Monday, January 16, 2006

tooting a new tune

Currently, Baron 'Toots' Thielemans (note the placement of the apostrophes) is to be seen on posters around the city, blowing a harmonica and with the words "Ma ville résonne d'une musique nouvelle"* printed next to him. What new music is this? you may rightly wonder. A new venue? A new festival? A new spirit carried on the wings of a vast urban renewal project? No, no, three times no. It's for the new Grand Casino Brussels, which just happens to be one street down from where I work. Ah, the sweet sounds of one-armed bandits, roulette and blackjack tables.

* "My city resonates with the sound of a new music"