Like being there

You should, if you can, head off to Den Haag and The Maurishuis to see the beautiful city and art but if you can’t and would like to see the most famous Vermeer in the world, this photo will save you money on the trip. Of all the photos of Het meisje met de parel I’ve seen on-line, this is the most realistic impression of what it’s like to stand in front of the painting. Click to zoom in!


Amsterdam 2016

I had a great time in The Netherlands again and managed to revisit much of Amsterdam, Den Haag and Delft. Sadly a chest infection and some bad blisters on my feet put paid to some other planned trips. My consolation was and will be two-fold, First I had to take it easy, for the latter part of my trip, in the many canal-side cafes and bars of Amsterdam. Second,  I will have to revisit the country to see the places I missed out on this time.

Please click on the photo to see some shots of the fantastic places in the glorious sunshine I visited.


Laughing at Daesh

These medieval fuckheads have no sense of humour. So the best thing to do after killing them, is laughing at them.

Here’s Shakir Wahiyb, one of their most brutal commanders, getting in touch with his feminine side. Yes he looks better with lipstick, although perhaps he’s slightly worried his guards may mistake him for one of those famous 72 virgins awarded by the Koran to believers – male believers only – women get a single man in the afterlife.