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Posted 2 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

Photo exhibition 'Na Dato' has taken off! Feel free to come by anytime this month and especially in the early evening hours of Wednesday February 8.

Between 7 and 8 o'clock
, there will be a small social gathering. You may need a map to find your way: Here you go.

I've also done some things on the writing side: on behalf of a new Amsterdam weekly e-magazine LeCool, I wrote a short preview (+ photo) of the national semi-finals of the Clash of the Coverbands.

(© January 2006)
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Posted 3 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

As a former train spotter, I feel obliged to post stuff about railways every now and then. Railways are like religion: you have to believe to make it work. Public transportation is booming in Belgium, and slowly dying in The Netherlands. Belgium is investing in infrastructure and comes up with innovative ideas to make the services affordable and fun.

Dutch Railways (NS) make few investments, offers poor service at high prices. Train travelers jump into their cars, NS decreases capacity and prices go up. Talking about vicious circles and self-fulfilling prophecy.

We Dutch like to joke at Belgians for their not-so-smartness, but at least they get where they want in time and at a reasonable price.

(© Brussels South Station - BE, May 1998)
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Posted 4 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

New series called 'My city, my street' - - coming up next at PhotoLogiX!

(© Bucharest - RO, October 2005)
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Posted 5 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

Twenty minutes of fame in Dutch rock temple Paradiso, and...... the story continues! Maaike's band Zenith of Zeal made it through last night's national semi-finals and they can start preparing for the final final of the Clash of the Coverbands. Depending on negotiations between the organisation of the Clash and a Dutch TV station, the final competition will take place in either Hilversum Studio 22 or stage 013 in Tilburg.

(© Amsterdam Paradiso - NL, 4 February 2006)
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Posted 6 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

Hey you! There are no excuses!

Don't forget to come see 'Na Dato' on Wednesday!

(© Piatra Neamt - RO, July 2006)
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Posted 8 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

Poland has the highest unemployment rate of all 25 EU-countries: 18.1% last January. But relief is on the way, as the 'older' members of the European Union are working on plans to reduce restrictions on the influx of Central European workforce.

(© Warsaw - PL, June 2002)
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Posted 12 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

Walk into a pub in Belgium (in Bonheiden in this case) and ask whether you can watch the Winter Olympics on TV. You'll be laughed at, just like Jean and I were yesterday..

(© Bonheiden - BE, 11 February 2006)
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Posted 17 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

I'm currently putting together the program for the guided photo tours (Fotoreizen) to Paris. If you feel like joining one of these tours, please send an e-mail to info(a)

(© Paris - FR, April 2004)
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Posted 20 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

Next week at this time, I'll be in Berlin. Back in Berlin, playing the good-old east-or-west-side-game. It's not my first time to Berlin, because I somehow managed to pass by at least once a year for the last 5 consecutive years.

2001: On the way from Prague back home, at least 30 minutes to see the Gedächtniskirche from Berlin Zoo Station and to get a hamburger at MacDonalds opposite the station. The train tracks crossing the heart of Berlin already gave me quite a good idea of what the city itself would be like.

2002: On the way to Poland, with Bas and Carin. We stayed for 4 days and did some good sight-seeing, spending most of our time in the Eastern part of the city. Also: excursion to Sanssouci park in Potsdam. I only took black and white photos.

2003: My first business trip to Berlin with colleague Bjorn. We attended the show with an exhibition booth, demonstrating special photoprinters. Highlights of the trip: music hit "Ab im Süden" which seemed to be on the ready 24h a day, the photo of a unification monument which I still use for my PhotoLogiX business cards and a visit to the Jewish Museum which was very impressive. Also memorable: the first time reaching speeds of 200 km/h in a car on the way back to Holland.

2004: Work visit to a trade show together with colleague Mark. I only just made it back in time for Sinterklaas. My brother did not like the fur/leather hat I bought for him. Also the first time I disliked flying because of some very strange manoeuvre right after take-off from Amsterdam.

2005: Not the most lengthy Berlin experience.. Just enough time to buy a sausage with curry. Then onwards to Prague.

2006 ahead, 6 more days to go.. and counting.

