Monthly Archives: February 2014
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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