Phosphorus Fertilizer and ‘Prepping’

I have quite a few houseplants in my living room. On my tiny balcony, in addition to ornamental plants, I have plants for consumption too. I purchased the spathiphyllum specimen shown here over ten years ago and it did produce some flowers every year. Inspired by my ‘microscopic‘ horticultural activities and observations, a few weeks… Continue reading Phosphorus Fertilizer and ‘Prepping’

Het leninisme werd nooit vernietigd

De (tot nu toe) enige video die ik niet in Nederland opnam, maakte ik in Duitsland tegen de grens met Polen. Die ging over Bismarck, Russische soldaten en sovjet-heerschappij. Titel: A military cemetery in Spremberg: “Sonst Nichts”. ‘Sonst Nichts’ was onderdeel van een leus die vaak gebruikt werd door de verschrikkelijke Bismarck, die de fundering… Continue reading Het leninisme werd nooit vernietigd

Boomers and communist- versus history- bubbles

Boomer is a strange word. According to the Oxford dictionary (for example) it has two different meanings. Very different meanings. Especially the so-called ‘disambiguation’ page of ‘Boomer’ in Wikipedia is an illustration of why that medium has such a bad name. As so often, the Dutch version compares badly with the English version: Babyboom (demografie),… Continue reading Boomers and communist- versus history- bubbles

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

Churchill Boulevards and Orwell lanes

Churchill Laan, Eindhoven Netherlands

The city of Eindhoven is located in the south of the Netherlands. With almost a quarter of a million inhabitants Eindhoven is number five in size in the Netherlands. It had some fame as the hometown of the multinational company Philips and football club PSV.I was in this city for a four-day course of the… Continue reading Churchill Boulevards and Orwell lanes

Conquering ‘Africa’ early 16th century?

Painting by Gaspar de Crayer: Charles V conquers ‘Africa’

One of Winston Churchill’s most inspiring quotes is ‘Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft ‘ [1]. Paintings can aid in the study of history too. At least if you do not just superficially look at the image! De Crayer was a court painter to the governors of what is… Continue reading Conquering ‘Africa’ early 16th century?