The Departed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Forever in my heart and mind, You wander across the crystal lake, Happiness, you will find, Peace, you will make. I might be without you, You might have lost me, But time will see us through, And one day we will see, As everlasting entanglements of love, Continue to haunt us from above, Two souls […]

Under The Bridge

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Under the bridge I lie, Sounds of footsteps on cobblestones, City of Lights where love went by, A broken soul, fractured bones. I boarded the moonlit train, You said nothing I did not hear, The carriage moved, I felt the pain, Your absence awoke my fear. I jumped onto the golden rail, Searched for you […]

Mark Rutte Patronizes The Dutch Dental Profession

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ll give Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte the benefit of the doubt. Here is a man under pressure because his entire liberal, easy-going vision of the world is being deep-frozen by a virus that’s even smaller than the smallest of viruses. In answer to a question on whether dentists could open their practices, Rutte patronizingly […]

Mark Rutte Bevoogdt Tandartsen

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ik geef Mark Rutte het voordeel van de twijfel. Hier staat een politicus onder druk. Zijn hele liberale, gemoedelijke kijk op de wereld wordt bevroren door een virus dat zelfs kleiner is dan de kleinste virussen. In antwoord op een vraag of tandartsen hun praktijk konden openen, antwoordde Rutte neerbuigend dat tandartspraktijken altijd open mochten […]

Reflections (3) The Nightingale

Reading Time: < 1 minute Looking through the veiled window, Which way will the nightingale go? Will it be up, will it be down? Do not fret, do not drown. Rest on the oak tree’s branch, and sing Your beautiful song, for the delicate spring, And whilst we  pant and fight, Desperately trying to save our plight, I sit and listen, […]

The Power Of Books

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village. […]

La Vie En Rose – Domestic Violence Figures Shame France

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Some national records are enviable, others are shameful. The official figures concerning domestic violence in France make for grim reading – a woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner every three days. France’s dismal record on domestic violence is certainly nothing to be proud of, but what is even more worrying is that the […]