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Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64)

Bookcase by Wilhelm Lutjes

Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64)

Actually this is more like a “note to self” as I was inspecting an auction of German auction house Quittenbaum to see if I could find something for my Chair Blog (and Yes, I did find some, see Chair Blog’s Quittenbaum section). The bookcase sold for Euro 2,000.

I just happen to have a smaller version of same bookcase. Before I throw it away, I should remember I wrote about it here and should bring it to an auction house.

MH 17 Crash

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MH17 Crash

The Netherlands was shocked when it learned Malaysian Airplane, Flight MH 17, crashed in Ukraine. Presumably the crash was caused by Russian backed rebellions who fired an anti aircraft rocket to it. Of the nearly 300 passengers and crew almost 200 fellow Dutchman died in the crash. There were 80 children amongst them.

In an earlier speech the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the UN Security Council for adopting a resolution that condemned this act.

Wednesday July 23 was a day of National Mourning in the Netherlands. The first 40 bodies came home…

America’s Cup 35 campaign started

America's Cup

America’s Cup 35 campaign started

I’ve been covering the America’s Cup for some time, but realize I forgot to say anything about the no 34 campaign because I was so busy with watching the thriller unfold when the Kiwi’s lost the cup to Oracle after they had build up a lead of 8-1 wins which Jimmy Spithill was able to claw back entirely to win 9-8. I’ve never seen such a comeback in sailing nor any other sport.

The rules for the 35st Cup have been negotiated by defender Oracle Team USA, via Golden Gate Yacht Club and Team Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record.

  • A three year racing program from 2015 to 2017 with every race counting towards qualification and/or points in the final America’s Cup Match
  • At least six America’s Cup World Series events per year in 2015 and 2016 to be raced in the AC45 class. All teams have an opportunity to host an event in their home country
  • An America’s Cup Qualifiers series in 2017 involving all teams, with a bonus point in the America’s Cup Match at stake
  • America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs for the top four challenger teams to emerge from the Qualifiers
  • The America’s Cup Match, featuring the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA against the top challenger. The first team to win 7 points will win the America’s Cup

AC 62

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The cup match itself will be sailed in a new AC62 yacht – a foiling, wing sail catamaran sailed by 8 crew – to be raced in all events in 2017

Apart from Team Australia, a British (Ben Ainsley Racing or BAR) and an Italian team (Luna Rossa Challenge) have come forward as challengers. I hope at the end of the entry period, which is open from June 9 through August 8, 2014. I really hope we will be seeing a Dutch Challenger as we see a Dutch entry for the coming Volvo Ocean Race.

Again a Randstad Rail Collision

Again a Randstad Rail Collision

I’ve hesitated a couple of months to share this photo with you, because it was taken by a friend who was inside the tram sitting just there where the white and blue tram rammed the red and yellow tram. Amazingly he was quick to jump away just in time, but an older lady who was just sitting in front of him was severely wounded by the accident. The strange thing is that there are no traffic rules as to which tram has right of way when two trams cross an intersection. My friend’s comment as to the support from instances is that there is not much coordination. A lot of people are running to the place of the accident, but when there are not many wounded or dead they just start hanging around and paying not much attention to the people inside the trams who albeit not wounded, still are shaky and maybe a bit traumatized….