27/02/2011

Pink Project

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My colleague Hans, who is a big fan of Pink Floyd, invited me and some other people to come along to a performance of Pink Project in the city of Beverwijk.

Pink Project is a Dutch group of artists who since 1984 have the goal to play Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” in the same spirit as it was played in the past…

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the performance. Before the break the played music for the Pink Floyd album “Animals” (one of my favourites). It looked that they needed a little time to warm up, but it went from good to very good :).

After the break I was even more surprised, because what I expected was that they played some songs from “The Wall” album. How wrong could I be, it was almost the complete Wall-show with special effects and everything. Even the Wall was there. I was amazed, I can say nothing different then that.

What I also liked was that at some places they addressed thing that are currently going on in the world. As as example in the song “Mother” there is the text “Mother should I trust the government?” and there was a picture displayed of Wilders, Rutte and Verhagen (three important figures in our current government). They made a statement about this government… and a statement I fully support, because I think our current government really cannot be trusted at all (specially because of their alliance with the PVV. With that the other politic parties are for me complete no trustworthy anymore).

Of course there is clear reference between the show and what happened in the past in Nazi Germany. The mix of “The Wall”-animations and historic Nazi-movies displayed clearly a warning. A warning that still exist in the world, even in our own country.

Anyway, it showed very clearly that they have a lot of experience with playing “The Wall”-show. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I will not be surprised if I will visit more of their concerts in the future.


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Rib-eye with oyster sauce

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Because of Marion’s birthday I promised to cook something nice for her. I thought she would go for fish, but I was wrong. She decided to go for a rib-eye… So I bought two very nice rib-eyes (and ouch… they were not cheap).

Only a little salt and black pepper for the rib-eyes. In olive oil on a high fire I baked them until they were nice medium done.
The oyster sauce I got from Miranda (it was made by herself). But she gave me the recipe so I can make it the next time myself.
To the rib-eyes some shortly fried oyster mushroom were added. I always love them with a nice piece of meat.

The pommes parisiennes have been resting in a marinade of olive oil with garlic, sea salt and parsley. As a change they were not cooked or baked, but steamed. Something I never done before, but I have to say that I liked the result.

For the salad I used fine cut iceberg lettuce. As dressing a used a normal olive oil. As I wanted I added nicely filled salad I added some green peas, corn, red paprika, sunflower seeds, sun dried tomato, croutons and ham. And of course for the taste some parsley, garlic, chive, union and pepper.

As Marion really loves a Muscadet wine, I bought a very nice bottle of Muscadet. And I bought a real wine-cooler…. one you have to fill up witch ice-cubs. Call me stupid, but I think it is romantic to have such a wine-cooler on the table :)

It all tasted very well in my opinion and I hope Marion also liked it.


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Tron

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Yesterday evening Marion and I have been to the movie “Tron: Legacy” in the Pathe cinema (Amsterdam).

The movie we watched yesterday is a follow-up to an movie made in 1982. In the 1982 movie a computer scientist is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is the help of a heroic security program.

This “old” cult movie I have already for some time on DvD. When I heard the new Tron movie was on it’s way, we watched it again to refresh our minds.

In the new Tron-movie the son of the computer scientist goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father’s creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.

I really liked the movie. Great special effects, good humour and an exciting story.
And I really appreciate it that Marion came along with me to such a movie. Science fiction is not really her thing.

For me this was the first time I watched a movie in 3D. I always pushed it a bit away because I was afraid it would turn into a disappointment for me. My bad right eye is the reason why I hardly see any depth. So why would that be with a 3D movie any different?
Maybe I didn’t experience the movie to fullest in 3D as Marion did, but I noticed at least some difference to normal movie. And I am already happy with that.

After the movie we went for some snack at KFC. I can’t help it, I love KFC… So much better as MacDonalds or Burger King!!!!


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Small things that matter…

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Now Marion is taking a nap on the couch in the living room, I have the opportunity to write something down that is on my mind almost the whole day…

People tend to give each other expensive gifts… for birthdays, for Christmas and other celebrations. And there is nothing wrong with that. After all the négligee (robe, dressing gown or whatever is the best translation for “ochtendjas” :P ) I bought for Marion’s birthday was not really cheap either. It will be very useful for her when stays in one of those hotels…. and much nicer as the old white one she has now (and of which she said already some time ago that it needed to be replaced).
Although I have to admit that I hear of presents people giving each other that are so expensive that I don’t consider them presents anymore. But that is of course my opinion!

But funniest thing is that, at least for me, small presents tell me a lot more then very expensive presents. For instance the 3 wooden birds that suddenly on a morning were standing in front of my television. Of course I know that Marion placed them there. But it gave me a real good feeling when I discovered them on a morning standing there.

And there are more examples of that kind of gifts I can mention. Just as the little wooden heart that some months ago suddenly was placed in one the two displays cases that I have in my living room…

There is a small story to that wooden heart.

When I discovered that wooden heart in the display case, it made me feel nice. And so the next time that I met Marion, I thanked her for it. She tilted her head and with a grin she asked me when I discovered it. And I told her that I did the day before. She started to laugh and told me that the wooden heart was for at least 3 weeks already in the display case…. Ough, so much for looking around in your own house.

