Churchill and a pantomime baddie

I never heard that expression before: ‘pantomime baddie’. About half a year ago it already became clear to me that I was going to cancel my membership of the International Churchill Society. Another half year earlier I became a member after finding out what a great source of information it provided (see both ’embedded links’… Continue reading Churchill and a pantomime baddie

Victims of a Magnificent Conspiracy

Beautiful part of ongoing conspiracy? The tweet reads "on our way to the Zuiderpark".

Every second of every day somewhere in the world a new conspiracy, big or small, is being hatched while work on others is being continued.Recently I was one of the many victims of a magnificent conspiracy. The conspiracy involved a farmers protest in my home country on March 11, 2023. A protest against a policy… Continue reading Victims of a Magnificent Conspiracy

Perfection, beauty & shifting perspectives

Perfectionism and beauty

Perfection can’t be wrong, can it? But perfectionism, obsession? Surely any form or degree of OCPD (Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder) is bad isn’t it? Ordering my cutlery drawer this way started a couple of months ago. I gave the pair of scissors a very precise place in the drawer: not only in its own compartment, but… Continue reading Perfection, beauty & shifting perspectives

Chimney design by stubborn architect

Chimney near North Sea, Wassenaar

There is something really special about this chimney. Apparently the fire place just HAD to be on the outside wall. And thus required extensive provisions to ensure that the thing would not fall over; Especially close to the sea where it can blow hard. I am not sure: was the architect a particularly stubborn one… Continue reading Chimney design by stubborn architect

Misplaced respect

Thich Quang Duc. 1963, Vietnam.

No mistake: ‘Misplaced respect‘ does not refer to the Vietnamese buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc in the ‘featured image’.The video is about (Abrahamic) religions and changing views on the role of the US in history. A change that I welcome to a certain extent on the inevitable way to a more multipolar world, but that… Continue reading Misplaced respect

Dicentra Spectabilis

Dicentra spectabilis: broken or bleeding heart

My previous appartment had a nice loggia too. Since a couple of years I live in this nice appartment with a smaller loggia and with no balcony. Now that I am retired I spend more time on this sun-drenched one. In both meanings of the word ‘on’. The offical name of this plant is Dicentra… Continue reading Dicentra Spectabilis