Saturday, March 03, 2012
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Out for a walk this week I noticed a extraordinary amount of litter along the footpath near our house, understand I live in an extremely rural area with a small industrial estate near-by and some houses. How is it that there is so much litter along a stretch of road that is no more than 50 meters long next to a cow field in the south East of England? Disgusting!
I happen to have a plastic bag in the stroller and promptly filled it, and then went back later and filled another. That was only one side of the street as there is no footpath on the other and therefore dangerous with a stroller.
Conclusion is that some lazy-ass workers can't carry their lunch trash another 20 meters and put it in a bin in their offices. And I know for a fact that also to blame are the Chav-tastic people who live at number 1 on our street who's rubbish bin is always late, over flowing and spilling out onto the road.
This weeks contribution was Styrofoam from some kind of packaging that did not get picked up by the rubbish men cause the fool left it in the recycling box for tin and paper and then it promptly blew down the road with the wind and as he and his wife were coming back from their mutual tanning appointments drove over it as they turned onto the road not once thinking it might be associated with the latest gadget they have bought for their over indulged and spoilt rotten brat who has not yet mastered the chore of putting out the trash properly, (please note there is some of my own imagination used here but the part about being Chav's, having fake tans and having a stupid and spoilt child are all true).
He, the owner of the always late and overflowing bin did not even blink as he went past me on his bike and I was picking the bits of Styrofoam from the hedgerow at the end of the drive. Idiot!
What to do? I have followed people down train platforms in Holland and handed their trash to them asking if they had perhaps dropped something, hopefully shaming them into walking another 2 meters to use a bin or perhaps thinking twice before doing it again. What boggles the mind is how have these folks been raised? Do they think there is a magical trash fairy, did their folks forget to mention littering is bad? I just don't get it. I for one hope that the next time that someone from the offices nearby or the idiot at number 1 go down our little stretch of country road and see it is green and not strewn with garbage perhaps they too will think twice and that a mystical being has been to visit.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Well as the Stanley Cup is being paraded down the streets in Boston I hope the boys at home are proud none-the-less of their achievements from the past season, they were great and over came some pretty big injuries and odds, I hope they manage to make it next year take it to the end with a winning result.
As I live in Europe I do not often get to watch NHL hockey and the last time I happen to see the Canucks in the final rounds was my first year backpacking way back in 1994. I happen to be in Prague for the first time, had befriended some Aussies and was up watching the first half of the play-off against the NY Islanders, it was intense and at 2am fuelled by Czech beer, new friends it was even more exciting as I had not seen in my lifetime the Nucks take it that far. 2 months later as I was boarding my plane to go home it occurred to me that I did not know the end result of the play-offs and asked a guy standing in line in Schiphol Airport. He said well there were riots and everything, my first thought was in NY no kidding.. but it was indeed in Vancouver which I could not for the life of me imagine.
On Thursday morning at 3:50am as I was leaving my friends house where I had been watching the game, (she has ESPN sports)I remember saying to her congratulations (she being from Boston and a mega Fan) and that I hoped there would not be a repeat of riots and mayhem as it was back in 1994. Boy was I wrong.
I awoke after 4 hours sleep to read and see the news that hundreds of folks had torched cars, broke windows, looted stores and beat up bystanders for no other reason than to cause destruction.
Seriously what is wrong with the world today. I won't harp on about it because the police are working on arresting the idiots and total morons stupid enough to pose for pictures in front of burning cars, broken windows and post them on their friend face profiles, they deserve to be punished. But I could not be happier to read and see then of all the good folk who stood their ground and did not let that window be broken or put out a fire and the thousands who also volunteered to clean up the next day, kudos to you good folk, it is good to know there are decent people in the city I love.
What possesses people to do such things? It boggles the mind. I only hope they can arrest and charge the complete fools who thought that might be a good idea, and sorry booze or marijuana is not an excuse for behaving like fools.