Anyway… just wanted to say that these kind of small gifts are very important to me!!!


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A weekend to relax and to rest…

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Last two nights of the working week I didn’t sleep too well. This without real reason. Every now and then I have this. Nothing to worry about. So last Friday at work I was tired and nothing went the way I wanted it.

By mails from Marion I understood that she also was tired and annoyed by the delayed plane that would bring her back to The Netherlands.

As we had no real obligations for this weekend, we decided to make it a weekend to relax and to rest. Yesterday around 9 o’clock in the evening we already went to bed (keep your mind out of the gutter, you are thinking in the wrong direction :P). We both slept very quickly, showing that we both were in need for some sleep.
Somewhere around midnight I woke up, feeling a bit hungry and thirsty. Clumsy enough I woke up Marion as well. I made some small snacks for us. Poured a glass of wine for Marion and some beer for myself.
Marion made the remark that she was in the mood to watch a movie, but didn’t want to leave the bed. So as we did once before, we moved the coffee table aside. We dropped the mattress from the bed on the ground in the living room before the television, cosy under our duvets we re-watched the movie “Legend”.
And right there we slept during the night.

As a matter of fact, I am sitting here with my laptop on my lap on that mattress, while Marion is still asleep beside me.

Only for some necessary shopping for this weekend we may go outside…. maybe a walk when the weather is nice…. but for the same we stay all day in bed :).

Allowing yourself to relax and to rest at times is very important!!!


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Today I found a very nice and very unexpected message in my mailbox…


Dear Rob,

I hope you don’t mind me contacting you out of the blue. I am writing from the BBC’s Science Television Department where we’re in the process of making a major new documentary series about dinosaurs. In this context I am looking for a great crocodile skull and found one that would be perfect on your flickr page:
##link to a picture on my old Flickr-page##

Do you remember where you took this photograph? If so, it would be great if you could let me know.

Thank you ever so much for your time – I look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes,
xxxxxxxxx (Name removed to ensure the privacy of the writer)


Woohhh… someone is interested in a very old photograph that I made (it was made in 2005)?

I do realize that there are still many photographs on my old Flickr-page, but I have admit that I hardly think of them anymore. This mainly because I am working on my own photo-site, but due many (good) things the time that I can spend on that site is limited.

Do I remember where that photograph was taken? Oh yes, I do most certainly. It was taken at the old Nature Museum in the city of Enschede. I have been there several times when I was young lad and in 2005 I did visit it again. It was then that I made this photograph (among others of course).
The old museum doesn’t exist anymore. It has merged with other local museums into one large museum called “Twentse Welle”.

Of course I did supply the writer of the mail with all information that I could. But really, this mail made me smile many times during the afternoon and the evening :)

Below the photograph it is were all about… but better processed then on my old Flickr-page (I have learned some things since then :P).


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Artis again

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Yesterday I have been with some colleagues to Artis again. Artis is a rather old zoo in Amsterdam that was opened in 1838.
I always like to visit a zoo. The known and unknown animals. The mostly nice atmosphere. And if you go with a nice group it only makes it better.

As said, Artis is an old zoo and they are working hard to make everything better as it should be nowadays, but there is still a lot to do. On the other side, the old buildings give a special atmosphere to the zoo. I hope that they can make everything so it is optimal for the animals and keep this special atmosphere.

As some people here may know I also often go things like this alone or with Marion to make pictures. Marion understand very well that I need time to make pictures and doesn’t mind that she has to wait for me.
But of course it is also very nice to go with a group to talk and to laugh. It was yesterday a good group again and I always like to meet my colleagues on other places as work. You get know them much better then.

Some pictures…

As could be expected we went afterwards to Mulligans to have some pints. There some other colleagues joined us. It was rather busy at Mulligans because some rugby matches were shown on tv. But that just made the atmosphere better. I really like Mulligans and I think I am not the only one :).

For something to eat we went to Coco’s Outback, an Australian pub (the only one in Amsterdam, as they claim to be). Also very busy, but after all it was Saturday evening!
I really like the ribeye that I had there. The meat was good and tasty. And I really loved their chips. Much better as those we had earlier at Artis. And it all was unbelievable cheap!!! A place were I will go more often.

Afterwards Paddy, Tom and I went back to Mulligans and we enjoyed some good whiskey’s there while chatting a bit. A very nice way to end the evening.

On the way home something went wrong. Tom and I travelled back home together. After all we live very close to each other. Until the town of Uitgeest there was no problem at all. The train arrived on time and before we knew it we were in Uitgeest. From Uitgeest we had to take a train back to Heemskerk…. but we missed the last train!!!
As it is only around 4 kilometres from Uitgeest to Heemkerk, we decided to walk there. But maybe that was not the smartest thing for me to do, because my ancle, that still was a bit hurting from twisting it last week, started to hurt a lot during that walk. And today that ancle and leg hurted even more and was stiff. But hey… I made it home and that is what counts :)


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