Demonstration for an Independent Scotland in the Hague

Yesterday morning I woke up with to the sound of bagpipes. I quickly took my camera and started looking for the source of the noise, … I mean music.

When I got to the corner of the Malieveld in the Hague, I met a number of incredibly nice people who were planning to hold a demonstration that day for an independent Scotland. Unfortunately I could not march with them, but I had the opportunity to take a couple of nice pictures. I hope they had a great day and wish them every success in pursuing their course!

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

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The Westerbork path: Walking from Nijkerk to Ermelo via Putten

Last Saturday I walked a part of the Westerbork path in Holland with a couple of friends. Westerbork is the name of a Transit Camp in the Netherlands from where Jews were transported to Germany in World War II. The path totals 342 km and follows the railway line from Amsterdam to Camp Westerbork. More information (in Dutch) can be found here.

Last time I followed the route Weesp – Muiden – Muidenberg – Naardermeer – Bussum with them. This time the path took us from Nijkerk to Ermelo via Putten.

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Railway Station Nijkerk

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Cyndi Lauper: ‘Girls just want to have fun’

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If you look hard enough you will always find something to take a picture of…

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In this case a bench donated by the municipality of Nijkerk to remember the electrification of the rail track between Amersfoort and Zwolle

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A local artist exhibiting her work in Nijkerk

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A memorial stone for Jewish victims in WW II in Nijkerk

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A proud hobby farmer

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For location spotters: a potential horror movie location

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Close encounters…

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As Paul Simon sings: ‘ Everything looks better in black & white’

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Some people claimed the name of their website early: http://www.electricfence.nl

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It ain’t much if it ain’t Dutch: Poffertjes! (Small thick pancakes)

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Commemoration Stone of the 659 innocent men that were send to concentration camps by the Germans during WWII

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Railway Station Putten

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Vanenburg – Former HQ Baan Software

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


Concert Son Mieux The Hague

Since 1989 the city of the Hague has a tradition to organize rock concerts on different stages in the city center on the night before Kings’s day (April 27). This year I took the opportunity to attend a concert of the Dutch band ‘Son Mieux’. I must admit I never heard about them, but it turned out to be a great gig. Their music is highly original, and I keep playing their songs Feels. and Easy on Spotify.

Unfortunately ,I was not the only one who liked their music: due to the massive crowd and the number of people in front of the stage, I could only take pictures from a single angle. This angle made it difficult to take good pictures from other band members than the singer and the base player.

However, I hope to have an opportunity to see (and hear!) them again sometime in the near future, and to be able to take more varied pictures then.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

StreetKidsDirect King’s Day Scheveningen

In Holland we celebrate King’s Day on the King’s birthday, each year on April 27. This entails a lot of festivities, and most famously, everyone is free to sell items on so-called ‘vrijmarkten’ (flea markets). Dutch people are always described as Merchants and Vicars, but on King’s Day, the first category clearly takes the lead! Even the few Dutch republicans tend to be become orange-clad royalists.

Since 2016, our family has been active on the Vrijmarkt in Scheveningen to raise money for StreetKidsDirect, an organisation which provides practical and essential support for street kids in Guatemala and Honduras. Today, we sold books, dvd’s, puzzles, pans, bags, cookies, a coffee machine, drones and a lot of other stuff. We are extremely grateful to all people who donated articles to us for sale!

All in all, we raised more than €250 in 3 hours time. We would like to thank our customers, a few of whom you can see in the pictures below.

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Our stand in Scheveningen, on the Leuvensestraat.

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Our dog Rakker, Friese Stabyhoun on the lookout for customers!

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Reviewing the specifications of the item…

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Taking the decision together…. for €2,50 the pan has a new owner!

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The lady on the right bought DVD James Herriot for her mother (on the left).

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This kind customer did not want to receive any change when hearing about StreetKidsDirect!

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This lady is an experienced puzzle enthusiast, who decided to take on Jackson Pollock.

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Childhood memories: This customer found a DVD of the Dutch (70’s) Television series ‘Hamelen’.

