My personal opinion

The danger of fake news

by Rob on

Lately there is a lot going around about fake news. The Internet is an incredible resource for news and information, but unfortunately not everything online is trustworthy. Fake news is any article or video containing untrue information disguised as a credible news item.

Fake news is dangerous as it may influence the opinion of people about certain matters and even may lead to have them make decisions based on wrong information.

Recently I saw the picture below on the Internet. It claims that on certain American schools the students were forced to do Muslim prayers…

Fake news

The moment I saw that picture I , and luckily many others with me, noticed something strange about it.

Muslims always pray in the direction of their holy city Mecca. The children on the picture are kneeling down in two directions! That is not how Muslims pray.

It turned about very fast that this had nothing to with the Islam or Muslims. These children are training how to act in case of a tornado. This is a so called tornardo-drill and nothing more as that!

In this case the attempt to spread resistance, and maybe even hatred, against the Islam was very easy to look through.

Sadly more often fake news is very hard to recognize as being fake. And that makes it of course very dangerous.

An example of this was that in 2015 the news was spread (including by the official media) that the island of Lesbos was overcrowded with refugees coming through Turkey from Syria.
Marion and I almost cancelled our holiday to Lesbos because of that news. Luckily we didn’t. During the 2 weeks we were there the refugees were never a problem and the island was absolutely not overcrowded with them. And the refugees we met were very nice, friendly and thankful people.
Many tourists cancelled their holidays to Lesbos and are still not considering to go there again. The people of Lesbos, who depend on tourism for a big part, are still suffering from that.
The same happened to other Greek isles close to Turkey as well.

The message here is clear: Don’t believe everything right away. Check the source of the news, is it a reliable source? Has the source spread fake news before? Can the news be checked on other reliable sources? And above all, does it sound believable!

Don’t believe everything you hear or read…

(Credits of the photo in this article are with www.greenvillegazette.com)

Rob
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2017It is always good to have at the begin of a new year a moment to look back at the year that has passed by. So lets have a short look from 2017 to 2016

I think for me personally it was a relaxed year. Of course there were things that went not completely the desired way. But there were no life shaking things that happened.

There was one thing that I really enjoyed and that was our vacation of 3 weeks to Lesvos together with our best friends (who are also the persons who can post articles on this weblog). We have seen there so many beautiful and amazing things like the wonderful nature of the island. We met such wonderful people, tasted awesome food and drank great ouzo and wine.
We laughed a lot and did fun things, which was because we know each other very well nothing else was to be expected.
And thanks to Mel we saw and learned a lot about Lesvos, the rich history and its culture. We have been at places where “normal” tourists would never come. Thank you for that, Mel. We loved and enjoyed every moment of it.

Talking about Mel: We, Marion and I, met Mel for the first time on Lesvos in 2015 (she is already for years friends with Sanne and that is how we got to know her). There was right away a good contact between Mel, Marion and me. The vacation of 2016 was the begin of a real friendship. And through the wonderful ways of modern technology we stay in close contact with each other.
I am convinced that the others that travelled with us to Lesvos also hold high and warm thoughts towards Mel.

As said, for me personal is was not really a bad year. For Marion 2016 was also a rather good year (we talked about this of course).
For Marion it was a very busy year at her work, but she managed very well. My own job was also challenging at some moments, but that also went well.

I have a feeling my left foot finally really starts to recover and that is really a good thing, although I expect drawbacks at some moments. But lets be positive and hope it continue to get better this way.

But when I look around me then it becomes very different. So many negative things are happening.

The terrorist attacks, the rise of right populism (and also of radical left), the activities of politicians as Geert Wilders and Donald Trump, the move of religions to get more influence again (and not only in the countries where the Islam is strong, but also in the US where conservative Christians try to get power again), leaders of countries as Rodrigo Duterte (Philippines) and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkey) that go completely berserk.

Not to mention the hatred and disgust against refugees that seems to live with many now. And when you ask it turns out fast that they have no real knowledge about the situation of refugees and that they act by often complete wrong information. An example, you hear often that all refugees from Africa are coming here for economic reasons. Wrong, refugees from Eritrea are coming from an extreme suppressed country (and there are more places like that in Africa). Or that refugees get a fully decorated house for free. Yes, wrong again. They get a loan to buy the basic things for living. And no, they don’t large amounts of money every month.

Although I am not complaining for myself, I do hope that 2017 will be a better year for the world….

