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Boogschieten/Shooting a bow

Op het idee gebracht door diverse vrienden die ik dat al eens had zien doen op foto’s, had ik besloten dat ik dit als verjaarscadeau wilde. Dat liet m’n man zich geen tweede keer zeggen. Een oud schermmaatje van hem, Michiel Fritz, bleek lid te zijn van een boogschietclub. Hij kon ons beiden wel instrueren.

Nou, echt geweldig! Nog afgezien van het feit dat ik aanleg bleek te hebben voor tamelijk raak schieten (niet onbelangrijk voor het ‘hoera!’ gevoel, kan ik u meedelen) is het ook geen zware sport. De boog die ik vasthield was in elk geval niet heel zwaar, en omdat er al een viziertje op zit, bleek het goed te doen om het mikken ook behoorlijk te doen. Er is ook geen warming up nodig van eindeloos rondjes rennen (waardoor je al uitgeput bent voor je met weet ik wat begint) en je kunt het jezelf makkelijker of moeilijker maken door een grotere afstand of juist een kleinere tot het doel te maken.

Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar! Nogmaals dank Michiel Fritz! (OK en m’n echtgenoot, maar die had ik al bedankt 😉 )

 

I had seen pics of friends of mine shooting a bow, and I thought: oooooh me like! So there I went, whining to my husband, who had asked me what I desired for my birthday. By a lucky coincidence, one of his fencing friends, Michiel Fritz, turned out to be a member of a local shooting a bow club. He so happened to be able to instruct us both,

It was such a joy! Even aside the fact that I turned out to be talented enough to shoot my arrows quite close to the core, (an important feature for the ‘hurray!’ factor, I might add) it turned out not a too complicated sport either. No running around the field for warming up (leaving you exhausted when you just start out), no heavy bows, just doable. Meanwhile, it’s easily possible to make things easier or, in fact, harder on yourself, by making the distance to the ‘goal’ either smaller or bigger.

I’d very much recommend this type of exercise!

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Posted by on September 17, 2018 in Daily life, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Biologische maiswafels met zeezout, AH

Je kunt tegenwoordig heel wat soorten wafels bij het Albert Heyn scoren, speltcrackers, rijstewafels met zeezout, biologische rijstewafels met appel, honing, peer, chocola, noem maar op. Maar ik was nu eens benieuwd naar de maiswafels.

Ze smaken zeker niet slecht, maar wat me het meest opviel: het is net of je popcorn zit te eten, maar dan in wafelvorm. Ik denk dat popcorn goedkoper is, dat wel. Het geeft natuurlijk wel extra rommel, van die losse korrels. Dus als je popcorn-on-the-go wilt: ga ervoor!

 

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized, Daily life, Opinion

 

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Jolet op de viersprong, L. van der Meer-Prins

Dit boek verslond ik gretig, als veertienjarige. Het stond in de boekenkast van m’n moeder.

Jolet, oudste van vier kinderen thuis, en bijzonder goed in leren, komt in dit boek op een kruispunt (de viersprong) van haar leven te staan. Net geslaagd is ze, en nu? Studeren? Dat gaat nogal wat kosten. Dus moet ze aan het werk. En komt ze oude bekenden van school tegen, die hun eigen gang zijn gegaan. Moet ze ondertussen rekening houden met iedereen thuis, die zich voor haar inzetten, zodat zij goed terechtkomt.

Het is een oubollig boek qua insteek, uiteraard, gezien de tijd waarin het geschreven is, maar ik heb zelf met volle teugen genoten van het verhaal van Jolet. Het laat een blik in de tijd zien, van hoe het er toen aan toe ging. Waar je als jonger zusje blij mee mocht zijn, wat een progressief gezin destijds inhield, en wat het betekende, om goed onderwijs te hebben.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in Books, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Dinner For Schmucks

The first ten minutes are alright, then just pretend it says ‘the end’, think ‘huh, I would’ve thought more of it’ and let that be that.

