0663-Solar energy (update)

As per 31 March 2020 (UTC+2 – summer time):


  1. Sunrise: 07:13am
  2. Sunset: 08:10pm
  3. Hours: 12h 57m.


  1. Started: 07:15am
  2. Ended: 07:45pm
  3. Hours: 12h 30m.

Monthly report: March 2020:

  •  287.006 KW produced;
  • € 54.39 earned;
  • 112.20 Kg CO2 emission saved, which equals to 0.37 trees planted; present total 4.45 trees.



  • People tested positive: 12,595 (+845);
  • Deaths: 1,039 (+175); 
  • The death rate: 8.25% (+0.9%).

But as the people having the infection of Covid-19 is estimated about >20,000, the death rate is about 50% lower. The numbers in brackets are the new cases in the past 24 hours.

0661-Magic flute, in a “spring” version

The Magic Flute: Papageno Papagena duet - Opera Australia - THE ...

Papageno is a bird catcher and plays the comic role in the opera. He is a womanizer, a fool and not too smart, making him the opposite of the heroic main character Tamino. He does have a good heart and is rewarded for this: he eventually finds the girl of his dreams, Papagena. Known is their mutual declaration of love in the duet Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena! Tjeu van den Berk is an expert on the origins and backgrounds of Die Zauberflöte. According to him, this opera is about alchemical symbolism. According to him, Papageno does not have a supporting role: he symbolizes the important alchemical substance mercury, which can nevertheless connect irreconcilable opposites. Here -not only- the chemical element mercury is meant. This mercury can be seen as Mercury but also as Hermes the “winged messenger”: the (sub) trader, messenger and mediator between heaven and earth and the underworld. See also Hermetism and Hermetics. This is done by Tjeu v.d. Berk described in the book: Papageno & Papagena the mercurial pair of birds. [1] The image of Papageno alongside is also discussed. His attitude and the meaning of his colorful peacock tail. Papageno is not only a bird catcher: he is also a bird himself. His plumage points to it as a “winged messenger” like Mercury.

0660-Anwar’s columns

Within a minute, it was clear: a minority is never insignificant

All who are in the Netherlands are treated equally in equal cases. This is how the first article in the Dutch Constitution begins. People are the basis. At the start of a lecture at HAN about working in a different culture, a teacher asked: ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t understand Dutch?’ One boy raised his hand. “Okay, welcome everbody,” continued the teacher. It was then taught entirely in English. This had already reached the goal of the lesson for me. Take one person in the room who doesn’t speak Dutch into account, wow. That is dealing respectfully with other cultures.
As a Kurd in Syria, you belong to a minority. At home, my parents consciously spoke only Arabic to us. My parents thought that behaving and speaking like the rest of the country would help us. Kurds have a special status in Syria. Some of them have received Syrian nationality because families have lived in Syria for generations. That goes for my family. Then you have Kurds who later came to Syria when there was war between the Turks and Kurds. That group has no Syrian nationality. They are not allowed to work or go to university.
I did not know that group until I started working for aid organization UNHCR during the war. I arrived in a village with unregistered Kurds with trucks full of food, tents and clothes. “We’re going back, Anwar, these people have no papers. We shouldn’t give them anything, “said a colleague. I couldn’t go back. I know what it feels like to belong to a minority group.” We help people, not papers, “I told him. I distributed everything. A minority is never insignificant. My HAN teacher made that clear within one minute.

The heroes of this crisis are those who continue to think wisely,

I walked down the street and had to sneeze. I didn’t dare and tried to stop it. I was afraid people would think I have corona. Somewhere this week there was suddenly a tilt in the whole situation and also in the behavior of people. All toilet paper in the supermarkets ran out. As if we are dealing with a diarrhea virus and not with corona. It is clear that talking about protecting our society is much easier than really taking it into account in our behavior. We became selfish and nearsighted this week. Buying all available disinfectants for yourself is of no use if it means that other people cannot disinfect. The cleanliness of others is a precondition for protecting yourself against the virus. If everyone can get clean, it will help stop the spread.
Buying all the food for your own family is of no use if the nurse, policeman and teacher who try to help you have nothing. If you have an accident or need help in the hospital, those are the people who need to help you. After all this hysterical behavior of everyone, I wanted to take shelter somewhere where I can think. A friend asked me to go to the beach to get some fresh air. “It helps very well,” she said. I went to the beach near Leiden. The amount of wind caused my head to clear. Empty of all stress and negative thoughts. But the wind has a phrase engraved in my head that I don’t forget. They are the heroes of the corona crisis in the Netherlands. Teachers, nurses and anyone who does think sensibly during this crisis.

