Film Review: “Son Of Saul” – A Vision Of Hell

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Film Title: Son of Saul (2015) Director: László Nemes   May 4th is a national remembrance day in the Netherlands. The entire country pays its respect to those who died in WWII and more recent conflicts, all in the name of freedom. Supermarkets close at 7.00 pm and, an hour later, a two-minute silence is observed. […]

Mon Trésor Inca

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Je t’ai vu traverser la neige fragile, Je t’ai aidé à franchir le lac de cristal. Et lorsque tu t’es approchée de moi d’un sommet andin, Pour me balayer de l’océan sans fin, Comme un message dans une bouteille, Comme un trésor sur un bateau, Une pépite d’or provenant des Incas, Tu me laisses saisir […]

Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea: How I Vanquished An Old Ghost

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s been a recurring nightmare for nearly 50 years, but since yesterday I can really say that I’ve vanquished an old ghost, banished a demon for ever and ever. A 13-year-old boy is so vulnerable, so impressionable – especially at school. My recurring nightmare featured my old French school, in South Kensington, and how I […]

Death In The Family – Falling Into The Abyss Of Love, Distress, And Freedom

Reading Time: 5 minutes Following my father’s death, in 2012, I felt no grief because I had thought about his passing away for years, analysing the feelings I would have and coping with them. Was it anticipatory grief, without the symptoms? Was it a sense of detachment from my parents? Was I challenging moral standards, where grieving death is the […]

France 4 : Croatia 2 – When Pragmatism Broke Romanticism

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Reading Time: 2 minutes It was a battle of two philosophical ideals, enacted by highly skilled protagonists. It was a battle of mind against matter, pragmatism against romanticism. In the end, God ensured that a deluge would end it all, and make fragile humans think again about what they were doing. It was a message telling us to wipe […]

Dressed To Thrill: Meet The “Kini’s”

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Reading Time: 6 minutes When we stopped over in a hotel in Strasbourg, on our way down to Italy, my son was looking forward to a dip in the hotel pool. We were deeply disappointed to find out that the hotel rules did not allow boxer-short-type swimming trunks, the reason being that such trunks “disturbed other clients”. “Discriminatie” (discrimination) […]