Wednesday, July 19, 2017


The Hague has been enjoying his hopjes and the Zealands since their memory of humanity, their Babbelaars. But Rotterdam had their teeth full of teeth for centuries when asked for their traditional candy. Until now, since next week, the candy can be found in Rotterdam. The candy has been added as 'the building blocks of Rotterdam'. This refers to the rich architecture of the city of Maas and reconstruction. Ingredients include spicy cinnamon and a touch of mint. That causes a tingling feeling on the tongue. The candy is produced in Rotterdam by Rotterdammers and packed in a box with the skyline of the city. LINK Rotterdammertjes

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lakota ceremonial songs

Performed by John Around Him 
Translated by Albert White Hat, Sr. 

Albert White Hat, Sr. (1938-2013) was a Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota educator, author, linguist, tribal and spiritual leader, and respected elder. His Lakota name, Natan Tokahe, means "The First One to Charge." His grandfather was Chief Hollow Horn Bear, a Lakota war leader and later a negotiator for native rights. A respected tribal leader himself, Albert White Hat, Sr.’s awards included the 2007 Governor's Award in South Dakota. Specifically, he received the Living Indian Treasure Award “for his many contributions to Native American art forms. White Hat, who has been honored by the designation of traditional Chief by the Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota people…continues to promote education and awareness for his people in the 21st century while maintaining a traditional way of life.” Other awards include the Gamahiel Chair for Peace and Justice in 1987, the Outstanding Indian Educator Award in 1995, and the National Indian Education Association's Indian Elder of the Year in 2001. He also served on a number of tribal councils over the years. LINK Albert White Hat, Sr. LINK Lakota Lodge Songs 1/16

Monday, July 10, 2017


A protest march against the policy of President Erdogan from Ankara to Istanbul ended Sunday afternoon with a mass incident attended by hundreds of thousands of Turks. The mass protest in the Maltepe district of Istanbul formed the conclusion of a march from Turkey's biggest opposition party, the CHP, which is intended as protest against the Islamic Conservative government. LINK read more

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Quality Bulgarian wine you’ll find here

@ Vino Orenda

Our concept is that we offer wines not from large wineries that are familiar to the general public, but emphasize on small family, boutique, craft wineries. Each bottle has passed through us, through our personal selection, we have tasted it, we know where it comes from. What matters to us is not only the actual wine itself – as a value, vision and product, but the whole process and the people behind it, what is their idea for the creation of wine culture itself. Nowadays many wineries work with environmentally friendly practices for certified organic production and naturally, doing this in Bulgaria, creates a product with a very high value that we want to be familiar with, not just a bottle and a label. So for us it is important to know the history, the small details, even gossip about a producer and everything associated with them. LINK read more

Monday, July 03, 2017

Jazz in the City

In Rotterdam The Netherlands 

In June and July, leading up to the Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival, many jazz festivals and events take place throughout the city. The Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival is the biggest jazz festival of The Netherlands. Every year they manage to attract legendary names and new talents in the jazz genre. Before and during NSJ there's lots of jazz activities in the city to enjoy. LINK northseajazz

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ode to Wintertuin

The future of talented writers

Wintertuin is a literary production company. In short: everything we do revolves around writing and writers. We organise literary festivals, produce literary shows, teach workshops, publish books and guide and represent young writers.  We currently employ a staff of fifteen: writers, editors, programmers, producers, a designer and marketeers. 
LINK Wintertuin read more

Cameras banned @ The White House

Drawings by Bill Hennessy 
Source CNN

Bill Hennessy, the network's regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer's afternoon briefing. He didn't have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the scene. Hennessy's sketches aren't exclusive to CNN; other news outlets may also use them. LINK art without…

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ootje Oxenaar

Banknote with portrait of a famous Dutchman 
and the Revolutionary series of bills without portraits

Oxenaar insisted that he gained insight into all security techniques that printer Joh. Enschedé would use to prevent his designs from being modified during production. That's happened with his first banknote, the five-gold bill from 1966. Oxenaar has also been the founder of using bright colors of banknotes, each coupure having its own color, making them easy to distinguish. This principle has been continued with the euro. LINK ECB

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The White Stripes


The White Stripes was an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White (songwriter, vocals, guitar, piano, and mandolin) and Meg White (drums and vocals). After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, The White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful and critically acclaimed albums White Blood Cells and Elephant drew attention from a large variety of media outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom, with the single "Seven Nation Army" and its guitar line becoming their signature song. The band recorded two more albums, Get Behind Me Satan in 2005 and Icky Thump in 2007, and dissolved in 2011 after a lengthy hiatus from performing and recording. The White Stripes used a low-fidelity approach to writing and recording. Their music featured a melding of garage rock and blues influences and a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement, and performance. The duo were also noted for their fashion and design aesthetic which featured a simple color scheme of red, white, and black - which was used on every album and single cover the band released - as well as the band's fascination with the number three.The band's discography consists of six studio albums, one live album, two extended plays (EP), one concert film, one tour documentary, twenty-six singles, and fourteen music videos. Their last three albums each won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. LINK youtube

