Blog posts tagged "personal" – Posts 1..5 of 12 posts found:

2014-07-23: Paying my respects

Posted at 2014-07-23 13:54:22 by SHD

Today is a day of national mourning in The Netherlands. The remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) will start arriving at Eindhoven airport today. It will take weeks to take care of the entire mess that this situation has brought, but I trust my country will do everything it can to ensure that it is handled respectfully and all 298 victims' remains will be brought home. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who are left behind by the victims. I cannot imagine what they have endured over the past week.

2014-01-15: Human Rights protection in the EU "Deeply Flawed and Ineffective"?

Posted at 2014-01-15 15:20:16 by SHD

Apparently, today, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a report on its website about human rights in the European Union, calling the EU's system "ineffective and flawed" and this 153 page document also devotes 9 pages to my home country of The Netherlands. Although 2013 was a year in which we supposedly celebrated 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Dutch and Russian peoples, that celebration had more than a few hiccups along the way. The timing of this report is convenient, as Russia is under a deluge of criticism about its human rights situation, particularly its recent anti-gay laws. With much of this criticism being directed towards Russia's hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, there is no doubt that this report being published now is not a coincidence. How should we react?

2011-01-13: Perverse laptops and an unexpected guest

Posted at 2011-01-13 10:52:08 by SHD

The title of this post is probably more interesting than its contents, but there ya go. When I went to sleep last night, there was a unexpected guest in my bedroom. I certainly didn't expect to see this in the middle of a winter night:

2010-04-18: Smells like something burning

Posted at 2010-04-18 05:31:55 by SHD

Never thought I'd have a legitimate reason to call 112 (the European equivalent of 911), but I just did. About an hour ago (4 am or so), I went for an early morning walk... or rather a late night one as I couldn't sleep. Roughly halfway, I noticed what looked like a large bonfire in another street. This turned out to be a conifer hedge on fire.

2009-12-17: Let it snow!

Posted at 2009-12-17 15:36:24 by SHD

The first snow of the winter fell this morning. It makes for a pretty picture.