“The Arnhem municipal secretary turned out to be my buddy”

I am linked to a person from the municipality of Arnhem to support me in making choices. Arnhem wants to help highly educated newcomers on their way. Arnhem’s municipal secretary turned out to be my buddy. He walked over enthusiastically and shook my hand. I started to stammer, I couldn’t remember what to say. Your Highness? His function sounded very important to me. “Just say Rob,” he said. “Shall we take a tour first?” If I’m nervous, I say yes to everything. ,,Yes sir. Um, I mean, yes, Rob.
“We started at the mayor’s room. A historic room with a few chairs and a table. It was not the most beautiful and largest space in the municipality. The meeting room was also an old room with a large table and chairs. The board works in the old part and residents are received in the new beautiful rooms.
I thought of the Aleppo congregation that I sometimes had to go to before the war started. The important officials are at a distance from all people. The whole building is made of marble, they are at the very top. The mayor receives officials in an important room, who give him gifts there. My country of Syria has yet to learn that the congregation is there for the residents, and should not receive gifts behind an expensive desk.
When I went back for my second appointment with the town clerk, I reported to the desk. Sometimes I walk my head in the Syrian clouds and forget about the system here. “Hi, I’m here for Rob.” I expected everyone to jump into the pose to take me to that important man everyone knows of course. The woman looked at me and said: Rob who?

Oh yeah. We are in the Netherlands.

“Shall we go to the supermarket and stock up on food?”
“I feel a little depressed, Anwar, you only hear misery in the news. Deaths, war and diseases, ” said a friend. I feel that too. Now that the coronavirus has arrived in the Netherlands, we panic. “One customer emptied the shelf,” said a friend who works at a supermarket. I also work at a supermarket. I wouldn’t let a customer go out with a shopping cart full of disinfectants.
When the war in Aleppo started, bread and baby powder milk were no longer available in a few days. They were there, but were no longer sold. Crisis dealers are smart. They are waiting for the problem, which was our war, to get worse. After the first deaths, it appears that bread and baby powder milk are still for sale. But only at huge prices, of course. Only the richest people could afford the milk and bread.
I now see that movement in the Netherlands. Hand gel that I have for 80 cents of the Action now costs tens of euros at Bol.com. Here too, in the sensible Netherlands, you have crisis dealers.
“Shall we go to the supermarket and stock up on food?” Asked my housemate. Like me, he’s used to the food crisis in Syria. However, we did not go. We don’t want to be like that woman who bought all the hand gel for herself. We have to do it together. If one person has all the hand gel in the house and the others have no hand gel, the virus will spread. People have to keep thinking a bit in a crisis. My hands have become thinner twice now due to the frequent washing. We don’t have face masks. My roommate and I are going to put underpants on our heads in the worst case. “It is a nice one, isn’t it,” I said. “Otherwise, we will have a new disease because of this solution.”

Strength everyone, and hold on.



  • People tested positive: 11,750 (+884);
  • Deaths: 864 (+93); 
  • The death rate: 7.35% (+0.26%).

But as the people having the infection of Covid-19 is estimated about >20,000, the death rate is about 50% lower. The numbers in brackets are the new cases in the past 24 hours.



People tested positive: 10,866 (+1,104); deaths: 771 (+132). The death rate is 7.09% (+0.55%), but as the people having the infection of COVID-19 is estimated about 20,000, the death rate is about 50% lower. The numbers in brackets are the new cases in the past 24 hours. On 19 March 2020, so 10 days ago, the counter was: 2,460 people tested positive and 76 deaths. Compared to the present figures, there are 4.41 times more positive tested people and 10.14 times more people that died from this disease.


Oldest man in the world is forced to celebrate 112th birthday alone, due to the coronavirus.

Bob Weighton (111), the oldest living man in the world, will not be able to celebrate his 112th birthday tomorrow because of the corona crisis. “Unfortunately everything has been canceled. There are no visitors and there is absolutely no party, ”said the Briton who was born on March 29, 1908. The very old man from the British town of Alton usually celebrates his birthday with a big party with friends and family, but that is not the case this year. Reason? The British government has issued strict rules to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Weighton, who also has to keep to the lockdown, is very concerned about the virus. “The world is a mess. No one knows what’s going to happen, ”the former teacher and technician tells British media. He has the courage. The father of 3 children and 25 grandchildren is doing relatively well, although he now needs to be more independent and arrange his own food and personal care. Still, the man remains positive and praises himself happily for his good health.
It is not the first time that he has experienced a pandemic. When he was ten years old, tens of millions died worldwide from the Spanish flu. Weighton states that he did not experience the virus outbreak at the time. “A child lives in a different world than adults. When you’re young, you don’t read newspapers and we didn’t have a radio back then. ” Weighton has been seen as the oldest man on Earth since last month. Then the Japanese Chitetsu Watanabe died at the age of 112.
The Brit also later experienced World War II. He says that it was a lot clearer then how the battle should be won. According to him, the virus is a completely different kind of enemy. “In World War II, you knew exactly what to do. You could fail, of course, but the goals were clear when Churchill called on the land. There was a goal we could achieve. But nobody knows exactly how we’re going to beat the virus. ”
According to the Brit, there is no secret to longevity. “I never intended to grow old. When you’re young, you don’t think about what’s going to happen when you’re old. You are confident, the only thing you think about is the here and now. ” He says he reads a lot and he is busy building model mills to keep himself mentally young.

0655-Somerset Dogs not infected with Covid-19

A Somerset cameraman observes his two dogs:

first jumping towards you, then jumping in front of you.



People tested positive: 9,762 (+1,159); deaths: 639 (+93). The death rate is 6.54% (-0.88%), but as the people having the infection of COVID-19 is estimated about 20,000 the death rate is about 50% lower. The numbers in brackets are the new cases in the past 24 hours.