Usually heavy work, but in between always time for a chat and a newspaper …

People who perform heavy work know it … you have to know exactly what is your weakest link and ensure that it does not break. So it is important to eat and drink on time and take a pause. Only in this way will you be able to “survive” until your retirement. What we didContinue reading “Usually heavy work, but in between always time for a chat and a newspaper …”

A typically tough and hard-working laborer

Jaap Bosman was always called “Lange Jaap” (tall Jaap) by colleagues at the Hoechst-site in Vlissingen, because in our shift there were 3 operators with the same Christian name … and Jaap was indeed as tall and strong as a bear, always wore the largest size overalls and shoes and his helmet always seemed tooContinue reading “A typically tough and hard-working laborer”

Night shift Hoechst Vlissingen, 1983.

Back then it was strictly forbidden to take pictures … (it was the time when it was not even allowed to use a transistor radio in the control room) … so I took pictures illegally, to capture the atmosphere in the control room where colleagues also came for a cup of coffee and a shortContinue reading “Night shift Hoechst Vlissingen, 1983.”

old negatives with many fond memories

The rising fascism and the putting of the human economy above the natural pandemic annoys me terribly. Modern digital social media has destroyed the human capacity for news gathering, consultation and collaboration. To put things into perspective, to find a bit more distraction and to get through the current long dark winter evenings I tookContinue reading “old negatives with many fond memories”

Chistmas again …

It’s that time of year again … Christmas or as some say X-mas. Also for Atheists, it is a pleasant time that thanks to the long tradition, reminds me of all previous Christmases, especially those where my parents still lived and those where my children were still small children. Every year, exactly on the dayContinue reading “Chistmas again …”

the beautiful clouds called for a ride

I am terribly annoyed by all the commotion surrounding the US presidential elections, corona measures, saving the neoliberal economy, exploiting the environment and many other things that are all important. Today, the clouds invited me to take a ride in my Quest. So I put on my in-ear speakers, put on some quiet blues music,Continue reading “the beautiful clouds called for a ride”

de Achterhoek

We spent a few days in the Achterhoek, the region where I was born and raised. Memories, memories, memories and beautiful nature! Eating “halve Haantjes” at Hotel Bakker … In between we also went to Ermelo to visit the grave of my brother Johan. and to Winterswijk to visit my sister … and also toContinue reading “de Achterhoek”

20 days left

There are 20 days left … and then the Furnace House will be blown up with explosives. Every effort is made to make this as safe as possible. All phosphorus has been removed from the Furnace House, as well as all other hazardous substances. The high part of the building will crash onto the panContinue reading “20 days left”

explanation of law number 7

An explanation of the boy scouts law number 7 in the old boy scouts handbook. Law is written short, clear and powerful. An explanation should be provided for each law. And luckily the old explanation given in this 70-year-old book can also be considered acceptable (in my opinion) in 2020. Of course, it must firstContinue reading “explanation of law number 7”