Rob
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A qoute that made me think…..

by Sanne on

“I don’t believe in an afterlife,
so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell,
or fearing heaven even more.
For whatever the tortures of hell,
I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.”

Today I read somewhere the above quote from Isaac Asimov and it made me think.

Some religious people (no, not all) are so busy with their afterlife that it looks that they completely forget that there is a current life. But what if there is no afterlife and that when you die it just end of all. Everything stops, the light goes out and *poof*….. brain dead.

So you spend all your life for something that is not there. You wasted your life completely for nothing. What a waste…..

At least I could say when it turns out I was wrong: “Oops… so sorry!” (Although I am very convinced that I would not be able to say sorry when I am dead and that there is nothing or someone to say sorry to).


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The Playboy… Oh yes!

by Miranda on

Also for me my first article on Rob’s weblog! And before you think that I will only write about cooking and related subjects… Wrong! Surely I will not avoid the subject, but there is so much more in life that is some attention worth!

But now I want to have it about The Playboy! And that in a positive way…

Wait a minute! A woman positive about the Playboy? She must a lesbian! Okay, guilty as charged! But apart from that, I really like the magazine.

Sure there very nice photo’s of good looking ladies in there. Oh wait again, as a lesbian I have to look at short haired bad dressed girls. Nonsense. I also like to see cute sexy well dressed girls (although forget the well dressed part related to Playboy *TONGUE* ). And some of the ladies in The Playboy are pretty, cute and sexy. And some are not (and when not, they are mostly overdone).
An example? Carly Lauren, the playmate of this months edition of Playboy, is very cute (“Google” her *SMILE* ). Even Jennifer sighed softly when I showed her the photo’s of Carly. And for those who don’t know, Jennifer is my soul mate and love of my life.

So it is about the photo’s in Playboy? No, there is a lot more to it!

I know it is the standard smirking statement about Playboy: “But there are good articles and interviews in it”, but it is actually a correct statement. In this month edition there is a very interesting article about Afghanistan “Afghanistans laatste kans” (“Afghanistan’s last change”). Or the article about Tantra. And there is even a nice recipe for egg benedict in it (darn, now I mentioned cooking after all *WHISTLE* ).

And I know I am not the only woman who enjoys the Playboy. Apart from Jennifer, I know that Marion also reads the Playboy when she is at Rob’s place.

The time that magazines as the Playboy are only for men are long gone and that is a good thing!

 

 


(Credit photo: Miranda)


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On the internet there are “10 questions for atheist” going around. Supposedly these questions cannot be answered and by that the existence of god should be proven.
Thing is, 9 of these 10 questions are very easy to answer as atheist. For question 7 there is no answer (yet!), but then again the counter question that arises from that question cannot be answered by theists as well (at least not in an serious way).

So while Marion and I travel to Haaksbergen (she is driving), I used my tablet to write down my answers to these 10 questions. So here we go…

(ps. Parts of this article may be edited later on, but then I will point out what has been changed and when)

1. How did you become an Atheist?
It was a slowly process that took some years to reach the final stage of being an convinced atheist. But there were some things that I saw and noticed around me.
First of all, the bad things that happened in name of religion. And this goes from refusing to sit next a female in a plane to discrimination homosexuals (as example) and murdering people who doesn’t agree with the view of that religion (or better said: The way that religion was interpreted). Not even to mention what ultra conservative Christians try to do in US.

Then there were the contradictions. There are so many contradictions in the bible. There are too many too mention (a search on Google or Yahoo will show). And not small tiny differences, but complete opposite statements. Let have one small example, a funny one. So can god be seen? According Exodus 33:11 Moses could:”And the Lord spake to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend”. But then John 1:18 tells us: “No man hath seen God at any time.”. Okay, you tel me.
And the bible is full of such contradictions.

As someone once said, the best way to become an atheist is studying the bible, which I did.

And not least the scientific proves against the existence of god(s).

2. What happens when we die?
Well, my brains stop working. I will stop breathing and one by one al my organs will fail. End of me as living creature.

But after that my body will decompose and will become part of nature again. In that way I will become part of many other living organism and will have a everlasting life as long matter exists.
And the other way around one could say that I “was around” from the first moment matter was formed. Yes, you and I are made of stardust! :-)

3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!
There is a joke going around that hell must be awesome place with all the cool people that will be there. Some pretty famous people, who did a lot good for the world, will be there. And with all the scientists en engineers in hell, the airco will be awesome.

