Wednesday, 31 October 2007

All Saint's Day

Originally uploaded by rob-gizzy
De Nieuwe Ooster organised a special "Herinnering Verlicht" theme for All Saint's Day. Quite spectacular to see candles and lanterns everywhere. There was also a band ("Auky's Bazuinorchest) and a pianist admist the garden torches.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Amsterdam Marathon: 21 October 2007

Moe maar met spirit
Originally uploaded by rob-gizzy
Today was the Marathon in Amsterdam- it's always wonderful to see so many people- especially ladies like this one joining the rat race. Besides the famous contestants, are those who add spice and colour to the event. Bravo to all who - regardless of age, condition, etc, ran today! Chapeau.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

The ultimate China commercial: Olympics 2008

Next year will China host the XXIX Olympiad (Beijing 2008). This is THE opportunity for China to show the world how well organised and hospitable they are. Right. Dream on. Whatever the propadanda, China now shows it's "true colours". They support the militairy regime in Burma and thus condone terrorising Burmese people and monks. They vetoed a UN resolution and therefore support the Military Junta.

This week China expressed their displeasure that the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of a China-occupied Tibet, was to meet George W. (Why in the world would you want to meet Dubya, but oh well....).

From the official Olympic website we learn that their goal is:

"According to the Olympic Charter, established by Pierre de Coubertin, the goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play".


Right, that is how China is contributing building a blablabla.

The cartoon is from the Dutch newspaper Het Parool and made by Joep Bertrams.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Gaasperplas- sunny October day

Gaasperplas Today was absolutely wonderful! We seem to be having a bit of an Indian summer in October. We went on a bike ride to Driemond and parked ourselves at Gaasperplas. We then lay out a few hours in Frankendael to soak up some glorious sun!