Recently I know that it is possible to use organs from someone who is (almost) deceased. Never known. The idea appeals to me. You can save someone, while you can nothing more. I do wonder how that works. If I’m grieving for a family member seems to me no fun if the body is suddenly removed. we get it completely opened again? What I’m more concerned about making, is my funeral. If I’m going to die my funeral will be arranged through the municipality. I have no money and no family here. But could it be that they do not bury me, but cremated? I know that happens a lot in the Netherlands. I find it strange. People do not like fire, they are afraid of. Why suddenly or make your body into a fire when you’re dead? I thought she did such a thing only in India. I can not imagine that choice, because who wants to disappear? You are then no more. People who loved me could not speak to me in my grave. You can put a bottle with the ashes in your living roome. I see it all for me I’ve got a table in my living room with all bottles with my family in it. One for my mother, one for my father, one for my brother. If I can see it I laugh. That’s impossible. My family in a bottle. Maybe cremate people because it saves money. Because I know now that you have to pay to be in a grave. At least, your next of kin. And after ten years no one pays, you will be removed from the tomb. I would not at all. I love the idea that it is unlikely that I will die in the Netherlands. I prefer above a beautiful funeral in Syria.







LEGO, the loved toy of every young man to express his abilities, from farming to space shuttle, is in a hard battle against webshops. LEGO wants that anyone can buy the building stones for the same price. Shops have their costs for stock, this in the contrary to webshops. So LEGO sells his product at a higher price to webshops.  The first legal steps are already taken in Germany, in favor of the webshops.



Next Saturday is the so called “Nimwegen Night of the Arts”. 

A maximum of 3,500 visitors can pass by different podiums with 22 different acts. Tickets for the entire festival are only €15.00/CA$22.00/US$16.75/£12.90.



Silence from outside

Whenever I call my mother in Aleppo, she’s home. Outside it is unsafe. When they speak, I have to use Syrian first say a few things. I’m glad I’m her son, that I will make her proud, and so on. This week I called her and just when I was working on all those greetings, I heard in the background outside noises. I asked what she was doing. “I sit with the neighbors in the park, in the sun,” she said. I almost fell off my chair in surprise. This was not possible in five years. The cease-fire in force in Syria, perhaps is already over again as this column in the newspaper, is a relief for everyone. If there is an advertising brochure in the bus with an offer. “One week of rest for the price of five years of war!” Even my brother, who dives into home, just went outside. Soldiers are just not as active with the detection of potential soldiers. It seems as if they are tired, tired of the war. My mother told me about the atmosphere. There’s suddenly time to talk with people on the street. It is equally no need to be in back home as soon as possible. Everyone looks around, the buildings are still there, which neighborhoods have been spared? Friends, neighbors and acquaintances are not all been the same. They have become thin from lack of food or have lost their zest for life. Some are very quiet as they used to be nice and busy. The pause is used by residents to assess the damage, to talk, but also to prepare for what is coming. Men climbing the roof to put walls around plates. If then bullets flying through the air, the dishes would not break up and remains in touch with the outside world. While residents catch his breath, his troops engaged in completely different things. I know my country. They use the time to collect ammo to get overview and strategise. So that they can significantly again against it.







Amalia (12 years old), the eldest daughter of King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima, will receive, starting 2021, an allowance of €1,500,000 (£1,287,300) per year, to be “independant”. 

A regular student in the Netherlands pays per month:

  • € 365 Room rent
  • € 165 College fee
  • € 144 Entertainment & sports
  • € 161 Regular shopping
  • €   97 Health insurance
  • €   57 Study materials
  • €   56 Transportation
  • €   47 Clothing/shoes
  • €   26 Mobile phone

___________ +

  • €   1,118 Total per month
  • € 13,416 Total per year

The princess gets €1,500,000/€13,416 = 112 times more than a regular student! There is no need to look for a job, as the tax payers of the Netherlands supply the money 😦

In the Netherlands the parents have to support financially the student, as the system of a free scholarship supplied by the state does not longer exists. This scholarship, has been replaced by a loan system.



A visit to Pierre’s former colleague as a G.P. in the Dutch army, based in Germany.


Ecology: inventory and monitoring of qualitative and quantitative data of flora and / or fauna species in an area for a long time. Here in the marshes of the river Waal at Nimwegen.


Student housing

  • The red buildings are the houses where students live.
  • In the yellow buildings live “normal” families, which have a lot of nuisance of the neighboring people.
  • As you see, we live in a “hot” area: the numbers 219 & 221 are just in between the “lively” area Graafseweg 215/217 & 223 – 237A. In our gardens we have our neighbors from the Hatertseveldweg 126 – 122.

😦 😦 😦 😦 😦




scan_20160917-3Groningen Railway Station in the past and at present: in 1866 Groningen was connected to the national network. In the beginning there was only a sort of wooden shelter, in 1872 there was a wooden building constructed. Because Groningen as city had a military function, the railway station should easily be removed to prevent attacks of gunfire. In the same year there came more tracks from different directions to Groningen. A permanent brick building came in 1892, designed by Isaac Gosschalk in Dutch Renaissance and neo-Gothic style.

Because of a very complicated reconstruction in 1968, the railway station lost a lot of it’s “grandeur”. Between 1994 and 1999 a very extensive renovation took place and the former monumental splendor was restored, including the magnificent ceiling of the central hall.

The eldest railway station, still in use, is Valkenburg (1853) and the most recent Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn (August 22, 2016)