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It’s one of the strangest substances. It is wildly popular amongst those who are not legally allowed to take it yet, and yet it’s a cause of very many unpleasant accidents globally.

I don’t drink alcohol. I have no idea what the fuzz is all about. I am of an age that I’m allowed to drink it, but I just never saw the fun in it, I suppose.

It started as a commitment with my parents, who stated that whomever could hold their drinking (I have some siblings) until the age of 18, could have their driver’s license, and our parents would pay for it. That was enough for me to not even try. Though funnily, I actually hate driving, I somehow noticed that drinking was ‘wrong’, so I didn’t feel like trying.

Don’t I EVER drink then? Yes, of course. I will take a sip of something my father swears ‘you will like it, I promise’. He knows my taste really well. He will also make jokes about it though:
“Here, you want to sniff it? Dangle your tongue in it?” and I’ll go:
‘Oh, ALRIGHT then?!’ and indeed, I will like it. Usually this is some heavy booze, and after that one drop, I start giggling, he pushes me away saying ‘OK, you’re drunk, now get out!’ and that’s it.
In honesty, I have tried to become truly drunk once. I had mixed (in a small glass) 1/3 of red wine (I have no idea which kind, but it must have been a good type, it was that sort of party) with 2/3 of peach ice tea (yes, really). I did quite like that combo. I drank about 3 of those glasses, after which I could no longer stand on my legs. Which someone at that party (who I liked) quite liked and so I was dangling in their arms for the rest of the night. To both our very confused minds the next morning.

Because yes, that was the side effect: waking up the next morning and thinking: ‘oh FECK what happened?!’

Except for New Year’s Eve, I just don’t drink. I don’t have any real reasons for it, except I don’t like it. A sip every now and then maybe, but that’s about it. Which means I can go ages with having only a sip or 2 on an annual base, to be fair. And I’m quite alright with that. The funny thing is: usually people don’t even notice I don’t drink. Due to my incredibly bad social skills, I’ll state the kind of things that makes even friends go:
“Whoa, I’d need to have drunk at least an entire bottle of wine to say such a thing?!” and no, I’m not necessarily rude, I just weird things, is all.

Then again, I do usually like places where people drink. The mood it brings them in, the coziness, the jokes, the  ‘easier-to-cuddle-without-necessary-explanation’ I like that.

So no, I don’t drink it, but I don’t mind others using it at all. Alcohol can be good, as long as you know your limits. One should NEVER drink and think: ‘I can still drive’. It’s never true. Never.

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




With Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny.

This film fascinated me from the beginning, but that stopped a bit before the end. I have always been interested in Biology, so the things that occur to Lena (played by Natalie Portman) seem quite awesome to me. Her way of looking at things and explaining them I liked quite a lot. Then other parts came into it, which made it -in my opinion- less believeable, and by the end I could no longer back the theory and so I was just watching a film with nice visual effects.

Lena has been mourning for about a year as her husband was send out on a mission and never returned. Then suddenly he does.
When he does, they are -it seems- kidnapped for whatever reasons, and what follows is a bit of a cross between The Cube (because of the highly trained backgrounds of the women), The Predator (it’s set in a weird sort of jungle and nobody seems to get out of it alive) and other scifi films, except it’s women in the team and not males.

It has its proper moments in horror, in fascination about the beings in the film being mutated -the part that I liked- and other sorts of science messing with nature’s plans.

All in all it’s a pretty nice watch, it’s just that the ending is…a bit open, I guess. It doesn’t come with a major cliffhanger, but it keeps you wondering, in a way.


Posted by on March 16, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized


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Speaking as a barely-user (but having an account, yes) I must say I’m not that impressed by this particular network.

If you see how many options, oppertunities and contact possibilities Facebook has -the network some claim it has similarities with- LinkedIn is the late-to-the-table party here. It is supposed to be for growing networks, but in what way this is supposed to gain you anything, is completely uncertain.
I’ve noticed there’s a lot more possible when you’re willing to pay for your use on LinkedIn. I have no idea who actually does that, but it must be a few, because why else even bother to offer such an account? But does it really gain these people anything else than the possibility to simply send an inMail -that’s slightly a less personal way to start things than using ones own email? I don’t really get it.

