Hello dear reader,
A worldwide and seemingly endless fascination with Flemish folklore and the humble beginnings of Discobar Bizar encouraged us to translate our latest post into English. We can’t stress this enough: we feel no contempt for the English language, but we are on a tight schedule today, since we still have to take a bath and fit ourselves in a our best costume for this joyful occasion. So we do hope you’ll forgive us the occasional translating error.
About the party!
The time is nigh. In only a few hours the festivities begin. Our sneaky source at the Wortegem-Petegem police corps predicts a real people flood. An estimated 5000 party people are expected to celebrate 40 years cafe Oud Gemeentehuis (old town house) at Magda and Bernard. Of course, as it has always been in the long history of this legendary establishment, loads of fun, drinks and something to eat are part of the experience.
By his very nature not easily frightened Filip Watteeuw (green party alderman from the nearby city of Ghent, and brilliant inventor of the circulation plan, banning cars out of the city and giving the streets back to the people) kindly offered his assistance in making sure that ‘circulationwise’ everything would run smoothly.
The headstrong mayor of the town of Wortegem-Petegem (liberal party) refused the kind offer. And -still according to our source within the force- asked himself out loud: ‘what is that green riff-raff thinking he can teach us?’
In blind rage he added :”Over my dead body. This mr know it all with his pseudo scientific arguments is not going to tell us that we should work our beautiful sloping acres with horse and cart!”
Next, he stroke his beard, trying to regain calm, and he pointed out that the town counsil just bought motorized lawn mowers for the green service. And that the scythes will never see the light of day again, unless to chase that green scum and poor excuse for alderman away from the town of Wortegem-Petegem.
By the way: the mayor states that Petegem square will be closed for all traffic during the festivities, and that it might be a good idea to come by bicycle.
Some little known facts:
Speaking of the town of Ghent. Did you known, that lying in the shade of the town church, Magda and Bernard are welcoming their guests at the most democratic of prices? For the price of a pint at Magda you can’t get anything in Ghent, except a delicious Turkish bread or pide that is. For the price of a generous whiskey in Wortegem-Petegem you can’t even get a pint of beer in Ghent.
Speaking of the shade of the church. did you know that Café Oud Gemeentehuis used to be somewhere along the pilgrimage route to Compostella? Lured by the blinding charm of Magda into a world of perpetual and circular reasoning, and stripped of the linear notions -typical of our Jewish-Cristian tradition- of space and time, many a pilgrim decided not to continue their voyage to salvation. Their lives regained purpose and meaning in Wortegem-Petegem. Church authorities were obliged to detour the long and winding road to Compostella.
Allegedly many a marriage ran aground the last 40 years. Hmm, that is of course true. No denying there. Many suitcases have been dropped of in front of cafe Oud Gemeentehuis. Most of the time without words. Now and again with a tirade of abuse on top. Every so often with a note attached to the valise: ‘don’t bother coming back, you no good son of a….’ However we do feel the need to point out that there is a cosmic balance. At least as much couples -sometimes maybe sneaky and/or with the help of some romantic scrabble on a Romy coaster (Romy= local beer),found each other at cafe Oud Gemeentehuis.
Back to the festivities. Gift ideas for 40 years Magda en Bernard:
Strangely enough Magda did not mention a Discobar Bizar DJ-set when whe asked her what she wanted for the occasion.
This is what she does want: a surprise concert form Mario Franco (‘He is going to be huge in America some day’), a surprise visit from Mario De Clercq, local cycling legend and numerous times world champion (‘Thats what I call a rider!), or a big fat cheque from Willy Naessens, local and very old very rich guy (What else is gonna do with all his money). Some flowers from De Croo, local and very old very rich liberal politician, would also make here very happy.
A final detail:
Photoshop pirates, let’s call them scum, couldn’t resist removing the reference to Discobar Bizar on the invite for this joyful event (see picture above). We, however, think that it is very important to thank Magda: because Cafe Oud Gemeentehuis was, way back then, the first official bar that sold -for only 10 francs- the membership cards for the large Discobar Bizar family. Over the years Magda sold 877 membership cards. And thus we have a lot to thank her for. And in honor of her doing so we enclose at the bottom of this blog the original photo. Thank you, Magda!
Huge party at Magda in Petegem
22 april om 18:00 tot 23 april om 7:00
Petegemplein, 9790 Wortegem-Petegem, België