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Adventure in Amsterdam by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

Last weekend, Amsterdam seemed rather dingy. Amsterdam is an open-air museum populated by completely inebriated, cannabis-smoking tourists and a local population who congratulate themselves on being so tolerant. But all these different facets of society live in completely parallel worlds. Everyone seemed to be pigeonholed: by attitude, clothes and behaviour. Do you know what I missed most? A sense of adventure. The impression that people are really living here, these are genuine people. I…See More
Sep 5
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Amalia & George by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

Each country has its own guidelines for passport photos. The Dutch guidelines included: don’t smile and uncover your ears. ‘Well, look at me,’ said another woman. She retrieved a scarf from her bag and folded it around her head. Neither ears nor hair were on display. ‘My embassy demands it!’ she yelled. Might there be countries that insisted on a burka?It makes me angry: law-abiding citizens are being treated as potential terrorists, only to be shot down because the airline flies over a war…See More
Jul 29
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Cheering Quietly by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

I’ve been to watch the Tour de France with my sister, in London, because I’ve been living there for the past six weeks. The Tour’s finish line was within walking distance. Londoners ride their bikes kitted out with knee, elbow and head protection, plus a flashing light. And they cycle at high speed, as if they’re out to win the Tour de France. There is a general lack of cycling lanes, which makes it dangerous, but the cyclists themselves don’t improve matters. I’ve made up my mind, once my…See More
Jul 11
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Human Waste by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

The first thing we noticed about her was her hat; a black hat with protruding bits. A witch’s hat. This hat moved up and down behind the fence which surrounded the dog-walking area. I was moving some things to England with the help of D and his white van. We were a bit early, and therefore had some time to spare.After about half an hour, the woman with the hat had summoned up enough courage to approach us. She told us her story: she was an economist from Chechnya who had sought refuge in…See More
Jun 23
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"Don’t miss Laura Del-Rivo reading from Where is My Mask of an Honest Man? this Sunday at the London Short Story Festival http://j.mp/1lOH0jQ"
Jun 17
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"Slowly the growing darkness encroaches on the world outside. The classroom windows become mirrors. Enjoy Axel 16 http://j.mp/1lspwth"
Jun 13
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A D-Day for Poetry by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

The evening started with an open mic. During readings by the participants, the presenter was draped on his chair like a wet blanket. Every now and then, he emitted a short chuckle. Ah, he was still alive.Most of the open mic poets recited rather nervously a short story that was supposed to be a poem. I suddenly felt a huge amount of compassion. Here was yet another singer; he was going to sing a well-known song. Unfortunately, he had forgotten the tune.It is possible to make people enthusiastic…See More
Jun 12
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"Enjoy two excerpts of Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings which was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. http://j.mp/vZEGBf"
Jun 11
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A Dog in London by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

I’m in the middle of moving from Arnhem to London and thinking about getting a dog. You will say, ‘What? You want a dog?!’ Well, here’s the story.You don’t expect it to happen, but recently a dog walking service managed to lose my girlfriend’s dog. This is not the aim of a dog walking service and her dog has never run away.She went missing in Sonsbeek Park in Arnhem. Immediately, a search was launched on the internet; in particular, the number of women searching on mopeds took off.There are…See More
Jun 5
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"There was a sensation of getting away with it, of floating above morality at a level of amazingly legal, misrule. #mask http://j.mp/11MX9yT"
May 23
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"If you need a good read for the bank holiday come to arts & crafts on Portobello Market tomorrow. @rbkcmarkets http://j.mp/Q671YE"
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"Every Saturday afternoon Axel’s father pays his weekly visit to his mother & Axel learns something about his granddad. http://j.mp/1ma0luK"
May 22
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"Jo could feel her life narrowing to an unlit house at the end of a cold, dark street, damp washing hung around her. #HS http://j.mp/105ae5B"
May 21
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"'The Lonely Tree is truly an interesting and informative page turner - a Palestinian/Israeli "War (mostly) and Peace' http://j.mp/xhfjhG"
May 20
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"‘Have you noticed that artists didn’t paint Jesus as newborn? Newborns have gluey hair and inflamed skin. #mask http://j.mp/11MX9yT"
May 19
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"I just received the sample copy of Diaspo/Renga by Marilyn Hacker & Deema Shehabi and it looks wonderful! http://j.mp/O0rq7t"
May 16

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Adventure in Amsterdam by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

Last weekend, Amsterdam seemed rather dingy. Amsterdam is an open-air museum populated by completely inebriated, cannabis-smoking tourists and a local population who congratulate themselves on being so tolerant. But all these different facets of society live in completely parallel worlds. Everyone seemed to be pigeonholed: by attitude, clothes and behaviour.

 

Do you know what I missed most? A sense of adventure. The impression that people are really living here, these are…

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Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:58am

Amalia & George by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

Each country has its own guidelines for passport photos. The Dutch guidelines included: don’t smile and uncover your ears. ‘Well, look at me,’ said another woman. She retrieved a scarf from her bag and folded it around her head. Neither ears nor hair were on display. ‘My embassy demands it!’ she yelled. Might there be countries that insisted on a burka?



It makes me angry: law-abiding citizens are being treated as potential terrorists, only to be shot down because the airline flies…

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Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:57pm

Cheering Quietly by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

I’ve been to watch the Tour de France with my sister, in London, because I’ve been living there for the past six weeks. The Tour’s finish line was within walking distance.

 

Londoners ride their bikes kitted out with knee, elbow and head protection, plus a flashing light. And they cycle at high speed, as if they’re out to win the Tour de France. There is a general lack of cycling lanes, which makes it dangerous, but the cyclists themselves don’t improve matters. I’ve made up my…

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Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:27am

Human Waste by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

The first thing we noticed about her was her hat; a black hat with protruding bits. A witch’s hat. This hat moved up and down behind the fence which surrounded the dog-walking area.



I was moving some things to England with the help of D and his white van. We were a bit early, and therefore had some time to spare.



After about half an hour, the woman with the hat had summoned up enough courage to approach us. She told us her story: she was an economist from Chechnya who had…

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:41am

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At 4:45am on May 10, 2013,
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Melissa P
said…

Hi there, 

I write a book review blog and it's currently nearing 100 followers! I'd love to get there by the end of the week. If you could check it out, I'd really appreciate it. I'd be happy to follow you back. My blog: book-nerdandcritic.blogspot.com.au

I review mostly YA Fiction, but you'll get the occasional surprise every now and then. :)

Thanks!

Melissa,
Book Nerd & Critic.

At 7:06am on February 8, 2013,
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Daniel de Culla
said…

Lovely to meet You and reading Yrs.

Blessed Be¡

At 5:02pm on September 15, 2012,
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Sally
said…

Hey there..! :)
Welcome to bookblogs..! I just stumbled upon your profile..! 
I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog @http://readingwithanacrasia.blogspot.in
    P.S: Please do leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back :)
thanks <3

At 5:11pm on April 26, 2012, Anna Weber said…

Thanks for the connect.   I look forward to knowing more about you and the part you play in the publishing industry.... as a writer, reader, blogger, etc.   A

At 12:36pm on April 24, 2012,
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Amelia Curzon
said…

Thank you for your friend request Bernadette.  I look forward to getting to know you better here on Book Blogs

Best wishes,

Amelia

At 1:40pm on April 22, 2012,
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Nicola Slade
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Hi Bernadette, happy to be a friend!

At 10:03am on March 14, 2012, Cami Hensley said…

Hi-

I am new here and just wanted to see if you could help me out and follow my book review blog: http://myaddictionisreading.blogspot.com/ 

I am having a giveaway right now for a $20 gift card. Feel free to enter! 

If you follow me, I will return the favor.

Thanks, Cami

At 12:39pm on February 22, 2012, Patricia Maxey said…

Thank-You for your friendship! It's always good to connect with other inspirational and gifted people like you. I have just completed my autobiography entitled "Born In Betrayal". The website is http://https://www.createspace.com/3694258. Alot of people ask me why I decided to reveal my story to the world. I believe that we all are connected in some way or another, and that our experiences of personal struggle and triumph could possibly have the potential to help another person along this journey of life. I am a survivor and I give all of my credit and glory to God. I believe that my book will change your life and the lives of all who read it. After the storm I find that even the darkest of days and nights still had a purpose and a meaning. God Bless!

At 2:55pm on February 10, 2012,
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Lisa Johnson
said…

Hi there,

Tim is out of surgery. The Dr hadn't seen a worse case of the cyst like material all through his ear area.  we come back in 6-9 months for reconstructive surgery.

Thanks for caring,

Lisa Johnson

At 12:54pm on January 21, 2012,
Author
jeff ashcroft
said…

thank you for inviting me. Keep up the good work, never stop writing

 
 
 

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