A cue-based, verbal retrospective protocol of the NT&T launch

15 03 2008

Or, in the tradition of the Sports Guy, a running diary of my take on the launch. Here goes.

  • 8:45am: wake up. got 9 hours of shuteye. That’s more than the last three nights combined.
  • 9:00am: drink a few cups of ambition. check email. work on presentation. shower. get dressed.
  • 11:30am: drive to Ghent. listen to DJ Lexis’ podcast. that “fooling around” track by Mark Ronson featuring Rhymefest & Michael Jackson is insane.
  • 12:15pm: arrive at De Zuidkant. meet & greet. have a quick sandwich. network.
  • 1:00pm: people start arriving. good vibes. empowering.
  • 1:35pm: Houston, we have lift-off. intro by smooth operator Geert. flow on.
  • 1:45pm: state-of-the-art keynote by Daniel. memo to self: read up on realist social theory & grounded theory.
  • 3:00pm: showtime. an experimental panel with three talks on one newspaper article: Henk (discourse analysis) – Wim (self-reflection) – me (process analysis). works like a charm. Wim is a natural speaker and a good sport.
  • 4:45pm: coffee break. am running on fumes. need water and coffee. doesn’t help.
  • 5:00pm: roundtable. hourglass. babies & bathwater. eye-opening comments though. let’s write this discussion paper here and now.
  • 6:00pm: round up by Jef Verschueren. from process to product and back. fab.
  • 6:45pm: Italian wine tasting session by Cavetappi. taste buds feel numb. did taste a superb prosecco.
  • 7:30pm: drive Colleen, Henk & John to the train station. smalltalk. unwind. enjoy.
  • 7:45pm: at the office. am knackered. change clothes. E.T. phone home. take a 15′ power nap.
  • 8:30pm: dinner at Mon Dada with the gang. lovely. debriefing with Geert & Ellen.
  • 11:30pm: convince Ellen to finish the day in style. Democrazy style. Gilles Peterson. look up venue in the restaurant kitchen.
  • 12:20am: finally. Minus One. beautiful spot, but where is everyone? bump into the man himself as we walk in.
  • 1:00am: gilles comes on. he sure knows how to work a crowd. latin-soul-funk-dubstep-house-disco-hip hop-jazz. California Soul. what a divine set. eclectic. brilliant. original. running out of superlatives, here. i’m a fan. that festival of his looks great too.
Picture kindly taken by Cas from 2sites.be

    • 3:35am: drop off Flyss. aka discourse analyflyss.
    • 4:20am: home at last. crash.
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