Crunchy numbers

To kick off the year, we’d like to share with you data on how the blog has been doing. I got all the data in a nice email from wordpress.com and thought I should share it!

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s. (By the way the maximum of people that fit in the shop is roughly 30!!)

In 2010, we wrote 26 new posts, not so bad for the first year! We uploaded 77 pictures, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 1 picture per week.

Our busiest day of the year was August 5th with 173 views. The most popular post that day was Events August 2010.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were

facebook.com,

reguliers.net,

blogger.com, and

twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for iranzu bakerbetty too amsterdamrise album release rob warrennickie nicole, and rise rob warren.

🙂 Happy new Year to all of you!

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Merry Christmas!

This audio is part of the collection: 78 RPMs & Cylinder Recordings
Artist/Composer: Blind Willie McTell
Keywords: Country Music; 1920s; 78rpm
License: Public Domain
Photos:
thecomicproject
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecomicproject/
License: Creative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic
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Looking back at 2010

It was another eventful year which started with a blue moon. Looking back at all the months, here are only some of the highlights…

January: Singstar party was the only way to Celebrate the joint birthday with my twin singer brother Luke. Many bars and other venues are doing Karaoke these days but there is nothing like Betty’s Karaoke night with high musical standard and cheers and jelousy. We really should try and do it again… A old picture from 2009 ;) -> the red bench!

February: Depressingly quiet. There was however a circle of dedicated Film Night fans who were never deterred by cold but gathered to watch selection of cult films and munch on chocolate fondue, home made cakes and other fattening snacks.

March: Still can’t forget the first warm-ish day when EVERYONE came out of hibernation and gathered at the bar. All the excuses for not seeing each other for a while and lots of catching up. My visual memory of this evening is a very bright one even though the lighting of the shop must have been reasonably dim. The first day we could clearly see that spring was coming after very long winter…

April: Queen’s  Day. Like any other year, the bar sometimes turned into a battlefield and I certainly enjoy it. Reguliersdwarsstraat remain the best spots on a day of celebration as people there know how to party. Here are some pictures from Reguliers.net

May: I found a very good tea supplier in Germany and did a tasting week. After getting feed-backs, we now have an even better selection of tea…Also this month, DJ VARIA started DJing. To date, I believe he is one of the best DJ/musicians in Amsterdam and we are lucky to have him spinning for us… (Make sure you visit his soundcloud mixes!)

June: The start of summer holiday season. It is always so nice to meet new people as well as welcoming back the returning guests…Don’t you think I did quite well in remembering many people’ s faces..?!

July: Apart from enjoying company of happy holiday makers, we kept ourselves busy working with artists such as Sergio Aquila (the photographer showed his work during Gay Pride in August), Rob Warren ( released his first EP in August) and Nickie Nicole (launched his new art collection in Amsterdam after coming back from NYC). I would have never met all the great people had I not arrived at Betty. Very grateful.

August: Gay Pride in soaking rain, more visitors (=more fun) and Rob Warren’s EP launch gig. The shop and acoustic music go extremely well, we found out and got inspirations for our future events.

September: We enjoyed some of the last days of sitting on a terrace till late in the evening before it started getting rather chilly. Meanwhile, we re-started our film nights to make sure we have something fun indoors. On a personal note, after spending the busy summer months working in the bar, I started feeling tired. Then it was nice just to sit and watch Japanese movies with friends.

October: In October 2009, the shop became very quiet but not this year. We have had much more people visiting from abroad since the beginning of the year. Clearly, people’ s mood which had been affected by so called ‘ economic crisis’ started changing this year and people started exploring again…

November: Betty’ s first bid for The High Times C-Cup! It was so much fun with great company of judges. The great experience convinced us to do it again next year. Our entry had recommendation by a board of pro judges! Now you know that we are not just busy with Karaoke and film nights. We know our core business and do it very well!

December: It will definitely be white Christmas and we will be open every day for the rest of the year to enjoy the festive mood with guests and friends. There was a report on possible law change which could negatively affect our trade but we are determined to fight for justice and principle if necessary and we will certainly need your support!!! Besides, it’ s now time for reflection and contemplation before the year-end MADNESS (and stock-taking chaos)!

All in all, it was another great year in which we enjoyed being even more creative and further nurturing friendship. Next year will be our 5th year. I would like all of you to be a part of it!
Finally, on behalf of everyone at Betty, TOO! I would like to thank all the friends for their love and support for Betty. You have always been, and will always be a very important part of the whole thing and you just don’ t know how much we appreciate it….We wish you all very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!

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C-Cup update!

C-Cup Update: Thank you all judges who came back today to tell us that they voted for us! We also appreciate the feedback we got! I am actually going to ask The High Times how many votes we had…Thanksgiving weekend with free turkey sandwiches continues.

C- Cup Update: We did NOT win…! We will do it again next year though! There has been great vibe in the shop. Thank you all for your support!

Our entry was one of the 7 entries recommended by professional judges from The High Times! While I do admire the big shops who win every year, I believe there is a lot of value in this recommendation whi…ch is not affected by the amount of money you invest but is purely based on the quality we delivered!

Hightimes

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CC-night at Betty, TOO!

Last night we had the first creative commons night at the shop.
Here are all the links to the songs I played sorted by artist name. (I tried to record my session, but it did not work out, so I really don’t remember the order of the playlist anymore…) Please feel free to download and spread the word about the artists. If you really like what those artists are doing please have a look at their webpages. Most of them will be happy about donations.