I don’t know why people keep thinking Steve Carell is funny. He isn’t, he never will be. The fact that de film greatly leans on him to be just that, means it’s a complete waste of time.

It reminds of The Cable Guy in a way, but less funny and with less storyline.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood and more.

How would it be, if we would be able to erase every trace of a relationship we just had, in order to basically not feel the heartbrake that comes along with it?

This film shows us the answer to that. Basically it’s messy, it is also intriuging as the employers of the bureau that makes such a kind of impossibility a possibility, are anything but decent and trustworthy.
They made a weird, but right choice to pick Jim Carrey for this part, because of the many stages of himself he goes through. There aren’t that many actors you can do that with, making it believeable. Kate Winslet does a great job being Clementine, the nonexistent core of logic in persona. She is also the one more or less guiding you through the not ‘what if’, but instead the ‘because…’. Unfortunately, you just have to learn from your mistakes, especially relationshipwise. There is no tougher one than that one. When you do break up, yes, it feels like your heart is being ripped out and smashed to pieces, every emotion comes out of nowhere.

I heard about this film a lot, had seen it, but not to the end, as I could no longer care for it. It’s science fiction in a Black Mirror kind of way, especially the last (shittier) season. It reminds me of Jim Carrey’s Truman Show, as this is also a more ‘serious’ role, but this one even more than the Truman Show. Because this life isn’t fake, especially build up for him, it’s quite the opposite.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in Films, Opinion

 

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Super 8

With Joel Courtney, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Elle Fanning, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee and many others.

The story about a young group of friends who are having their amateuristical turn for film making, reminded me strongly of Stranger Things, in a way of The Blair Witch Project and E.T. Blair Witch Project actually only because this group tries to film their projects themselves. They are not bad at it, mind, it’s just that their acting isn’t all there yet.

You can see the similarities with Stranger Things, as the faces of the group of friends is so well cast and so well dressed to that period of time, that it becomes believeable to be set at that time immediately.
Joel Courtney tries his best at Joe Lambs, but the script fails him a bit, here and there. Unfortunately, because you can see how he could make it work better, at least a few times.

The story, as I said, about a group of friends who accidentally film something that is crucial to some govermental department, could hand out quite a story and invites to spectacular special effects and so on. It doesn’t in that sense. It remains on the group, giving them proper time to develop and show what a merry bunch they are.

The ending wasn’t what I was expecting. I myself was a wee bit disappointed, but that’s from my point of view, you need to see it yourself. It could be, for instance, that I missed something, somehow.

I was also, though only slightly, reminded of The Lovely Bones, that film with Saoirse Ronan. Only slightly, because that film too tried to be set in a different time, and didn’t succeed to convince me, while both Stranger Things and Super 8 did.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Changeling

With Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Frank Wood and many others.

Powerful portrait of a single mother, Christine Collins, in the late 20s, who comes home and finds her only kid Walter Collins missing. Aside the fact that this was in a time where it was far more usual to leave your kid(s) home alone while you were out for work or pleasure (show this film to parents now and they will go Madeline McCann on you).

I had seen this film before and somehow I didn’t catch the part where Christine Collins is put in the asylum due to try and convince the police that they hadn’t done their job yet, while they had actually forced her to pose with some boy they found somewhere, who had to act like her son.

Mostly the film deals with that. Abuse of power in the police department, as they acted stupid and have to make it look like either nothing happened, or it wasn’t their fault to begin with.
Christine Collins being trapped in that asylum with loads of other women in there with literally the same problem -they tried to go against the police – is dreadful. It also goes to show the weak position women had at the time. A time we’re about to go back to with current events.

The story is a nightmare for any parent in many ways. Thankfully they haven’t gone all that graphic, so it still is a film that’s quite watchable. A strong stomach is mostly required for the sense of powerlessness that becomes you, watching Christine Collins being accused of god knows what and being emotionally forced to agree with things she doesn’t back.

It’s a good watch, despite the nasty subject.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2018 in Films, Opinion

 

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