Monthly Archives: July 2011

About Englishness

Our society is also divided in classes — not nearly as much as English society though — and one reason for that is that the Dutch don’t encourage people to hang on to their local accents. The only reason that … Continue reading

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Nautical Encyclopedia — The Letter H

Hyperion. A 155.5-foot (47.4 m) sailing yacht built by Royal Huisman in Holland in 1998 and designed by German Frers. At the time of her launch, she was the largest sloop ever build and the tallest mast ever built. The … Continue reading

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My Opus d’Oeuvre

  My Opus d’Oeuvre internet-wise. Search and you will find. Click here to go to the entrance page of my Opus d’Oeuvre

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Letters E & F of the Nautical Encyclopedia now released

Felucca. A small vessel or boat of the Red Sea and Eastern Mediterranean, propelled by oars or lateen sails. Feluccas are usually able to board ten passengers and the crew consists of two or three people. Despite being made obsolete by motorboats … Continue reading

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Now ready: the letter D of my Nautical Encyclopedia!

Drowned. The method most recently devised for restoring the apparently drowned is the Mouth to Mouth method. 1. Immediately clear the patient’s mouth, take a deep breath, and blow into his mouth. Repeat half a dozen times. 2. Apply cardiac … Continue reading

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Letter C of the Nautical Encyclopedia now ready

Coble. An open boat varying in form according to locality. The coble of the Northumbrian coast is a boat of somewhat remarkable appearance, and equally remarkable in its suitability to the work demanded of it; it sails well, rows well … Continue reading

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Cafe Valhalla in Copenhagen

Obviously the owners haven’t read my book “Cafe Valhalla”, because if they had they probably wouldn’t have named their pub after it. (“Café Walhalla” was written in 1996, in Dutch, and later translated as “Cafe Valhalla”.) In the book Cafe Valhalla … Continue reading

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