But to the serious side: As far as I understand one will go to heaven if you are a true believer and done no evil. So if you have done a lot of good for the people around you, you made your stand for the society your are living in, but you are not a upstanding follower of this god, you will be punished? Now, that is morally very wrong in my opinion.

The counter question here should be: “What if you, as Christian, are wrong? And there is no heaven or hell?” In that case you wasted a lot of time and energy on nothing. All the things you did to go to heaven, like wasting time with praying and going to church. All that time you could have spend on good and important things as caring and helping the people around you.
And if this god would exist and he is a good god (which is doubtful if you read the horror stories in the bible), would he rather see you sitting in a church and praying or helping people in need?

4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?
You mean that you, as Christian, your morality depends on a god? That is really a scary thought.

My morality is created by who I am, the things I stand for and the thing I do or don’t do. The experiences in my life made me who I am and creates the foundation for my morality. Again, there is no god involved there.

5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?
Again, is your god the only things that stops you from murdering and raping? Now, that is even an more scary thought.

I don’t do those things because I as person consider them wrong and morally not correct. Read well, I as a person makes this judgement, not because some other “higher creature” tells me so.

So no, we cannot do what we want. We are controlled by our own morals. And then there of course such things as laws (and I don’t mean religious laws with that).

6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?
The meaning of my life are the people around me who I love and care about. The meaning of my life are things I do that have a positive influence on the people around me. The meaning of life is strongly connected to the things that makes me feel good and about enjoying life.

7. Where did the universe come from?
I really don’t know. Sorry, but it is simple as that.

The question returned should be: “Where does god come from?”. And no, “He was always there!” is just an invalid answer as I would claim the universe was always there (and no, that is not what I claim… I just don’t know).

8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?
As far as I know there are none or almost none miracles that are in documented in a scientific way. So with other words, there is no real proof for them.
Then there are many things that we might see nowadays as not explaneble or even miracles. But in a few years we may have very solid scientific explanations for them. Science is a still on going process.

And then serious scientific research to those so called miracles is often made impossible by the theist, because what if an miracles can be explained in a sciencetific way? Then it would not be an miracle anymore.

And well, concerning seeing saints and angels, there also people who claim to have seen UFO’s, Big Foot, Yeti’s and the Monster of Loch Ness.

9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?
Well, I respect Richard Dawkins very much for the way he writes about the evolutions theory and the scientific approach he has on this matter.
Christopher Hitscens is a well respected journalist. He lectures about atheism are a source for inspiration to listen to. He very gifted in the use of words. His book “God is not great” is a good read.
Sam Harris is a writer of very good books. He is very worried about religion in the US and I surely can understand why.
So in a few words: I think these three persons are good at what they are doing and not only because they are atheists.

But there are many more interesting atheists out there”… David G. McAfee, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Duoglas Adams (hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy), Isaac Asimov (SF author), Ronald Plasterk (politician), Diederik Samsom (politician) and many more… Watch this nice list yourself.

10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?
Simple. Every society needs a way to explain things that they cannot understand (yet). And what is easier as that what is unexplainable to relate it to higher force or god.
How many things that a few ages ago were not explainable and now by research and learning we have very logical explanations for it.
And there you have my opinion that if I cannot explain or understand something it doesn’t mean it was god or something. What we cannot understand today, science may explain it tomorrow.


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About religion…

by Rob on

Religion is always something tricky to talk about. Before you know it (and without meaning so), you insult people or making them angry. Misunderstandings are easy to take place.
And yet I will write about religion in this article. This because I notice lately much confusion with people around me about how I think about religion and as said, it has lead to misunderstandings.

Let me first explain my person views on religion… Well, those are simple: I don’t believe in gods or any kind of mystical powers. I am convinced that anything we don’t understand now (and often are related to gods or mystical powers) can be explained in time by pure science. Nothing more then that.
So yes, I am convinced that there is no after-life. This life we have here and now is all we have and we better make the best of it.
Some will say that this makes life poor and meaningless. I don’t agree. In my opinion it gives life a lot more value, because it makes you fully responsible for your life. No gods or goddess to hide behind. It is you and only you. And yes, “complete free will” is also a direct result from this.

