Logo

On September 22, 1991 the largest merger in Dutch business between ABN and AMRO Bank was officially implemented. Brad Green of the prestigious American-British advertising and marketing agencies “Landor Associates” designed a most striking advertising line and a new trendy logo[1]. All employees received a brochure with the brand new, international lay out and a […]

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Stamp (1982)

After returning from lunch I found a call-back note on my desk: “Decorator is looking for a solution about a fundamental issue!”, providing her bank account- and phone number. So I logged on to my computer and entered her account number. The notifications on my screen indicated that our client ran a small business with […]

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Pampus (I)

A typical old Dutch expression is: “To lie for Pampus”. It has a literally (A) as well as a metaphorically (B) meaning. A replica of a Dutch VOC ship in the Amsterdam harbour today. Ad A: Before the island of  Pampus was build (around 1880, read my story  “Pampus II”), it was only a sand […]

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Ghost runner

  The work out sessions of our running group usually take a comfortable course, but in a running contest a battle for seconds has to be fought… During the work outs it was clearly noticeable that the first run was due on that next Saturday morning. The last long, slow distance run on the athletic […]

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Boogie woogie stomp

Clarence “Pine Top”[1] Smith[2], Meade “Lux” Lewis and Albert Ammons were the first men to play what is called “boogie woogie” on a piano in 1928. Later on Pete Johnson joined Meade and Albert to become the famous “Boogie Woogie Trio”, the most exciting and greatest masters in this kind of limited music. Their live […]

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Pampus (II)

  [1] After the German-French War (1870-1871) had ended, many European countries feared new, unpredictable military conflicts. Therefore the Dutch Government and its Defence Department revealed plans to construct the  “Stelling of Amsterdam”.  A new, 135 kilometres long water defence line in a radius of 10 to 15 kilometres around Amsterdam to protect our capital […]

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Blues Tour

From Clarksdale to Indianola -B.B. King’s hometown- is slightly further than 60 miles. My Red Nissan is fuelled up for less than $ 40 and I ride over the old Blues highway 61 to the south and, after an exit, on US 278. A visit to the B.B. King Museum -past and present of the […]

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Carry Out

    It is another hot and humid day and, according to the digital time message on the dashboard of my rental car, lunch time: 12: 30 am. (My stomach’s alarm clock already went off much earlier.) I am  thirsty too. But the water in my PET bottle has become too hot to shower. Left […]

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Memory

  We met each other next to the doorway of a book store. To my “How are you doing today?” and “That seems ages ago!” he answered: “I am fine!” and “That should be almost forty years ago, as I am 72 now.” In those years we used to play soccer in the same team. […]

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Flying High

CLEMENT VAN MAASDIJK   My elementary school carries the name “Van Maasdijkschool”. In order to know how this name came about, we have to go back in time. Back to 1910. In this neighbourhood, where I grew up 40 years later, were large meadows and a major part of it was the skating ring of […]

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