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Writing in two languages | EN – NL

[EN – NL below read more tag]

Hi readers!

I found out that I sometimes find it easier to write just in Dutch. Recipes are sometimes complicated: other names for the ingredients and another measures of units and so on.

My monthly challenges I will therefore now largely only bilingual writing. Also, since my reviews are not so long… so plenty of room (I keep it short, I do not like too many spoilers). So in short which categories of the posts are now bilingual? These are as follows:
– Review of a film I’ve seen
– Review of a documentary I’ve seen
– Review of an ordinary book that I’ve read
– Review of a study book I’ve read
– Review of an ebook that I have read
In short, all the reviews.
What I prefer to write in English, because these posts may be bigger, the categories are:
– Knowledge about food
– Cycling: news, knowlegd, anything.
– Health knowledge
And everything else that seems interesting to write about.

Enjoy reading!

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Culture

Scoubidou

Do you remember the time that you made keychains with scoubidou strings? Ten years ago it became very popular again, during the summer of 2004 it was suddenly a trend, bringing scoubidou with you on holiday. Sitting in the back of the car, hours driving to the holiday destination. It was oké because we had something to do: scoubidou!

The simplest things you can make are just straight / twisted keyrings. The image of above is a bit more difficult. I found some unused strings because I  saved them for a decade. And now I’m beginning again, something to do when I’m watching on my own the news or an episode of a series. I also discovered something about Japanese craft with strings and certain knots and patters, later I will write about that and how my practice is going.

Fact: there is even now a Scoubidou app developed by Pocket Simulations (0,99 cents in the App Store)

But scoubidou isn’t just a rage, it is really a long-term trend with comes and goes. I digged into some history of this craftwork and how it developed. That it’s history is originated in France was me already told ten years ago when I started with scoubidou – on holiday. But now I know more and I’ll explain.
In the late 1950’s this fad (better known in NL as rage / hype) is named after a song of the French singer Sacha Distel. It is a knotting craft and became nearly half a century later very popular in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and other western European countries. The craft knows some different kinds of stitches: squares, spirals, twists, doubles, singles or you can even make some little objects with it! I made mostly keychains from small to thick. The strings are plasticised PVC tubes and therefore good for modeling with the different kind of knots.

Last year in 2014 there was also this sort of trend called ‘looming’ making braid bands or friendship bands with little loom. Also know as Rainbow Loom, this product is at the moment only sold in 16 countries but was last year in the United States named as the ‘Toy of the Year 2014’.

Do you have Scoubidou or Rainbow Loom? And what do or did you made with it?

Award · Culture · Travel

Rotterdam European City of 2015

In november 2014 was the Urbanism Awards ceremony and Rotterdam won the top prize! The International Academy of Urbanism in London organises this event every year and they named Rotterdam as Europe’s best city of 2015! The Academy of Urbanism want to help promote places and learn from them. Chairman of the Academy Steven Bee said about Rotterdam:

“The City has a predominantly young, open, tolerant community that is embracing innovative architecture and urban design and new business models. Its strategy is to attract families and businesses to the central area with a variety of housing, excellent public transport and a lively public realm.” “A long-term perspective, a high level of autonomy, strong leadership by the mayor and municipality, and strong partnerships between public and private sector, are all helping Rotterdam grow positively.”

These words of Bee summary how you can describe Rotterdam over the past couple of years. Although there has been a financial crises, a cultural cut in subsidies and raising unemployment (by then), Rotterdam is doing well. And I as a student living in Rotterdam see things happen, little changes. Sometimes companies are suddenly gone, festivals bounding their strength together to survive but Rotterdam is also growing. Especially you see it on the long-term project like the Markthal which opened on the 1st of october last year. It is a very famous architectural building and the first market hall of The Netherlands. It reminds me of the market hall next to the Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain.

Rotterdam has also some beautiful videos, one of them is of the plans of the Markthal, before it was finished by Provast Markthal Rotterdam, this film is made in march 2014 by PlusNewMedia

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Culture · Technology

Duolingo

With the era of the new technology and more and more e-learning programmes for children in primary school and high school to understand technology or train languages in a different way, as a fourth year student I see already a big difference then when I was in the last year of primary school, using rarely a computer, had to write paper by hand with a calligraphy pen and a fountain pen and using typex for mistakes. And for the decorations we made our own drawings of the subject.

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Culture · Events

Christmas

It is Christmas Eve so my first post about one of my Pinterestboards will be about my board named ‘Christmas’. What I question is what do I put on that board? It is not as easy as a category like candles for example (which I don’t have yet, new idea). I have got many options because just the term Christmas contains many things and is related to much more symbols. I have not really a specific idea what to put on it and what not. I can pin everything that is in christmas style, a tree, some pâtisserie, jingle balls, wood decoration, lights, candles, christmas colors….so many stuff….I still don’t know it for sure.

So…here it is, my board about Christmas, a collection about different but beautiful things i relate to these days.

Culture · Sports

Olympics 2014 Sochi

The Olympic Games of 2014 started last friday and last until today the 23rd of February.  I am Dutch so I supported my orange winter heroes!

Hereby the standings and my review about this year Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

While I am finishing this piece, I am also watching the Closing Ceremony.  I have seen several competitions on television and enjoyed watching it. The world has many top athletes who can maken dangerous tricks, gain incredible speed or show the beauty of dancing on ice. I believe that for every sport on this Olympic Games, the keyword was ‘Balance’. Balance needed to stay and move on ice, to stay and slide on snow and of course also balance in the air.

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