20lb Sounds – Jimmy Carter

Ben Walker – Bubble Bath World

Blue Swerver – Zinedine Zidane

Boom Boom Beckett – Oat Flakes

Boom Boom Beckett – Salsa di Soy (FabiuS remix)

Brad Sucks – Dropping out of School

Brad Sucks – Look and Feel Years Younger

Brad Sucks – Making Me Nervous

Celestial Aeon Project – Hymn of Twilight

Crete Boom – Ghost of a Nation

Crookram – I Saw You

Daree Rock – My Funky Machine

Dandylions, The – Fly Away

Drunksouls – United Nations

ECLECTEK – We Are Going To Eclecfunk Your Ass

Emerald Park – Satellite

Foolson’s Lounge – Home

Garmisch – Unreal

Garmisch – Facing the Sea

Garmisch – Glimmer

Garmisch – Courtesy of Steven Wright

Giuseppe Mirabella – Hard Run

Heifervescent – And The Pond Life Flourished

Hugo ‘Droopy’ Contini – Dear Old Stockholm

Ian Adamson – Silence Speaks (Eliot Remix)

James Quintet, The – If The Blues Were Some Other Color

junior85 – raymondscott

Juanitos – Hola Hola Bossa Nova

JT25 – Angel’s Rain

Latche Swing – Hungaria

Les Metronomes – C’est chaud!

Lorenzo’s Music – Went Your Way

Malajube – Le Métronome

Mr.Tac a.k.a. “Chocolate”/”Drop-Zone” – Weed N Speed by DZK

Nemi – Clocks

NYCO – Out Of My Head

Paper Navy – Swan Song

PeerGynt Lobogris – A Drop in the Universe

Phase, The – Dirty Angel

Piso – P.I.S.O.

Professor Kliq – Our Universe

Professor Kliq – Bust This Bust That

Rare & Cheese – Jazz Police

Rick Fowler – Skeletons In Your Closet

Rob Warren with Iranzu Baker – All I Can Do (live)

Sean Wright – Hopeless

Sonic Real Estate – Trains (Acoustic Demo)

Triplexity – Al Gore

Will Hammond Jr. – Jaded

Hope you enjoy the music!

Marc

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Betty UN-PLUGGED/C-Cup Craze

Two of our favourite acoustic musicians will play to support Betty’s bid for the C-Cup!

The show will start with Rob Warren from England, whom you may remember from his EP launch gig which took place at Betty, TOO! earlier this year(http://myspace.com/robwarrenmusic). Currently Rob is busy with many bookings all over UK but he will be flying in specially for the event!

Rob’s performance will be followed by that of Bomberleo, an energetic songstress from Amsterdam (http://myspace.com/bomberleo). When she performed the last time at Betty, TOO! Flowers were thrown in by passers-by and the people on the whole street ended up listeng to her!


The show will be navigated by Tieka, a spoken/written words artist who is known for her unique style of performance (http://tieka.com/).

The event is one of the high-lights of ‘C-Cup Craze at Betty, TOO!’ (19-25 Nov) to celebrate Betty’s first entry to the famous ‘23rd High Times C-Cup‘.

There will be ‘judges’ in the town to decide ‘The Shop of the Year’ and we would LOVE all the group members and friends to join the fun and madness during this week and help us win the Cup!

Beside all the events, during the week, we will be serving hot chocolates with special recipes, ‘Betty’s HIGH Tea’, various snacks including Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches. Also, don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize Draw to win truely one-of-a-kind artworks!

Hope you see you all there!

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Betty, TOO! is going for C-Cup for the first time!

Betty, TOO! is going for C-Cup for the first time!
(http://www.hightimes.com/p ublic/cancup/)

There will be ‘judges’ in the town to decide ‘The Shop of the Year’!
We would LOVE all the group members and friends to join the fun and madness during this week and help us win the Cup!
…Following is the line-up of the events…

Friday 19 Nov 20:00-22:00 (or longer if he feels like it)
DJ Varia, Betty’s resident DJ will welcome you to the C-Cup Week. He uses 4 decks and plays all sorts of music including his originals. It’s an art of DJ on a different level…

Sunday 21 Nov 15:00-16:00 Acoustic Music featuring TOP musicians from all over Europe and UK including Rob Warren.

Monday 22 Nov 21:00-23:00 Kable Guy’s Creative Commons Music. Kable Guy is good at cabling and is passionate about music produced under creative commons music.

Tuesday 23 Nov 20:00 22:00 “Blow Job” Live performance by Georgina. Don’t miss out to get a ‘free blow job’, yes, we will do ANYTHING to win the Cup!- Choose 1 out of 10 ‘blow jobs” on the menu to face up the expectations and possible interpretations.

Wednesday 24 Nov 20:00 Betty’s Film Night C-Cup Edition
Along side the main film (TBA), we will also be showing a couple of short films produced for Betty, TOO!. Also, if you wish, we will show a very small part of a Japanese porn film ‘Amsterdam High’ which was shot in our shop nearly 4 years ago!

Wednesday 24 Nov 22:00 DJ Hank Disaster will play only cover music, nothing else…He want’s to call it ‘Undercover’ but he is gutted that the name has been take by someone else by Amsterdam…Not original enough for the most original DJ in A’dam…

Thursday 25 Nov 16:00 Betty’s Draw Announcement
During the week, we will be selling novelty packs with a draw to win one-of-a-kind gift. On Thursday at 4:00 pm, We will see who have won the most exclusively gift! The anouncement will be followed by endless party with music and we wait to hear which shop have won the C-Cup 2010…!

We shall keep you posted with details for each event. Beside these events, we will be celebrating the C-Cup week by serving hot chocolates with special recipes, ‘Betty’s HIGH Tea’ (wink), various snacks including Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches. Also, don’t forget to enter the draw which I mentioned above by buying one of our ‘novelty pack’! We will announce the prize in a couple of days and you will say ‘WOW’!

We are very happy to be a part of C-Cup this year and looking forward to welcoming you all to all the events!

Lots of love

Everyone at Betty, TOO!

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