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Refugees; No human is illegal

Everywhere you look; tv or social media, you read/see about the refugees and their fate.  But what strikes me more and more is the way people are talking about other people. The way my country is handling this worldwide problem. Or not handling it to be honest. The way some are talking is shameful to say the least.
The Netherlands has always been known for its tolerance but over the years we have become the least tolerant country in Europe I think.  It's shocking how some people are talking about the boat refugees. What they are saying I shall not repeat but it's horrible and inhumane. Yes, cruel even. You are not worth to be calling yourself part of the human race if you talk about other humans like that. Even animals treat each other better. 
Syrian looking at where his home used to be

A lot of refugees don't run from their country because of economical reasons; sure there always will be some that do and the media is always putting it's focus on them, but most of th…

Music on Sunday; Weather

It has been a crazy summer weather wise. From extremely hot to very wet and hot again. Last night we woke up from a loud thunderstorm after a lovely warm Saturday. It's still rumbling in the distance as we speak, so I thought for today's Music on Sunday the topic would be; Weather conditions.. Enjoy;













I can't remember the times I danced to this;





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Quotes and Pics 193; wise quotes

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Art on Friday; Louise Abbéma

self portrait
Continuing on with A it's time for a woman painter Louise Abbéma ((30 October 1853- 10 July 1927) was a French painter, sculptor, and designer of the Belle Époque.

Here are some of her paintings;

 April morning at Place de la Concorde
Sarah Bernhardt Flora
La bénedictine

La Toilette de la Verite
 Elegant woman on a winter walk 
 La Japonaise
Buste of Sarah Bernhardt
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Treasures of Britain; Peak District

There are so many things still to see on my UK bucket list, that I really don't know where to start. The Peak District is one of them;



The Peak District was the first national park to be established in Great Britain. As late as the early 20th century most British countryside lay in the hands of wealthy landowners who restricted or banned public access. But the 1932 Kinder Mass Trespass, held in what is now the park, was a milestone event in the campaign that led to increased public land access and the eventual establishment of national parks.
The park's size is 555 square miles (1,438 square kilometers).
Over 90% is privately owned land the National Trust owns 12%, and three water companies own another 11 percent. The Peak District National Park Authority owns only 5 percent. About 86% of the total is farmland, which is used mostly for grazing sheep or cattle.

About 38,000 people live inside the national park—an area about the size of Greater London. Some 16 million m…

Shopping in Utrecht

We're having our Summer holiday, but since we're not away on holiday but staying at home and having some daytrips there's time for some blogging now and again. Yesterday we had a lovely shopping spree in Utrecht. Oldest son needed new clothes and youngest wanted to buy a skateboard so off we went.
It always amazes me that the kids, 21 and 18, still tag along with pleasure with their 'old' mum. They even like it a lot and hug me in the street when they have gotten a new outfit.

We were very succesful even youngest son who is a bit difficult finding the things he has in mind did find it easily this time. And when I wanted to look for myself? Not a problem; they just went to sit down in front of the kiddies tv and watch the Disney cartoons. (I had to take a picture of that!)


We had a lovely day with lovely weather even, even though I need a day to recover, boy you get so tired and back aches from strolling around...  But Utrecht is a beautiful city and always very wel…

Music on Sunday; Summer Holiday

Finally! My holiday has begon! I'm not going on holiday but we stay at home and go make some day trips but still, some R&R is well needed!!! So here are some holiday songs to get started;







One of my personal favourites;



Oh I love Will Smith :)









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Quotes and Pics 192, philosophers quotes

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Art on Friday; Hans von Aachen

My blog is a blog about lots of different subjects and on different days a different subject. Some have only an art blog and on those art blogs I've seen an alphabetical order of painters. Sometimes from a period or random. My art on Friday has been rather random, but I would like to be more specific about an artist each week. So in an alphabetical order but yes, random in the era of which they lived and painted. Because I like different styles and want to show different styles and periodes.

We start of with Hans von Aachen(German Mannerist Painter, 1552-1615)

Hans von Aachen
 The Amazement of the Gods
Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
A laughing couple-selfportrait of the artist with his wife
The three graces
Bacchus Venus and Cupid
Kreuzigung Christi
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Treasures of Britain; Tewkesbury, Cotswolds

There are a lot of UK sites on my long list of things to see and visit and the Cotswolds are part of it. The houses in Tudor style or the lovely hills I want to see it all. For now I just pick one small town; Tewkesbury.

Tewkesbury is an ancient settlement at the meeting of the rivers Severn and Avon. The surrounding rivers and flood plain have prevented the old town from expanding so that its long thin profile has hardly altered since the middle ages. Tewkesbury presents one of the best medieval townscapes in England with its fine half-timbered Tudor buildings, overhanging upperstoreys and ornately carved doorways.
Tewkesbury is renowned as having one of the best medieval black and white townscapes in the country and has much to delight the visitor. Discover the hidden charms along narrow alleyways where the eaves of crooked timber buildings nearly touch or take a leisurely cruise along the river.   Tewkesbury is dominated by th…

Music on Sunday; Robert Johnson

Yesterday I saw a documentary on Investigation Discovery about Blues singer Robert Johnson, who died age 27. It was about his will. My son who saw a part of it never even knew Robert Johnson was the founder of all Rock and Roll really. So here's the (sad) story of Robert Johnson and some of his wonderful music;














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