Monday, June 05, 2017

Robert Rost

Resident Artist

Robert Rost has been active as Resident Artist Benelux for Winsor and Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris since 2011 and, among other things, has been implementing TFAC since its launch in 2012. Due to his experience as a teacher at Willem de Kooning Academy, basic, secondary and special education and his knowledge of materials and technology, gained in his artistry, this position within the TFAC is very good. In addition to his role as Resident Artist, Robert applies his own professional practice and works in his studio for his paintings. He regularly manages and produces portraits and wall paintings for individuals and companies, or gives workshops and team building on request. LINK Robert Rost

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rineke Dijkstra

Hasselblad Award Winner 2017

Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra tends to work in series, concentrating on individual portraits. She focuses on people in a transitional stage of their life, such as women after giving birth in 'Mothers', adolescents and pre-adolescents on the beach in her 'Beach' series and new recruits in 'Israeli Soldiers'. Her subjects stand facing the camera against a minimal background. The simplicity of the resulting image encourages us to direct all our attention towards the isolated subject. Read more Hasselblad foundation

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trabant @ William Boothlaan Rotterdam


The first of the Trabants left the factory of the VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in Saxony on 7 November 1957. The Trabant was a relatively advanced car when it was launched in 1958, with front wheel drive, a unitary construction, composite bodywork, and independent suspension. Its greatest downfall was its engine: by the late 1950s many small cars in western countries already used cleaner and more efficient four-stroke engines like that in the Renault. Budgetary constraints and raw materials shortages forced the use of an outdated but inexpensive two-stroke engine in the Trabant. When released, the Trabant was technically equivalent to the West German Lloyd automobile, which had an air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke engine in a similarly sized vehicle. However, the Trabant was quite a modern vehicle regarding some of its technical solutions:[citation needed] it had a front transversely-mounted engine since the late '50s, and front-wheel drive in an era when many east and west European cars were using rear-mounted engines or front-mounted engines with traction on the rear wheels. In West Germany, for example, there were very few cars with front-wheel drive in the 50's. Volkswagen, German Ford and Opel had adopted front-wheel drive after 1970. The main drawback of the Trabant was the fact that it was produced largely unchanged; it became heavily obsolete even since the 70's mainly due to its two-stroke engine, so its exports in Western Europe were limited. LINK read more

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

100th anniversary of the ‘De Stijl’

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the art movement known as ‘De Stijl’, NBTC Holland Marketing has declared 2017 the ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design’ Year. Various cities and regions throughout the Netherlands, including Utrecht and Amersfoort, will host parts of the Year's programme. De Stijl continues to have a tremendous influence on art, design, architecture and implements. Four of the most important De Stijl artists ‒ Piet Mondrian, Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg and Bart van der Leck ‒ were born in Utrecht or Amersfoort. Consequently, Utrecht & Amersfoort are showcasing these artists' heritage. In 2017, influential work by artists including Gerrit Rietveld and Piet Mondrian will be uniquely spotlighted in new exhibitions and events. Although Rietveld and Mondrian never met back in the day, this will be achieved symbolically in 2017 during the Mondrian to Dutch Design theme year. Businesses, shops and numerous organisations, too, will embrace the theme year with dozens of activities. 
And Dutch Post issues stamps. LINK Where?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

De Voordracht

@ WORM Rotterdam

De Voordracht Offers: The Performing Arts. Poetry, music and the spoken word all come under De Voordracht in WORM Rotterdam. Let yourself be accompanied by singer and composer Annelie Koning, blow over the lyrics of Sabina Lukovic, or confuse by the raring Tim Lenders. Josse Kok will rock the stage. With his algorithmic wordinggame, Christopher Blok will surprise the hall. After absorbing all the madness, PollyAnn brings ... read more @ link LINK WORM

Monday, May 08, 2017

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

and the unknown performer

"Nothing Else Matters" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in 1992 as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, Metallica. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well as top-ten positions on many European charts. "Nothing Else Matters" was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Recognized as one of Metallica's best known and most popular songs, it has become a staple in live performances. The song has been covered nearly a hundred times. LINK Resa LINK Metallica

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The spectacular of circus

Get bored, wonder and move at Circusstad Festival! Next year! The spectacular of circus, the creativity of theater, the beauty of dance and the thrill of live music: that's all to be found at Circusstad Festival. Five days bomby shows and acts that appeal to everyone from young to old. And by the very best, you have your nose on top. A total experience that you will not let go! LINK circusstad (in Dutch))

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Europa. What Else?

