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Conserving Dutch-Indian shared heritage

March 14, 2015

Yesterday afternoon I had a nice session with Erik Roskam about maintenance of the Dutch-Indian shared heritage (DISH) website. Erik gave the push for the start of the DISH platform in the Netherlands in 2014. He had approached me through my VOC in India web page that I have since 1997 asking help to find archive material on one of his ancestors who was buried in Chinsurah. I could only help him by linking him with the India Netherlands Friendship Society there. Since then Erik took his family twice to Chinsurah and did more research.


My garden is flowering

May 11, 2012


I em enjoying my garden at the back of my Amsterdam home tremendously. With 15 degrees and a little sun I can already have breakfast with my morning newspaper in it at 09:30 very morning. If it gets 2o degrees I need my parasol.









This garden was designed and implemented by my good friend Ton Hozemans who is a great gardener in Delft.


Doctored image of the Statue of Liberty holding a glass of water and a toilet roll

April 20, 2012

Now I am retired it is about time that I start writing new posts.

Today WaterAid is releasing to media a high resolution doctored image of the Statue of Liberty holding a glass of water and a toilet roll entitled “In Water and Sanitation We Trust” designed to show the importance of these essential services. The occasion is the 100 finance and water ministers who are discussing next steps in the Sanitation and Water for All initiative this afternoon in the USA.

It is time to free millions trapped in water and sanitation poverty – Governments convene in the USA today to collaborate on investment in water and sanitation. The charity WaterAid calls for concrete actions to free the hundreds of millions from the devastating impact of dirty water and unsafe sanitation. Universal access to these basic services would save 2.5 million lives every year.

I am curious to see in which media he image will appear.

How to Use Blogsy

March 30, 2012

Welcome to Blogsy!

Let’s get started.

  1. Set up your blog by going to the Settings Menu → Service Settings. Then choose your blog platform and fill in your information.
  2. Tap on the Post Info. button to get to all post information.
    1. Current post information.
    2. Local drafts.
    3. Online posts and pages.

If you would like to Edit HTML or need to paste embed codes then just swipe with three fingers across the screen to flip to the HTML side.

Here’s a quick overview pointing out where to go to do all the things you want to do.

How-To Videos and How-To Guide

To get more information about how to use Blogsy go to “Settings” → “How-To Videos” or “How-To Guide”.


Tribute to my father

December 19, 2010

19 December 2010 is a special day for me and my family. Today my father would have become 100 years. He passed away in 1974 at 64.

My daughter and I wanted to visit my 86-year old mother in Soestdijk today. But the Netherlands is snowed in. The car and train drive from Amsterdam were too risky today. So we were on the phone to exchange memories.

After having paid into a pension fund for 41 years my mother gets only 117 Euro pension per month on top of her old age pension from the Dutch state.

My mom

Daily picture from Amsterdam

September 18, 2010

I love Amsterdam where I have been living since 1971. Its name stems from a dam on the river Amstel. Have a look at the fantastic collection of daily pictures from Amsterdam life photographer Thomas  Schlijper is publishing on his site. I have searched it on “Amstel” and in thumbnails. My newspaper de Volkskrant called Schlijper’s daily picture rightly ‘Amsterdam’s living room”.

Solar power, electronics and mobile telephony bring water to Kenya villages

February 15, 2010

Telecommunications operator Safaricom’s M-PESA enables already 8.8 million subscribers in Kenya to send and receive money through their mobile phones. It also contributes to entirely new applications that can leverage this mobile payment system. ‘Computerised water’ is one of them. See the M-PESA YouTube video(more…)

Twitter useful for companies?

October 25, 2009

Using Twitter can be a useful addition in the public communication mix of companies, only if the info of 140 characters is relevant for early adaptors. This is one of the key conclusions I draw from research Laurens Roos reported in the October 2009 issue of the Dutch Communicatie magazine.


Highlights from the road back to Makassar

September 17, 2009

Back in Makassar from the high land of Toraja. We left the Marante Hotel at 07:10; first hours wit mountains and Tonkonans. Impressive again for a few hours. We made a nice  coffee stop at Mrs HJ Jemma’s place in Enrekang. She had dreamt last night about her Dutch friend Jan, who lives in Canada but now works in Africa. We look a like, a photo showed. So we made another photo.


This is Jan (picutre from a picture)


And this is me with the lady.


The beauty of Toraja

September 16, 2009

Driving around Toraja and doing occasional walks bring me the beauty of this land of mountains.


The Tongkonan’s in the form of a saddle or a ship are beautiful


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