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Pessimisme kun je leren!

Lovely anthology of dutch verse by Lévi Weemoedt (Izak Jacobus van Wijk) selected by Őzcan Akyol.
Easy to read and accessible little book of verse / poetry. Also for those who never read poetry before and/or those who are learning the dutch language.
The “pessimism” in this little book will bring a smile to your face.

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Clear enough! Right?

For the last couple of weeks at work, I’ve been busy moving the warehouse from one building to another. It’s proven to be quite the job, also because of less than perfect communication and co-operation from those “on the higher levels”. But me being me, I’m going for it with. Putting some muscle into it with some music and a big wink to reality. Just going for it…

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New garden shed

While it’s pouring with rain here at the moment, I’m happy that we finished in time building a new garden shed. The shed that came with the house when we moved in here 13 years ago had seen better days, so we demolished it last year. Only the floor remained.

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Back to vinyl

Last week I bought myself a new toy for some “old-fashioned” entertainment:
A record player!
So time to blow the dust off of the old vinyl. A big box with long-play records and a little case filled to the brim with 45 rpm singles. It’s gonna be a trip down memory lane while listening to and digitizing my musical preferences from my youth.

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Brains

De wind fluit tussen mijn oren
En dat klinkt misschien wat raar
Maar ik ben mijn verstand verloren
In de …

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Hidden surprise

Sometimes a hidden surprise pops up that brings back a lot of memories. Today my wife was organizing a folders containing some old genealogy information. Also in that folder was an old song from the Engineer Corps from the Dutch army. This made me remember my time in the army with the 11th Engineering Battalion in the late 80’s. Man what a long time ago! 🙄

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E-bike? Not quite yet…

For a long time, I’ve tried to do my 60km commute as often by bike as possible. But I’m on the other side of the “magical” or “big” 50 now and struggling a bit with my body. So more and more people ask me why I don’t buy an electric assist bike. To be honest, I’ve been thinking about it now and then, but I don’t like the thought of it.

More and more e-bikes are making their way on the bike lanes. Young and old have embraced the bicycle with power assisted pedaling. But also more often, it looks like the e-bike riders can’t really deal with the difference in speed on the bike lane (specially the 45 kph pedelecs) or they think they have more rights than others. It seems like the e-bike doesn’t go well with social cycling. Ad to that that commercially there’s hardly any attention for other bicycles, and that is why I don’t like e-bikes. 😐

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Anthem of Zeelandic Flanders

As some of you might know by now, I am from Zeelandic Flanders or Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. And proud of it! A beautiful part of The Netherlands (just!) Shielded by the Western Skeldt (Westerschelde) on the north, Belgium border on the south and divided into two by the channel from Gent to Terneuzen (or from Terneuzen to Gent if you so desire. 😉

It’s an area with history, several dialects, beautiful scenery (photo’s of which I’ll post with my cycling and walking posts) and proud people. Who often tend to be more Flemish than dutch, despite the lyrics in the anthem. We also have an everlasting love / hate relationship with the Belgians and the dutch and even the Germans! 😛

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