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Negaraku

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To the Government of Malaysia

Dear Sirs,

I would be very obliged if you could stop the killing of innocent people in the Thai province of Yala. It is to quite an extent in your hands to make the border areas a more peaceful place.

And once I have reason to believe that you don’t participate in killing innocent people any more, I will be happy to spend some of my holidays on your side of the border. I won’t even mind paying a bribe every now and then, when the situation demands it.

Negaraku!

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May 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Vrouw Antje comes to Aleppo

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When people talk about Historische Alepposeife, they mean HISTORICAL Aleppo soap, which means that it is very old and traditional.

But now that Vrouw Antje has arrived in Aleppo…

Vrouw Antje comes to Aleppo

Vrouw Antje comes to Aleppo

things are becoming messy… 

Vrouw Antje: You can look, but you better not touch

Vrouw Antje: You can look, but you better not touch

And when I say messy, I mean REAL messy:

Something's rotten in the souq

Something's rotten in the souq

Actually, even worse…

Aleppo soap spacecakes

Aleppo spacecakes

It’s THAT messy now!

So mind the Dutch, next time you come to Aleppo. Recent excavations suggest that Antje’s been here for a long time:

Aleppo Ancient Boobmonsta Excavation Site

Aleppo Ancient Boobmonsta Excavation Site

And when I say for a long time, I mean for a REAL long time!

Related:
(Not) the Queen Diana of the Orient, September 12, 2009
En nu… zit Jesper zelf op de Trekker, June 13, 2008

Redefin Horse Show

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The latest post was about ugly residential areas in Lower Saxony. The one before that showed you that the world is round, but not always beautiful. Enough! Let’s look at the bright side of life today. Paradoxically, that’s East of the Elbe. Redefin is that cute small place with the big equitation palace, some thirty or fourty km south-west of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s capital Schwerin.

Take a look at the bright side of life, as follows…

This is what many Squires incurred catastrophic debts for

This is what many Squires incurred catastrophic debts for

Tandem Riding

Tandem Riding

showjumping

showjumping

coach-and-many

coach-and-many

hussar-style

hussar-style

photo opportunity

photo opportunity

four more

four more

motion

motion

stable

stable

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September 27, 2009 at 7:06 am

Summer Holidays Retrospect

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It was a beautiful day on the beach.

Embarrassing Encounters on the Beach

Embarrassing Encounters on the Beach

And it was full of new discoveries.

After we had burnt down that weird settlement above, we found some palaeontological things there, amongst them this fossilized boobmonster.

boobmonsta excavation on the Cuxhaven beach

boobmonsta excavation on the Cuxhaven beach

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August 23, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Now, Thailand…

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… A fine mess you’ve made of that! How inhumane! You incarcerated Annice Smoel for several days and threatened her with a real court case for alledgedly stealing a bar mat!

OK, according to the owner of the Aussie Bar, she called the investigating policemen names. And according to the police station itself, she kept yelling there, too.

But she had to return home to her four children! So how can you even arrest her? And how far were you out of your mind, thinking of a court case which would have taken months? After you had released her on probation, she left for Melbourne immediately, and she has already vowed that she will never come back to Thailand.

Maybe you should have tried and jailed her anyway, even after her “confession”. Then you could have enjoyed her formidable company for years to come.

Your loss, Thailand. It’s tremendous.

And while we are at it, I suggest we all stand for a minute and pay a silent tribute to another (though not that terribly afflicted) martyr of oriental despotism

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May 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

A Day in Fischerhude

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Fischerhude cobblestone

Fischerhude cobblestone

People who think of themselves as both intellectual and affluent usually like Fischerhude. Some artists lived there last century, among them Cato Bontjes van Beek‘s family, it is a cuddly green place in Summer, and once you hear Fischerhude, a vision of lemonade, humming bees and distant voices comes to your mind. People go there, especially on Sundays.

We went there too: my wife and my parents. It’s the long summer vacation (six weeks for students and most teachers), my wife and I aren’t travelling, so we made that trip of a few dozen kilometres – Fischerhude is still within the Verden District.

The scene was as expected. The weather, too. Sunny and hot. Green trees and green water in the canals and ponds, old Houses cowering into their neighbourhoods and the landscape around, fonts next to them, and small bridges, and the usual share of prohibitive signs, and cobbled streets that made you move slowly. My wife fell in love with two cats that reminded her of a cat of her own back in Thailand, and my mother fell in love with a water mill.

We went to the Liebfrauenkirche, which was smaller a building than its name might suggest, and had a look at the Arch angel Michael (made by Amelie Breling, if that name tells you something), the stained-glass windows, and the pious flyers that were lying around.
Underneath the organ, a memorial tablet listed the names of those who had died in World War 1.

For a while, Hans Meyboden, a painter, born in Verden in 1901, lived in Fischerhude. Was quite renowned, as it seems. But not here in Verden. Never heard anyone mention his name here in my home town. He should have painted bugling deer (yes, like this one), but no stuff like this if he really wanted to make it into his hometown’s living rooms.

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July 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm