If you live outside the Netherlands you probably haven’t heard of Dutch singer Patricia Paay, unless your name is David Bowie.
And now her biography has been published. I haven’t read it, but it’s hard to miss: there are new revelations every day. Yet another person who strenuously denies he has slept with Ms Paay as part of a damage limitation exercise.
Except David Bowie: he admits everything. It happened during a song festival in Malta, where he obviously slept with…
Posted on May 13, 2013 at 11:48am
Beatrix opened up during the handover of the throne. Her face appeared to be far livelier than before. Willem-Alexander had not only become more dignified in his ermine cloak, but from this moment on his face represented the entire nation. He was ready for it, and Máxima was a magnificent Evita of the polders. The people played their role with gusto, as if instructed by someone: ‘You’re the crowd.’
But how would he feel about being reduced to the people, with an inflatable orange…
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 12:04pm
Mao regularly swam in the Yangtze to prove that he was still perfectly fit. Putin rode a horse bare-chested and performed some judo throws, if necessary with the horse, and two weeks ago David Cameron rescued a sheep that had got stuck.
For a moment I thought it was a publicity stunt. It could have been conjured up by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
But in the case of David Cameron you can be sure it’s not staged. David always looks slightly surprised, as if he’s wondering: How…
Posted on April 17, 2013 at 7:29am
At the first jeweller’s the lady at the desk dropped her jaw. ‘No, this is not something we do!’ At the second jeweller’s they virtually ignored me. The third jeweller was prepared to cut the rings from my mother’s fingers.
And this jeweller was Mrs Walters, from Walters Jewellers in Koningstraat, Arnhem. I believe since 1962.
Mrs Walters expertly removed the rings, but the wedding ring had been on my mother’s finger for over sixty years, so this took a while. I watched my…
Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:32pm