Ode to the FC

My appreciation, admiration and love for my favourite football team, Liverpool FC was shared in a blog under my real name, on April 2016 titled, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Now, under my pen-name, I feel compelled to express my enormous pride after becoming Premier League Champions 2020. I wish to do this with a poem: … Continue reading Ode to the FC

These books are no lollipops…!

In the 1934 song by Shirley Temple, the "Good Ship Lollipop" travels to a candy land with the lollipop being a symbol of childhood innocence and pleasure. The Chordettes in 1954, gave the lollipop a different twist by associating a cute guy to appetitive desires... The definition of a lollipop is: “A large, flat, rounded … Continue reading These books are no lollipops…!

Hedge your bets!

We are approaching our fifteenth year in the same house, which is quite amazing given the many places I have lived prior: Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel in the Netherlands where I was born; Keyingham, Thorngumbald and Burstwick in England where I grew up; back in the Netherlands, in Oostvoorne and Zwolle where I finished school and … Continue reading Hedge your bets!

“Sit as little as possible.”

This advice, offered by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche sounds like it came from a medical journal, though it is hardly fitting for a paraplegic like myself. But what he was getting at was that movement aids the thinking. Others, like Immanuel Kant, Henry David Thoreau, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau also theorised while walking. Indeed, literary history … Continue reading “Sit as little as possible.”

Where does creativity come from?

Steve Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” During my Industrial Design Engineering studies, I learned how to look more broadly, to seek … Continue reading Where does creativity come from?