It is with great sadness that the NUUS editors have to report the death of our beloved columnist Anny Bert. She turned 84.
Anny Bert is deceased but she is not dead. Her readers only say goodbye to the narrator. The stories continue but we can’t start a conversation with the words: “Have you read what Anny wrote this week?” Anny was able to articulate daily reality in a language-skilled way. She will live on thanks to the contributions, first in De Beiaard and until today in NUUS. We also cherish the collections of short stories she published. In the meantime, hundreds of columns have been added and Anny was far from finished when the pen suddenly stopped. She had written one last story, which will be published posthumously on Saturday. With a love for language, Anny managed to capture the soul of the Flemish Ardennes. She guided us through the happenings in the streets and squares and when she brushed a stubborn authority or a sulky dignitary with a broom, she dusted off her conclusions with a smile. She moaned at so much humanity and so did her readers. Goodbye comes too soon. Anny, you were a good observer, linguistically strong and a master at combining humor and commentary.
Who can explain it better than Anny, who described a Zottegem death march in her most recent column: “They preferred to hear as little as possible about deaths and a march. It had to be an ode to life and the joy of life and to all that life produced good. And as for that 100 km march… Zottegem is a big flying fart. They don’t get me 5 times there and back to St.-Goriks with each time Café De Zavelput in and out and from there 3 more times to Elene, at the dumbass, and a beeweg around ‘t Hof van Oranje until I do my 100 km in the have calves. What would my varicose veins think of that?”
The employees of NUUS and former employees of the newspaper De Beiaard offer their deepest condolences and sympathize with the family and friends of Anny Bert.
Her last column will appear posthumously on Saturday
Anny’s funeral will be on Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m. More info will follow.
Read her NEWS columns via this link
Read her interview at this link