Now the tricky question: Do I hate religion? Ermm no, not at all. As long a religion keeps to their own group, don’t enforce their believes and opinions upon others… and have the respect for others that have chosen another way of living, even when it is not according their own views… that nobody gets hurt in whatever way… If that is the case, I don’t have any problems with a person or groups religion and believes.
Sadly there is it where often goes wrong.
Having said that, I also think that a certain group of atheists may show more respect and understanding towards those that have chosen to believe.

And yes, I will show often that I am atheist. Use quotations that show why I am an atheist. Explain the things that makes me an atheist. But this is not, as so often is misunderstood, to convince anyone at all. See it more as to make my point in a world that is flooded by all kind religions and the influences that these religions have on every day live.

And sure, I love to show the contradictions that religion and their followers often display. As example claiming that homosexuality is evil because the bible says so, while having a tattoo and eating pork (which are also not allowed according the bible).
Or more literal contradictions as: “God gives freely to those who ask” (James 1:5/ Luke 11:10) and “God withholds his blessings and prevents men from receiving them” (John 12:40/ Josh 11:20/ Is 63:17). Or “God tempts men” (Gen 22:1/ 2 Sam 24:1/ Jer 20:7/ Matt 6:13) and “God tempts no man” (James 1:13). And these are just two examples out of a very long list. Pretty inconsistent for such a “holy” book, if you ask me.

But as said, I have no problems with religions at all, when they respect that others can be different and will their live in their own way.

And yet just one look at the news on TV and you will see that everyday there are people killing each other because of religion (and of course every religion claims to be one of peace, compassion and empathy… duh).

And yes, to the extremes and fanatics of religion I will react. And sadly there are many of extreme actions and reactions “in the name of religion”. Sadly also of this too many examples.
As the Russian bishop claiming that paedophilia is mainly caused by divorced parents. The Catholic church should know better by now!
Or Richard Murdock (American christian, politician) who claims that pregnancy caused by rape, then it was something that god intended to happen. Such a nice god that has rape as intended to happen. Even if I would believe in gods, with such a god I don’t want have to do anything.
Kevin Swanson (American radio paster) who claims “The Nazi party had their birth in a homosexual bar in the 1910’s, 1920’s. Just keep that in mind, keep that in mind”. This delusional person should have a look at history before things that are completely wrong.

And so I could continue for hours… without exaggeration.
Then we don’t even touched the subject of the hate that so many religions seems to have against homosexuality. And as this concerns some very good friends of mine, I react often on it. It makes me angry and sad that these religions cannot handle something that is so normal by nature. That some even murder for it. And even more that want to ban homosexuals for society or want “to cure them”.

But it is not only homosexuality, but also some matters as abortion and women’s rights that are handled so wrong by religion in my opinion.
First of all a woman herself has the first right to decide about an abortion. Law, health and such are also of influence in my opinion… but religion should stay away from it, specially when it concerns someone that doesn’t follow that religion.

And yes, men and women are different. I won’t deny that. Maybe they even differ is quite some ways, but not when it comes down to rights. Man and woman should have equal rights. I say “should have”, because that is sadly still not the case (and not only within religions).

And so there are more things where I complete disagree with how some things are arranged within certain religions.

My strongest weapon when it comes down to religion? Humour! And they make it so easy to use it…


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Easter breakfast

by Rob on

Yesterday we Sanne (who stays with us for Easter), Marion and I did some shopping for Easter breakfast. The idea was that we would prepare it together and enjoy it together.

But things went a little different. It seemed that Sanne was awake rather early this morning. When time arrived to start to prepare the breakfast, Sanne looked around the door of our bedroom and saw that Marion and I were still deeply asleep. So she decided to let us asleep and start to work on the breakfast by her own.

Now I have to admit that on a certain moment when I was more or less awake I heard something in the kitchen. But still half asleep I decided it was not important, turned around, found my favorite pillow (= Marion) and felt asleep again.

Some time later we were waked up by Sanne and she surprised us with a very nice breakfast table….

It was lovely done. Only things that were not on the table when I made the pictures was the dairy butter (Dutch: “Room boter”), which was handled by Sanne on that moment, and the croissants, which were still in the oven.

It all tasted wonderful and we took our time to enjoy this special breakfast. We had some good laughs, but also discussed some more serious subjects.

So the conversation went on a certain moment to Easter itself. All three of us are there mostly on the same line. None of us sees Easter as an Christian celebration any more. Marion and I convinced atheists, while Sanne may believe in something, but which has nothing to do Christianity (and what would be called by Christians and alike heresy, but it up to Sanne to explain this (if she wants to of course).

