Monday, 19 September 2016

Our World Tuesday, & ABC Wednesday, K of Krimpen ,

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I live in Krimpen aan de Lek in the province of South-Holland, one of the twelve provinces which the Netherlands is divided into. We live in a polder- land


 A polder (Dutch pronunciation: [pɔldər]) is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by dikes that forms an artificial hydrological entity, meaning it has no connection with outside water other than through manually operated devices.

You can expect to see a lot of water, grass-land with cattle, windmills to keep the polder dry, and dikes. This part of the country is also very flat!


Our village is more than 150 years old.

Krimpen aan de Lek is a town on the River Lek in the municipality of Krimpenerwaard, province of South Holland, the Netherlands.

The name Krimpen comes from the archaic word "Krempener", meaning "river crossing". Therefore Krimpen aan de Lek means "Crossing on the Lek".

Krimpen aan de Lek is a quiet and scenic village with 3 elementary schools.




                                                   To cross the Lek we need a ferry.


                       Coming into Krimpen the first building on the left

                                   is the Dutch Reformed Church.


                     On top of the Tower we see the weather-vane representing a whale,

                                              because it was from this place

                      that the whalers left bound for the northerly seas of our globe.



                                  Walking down the dike we pass these old houses.

                                             They look so comfortable and beautiful.




                                     At the bottom of the dike we are welcomed

                                          by a group of first inhabitants,


                                      who must have lived here for a long time.

                                   





The dike


The River Lek

                                                A lot of traffic on the river


                                         Dike houses built on the inside of the dike

Monday, 12 September 2016

Our World Tuesday,ABC Wednesday, J for Judo

My grandson lying on the floor and watching the teacher.



                               My grandson is the small boy standing at the back

                                                in the photo on the left.



Kanō Jigorō ( 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was a Japanese educator and athlete, the founder of Judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport.


Our children were members of a judo club. The eldest trained every week very hard. She got the blue belt. My younger daughter got the green belt and our son had the yellow belt. 

The white belt is the beginner's belt followed by the  yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and finally the black belt. This is the case in Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.


The photos above were taken by my grandson's father, who also participated in the weekly training.


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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Lest we forget








 

 

 

 

That Was The Week That Was


LEST WE FORGET

Today  15 years ago the TwinTowers in New York were destroyed by two planes. In the same months more horrible events occurred I wrote about it ten years ago.


"That Was The Week That Was" was a satirical program on the BBC in the sixties. However, if I look back at the past week preceding 911, I cannot find much humor in the events that presented it to us. First the terrible tornado in the south-east of the USA, then a happy occasion like the Royal Wedding, then the bombardment on Khadafi's house, killing his son and three grandchildren, then there is the situation in Syria and the whole Arab world, and  we all saw the news that Osama bin Laden was killed. People are glad that this cruel man is dead. Isn't it terrible that we should be glad that somebody is killed, even if he deserved it? It asks for revenge and hatred. The death of any tyrant is cause for satisfaction for one group and cause for fury, anger and revenge for his friends. I am glad for President Obama, at the same time I hope that new terroristic attacks will not follow this event.Will it ever stop?

In the mean time we have had to endure one terrorist attack after the other.

Monday, 5 September 2016

. Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, I for Isabella Falls



                             Isabella Falls in Queensland



You'll find Isabella Falls on the Isabella Creek in Queensland about 1580km north-northwest of Brisbane . Isabella Falls is about 184m above sea level.
 

We estimate that Isabella Falls is between 7.9m and 11m high.


The nearest populated place is the village of Hope Vale which is 12km away with a population of around 750 indigenous people
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To get from one bank to the opposite one you have to cross the fall

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Monday, 29 August 2016

ABC Wednesday, H for Hydrangea

Every summer I look forward to seeing my hydrangea getting bigger and more beautiful when it's in full blossom.



                                    Hydrangeas and geraniums

                                    are doing well together.