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Another satisfied customer!

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Mum, can I…

 

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‘It was a present from my mother’

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Michelle’s South African Coconut Nougat became a favorite!

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The incredibly brave lady in the wheelchair is photographer Karen Vlieger.  She only has a couple of weeks left to live and decided to go and enjoy every minute of it. You can find her story here. She had incredibly sweet and kind companions who are accompanying her every step of the way.

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‘I am always looking for thrillers’. ‘I think we can help you!.’

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South-African cookies, also baked by from Michelle, became a hot item!

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A designer bag donated by Tomoko, making this lady happy!

 


Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in JPEG, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

A visit to Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo

Recently I visited the Zoo in Amsterdam. I always have my camera with me, but find it difficult to take original pictures in the Zoo. This time I decided to use the Art Filters on my Olympus OMD-EM10 for some of my shots.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in JPEG, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Which Type of Jaguar is this?

I am not crazy about cars – but I love industrial design and am fond of ‘Best Of British’. Hence I immediately grabbed my gear when I saw this beautiful jaguar parked a couple of 100 yards from my house. I had a very nice chat with the owner. Unfortunately I did not ask him which model it was, because I could not find it on the Internet afterwards. Please leave a comment if you do!

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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


Jazz in Cafe Black Zurich

On March 16, 2018, I attended a wonderful Jazz concert by Sonja Ott (Trumpet),  Jonas Labhart (Alt Saxophone),  Matthias Reinhard-DeRoo (Double Bass) and Berni Doessegger (Drums). The concert took place in Cafe Black. I am looking forward to the next gig of these wonderful musicians, as well a return to Cafe Black!

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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Wim Hazeu in book store Douwes

On Thursday evening February 23, 2018, I attended a lecture by Wim Hazeu on his recent biography of Dutch author and painter Lucebert. The evening was organized by the well-known book store Douwes in the Hague.

Since Lucebert was fond of Jazz music, Frans Friedrich, a great jazz musician, was invited to play before and in between the lecture. The combination between the inspiring lecture of Wim Hazeu and the sound of Frans Friedrich (who played a couple of tunes by Miles Davis – including ‘All blues’ – one of my favorites) turned out to be a great one.

Afterwards I discovered that the book store had a copy of the biography of Dutch author Simon Vestdijk,  also written by Wim Hazeu. I had been looking for this book for quite a while. Believing it was out of print, I was extremely glad to find it. I was very pleased that Wim Hazeu was kind enough to sign it for mee.

All in all I had a fantastic evening. Thanks boekhandel Douwes for organizing this event!

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The audience

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Trumpet player Frans Friedrich

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Daphne ter Bals of book store Douwes

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Author Wim Hazeu

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The hat & bag of author Wim Hazeu

 

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Wim Hazeu showing the pipe which once belonged to Lucebert

Walking the Westerbork path

Last Saturday I walked a part of the Westerbork path in Holland with a couple of friends. Westerbork is the name of a Transit Camp in the Netherlands from where Jews were transported to Germany in World War II. The path totals 342 km and follows the railway line from Amsterdam to Camp Westerbork. More information (in Dutch) can be found here.

We followed the route Weesp – Muiden – Muidenberg – Naardermeer – Bussum.

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Weesp

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Weesp

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A great start of the walk with a wonderful cappucino

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Description of the path

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Waitresses in a local (real) coffeeshop in Weesp

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Weesp

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Farm

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Willow

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Fully fuctional bench

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Memphis inspired?

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Rowing

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Industrial society and its consequences

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Bridge

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Lock in Muiden

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Muiderslot Castle

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Muiderslot Castle

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Muiderslot Castle

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Pampus – An island were ships lay in wait until the tide allowed them to sail into Amsterdam

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These shoes are made for walking

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Jewish Cemetry Muiderberg

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Independent Republic Hakkelaarsbrug

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Naardermeer

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Naardermeer

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Naardermeer

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Railway Station Bussum – Designed by the famous Dutch architect Dudok


Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 17 1.8 mm lens. Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.