I’ve been unemployed for ages -well, not completely, but not the truly paying kind of job- and this network was supposed to bring me back into the flow of working sphere, so to speak. Not only did that not happen, I’ve had a few job offers that were nothing short of a scam. People asking me bluntly: ‘do you wanna work or not?!’ if I had doubts, or even questions about a function they offered me. LinkedIn isn’t the place to be friendly, cozy, pleasant, with one another. It’s the spot where you can show off your business face and show the world what you’ve accomplished. Anything personal is out of the way, as the outlay simply doesn’t invite for that. No-one is showing kids, family or whatever is going on in the personal files. Not too shocking: there’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and so on for that.

Then, yet again, I find myself asking: so what IS the deal with LinkedIn? I truly don’t get it. Because job oppertunities do tend to be offered on other places aswell (such as LinkedIn and Facebook) and with their use of data….it’s just a matter of time before someone appropriate is found for the job on offer.

I’d say that it’s, in a way, done on purpose. Because where would all the employment agencies go if LinkedIn actually did its job by connecting people to the tasks they are able to do?

So no, I wouldn’t recommend LinkedIn. Nor would I recommend Facebook, or Instagram. But at least the latters have the power to connect you to (useful) people for free.


Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Daily life, Opinion, Uncategorized


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With Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Billie Piper, John Simm and loads of others.

Don’t expect a prolongued untangling of a strong beginning. This is a miniseries. With a proper start, I’d say.
After delivering a pizza, a courier is killed in the streets. Given that the courier wasn’t the one that was originally supposed to deliver the pizza, the question starts with ‘was it an aimed attack at this particular delivery guy?’
DI Kip Glaspie, nicely portrayed by Carey Mulligan, is about to set her teeth in it, helped by Nathan Bilk and the rest of the team.

I think Kip Glaspie is supposed to be portrayed quite human and resolute, but somehow, the script doesn’t give Mulligan much to go with, it seems. Because I keep seeing it. Her humanitary approach I like, but the lines she has to deal with at times are…a bit soft. Her colleagues and her boss keep being angry with her, but for no real reason. In the end I’d even say that her boss is just jealous because she got a break through. I’ve never seen someone in a police department act in such a way to be fair.
David Mars (played by John Simms, who resembles Tony Cowards -the comedian- in a way that I had to look twice if it wasn’t him??) is the troubled politician, who can’t get a grip on either his political life or his ex-wife. The way he handles his home situation is quite poorly. I can’t imagine a father truly doing that. But that might be me?

The camera work is a funny one. Clearly someone who has noticed that it adds a bit of drama when you zoom in on a small detail; a drop of rain on a window, the corner of a closet, a handle, etc.
What they failed to notice is that this works best if you first see that ‘normal’ object/thing, then go to the scene. Not end with it. Not every single time. Once, twice, then a change in that, fine. Don’t overdo it.
The music each episode starts with is quite uplifting, gets you in a cheery mood, oddly. It’s something different every time, and usually a car radio playing.

The tension on the army base is, just like the rest of the tension in the series: it’s not bad, but it doesn’t hold up. You sort of expect more from the story, and in the entire series, that doesn’t happen. Not too strange as it’s a miniseries, but with Netflix being so big, you sort of expect it to be dragged over like 3 or 4 episodes. Then again, that’s the entire stretch of the series…

All in all I quite liked this series. It’s good acting, actors that you’re already familiar with in one way or another (I like that, personally) and you can get on board with most of it.


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Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized


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When I first heard and read about Brave, I thought it was so cool: a Scottish girl going after her own destiny of needing to marry someone her parents prepared herself for.

Initially, the film starts out funny and good. You see Merida growing up with her doting parents, who play hide & seek with her, tell her she’s special and so on. Her dad makes her her first bow and she learns how to shoot it. Then you see how she grows up to have three triplet brothers and how she’s basically being trained by her mother to be a proper princess.
Merida isn’t the kind of girl who’s easily pushed into ‘princess-mode’, as the trailer already shows.
The thing is: she kind of has to live with this perspective anyway.
I loved the bond between her father and her and I sort of thought that was where the film would be concentrating on.
Instead, it follows a sort of legend with a funny old woman, a witch of sorts, which makes Merida end up with her mother for almost the entire film.

In the end, it’s more about how mother and daughter get on as a result of her mother being dependent on her because of this encounter with the old and funny lady.

The music of this film is rather nice, but the whole middle piece of Merida with her mother…no, it defenitely didn’t ‘do it’ for me. Unfortunately, because I was really looking forward to a progressive film about a princess taking hand in her own course to be ran. I guess it’s set in a time where this simply wasn’t available yet.