Without going to deep into the subject, for us Easter is a time to spend together with those you feel close to. And we adapt into the heretic symbols like Easter eggs and Easter bunnies, which funny enough are also adapted by Christianity. To be honest, I believe Christianity had no choice in this, else they would had never found any followers who believed in things like that. You see this with many Christian celebrations.

Neither Marion or I are the kind of atheists that try others to convince of our right. We believe that everyone should have the right to live in the way they prefer, as long they allow others to do the same. As someone I know every well said very recently: This world is big enough for all of us!!!!

Anyway, a happy Easter to you…. no matter how you celebrate it :-).

 

(Credit photo’s: Rob)


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Encryption….

by Rob on

Did you know that it takes 10 hours to encrypt a terrabyte external hard disk with a rather fast machine using TrueCrypt? I didn’t, but I found out today *grins*.

Although some parts of the government will not agree with me, I think nowadays encryption becomes more and more important. We all have information that we want to protect from others. Yes, I dare to say we all do…

Lets have a look at mail. Mail is nowadays a very important way to communicate with others. Yet many people do not realize that a normal sent mail has no more protection than a postcard. Anyone who gets hold of it can read it (and yes, it is very possible to get a copy of a mail while it “travels” from one mail server to another).
Now for some mails it will be no problem that everyone can read it (just as with a postcard), but I am convinced that there many mails going around that are only meant to be read by addressee. And that doesn’t mean that the content of mail is right away “top secret”, but it just be personal somehow.

Encryption is here the solution. With a number of people with who I talk about personal matters (as Marion and Sanne) I often encrypt my mails. The program I use for this is GnuPG (Open Source, so free to use). GnuPG makes it possible that only the correct addressee has the means to decrypt the message and reads the content. So just like mail was placed into a secure envelope and was transported as a registered mail that only may be delivered to the addressee in person.
GnuPG also makes it possible that while the message is readable I can proof that message was sent by me (so called “signing” of a mail).
I will not go into details how GnuPG exactly works. There are many very good resource on the net available for that.

But there is more onto encryption…

On our desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets we store a lot of information. And again, some of this information may not be meant to be seen by everyone’s eyes. For example, I could understand that you don’t want everyone to be able to see your tax data. Or maybe there are letters and other documents that are somehow personal that you want to keep private. Same can be said about photo’s.

Specially mobile devices as laptops, smart phones, tablets and external hard disks are a potential danger for losing private information. Mobile means that they are more easy to lose or to be stolen. But also a desktop can be stolen from your home…

So also for data stored on computers and other devices there is a need to encrypt information.

The program I use for this TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt makes it possible to create secure encrypted containers on your hard disk or encrypt complete devices (again, there are many resources on the net available how TrueCrypt works, so that is no subject for here).

As soon as if I even consider something on my desktops personal or private I create a TrueCrypt container for it.

All my external hard disks are completely encrypted with TrueCrypt. So if one gets lost or stolen, there will be only some hardware lost as the information stored on it is not accessible for strangers.

And so I know that it takes 10 hours to encrypt a one terrabyte hard disk. I started to encrypt this external hard disk and it is almost done.

Yes, (local) governments are not really happy that private people encrypt data, because that means information is way out of their reach. And that is something most governments don’t like.
There was here in The Netherlands an attempt to get encryption forbidden, but luckily that failed completely.

To be short: Encryption is a very interesting subject to learn more about, but basically it is simple… It is the only way to secure your stored information….


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A black day for the Internet…

by Rob on

I just read that two big Dutch Internet-provider, XS4ALL and Ziggo, are ordered by a judge to block the site of The Pirate Bay. This is in my opinion very bad.

Why bad? No, not because the content that you can get at The Pirate Bay. To be honest, I never even connected to their site. People who know me a little are well aware of my rather nice collection of legal CD’s, DvD’s and BluRays. And I buy rather a lot at iTunes.
And I think everyone should do concerning downloading illegal content what he/she thinks is best. I don’t mind and I don’t judge.

It is bad because it damages the freedom of the Internet. It is bad because the rights of some big companies seems to be more important then the fundamental rights of Dutch citizens. This is another step to “Big Brother”. Today it is a server with illegal content. Tomorrow it may be a site with political content that “someone” doesn’t like.