(© Berlin Potsdamerplatz - DE, September 2003)
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Posted 21 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

The Rotterdam Open Tennis Tournament is experiencing quite some trouble this year, with major players cancelling their participation and favourites having to withdraw in the first round. Maybe Tournament Director Richard Krajicek should try a derivative of Gullit's trainer-player trick at Chelsea back in 1998: just give himself a wildcard and join the competition as a player.

(© Rotterdam - NL, February 1999)
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Posted 21 February 2006 - The Hague (NL):

A group of highly-esteemed researchers recently figured out that a new generation of traffic lights should be round-shaped (as opposed to square boxes that currently support the lights), aiming to suppress aggression among car drivers. They could also have spent their time on studying traffic management, which for sure would have produced more useful outcomes.

Nevertheless, traffic lights are interesting devices and there are large differences in appearance: dedicated traffic lights for bicycles (NL), formula 1 type of lights carefully preparing for departure (DE), interesting nicknames such as Ampelmännchen (ex-DDR), traffic lights at the far end of a crossroad (FI), countdown for the next green light (RO, US), and all sorts of different symbols including arrows (almost anywhere), letters/words, hands (US), girls with Pipi Longstocking kind of tails (DE) or even hearts for Valentine's day (FR).

Two things they all have in common is that whatever is clearly visible as orange is consistently referred to as 'yellow', and that whenever they switch to red, people are susceptible to get upset - regardless of the shape of the light.

(© The Hague - NL, November 2005)
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Posted 22 February 2006:

Friend and former housemate Jean is working on some new exciting and refreshing ideas for his Snowcover/Snowcat project, with also a newly designed website. Have a look!

(© Mechelen - BE, February 2006)
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Posted 22 February 2006:

Language news: German is winning terrain and French is losing despite artificial efforts to keep their language clear of foreign influences. The best strategy to become multilingual is to get born in a small country where English is not the native language and external contacts are essential to the economy. Number one: Luxemburg, and that for sure is noticeable. Many people I met in Luxemburg could speak French, German, English, oftentimes Dutch + Spanish and/or Italian. Very impressive.

Which countries are lagging behind? Everything on the southern and western extremes of the continent. Worst pupil is Ireland, where 66% indicate that they do not speak any foreign language. But then, you only need one language, or even one word, to order a pint of Guiness and what else can one need...

(© Bunratty/Bunnyrat :) - IE, June 2003)
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Posted 22 February 2006:

Speed skating (on ice) is hot in Holland and the Winter Olympics are just as exciting as the world championships in football. Sports events are about the only occasion when Holland seems to be a coherent unit. All covered in orange, they take possession of international tournaments. One American journalist in Turin wondered his eyes out about what was taking place before his eyes and only just found the right words to describe all this. Very funny to see all that happening through outsiders' eyes.

(© Amsterdam - NL, February 2002)
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Posted 23 Februari 2006:

No more kissing and no more shaking of hands when greeting friends and family. At least, if we can trust reports in the Dutch media about the prescribed Elbow-greeting in case of an avian flue pandemic. This recommendation is said to have been issued by the World Health Organisation and they indeed have a lot of info about avian flue readily available. But I have not found the slightest elbow greeting on their website..

(© Wroclaw - PL, October 2003)
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Posted 23 February 2006:

Penny for your thoughts or a euro for your dead body? Three photographers who were chasing Lady Diana in Paris - alledgedly causing her fatal accident back in 1997 - got a symbolic fine of one euro for privacy invasion. The invasion did not consist of chasing the princess, it referred to the fact that they were taking pictures of her when she was dying.

(© Pont de l'Alma - FR, April 2004)
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Posted 23 February 2006:

Politicians in Brussels are thinking about imposing uniform speed limits throughout the European Union. Bad news for Germany, where speeding is the national Unique Selling Point. They will have to find other alternatives to fight their boredom.

(© Roelofarendsveen - NL, 23 February 2006)
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Posted 24 February 2006:

Analog photography rules! It's more intense, it's a much more relaxing and more natural. It keeps you focused on what needs to be done. A little less practical yes, and sometimes it takes two weeks before you see the results. The photo below datums back from two weeks ago: the roll-the-dice trip which lead us to Cappelle aan den IJssel and then onwards to Belgium! This photo was taken in Kijkuit (English: Watch Out) at the local railway station.

(© Kijkuit - BE, February 2006)
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Posted 25 February 2006:

Lendemain de fête..

(© Maaike's place - NL, 25 February 2006)
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