Nederlands Fotomuseum til may 7 
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nico Bick and Otto Snoek 

The exhibition unite three different visions of photography: the humanist reportage of Henri Cartier-Bresson The Europeans (Les Européens), the reflective, typological approach of Nico Bick, and Otto Snoek’s rapid-fire, razor-sharp observations. None of the three projects delivers a judgment for or against Europe. But all provide a more profound and nuanced picture than the image usually conveyed in the political discourse or media. Europe. What Else? challenges the visitor to take a broader view of Europe. LINK Nederlands Fotomuseum 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Not about art but war

Pierre Jansen about the second World War @ Arnhem

Between 1946 and 1956, Janssen worked as a journalist @ Het Vrije Volk. He then became the conservator of the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. He then tried to interest the general public for art by giving lectures. In addition, he inspired by the Louvre's curator, René Huyghe. In 1960, when his television career was started, he started with Art Classes. For the museum he bought works by artists of the Cobra group, such as Karel Appel, Lucebert and others. The VPRO broadcasted Summer Broadcast with Pierre Jansen on February 1, 1989. As a teenager, he made WWII in Arnhem and saw the jewish children disappearing from his school, arrests and how the Arnhem police helped to carry out the Jewish Arnhemmer. He tells in an impressive way, as Pierre Jansen could do as well. LINK Pierre Jansen about the second World War (in Dutch) VPRO television  LINK His job in the past (in Dutch) AVRO television

Monday, April 17, 2017

Museum of Communication (A Letter)

Letter send by Jilles Pauw date: august 31 1948 Batavia former Dutch Indies 
to A.A. Pauw the Hague The Netherlands

The collection of the Museum of Communication offers numerous starting points for reflection and debate on the opportunities and impact of communication. The museum distinguishes three main collections, namely Postal Values, Postal History and Telecommunications. 
Anniversary Stamp Queen Wilhelmina year 1948, 
designer: Hartz, Sem. 
typography designer: Krimpen, Jan van. 
printer: Joh. Enschedé and Sons produced: August 30, 1948 Object type stamp Dimensions Image plane: 33 mm × 22 mm; Fully 36 mm × 25 mm for PTT. 
Source [NVPH-504], stamp designs, postage stamps and posters; Museum for Communication LINK Museum of Communication

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Dead Letter Office

A letter from Kazakhstan

A letter is a written message from one party to another containing information. Letters promote the preservation of communication between both parties; they may bring friends or relatives closer together. As communication technology has diversified, posted letters have become less important as a routine form of communication. For example, the development of the telegraph drastically shortened the time taken to send a communication, by sending it between distant points as an electrical signal. At the telegraph office closest to the destination, the signal was converted back into writing on paper and delivered to the recipient. The next step was the telex which avoided the need for local delivery. Then followed the fax (facsimile) machine: a letter could be transferred electrically from the sender to the receiver through the telephone network as an image. Today, the internet, by means of email and Apps plays a large part in written communications; however, these communications are not generally referred to as letters but rather as e-mail (or App) messages, messages or simply emails or Apps, with only the term "letter" generally being reserved for communications on paper. LINK The Dead Letter Office

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Unknown object

@ Nieuwe Binnenweg

This street is a perfect example of Rotterdam’s diversity. Surprising mix of stores, restaurants and bars. This is an area that correctly typifies Rotterdam, an ideal location to discover downtown Rotterdam. The Nieuwe Binnenweg’s entrance was fully renovated in 2017, returning a bit of nostalgia to Rotterdam. Where to look? Maybe you find it! 
LINK Nieuwe Binnenweg (in Dutch)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Two Versions of Ex's & Oh's

By Elle King and Grace VanderWaal

Tanner Elle Schneider (born July 3, 1989), known professionally as Elle King, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her musical style encompasses country, soul, rock and blues.[6] In 2012, King released her debut EP, The Elle King EP, on RCA. The EP track "Playing for Keeps" is the theme song for VH1's Mob Wives Chicago series. She released her debut album, Love Stuff on February 17, 2015. The album produced the US top 10 single "Ex's & Oh's," which earned her two Grammy Award nominations. King has also toured with acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Train and Michael Kiwanuka. She is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King. 

VanderWaal was born near Kansas City, Kansas, to Tina and David VanderWaal, who lived in Lenexa at the time. The family later moved to Suffern, New York. Since winning America's Got Talent, VanderWaal has been home-schooled and enrolled in online courses. VanderWaal began composing her first songs at age three, using a wireless microphone. As a preteen, she found songwriting inspiration by watching movies and trying to imagine what a character was feeling, and "what it would be like if I were them, and wrote a song." She was inspired to learn the ukulele after watching a family friend play and seeing a Twenty One Pilots video on YouTube. She then bought one, using money she had received for her 11th birthday, and watched more videos to teach herself how to play. She has also played the saxophone in her school's marching band.[10] After learning to play the ukulele, VanderWaal began to perform during open mic events at small venues near her home and to study music theory. In July 2016, after her audition on AGT, VanderWaal performed at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern and at the Ramapo Summer Concert Series at Palisades Credit Union Park. 
LINK Elle King  LINK Grace VanderWaal