slowly, since every moment is new and everything is experienced intensely. For older people, time moves faster. A day is then no longer experienced by the second.
Van paardenkracht tot PK / From horsepower to hp
Horsepower is an old unit of measurement of power, based on the work the average horse can do for a longer time. Back in the days, we were dependent on the working power of horses, oxen, and our own hands. Thanks to the invention of the steam engine and, later, the internal combustion engine, that working power and thus performance improved immensely. The original meaning of horsepower slowly disappeared. Now, more than one hundred years later, the horse is mostly used for hobbies instead of work. Horsepower is mostly known as hp: our cars’ ability.
Alice in Wonderland / Alice in Wonderland
In Wonderland werkt tijd heel anders dan hier op aarde. Dat is wel te zien aan de wijzers van het horloge van het witte konijn, dat Alice op een dag tegenkomt. De wijzers draaien namelijk de verkeerde kant op. Geïntrigeerd volgt Alice het witte konijn, dat steeds roept dat het te laat is voor een belangrijke afspraak. Door het konijnenhol komt Alice terecht in Wonderland, waar al snel blijkt dat tijd niet de enige dimensie is die afwijkt. Ook lengte, breedte en hoogte gedragen zich niet volgens de aardse normen. Niet voor niets geloven veel mensen dat het boek van Lewis Carroll een verwijzing is naar de effecten van drugsgebruik.
Paraplu-evenement / Umbrella event
It was a picture of the Portuguese Agitagueda Art Festival that inspired Festival KOM chairman Rien Joosen. Colorful umbrella’s, all over above a crowded shopping street. Couldn’t we do the same in Oosterhout? Joosen asked people to hand in their old umbrellas for an artistic purpose. And the people responded. In 2016, the Arendstraat was decorated with blue, orange, yellow, and green umbrellas, and in 2017, the event was continued extendedly with umbrellas in the Nieuwstraat and the Kerkstraat. This has already resulted in many cheerful photos on Facebook!
Mooie Keetje / Beautiful Keetje
When you are born as Anna Cornelia van der Maade, but end up in the history books as beautiful Keetje, your looks must be spectacular. In 1830, Keetje took over her parents’ guest house Van Gendt and Loos. Thanks to her beauty, but definitely also her humor and good soul, the guest house’s bar was always crowded. While Keetje never got married, several accounts claim she had an affair with both king Willem II and his son Willem III. The latter gave her a gold necklace in 1870. Dutch writer Hildebrand was also smitten with her. In his book Camera Obscura he wrote about her: “Keetje, the finest chiseled face of all North-Brabantian girls that I have seen. And then those big blue eyes, with that piercing look. When she smiles, a row of the straightest teeth are laid bare, that have ever shined through lips as red as roses.”