Hurray, a new “Suske & Wiske”!!!

I think I have to say this is my favorite comic. I really enjoy them. It is fun to read them. Luckily there are many of them. In the main series this new book is number 320.

This from origin Belgium comic is know in the US as Willy and Wanda. And in the UK as Bob & Bobette (later Spike & Suzy). But they are translated in to many languages as Danish, Finnish, Chinese and some more unexpected languages.

I am collecting this series and I must have around 200 of them.

I have something to read before going to sleep tonight!

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Somewhere last week I learned that there was in Amsterdam a exhibition about the pharaoh Tutankhamun (or “Toetanchamon” as is often is called in Dutch), his tomb and his treasures. I always had an interest in the pharaohs, their time and specially the things they built.

The exhibition was at the “Amsterdam Expo”, which is very good for me to reach. So the decisions was quickly made and today I went there.

Everyone knows the pyramids and that these were the graves of kings and pharaohs. But because the pyramids are so recognizable, they were an easy target for grave robbers. For this reason underground tombs were used and a lot of them can be found in the Valley of the Kings. But over time also these tombs were visited by grave robbers and often everything of value was removed.
But there was one tomb that was never found and that was the tomb of the teen pharaoh from 18th dynasty: Tutankhamun…

It was Howard Carter who in 1922 after a long search finally found the tomb of Tutankhamun. Ironically it was direct next to entrance of The Valley of the Kings. No one wanted to dig there, because it would look not nice for all the tourists that already over then visited those areas. And what Howard Carter found was amazing… the only ever found untouched and complete intact tomb of a pharaoh.

In the last room of the tomb they found 4 shrines placed in each other. The 3 outer ones decorated with many hieroglyphs on pure gold. Many of the hieroglyphs are referring to deities or were there with the meaning to give protection. The fourth and innermost shrine was made of gilded wood.

Inside the innermost shrines there where 3 coffins as Russian Matroesjka’s puppets fit together. Each coffin again with many decorations made of pure gold. And inside of the remains of “King Tut” (as he was called in a popular way), the pharaoh who died on age of 18 years, but changed a lot for Egypt. With him the 18th Dynasty ended as there was no one in his bloodline to succeed him.

After all the research the remains of Tutankhamun were placed back in the tomb, as Howard Carter wanted it. It is not possible to visited the tomb anymore, because of all the damage tourist caused. There is replica for tourists nowadays.

All the items at the exhibition in Amsterdam are replica’s as well. The real items are too fragile to be transported. Also the risk of theft is way too high.

It is allowed to take pictures at the exhibition, but flash and tripods are not allowed. So with a simple common compact camera (or a smartphone) you may have problems to make good pictures. Anyway, I made many pictures. In the coming days I place the best on my own photo-site and/or Flickr.

If you have any interest in things as described in this article, I would really you to go to this exhibition and have a look around. I showed and told just a few things that can be seen and learned there. It is really very nice… The exhibition will be at Amsterdam Expo until May 5th this year

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Life is there for… 2013!!!

by Rob on

And then suddenly it is 2013…

Last year I had basically only one new years resolution and that was not to throw as much food away as I used to do. I really managed to do that.
I take a bit more care of the amounts of food I buy. Which can be a bit hard at times, because mostly through out of the week I only need to buy food for one person and many things are not available in packages for one person (weird as you realize how many singles there are nowadays). Sadly you can not put everything in the freezer and apart from that, my freezer is pretty filled up.
I try to save things I used for a dinner and are left over to use in other things I will prepare. Some times that works, some times that doesn’t. But the amount of food that I have to throw away really dropped and that is a good thing.

Without any doubt I can say 2012 was a good year. Nice and good things happened. For Marion and me not many real bad things occurred. They only real sad thing that I can remember is the passing away from Marion’s aunt in March. Apart from that, we went to visit nice places and did a lot of fun things. And I think I can say that our relation with all its strangeness (according to some people) has become even more solid.
Our deeply valued friendship with Sanne has even become stronger, against what all doom thinkers predicted. And yes, I haven’t forgot your hateful words… or were it words of jealousy? Whatever, I am happy with this friendship. Sanne has proven to be a good friend who is there when needed, always willing to help, loves to do fun things and shares interests as chess and photography.
My photography hobby has been taken to a new level since I bought a new camera (the Nikon D300s). I hope to be able to buy some nice lenses to it, but then again, there is still so much more that I want and/or need… and it all costs money :P. Anyway, I made nice pictures at the Hortus Botanicus (Amsterdam), at the different dunes and beaches around here (Heemskerk, Castricum, Wijk aan Zee, Zandvoort) including one time with heavy storm, “Forteiland” (IJmuiden), Bad Bentheim (Germany), Leipzig (Germany), Scheepsvaart museum (Amsterdam) and many other places.
And experimenting with black/white photography, which I recently started to do, is a lot of fun. Another part of this hobby that I share with Sanne and Marion. Much appreciated!

Yes, all with all 2012 was a good year.

There is one thing I hope to be able to keep up, my refusal to judge people because of a group they belong to. And with group I mean race, origin, religion, reputation, political background. sexual preference and so on. I always try to judge the individual person and not “the group” he or she belongs to. It is so easy to blame a group, while maybe just a small part of that group is really acting against your opinions or what is acceptable for you.
As people may know, I don’t agree with religions (and yes, I have turned into an absolute atheist). Specially the Catholic Church often “makes my neck hair raise” (not sure if that is English expression at all :P), but that doesn’t mean I dislike every catholic out there. Far from that, I know catholic people I respect a lot. But this demands a certain respect from both sides and luckily that happens a lot with common people.
So when I meet someone out on the street, I will not judge this person on his race, religion or the other things I mentioned before. I will judge that individual on my personal experiences with that person.
Yes, this does mean that at times I run into a stone wall. But on the other side, I got to know some awesome people because of my way of acting in this and that makes it worth while.
I think this is recently a bit more in my mind because a discussion I had with someone about this. But this is not a new years resulotion, it is just the way I am :-).

I want to work more on my blog again, that I have done the last months a little less than normal. But then again, I had always those periods that this happened. So no real new years resolution there.

So in the end I think my only real new years resolution will be not to write 2012 when I mean 2013 (and normally that happens a lot to me during the first month of the new year) :-).

A very good 2012 errrr… 2013 to all of you!!! *WINK*

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