Friday, 13 July 2018

1977, Car Spotting: Sint-Veerleplein, Ghent, Belgium

First row, left to right
Chrysler 160/180/2 litre, Ford Capri MkI, Daf 55, BMW 02-series, Datsun 1200 coupé (B110), unidentified red car probably Fiat 124, Fiat 125 or Lada 2101.

Second row (including the side street), left to right
Peugeot 404, Peugeot 504.

Third row, left to right
Fiat 124, Citroën 2CV, Mercedes-Benz W114/W115, Simca 1000, Simca 1100, Volkswagen Golf, Renault 4.

And "La Brugeoise et Nivelles" PCC-car.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

1976, Belgian Comics: “Sophie en de adem van de draak”

In 1976 the 11th album was published in the "Sophie" series, entitled "Sophie en de adem van de draak" (“Sophie and the breath of the dragon”). The main story is accompanied by three short stories: “Vakantiegangsters” (“Holiday Gunners”), “Jofel Circus” (“Funny circus”) and “Bertje en z'n voetbal” (“Bertje and his football”). The series was created by Jidéhem (Jean De Mesmaeker) (drawings) sometimes assisted by Vicq (Antoine Raymond) (stories). The stories were pre-published in the Belgian comics magazine Spirou/Robbedoes.

The series features Sophie, an eleven year old dark-haired girl. She has an extensive wardrobe and unlike many comic characters Sophie almost never wears the same outfit. Other characters are Mr. Karapolie, the father of Sophie and engineer by profession. Starter a mechanic, he also tests vehicles for Spirou/Robbedoes. Pieters (French: Pipette), the best friend of Starter, is also working for Spirou/Robbedoes as a tester. Jozef (French: Joseph) is the butler of Sophie and her father, he cooks and maintains the house. Bertje (French: petit Bernard) is Sophies best friend. Zoef (French: Zoë), a black old-timer equipped with an electronic brain by its creator Mr. Buis.

N° 11 "Sophie en de adem van de draak" ("Sophie and the breath of the dragon")
  • full-colour
  • never published in English
  • drawings by Jidéhem (Jean De Mesmaeker)
  • story by Vicq (Antoine Raymond)
  • Original French title: "Sophie et le Souffle du dragon"
  • pre-publication in Spirou/Robbedoes (N° 1906 - N° 1911, 1974)
Main characters
Sophie, Starter, Joe, Mitch, Gerrit and the earthmen from the future.
Starter, Sophie and the earthmen from the future
Bertha and Gerrit
Synopsis
Sophie and Starter are enjoying a drive through the Safaripark the “Beekse Bergen”. Businessman Gerrit and his wife Bertha are also visiting the park but he obviously doesn't enjoy it because he wants to be at a meeting...
Mitch and Joe
Cars
  • Alfa Romeo Alfasud
  • Renault Alpine A110
  • Citroën DS
  • Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 1970
Alfa Romeo Alfasud
Renault Aline A110
Citroën DS and Alfa Romeo Alfasud
Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu
Vakantiegangsters
  • full-colour
  • never published in English
  • drawings by Jidéhem (Jean De Mesmaeker)
  • story by Vicq (Antoine Raymond)
  • Original French title: "De vraies vacances"
  • pre-publication in Spirou/Robbedoes (N° 1834, 1973)
Main characters
Sophie, Mijnheer Karapolie, Boris and his companion.
Mister Karapolie and Sophie
Synopsis
Somewhere on a rocky coastal road, a cash transport truck is cut off by a sports car. The couriers do not worry, they are confident that when it comes to a robbery those bandits can not pass through the armor of the truck...
Boris and his companion
Cars
  • Berliet Armoured Truck
  • Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe 1959
  • The Flying Egg
  • Citroën Ami 6
  • Citroën DS
  • Peugeot J7
Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe 1959 and Berliet Armoured Truck
The Flying Egg
Citroën Ami 6
Citroën DS and Peugeot J7
Jofel Circus
  • full-colour
  • never published in English
  • drawings by Jidéhem (Jean De Mesmaeker)
  • story by Vicq (Antoine Raymond)
  • Original French title: "Drôle de cirque"
  • pre-publication in Spirou/Robbedoes (N° 1928, 1975)
Main characters
Sophie, Zwarte Adelaar (Black Eagle), Marco and his companion.
Black Eagle, Clown and Sophie
Synopsis
The money from the circus was stolen. Sophie together with the Indians from the circus led by Black Eagle chase the thieves...
Marco and his companion
Cars
  • Volvo 240
  • Volkswagen 181
  • Citroën Ami 6
  • Peugeot 104
Volvo 240
Volkswagen 181
Citroën Ami 6
Peugeot 104
Bertje en z'n voetbal
  • full-colour
  • never published in English
  • drawings by Jidéhem (Jean De Mesmaeker)
  • story by Vicq (Antoine Raymond)
  • Original French title: "Le Ballon du petit Bernard"
  • pre-publication in Spirou/Robbedoes (N° 1883, 1974)
Main characters
Sophie, Bertje, Mijnheer Grijpstuiver, Zoef.
Sophie and Bertje
Synopsis
Bertje is pretending to be playing a football match. He hits the ball very hard and it ends up in the garden of Mr. Grijpstuiver, the greediest man in the city...
Mr. Grijpstuiver
Cars
  • Citroën GS
  • Zoef
  • Unidentified American car
  • Simca 1100
Citroën GS
Zoef
Unidentified American car
Zoef and Simca 1100

