Thursday, November 30, 2006

Almost Purple Hearts

Did you know that the american army does not offer pension to soldiers wounded in car accidents or land mine explosions during the war but only to soldiers wounded in a fight (Purple Hearts)?

The Purple Hearts exhibition is touring US high schools and all over the World to emphasize the irrevocable damage the war inflicts on the life of young soldiers.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I like a good fight

I hardly ever get into arguments with people and I certainly never start a fight over some disagreement, but I like fighting for fun. I enjoy wrestling with my friends or a quick fist fight to see who's tough. I used to fight the older boys at school until the time when the boys grew real muscles and it was not hip for a girl to collect bruises.

Actually, I think it is the action-reaction part that I like. I am crazy about games like paintball, I love fast badminton, and of course you know my passion is partner dancing, especially salsa.

Photo courtesy: John Nasche

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Re-sealable plastic bags

Remember to bring some re-sealable plastic bags for your next flight if you want to carry any liquids on board. "The bag must be transparent, re-sealable and of a capacity not exceeding one litre. "

Read the press release from the EU about the new rules for liquids in your hand baggage.

Photo courtesy: The Bag N Box Man ltd

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tango Orkestret

My sister revealed to me yesterday the contents of my birthday present that she has been saving for me for two months now. It is a CD with Tango Orkestret! It is such a wonderful present that I could not guess it and I did not even think of writing Tango Orkestret on my wish list.
Now I just have to wait for an opportunity to receive my present from my sis, in the meantime I have to make do with the music samples on their homepage.

Photo courtesy: Copenhagen Jazz Festival

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Now the fish!

Yesterday was the grand opening of the new department aquarium. Sonja and I bought zebrafish, catfish and the algae-eating Ameca splendens as the first inhabitors of our two-week old aquatic environment. They seemed to enjoy the tank immediately, swimming everywhere and the catfish started to eat the algae. The activity around the tank attracted the attention of a number of our colleagues who gathered round to watch the fish and give them names.

The zebrafish are now called z1 through z10, the catfish were named Bonnie and Clyde, the two female Ameca splendens are now known as Thelma and Louise. Wat leuke namen!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Currently reading

"Moord in het Paradijs" by Dan Turèll, original title "Mord i Rødby". Funny to read about your home town (Copenhagen) and country (Denmark) in a different language (Dutch).

Two weeks ago I finished "Touching the Void" by Joe Simpson, an amazing story of survival against all odds on a treacherous and icy mountainside... alone.
Thanks to Andreas for lending me his book.

Photo of Michael Falch and Dan Turéll by Rolf Konow,

Thursday, November 09, 2006

New old sofa

Yesterday I got a new old sofa for my room. My colleague Blanca decided to renew her living room furniture after 16 years of living with the same sofa, so I picked up both her old red sofa and the colour-matching lamp. Despite its age, the sofa is very good-looking; no stains, no visible wear of the fabric, and it is extremely comfortable. Come by and have a seat.

Illustration by Alan Oldfield, The University of New South Wales

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Official Expat

From today on, I am officially no longer registered as living in Denmark. I am now an official expat, living and working in Holland far away from my friends and family in Denmark.

Talk to expatriates around the world through the expat forum a service from the Expat-blog.

Image courtesy: Richard Cook,

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wish list

Why not wish for gifts for someone else this christmas? Make your own wish list of hairy yaks, vegetable seeds, medical kits, 6 goats, and more from the Save The Children wish list.

Or how about equipping a school for a year? It is cheaper than you might think.

Photo courtesy: Save The Children