Screen on the street

Screen on the street

An old TV, a box of cassettes. Probably nothing really wrong with either.  Just replaced by a skinnier flat model, and an iPod.

Man, I miss mix cassettes. Looking at the box gave me a slight feeling of nostalgia. Handwritten cassette inserts. A lot of care went into to these. Now carelessly discarded.

Box of C90s

Box of C90s

Public works in the Westergracht 15 Sept 2008

I was cycling along the old Westergracht, wondering where all the parked cars where. Of course not there due to the men digging up the street and relaying the cobble stones.

But it looked good! It really opened up the space. It would be a great improvement if they banned the cars altogether from the middle of the Westergracht. Anyone from the gemeente reading?

The Mean Streets of Amsterdam

September 17, 2008

The broken chair

Chair Bear Bunch

I was cycling the WunderKind to the creche this week when some street rubbish caught my eye. What happended here? It looked like a bar-room fight resulting in a broken chair. Probably one of the Amsterdammertjes caught the full force.

This will Chair you up

I’ve got another similar picture of a broken chess board. Man, these guys can’t take a joke!

Broken Chess Board

"Freeform Chess" - as the Germans would say. We say "Jazz".

Elandsgracht festival 14 Sept 2008

Elandsgracht festival 14 Sept 2008

I don’t think the japanese invented karaoke. When you see how much fun the Dutch have with watching local crooners singing over backing tapes of old Johnny Jordaan or Andre Hajes songs, and getting drunk, and swaying to the haunting melodies (and joining in wailing with singers), you would have to believe that it’s an invention from the Netherlands.

Last weekend the local bar “Cafe de Jordaan” had it’s annual fest. Stage, beer, singing. No trouble, just some boozed up jolly folks. And for some strange reason many polished up Harleys (and their similarly polished up owners).

Shiny mid-life crisis model Harleys, in the Elandsgracht 14 sept.

Shiny mid-life crisis model Harleys, in the Elandsgracht 14 sept.

Fun with Radiation!

September 8, 2008

Atomic Energy Lab - Erector Set

Atomic Energy Lab - Erector Set

Like a Meccano set, but with radioactive samples (“completely harmless!”) and a Geiger counter (“find Uranium and get a reward from the US Government!”), the A C Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was sold to help the young boys of America to get to ahead in science.

I’m guessing early 50’s vintage – and the sort of kit I would have probably wanted. I was always one for electrical and electronic kits -which I think DID help my education, and a chemistry kit, which apart from making a few stinks, bending some glass tubes and growing some crystals, did not really help.

I can’t imagine such a kit of atomic fun being allowed to be sold today. Source: Science leads the way