Monday, 25 June 2018

1975, Music: Belgian Single Charts 26/04/1975 (BRT, Radio 2, TOP 30)

N° 30
10cc with "Life Is A Minestrone"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Eric Stewart, Lol Creme
- Highest Position: N° 15
- Weeks in the charts: 5



N° 29
Bay City Rollers with "Bye Bye Baby"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe
- Highest Position: N° 15
- Weeks in the charts: 12



N° 28
Zangeres Zonder Naam with "Keetje Tippel"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Johnny Hoes, Adrianus Klaris
- Highest Position: N° 7
- Weeks in the charts: 9


N° 27
George McCrae with "Sing A Happy Song"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch
- Highest Position: N° 27
- Weeks in the charts: 2


N° 26
Telly Savalas with "If"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: David Gates
- Highest Position: N° 12
- Weeks in the charts: 5



N° 25
The Osmonds with "Having A Party"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: B. Massey, H.B. Barnum, C. Brown
- Highest Position: N° 20
- Weeks in the charts: 3



N° 24
Mud with "Oh Boy"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Norman Petty, Bill Tilghman, Sonny West
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 11



N° 23
Jack Jersey And The Jordanaires with "I Wonder"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Jacques Verburgt, Jack de Nijs
- Highest Position: N° 5
- Weeks in the charts: 11


N° 22
Albert West with "You And Me"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Gerrit den Braber, Job Maarse, Jacques Zwart
- Highest Position: N° 22
- Weeks in the charts: 5


N° 21
The Shadows with "Let Me Be The One"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Paul Curtis
- Highest Position: N° 21
- Weeks in the charts: 5



N° 20
Will Tura with "Je zien huilen kan ik niet"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Nelly Byl, Will Tura
- Highest Position: N° 10
- Weeks in the charts: 13


N° 19
Ann Christy with "Could It Be Happiness"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Mary Boduin
- Highest Position: N° 16
- Weeks in the charts: 5
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N° 18
Joe Dassin with "Si tu t'appelles mélancolie"
- Country: France
- Music/Lyrics: Pierre Delanoë, Claude Lemesle, Peter Dibbens, Michael Shepstone
- Highest Position: N° 8
- Weeks in the charts: 14

N° 17
Barry White with "What Am I Gonna Do With You"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Barry White
- Highest Position: N° 15
- Weeks in the charts: 5


N° 16
Joey Dyser with "100 Years"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Dick Bakker, Josje Duister
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 10



N° 15
Cunningham with "Norma Jean Wants To Be A Movie Star"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Johnny Cunningham
- Highest Position: N° 10
- Weeks in the charts: 3

N° 14
Cindy with "Een avontuurtje"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Cahelo, Ramon Smith, Andy Free
- Highest Position: N° 13
- Weeks in the charts: 11


N° 13
Status Quo with "Down, Down"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Francis Rossi, Robert Young
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 11



N° 12
Spooky & Sue with "You Talk Too Much"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Joe Jones, Reginald F. Hall
- Highest Position: N° 9
- Weeks in the charts: 8



N° 11
Willy Sommers with "Souvenir"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Armath
- Highest Position: N° 11
- Weeks in the charts: 8



N° 10
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel with "Make Me Smile"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Steve Harley
- Highest Position: N° 7
- Weeks in the charts: 9


N° 9
The Sweet with "Fox On The Run"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Andy Scott, Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Mick Tucker
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 13


N° 8
The Rubettes with "I Can Do It"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Wayne Bickerton, Tony Waddington
- Highest Position: N° 5
- Weeks in the charts: 10



N° 7
Ann Christy with "Gelukkig zijn"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Mary Boduin
- Highest Position: N° 6
- Weeks in the charts: 8



N° 6
Gloria Gaynor with "Reach Out, I'll Be There"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland
- Highest Position: N° 5
- Weeks in the charts: 12


N° 5
Shirley And Company with "Shame, Shame, Shame"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Sylvia Robinson
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 14


N° 4
Teach-In with "Ding-A-Dong"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Dick Bakker, Eddy Ouwens, Will Luikinga
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 9



N° 3
ABBA with "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"
- Country: Sweden
- Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 12



N° 2
George Baker Selection with "Paloma Blanca"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Hans Bouwens
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 17


N° 1
Johnny & Orquesta Rodrigues with "Hey mal yo"
- Country: Netherlands
- Music/Lyrics: Traditional, J.A. Rodrigues
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 12