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Monday, 22 August 2016

ABC Wednesday, G, for Greed and Gluttony




                                         Gluttony




Greed and Gluttony.
When a friend of mine became a widow more than a decade ago, she was really devastated. Not only had she lost her partner and best friend, her mate to whom she had been married for 36 years, but she had to handle financial situations, such as making her tax declaration, managing bank accounts, and selling all her husband's shares, for she didn't want to lose money on shares. She didn't know anything about them. Then a friend of hers asked her, if her son-in law was allowed to do her bookkeeping, because her daughter and son-in-law were in rather needy circumstances. The widow was delighted! Of course! Now she got the help and advice she needed of somebody she knew well. The bookkeeper and his wife were friends of the widow. He helped her repair things in her house, all kind of things her husband and children used to do. After some time the bookkeeper asked something in return. Would she be so kind as to lend him some money? He wanted to buy a property for his wife in order to insure her of a regular income, when he had died. He was more than 20 years older than she was and not in good health. Of course the widow lent him a large amount of money. And the grateful bookkeeper did more odd jobs in the house. Later on he asked for another loan. In the beginning he paid the interest and repayment of the two mortgages, but after a while he stopped paying the repayment of one of the mortgages. He now was in full control of her bank account. She didn't know how much she owned as the bank didn't send bank statements any more, for he did internet banking. He promised her to copy the statements, and so he did twice. He remained kind and helpful and the widow trusted the bookkeeper without any doubt. Years later it was found out that he had embezzled a very large amount of money for his own good. This was a real eye opener. And the widow found herself a good lawyer and summoned the bookkeeper to appear in court.
Greed is an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention to keep it for one's self. Greed - like lust and gluttony - is a sin of excess. Greed is inappropriate expectation. However, greed is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.

As a secular psychological concept, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

Gluttony, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning to gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, intoxicants or wealth items to the point of waste. In some Christian denominations, it is considered one of the seven deadly sins—a misplaced desire of food or its withholding from the needy.


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Monday, 15 August 2016

ABC Wednesday, F, for Fog, Fermain Bay

 In May 2006 my sister, her husband and I were in Guernsey for a week. We walked a lot and went to see the blue bell forest.



 After having walked in this forest,

 where we admired the beautiful blue bells, we reached Fermain Bay.

We found a bench and my sister, brother-in-law and I decided to treat ourselves to a delicious ice-coffee with a lot of ice-cream and whipped cream on top of the coffee.


 My brother -in-law went to fetch it, but no sooner sat we down,

 when there was a fog coming up from the sea.

It came so fast, that we couldn't see him coming back with the coffee.

 


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Monday, 8 August 2016

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, E for Eye of London

 

Opposite the Houses of Parliament


In the factory of Hollandia in the Netherlands.

After 2000 the Eye of London became a landmark of the City of London. At that time I happened to teach English to a group of adults,of whom several men were involved in the construction of this enormous wheel. Every week they informed me about its progress. I even got  newspapers with the latest news. Enough material for my lessons.


Wikipedia says:
"The wheel was constructed in sections which were floated up the Thames on barges and assembled lying flat on piled platforms in the river. Once the wheel was complete it was lifted into an upright position by a strand jack system made by Enerpac. It was first raised at 2 degrees per hour until it reached 65 degrees, then left in that position for a week while engineers prepared for the second phase of the lift. The project was European with major components coming from six countries: the steel was supplied from the UK and fabricated in the Netherlands by the Dutch company Hollandia, the cables came from Italy, the bearings came from Germany (FAG/Schaeffler Group), the spindle and hub were cast in the Czech Republic, the capsules were made by Poma in France (and the glass for these came from Italy), and the electrical components from the UK.[27]"

On our last day in Great Britain in 2007, we were in London, where we made a short trip on the Thames. Here I saw for the first time the Millenium Wheel or The Eye of London. The guide told us that the construction of  the Eye of London was sponsored by British Airways. I was waiting to hear that he would tell where it was constructed, but in vain..



It was made in Holland at the factory where my eldest daughter was a draughtswoman, who had actually drawn a small part of the Wheel.At that time we were very anxious to see if it could be constructed at all.


 It was designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield, who were architects. 


 A well known Japanese company was first asked to do the construction, but they turned it down. Too difficult!! Then Hollandia in the Netherlands offered to do the job, after the engineers studied long and hard on the project.They even made a model of it. It was going to be the biggest wheel in the world. With a splendid ceremony the green light was given on January, 28th, 1999.The work had to be finished before the beginning of the new millenium.It was an enormous challenge.

The wheel was finished in December 1999 and opened on 31st December.




 

This photo shows the assembly of the last section

 on a special platform in the river.







The above photo shows one of the four rim sections, which had to be taken to London from Holland. The right photo shows the first section arriving in London.


The London Eye stands 135 metres (443 ft) high on the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England, between Westminster and Hungerford Bridges.


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