Strange, isn't it, how when you're about to do one thing, random thoughts or happenings take you somewhere else entirely? I was about to write another post about quarantine cuisine (Arabic this time), when I began thinking about the word quarantine. And then I heard [...]
Spring of 2020: days, weeks, months (we'll stop there) dominated by a vicious virus. The spring of corona. 'If the mountaine will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will goe to the mountaine', said Francis Bacon nearly 400 years ago. 'We can't travel the world. But [...]
Ever given much thought to the 7 wonders of the world? I have, naturally. You expected nothing less, did you? When I think of the 7 wonders, though, it’s those of the ancient world. Those amongst which, all but one has vanished. Five of the [...]
Home, 20 September 2019 What I’m thinking of? I'm glad you asked. I’m thinking about the human body, these space suits we need to hang around here on Earth, and wondering if it isn’t time for a redesign. And since I’m God (which you already [...]
In Belgium's second city, you’ll find the Plantin-Moretus Museum, a fascinating 16th century printing shop, publishing house and residence. Antwerp, then a city of 100 000 residents, was one of Europe's leading cities for printing and typography, with 140 bookshops, printers and publishers. Among these, Christophe Plantin was [...]
Thumbing through photos, I'm reminded of a little memorial I once saw in the Engadin Valley. On Piz Nair mountain just above St Moritz, I spotted a glass box in the distance. Practically pulled over, I was. By a strong impulse. Curiosity - and something else. There was no way I was not scrambling over to investigate.
Trees! In my search for world heritage, the important places on the planet, those worthy of special protection for the future, I sometimes find myself in somewhat curious situations. This time, I am looking for trees. Beech trees, to be specific. Fagus sylvatica. Of course, [...]