I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re in that kind of mood, because in the end, it’s ‘just a story’. It starts of as quite impressive, but in the end, it’s just a girl understanding her mother a bit better and a girl who at least tries to adjust to her mother’s will a bit.

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Posted by on March 11, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized


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Storing bij Ziggo

Het vervelende van een totaalpakket (internet, radio, tv, telefoon) hebben bij een van de providers (want er zijn er meer dan alleen Ziggo, die dit aanbieden) is dat je dus ook meteen helemaal niks meer kan. Je kunt ook niet Ziggo even opbellen. Tenzij je ook een mobiele telefoon hebt, wat zelfs bij ouderen tegenwoordig wel vaak het geval is, maar gewoon lang niet altijd.
De storing van vandaag begon al vroeg, ergens rond 9, 10 uur, en was hier pas beëindigd tegen 19u ‘s avonds.

Ik heb wel bergen was gedaan, maar om nou te zeggen dat ik mijn meteen terugkerende hernia zo’n geweldig pluspunt vind vandaag….mwah. Ik zou het dus niet aanraden, zo’n storing #failZiggo

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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Opinion, Uncategorized


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Comedians and comedians.

Years ago a -then- friend told me he didn’t like Dawn French, and I went like ‘what?!’ in astonishment. My parents made me and my siblings grow up with this fab lady and her circle of friends, thanks very much. I grew up to adore the British sense of humour that is French & Saunders, The Young Ones, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, AbFab and so on. I can’t remember much of all, I’ll admit, but to this day I’m highly amused by watching reruns of all of them, on whatever platform.

Including Dawn French.
This friend (who is no longer a friend by the way) said to me: ‘all she does is saying “hello there, I’m fat, now laugh because I’m FUNNY!”‘. I had never noticed that. Nor do I do so now.
Has she, like another funny colleague of a likewise stature, used her physical appearance in her advantage? Yes, very much so. I think both Dawn French and Jo Brand are hilarious. There are many more of the same comedian power, of course.

Then I read and saw a bit of another female comedian with a similar bodyfeatures, so to speak. One that is funny, but not especially British funny. Talking English, yes, but that’s not all it takes to be British, and you know it.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard either of the previous British ladies claim that their lifestyle was specifically healthy, just that they very much enjoy being themselves, thank you very much. They do not wish to be defined by stupid weight. Which is understandable. You talk about weight like you do about the weather: only if you can’t, for the life of you, think of something else to talk to with someone. Because they’re either incredibly boring, or you don’t know them well enough yet. Something like that.

This other comedian is, however, throwing up quite some claims. Telling haters to basically ‘go f*** yourselves, I’m getting paid for this’ and all that. While I think: you could do better things with your time, like cherish the fans you do have.

Just the other day I saw how Dawn French has had to cope with quite a bit being married to Lenny Henry, for the reactions they got from outsiders. It filled me with disgust to know that a lovely couple as them has had to deal with racism in this day and era. I thought ‘bloody hell! How have I never known about this before?’ and I think it’s simply got to do with the fact that Dawn and Lenny, at the time, despite being utterly hurted by it, somehow found it in their way to not address that problem in the press.
This is a bold assumption, especially given that I’ve never lived in the UK, so I have no idea what the paparazzi there is and was like at the time. Also, I wasn’t born during a large part of it, but that seems the teeniest detail here, given that so much of the press before is still traceable online these days.

Back to my point: I get that people with a troubled digestive system, or a body that doesn’t necessarily behave as one wishes, or someone who is simply enjoying who they are, want to make bright and clear to those who seem like the fashion police, that they should sod off: I don’t think that what this specific comedian is doing, works. I’ve seen a small bit of their works, and though it’s funny, it does seem centered around this very ‘problem’. And I don’t even think they are that obese, really. Compared to how I know Dawn French, Oprah or Janet Jackson once looked like, this is just a medium size, really.

If you keep swearing at those who do, you’ll only receive more ‘boo!’s from the crowd, me thinks? And though I don’t mind about anyone’s figure -it’s up to you, not my life- you should be aware that in many cases, obesity isn’t the healthiest of lifestyles, that eating too much sugar CAN lead to diabetes and so on. Maybe not to you, the one who is making the joke, but with diabetes being so broadly spread, it’s a joke that can only be made in a quite small crowd, I guess. And obesity has been proved to be a bigger problem, globally, than starvation.
You can joke about it, of course, but your jokes become more sour the minute you have to defend yourself because of how you look. I never saw Damn or Jo do that. But then again, they’re British.

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Posted by on March 5, 2018 in Humour, Opinion


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