And it dumb, because someone with a little knowledge of the Internet can easily by-pass such a blockade. And in no time there will be many manuals online how to do this for those that don’t know.

The only rightful way to handle servers with illegal content is bringing down that server. That may be hard when that server in another country. True, but forcing the “transporter” to block certain “ways” is a bad thing and even very dangerous when it comes down to freedom of speech and information.

XS4ALL will appeal against the decision of this judge and Ziggo may do the same. I truly hope that another judge may see how wrong this is….


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Farewell 2011… Hello 2012…

by Rob on

So at the end of the year it almost custom to look back at past year and pondering a bit about it all. Overall I can say that has been a good year, which doesn’t mean that no sad or bad things did happen.

Most sad thing that happened this year is of course that my mother passed away April this year. It is something that is still often in my thoughts.

What was a strange emotional experience was the funeral of my mother on Friday 8 April and that I signed the next Monday the papers to buy the apartment that I was renting already for about a year. This Monday was 11 April. This date was chosen a bit with a reason. It was the my birthday of my father who already passed away many years ago. I thought that my mother would like that idea as a little respect towards my father. I have spoken with my mother about it and she indeed liked this a lot, not knowing that she would not live through that day herself.
It was here that Sanne came with a comforting thought. She said that I was the only one of my mothers children that was not settled down completely. My brother and sister were married, found a place to live and even have their own children. Sure, I had Marion at my side. Found a good job. The only thing missing was a place that I could call really my own. With the appointment for signing the mortgage-papers and the property transfer of the apartment to me I was settled down as well. And that was, according Sanne’s thoughts, that everything for my mother was good now. All her children had found a place in their lives. My mothers work was done…
Neither Sanne or me know if this all is true, but it is sure a comforting thought and one that I still carry with me…

So yes, this year I became the owner of an apartment in the town of Heemskerk. I have to admit that before moving here I thought that Heemskerk was somewhere in the province of Groningen.
It is not very big apartment, but more then enough for 1 (some times 2) persons. After staying more then a year in a room in Amsterdam, it is good to have a place of my own again (but not a bad word about the room in Amsterdam, the kind landlady always made sure everything was okay. And it solved for me during that time a big problem).
I really like the apartment. It has a wonderful wide view over this part of the town of Heemskerk. On a clear day I can see on the horizon the cranes of the Amsterdam harbour. In the evening it is a wonderful display of lights.
There is a nice balcony where you can sit in the summer enjoying the nice weather. I find important to be able to go outside and with this balcony it is possible to sit outside… have there lunch or dinner… read a bit… or just enjoy the view and the weather.
There has things to be done to the apartment. And most important is a new kitchen, but as what I want is very expensive. So I have to safe money for that.

Most important of course is my relation with Marion. It seems impossible to me, but it is getting better and better. With the passing away of my mother, she showed very clearly that she is also there for me in bad times. It was a great comfort to have her at my side during that time.
And I know that in the eyes of some people the relation we have is weird, but more and more it proves that this is for both of us the best. Committed to each other and yet room to be independent and freedom to move around (to avoid confusion here, we don’t have an so called “open relation”… in this relation we are committed to each other).
For me (and I know this goes for Marion as well) it’s like a puzzle where more and more pieces find a fitting place. And it is wonderful and great pleasure to work together to on this (maybe never to complete) puzzle.

The days out with Marion we also very enjoyable. Burgers Zoo (where we went together with Sanne) was great. And so where our visits to Maduro Dam and Madame Thussauds (among others). Our trips here in the neighbourhood to Uitgeest, Zandvoort, Castricum, Haarlem, Amsterdam and such were also very nice.
Of course I have to mention Cirque Stilleto this year Januari in Haarlem (with Ellen ten Damme). It was my way to say thank you to Marion for those nice years together. And in August we saw Ellen ten Damme again in “Het Concertgebouw” in Amsterdam.

Work is also going well. Still enjoy a lot to work in the team where I am part of. Maybe for next year we should have a little more team events again. Would be nice to have as group some fun again outside of the company as well.

This year I also bought some nice things as a new computer (a real speed monster) and a very nice Pioneer media-set (BluRay player and speakers included). And I continued to decorate my apartment and that is of course a job that will never finish.

As I already said, overall it has been a good year. And I feel positive about the coming year…

So all the best wishes for 2012!!!!


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