I have had very strong emotions regarding the destruction after the game and have read countless articles, bad apples and all that stuff, sadly it just takes a few yahoos to get the sheep to follow. Lets hope they get their dues.
2012 Vancouver lets see it happen!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
God sorry folks I am such a slacker. Busy with a photo exhibit, Crossing Border festival, packing and moving country leaving my job and starting all shitty administration again, de-registering, new Dr's banks etc etc. In between seeing gigs, saying goodbye and driving across Germany and back. You could say I have been busy.
I never thought that I would have stayed in the Netherlands for as long as I did. 10.5 years to be exact. never mind staying in my job for as long as I had, over 7 years for a multi national company. Unbelievable.
But here I am, settling into the English countryside, it is nice to see some hills and green all around especially after living in the city centre of the Hague for the last many years.
There are things I will miss about living in the low countries:
My friends for one. which is strange because I actually only made real friends with a handfull real Dutchies, the rest were actually from other countries and nationalities and all had moved there to try something new or had been brought there with their families years before.
I MISS MY BIKE. No kidding, I used my bike to go everywhere and to do everything. I plan on picking one up here but can imagine I won't be on it as much since there roads around here are down right dangerous to ride on I think.
In a strange way the smallness of it all, getting from A-B was just so easy and without the aid of a car in most cases.
The Health care and employment packages were pretty sweet from where I sat, I guess the bonus of working for a huge corporation.
What I won't miss is the SUPREME RUDENESS I experienced up until the very last day there. I think I figured it all out from a socialistic point of view. If you grew up in a country the size Vancouver Island with 16 million people and lived in a place that is the most densely populated in Western Europe you too would think nothing of pushing someone aside, invading personal space and being generally rude to everyone around you who did not feel your eyes boring into the back of your head willing you to move out the way. Seriously folks an 'excuse me' or 'pardon me' goes a really long way in getting what you need. I actually will not miss that at all. Never mind the general lack of compassion and human understanding such as a elderly or disabled person getting on the tram and not being offered a seat. And if they are it is almost certainly 99% a buitenlander to offers up.
BAD customer service. I mean really bad. It is shocking how bad it can be. and when you get good service you really have to take a step back and thank that sales person for acting like a human being.
I am not saying living here won't offer it's own challenges, I have already experienced the harsh realities of living between a posh town and a not so posh one. I was in the not-so-posh one on Saturday and was correcting people's grammar (in my head). "it's not Got it's Have" as an example. What happened to the English language, people are just so lazy, where have all the h's gone? But It has only been a week so I guess I need to have my own time to settle and not to be so judgemental. Time will tell.
I am sure I will think of more things I will miss about living in the Netherlands, but for now I am also having a bit of culture shock and trying to find my way, on the left side of the road.
I bet if I were to go back to Western Canada now I would suffer similar issues of culture shock.. never mind finding out that my own beautiful city has put a crazy gag order on any citizen speaking his or her mind about the bloody Winter Games. Yes it will cost us dearly and for many years to come, just ask Montreal. But if they were not so games focused and looked at the bigger and badder issues of homelessness and poverty that is rampant in our beautiful city and offered some kind of respite for those once these games have passed on and used the huge amounts of new buildings and resources to help those in need. blah blah blah, someone else has already said it better than I ever could, from Mr. M. Good... always on the ball he is.
There is nothing to be done, at least not for the time being. But don’t forget, when the smoke clears and the numbers come tumbling in, there will be those that will have to be held to account. Doing so is of prime importance, as is remaining dedicated to confronting those disparaging issues that the Olympics have highlighted. If anything, a current has been provided with which to energize people regarding the failures of this Province’s government, this city’s terrible realities, and even our own shortcomings. If, when the world leaves, we can look in the mirror and remember that we’re not as self important as we think we are, then, perhaps, the road to change will see more feet upon it than it ever has. http://www.matthewgood.org/