Monthly Archives: February 2014

Egypt travel warnings

Always a bit a mystery to me, travel warnings. The differences between countries suggest they have access to different intel, but why would the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, the US, etc. not share tourism relevant security information? They seem to … Continue reading

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Cairo Half Marathon ’14

Just ran the Cairorunners half marathon, second edition. A well-organized fun event, with plenty of volunteers, a good location for this in Cairo (a New Cairo circuit starting and ending at Festival City mall), a pleasantly undulating course, with long but doable … Continue reading

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who says Germans lack humour?

German supermarket chain Edeka, in collaboration with comedian Friedrich Liechtenstein, has produced a musical add, that’s turned into a youtube hit. In Germany that is, so if you do not think it is funny, you’re obviously not German. I was … Continue reading

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mountains, people, roads and other fantasies

I’ve been rambling about the importance and the fun to prepare yourself a bit for what awaits you in far-away places, i.c. Nepal’s Mustang region. And my hopes for a collection of eye-opening and/or stereotype-countering reminders to give myself (and … Continue reading

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an idiosyncratic scrapbook

You may wonder why I label my Mustang Trail Race reflections a scrapbook. Well maybe you don’t because my whole blog of fancies follows that approach.

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Mustang, the tangible heritage

Time for a more conventional post about Mustang. No reason to only piss against the wind. Mustang’s most spectacular tangible heritage are probably its caves. Here the National Geographic story; its documentary in three parts is embedded below.

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Mustang trail race, what about the running?

A post for those for whom this is their first multi-day event. All this talk about the place, but what about the running? The event site‘s FAQ redirects you to some great resources for training and other stuff to think … Continue reading

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the political journalist’s Mustang

There are travellers and arm-chair travellers and those that combine both pursuits. I would imagine that the majority of travellers these days are in the last category. Holidays for most are very short escapes from normal life, and arm-chair engagement … Continue reading

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Luna of Cairo

Just too good to not reblog. With thanks to The Arabist for pointing me to this gem. The original of this story by Luna and Leela Corman, produced by Symbolia, can be found here. In 2008, Luna left New York City … Continue reading

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disclosure for the Mustang race scrapbook

Disclosure zero: the race organizer, Richard Bull, is a good friend. Putting together a scrapbook is always a very personal project. My scrapbook is never going to be yours. The information out there, including this scrapbook, is stupendous and easily accessible. … Continue reading

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running Mustang

Looks like I’ll be returning to the Nepal Himalaya. Joining Richard at the Mustang trail race, and doing some recce and research for him. Details to be hashed out. I’ll use this blog as a scrapbook for anything remotely connected to … Continue reading

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mirroring the world

My previous post on music magic is actually not only or even ‘really’ about music but about what is and how we can be sort of sure about that. Music is ‘merely’ one possible and beautiful aspect of it, for me … Continue reading

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music magic

It’s been a long time since I listened so much to music. Blogging is one of the reasons, as I enjoy spicing, illustrating, saving or mitigating words with some appropriate music. Another is my running on the same track time … Continue reading

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teaching proper language

Because the love of my life is crazy about language our household subscribes to the magazine of the Society for the Dutch Language, Onze Taal.  Last year’s September issue included a shortened version of a presentation by poet and classicist Ilja Leonard … Continue reading

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the human scale

Salle Kroonenberg is a Dutch geologist, somewhat of a climate sceptic, but ultimately his thing is less the climate debate as geological time and our inability to fathom its ‘deep’ perspective. This is what he writes in the English translation … Continue reading

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a pointer to unreliable research

My original title was ‘a twitter on unreliable research’, but as I don’t twitter, and never will, I changed it, but my first inclination shows the meme-like qualities of this invasive medium. Enough said. Too much actually. The point of … Continue reading

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the sochi canvas

I’m not particularly interested in the winter olympics, never was actually. But it’s near impossible to avoid them if one is a regular newspaper reader. So I pick up the occasional morcel that sticks out. For those interested in a … Continue reading

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Corrupt, corrupter, corruptest

I’m known to have a fancy for corruption. Click corruption in the list of key words (right column) and you’ll see. Al Jazeera just published an article by Jason Hickel that nicely summarizes the many threads of my own musings, … Continue reading

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